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    Report: Chris Perry resigns as Chevy's US marketing chief
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    General Motors has cycled through marketing executives for its Chevrolet brand with surprising frequency over the past few years. In the latest development, The Detroit News reports that Chris Perry – Chevy's current head of marketing – announced his resignation on Wednesday, effective ...

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    Motorsports: Perez to Force India, Sutil to Sauber for 2014 F1 championship
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    The big ol' game of musical chairs that is the Formula One off season plays on as two solid drivers switch between midfield teams. First up is Sergio Perez, who moves to Force India for next season and onward. The young Mexican has been on the grid for three seasons, driving for the first two ...

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    Motorsports: Le Mans champion Allan McNish retires from LMP1 racing
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    Having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the American Le Mans Series title another three times and, most recently, the FIA World Endurance Championship, Allan McNish doesn't have much left to prove. Which is why he's retiring, ending this stage of his 33-year driving career on a high ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #361 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #361 tonight, and you can check out the topics below, drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module, and don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream ...

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    Report: Four-horse race opens up for next Chrysler-Fiat CEO
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    There are some companies that could change leadership overnight and still remain more or less the operations that they are. But some have built themselves up around one central figure. Just ask Carlos Tavares, who found he couldn't escape the long shadow of Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. ...

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    Report: GM's Barra could get big payday now that gov't no longer regulates salaries
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    One would expect that as the CEO of one of the largest automakers in the world, the pay would be pretty darn competitive. And for the just-announced incoming CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, the financial compensation package could well be substantially rosier than it was for her predecessor. ...

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    Official: Ford to add 5,000 US jobs plus 3 plants and 23 vehicles globally
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    16 of the 23 new launches will be for the North American market. 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Ford Motor Company, as it's announced an onslaught of 23 new global product launches which will help create 5,000 new jobs in the US. As part of the new product push, three more ...

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    Report: Ford board pushing Mulally for decision amidst fears story is drowning out other news
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    Automakers and their executives rarely like to divulge information regarding future goings on, but the board of directors at Ford sound like they're getting a little antsy about chief executive officer Alan Mulally and his plans for 2014. According to Reuters, as news of Mulally's possible ...

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    Report: After ending production, GM could turn Holden into Chevrolet arm
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    There's a fight brewing in the aftermath of General Motors' announcement that Holden, its Australian subsidiary, will soon cease building vehicles. With the end of production for dedicated Australian models coming in 2017, Holden will be limited to selling imported, rebadged models from other GM ...

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    Official: Volkswagen North America boss Browning steps down
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    In a rather sudden move, Volkswagen has announced that, effective immediately, Michael Horn is replacing Jonathan Browning (shown above) as CEO of VW of America. Horn has been with VW since 1990, taking on various roles that include, most recently, the head of VW Aftersales worldwide. As for ...

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    Report: Toyota fears supplier pressure in Australia with GM pull out
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    With Ford and General Motors both announcing an end to production in Australia, the country's auto industry is in a bad way. With the exit of two big players, there's increased concern that a third Australian manufacturer, Toyota, will be forced out, as well. "We are saddened to learn of GM ...

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    Official: Bob Lutz signs on as Senior Advisor to interior specialist Katzkin
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    Every car guy's favorite executive, Bob Lutz has had a long history in top positions at major automakers. Following service as a Marine Corps pilot and a few years as the top sales and marketing exec at BMW, Lutz went on to hold high positions at Ford, Chrysler and most recently General Motors. ...

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    Followup: Mary Barra's ascension to GM CEO draws praise from industry leaders [w/video]
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    She's known as the person who restored order at GM. As General Motors fought to find its footing following bankruptcy, Mary Barra was tasked with managing the guts of its revival. Now she's known as the person who restored order at GM. In less than three years in her role as global product ...

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    Breaking: GM's Mary Barra becomes first female CEO at global automaker
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    Akerson himself previously noted that a female CEO at one of the Detroit Three was "inevitable." Mary Barra is set to become the first woman to lead a global automaker. The executive will succeed General Motors' Dan Akerson, a former private equity bigwig who was appointed in 2009 to help ...

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    Report: Fiat set to invest $12B on new models, stop Euro losses in 3 years
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    Naturally, you'd expect a massive automaker like Fiat to have an in-depth plan to exit the current European-market doldrums, and you'd expect that plan to include plenty of new vehicles to attract those precious buyers that still remain despite the financial downturn. And you'd be right, though ...

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    Report: Mulally to stay at Ford through end of 2014 at least
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    Alan Mulally isn't going anywhere... at least not just yet. The CEO who helped turn around Ford Motor Company has been linked to the top job at tech behemoth Microsoft, leading to a flurry of rumors about potential successors. Those rumors, though, may have just been put to rest – at least ...

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    Followup: Charles Morgan refutes rival rumors
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    Whether the board of the Morgan Motor Company was justified or not in ousting its former chief executive from its ranks, you could understand that Charles Morgan might take a defiant stand. He is, after all, the grandson of the company's founder, and before the board stepped in, it was his show to ...

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    Report: Audi design chief Egger leaving for Italdesign Giugiaro
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    Wolfgang Egger, Audi's chief designer, is leaving the company according to a Automotive News Europe, which cites a report from Germany's Automobilwoche. Egger won't be going far, though, remaining within the Volkswagen family and taking up head design position Italdesign Giugiaro, a VW subsidiary ...

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    Report: GM to shutter Holden by 2016? [UPDATE]
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    Just how long are the lights at General Motors' Australian subsidiary, Holden, going to remain on? According to a government report obtained by Australia's ABC and reported via the country's News.com.au website, not past 2016. The news comes mere months after Ford announced plans to end its ...

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    Official: Lamborghini's Lock out as American COO
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    It looks like Lamborghini is going to need a new executive to run its North American operations, as the man who's held the job until now has parted ways with the exotic automaker. That man is Michael Lock, who has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Automobile Lamborghini America LLC ...

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