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    Report: Focus chief engineer leaves Ford for... yacht builder?
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    2012 Ford Focus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Jens Ludmann, the German engineer in Ford's European arm who led the development of the S-Max, Mondeo and 2012 Focus, is departing the automaker after a successful 10-year run. Where to? He's leaving the Blue Oval to join the deep ...

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    Report: Fiat says Ferrari boss Montezemolo not quitting
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    Luca Cordero di Montezemolo stepped down from his position as chairman of Fiat a couple of months ago but remains chairman and president of Ferrari. There have been recent reports that Montezemolo also leave that role, with an Italian paper claiming that an Agnelli family scion would take over ...

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    Is GM's new CFO Liddell on track to become CEO?
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    Chris Liddell, the Microsoft CFO who'll be leaving to to take the same position at GM next month, might not stop there. Observers have suggested that Liddell wants the chance to run his own company, and say they can't imagine a star at Microsoft would take a post at an "eroded pillar of an old ...

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    Pat Schiavone, Ford Flex and F150 designer, resigns
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    Patrick Schiavone, Ford's design director for trucks and crossovers, is leaving The Blue Oval. In his 21 years with the company, Schiavone has penned and helped develop Fords both naughty and nice: the last two F-150s; the Flex; Expedition; Cougar; Focus; Lincoln Navigator and Blackwood; the ...

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    REPORT: Trio of top Toyota execs to retire
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    Departing Toyota VPs Steve Sturm, Dave Danzer, Irv Miller
    According to Automotive News, three of Toyota's group vice presidents will be leaving the company in less than sixty days. Steve Sturm, 28 years with the company, oversaw strategic research and planning for the Americas as well as ...

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    GM says 17,398 workers took buyout
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    More than one-fourth of GM's 74,000 hourly employees are going to grab the loot and skedaddle. Earlier this year, UAW President Ron Gettlefinger estimated that 15,000 would put their hands out, but another couple thousand decided to hop on the General's money train. The workers are expected to ...

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    No tanks necessary: Russian luxury personnel carrier
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    Is the armored Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard not enough? How about a luxury tank? This amphibious Russian combat reconnaissance/patrol vehicle was purchased by a Russian oligarch and retrofitted with a host of luxury equipment including a full leather interior with wood trim, plus night-vision, hi-fi ...

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