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BMW has hired away former Opel exec Frank Weber, according to Automotive News Europe. In his new position, Weber will report to Klaus Draeger, BMW's head of research and development. The hiring of Weber shows that automakers value expertise in the alternative-technology vehicle segment, since BMW rarely snags execs from its competition, preferring to promote from within. Adding Weber to its roster of employees is a move that should provide BMW with a boost in electrified vehicle expertise as its

Weber Automotive, a leader in the manufacture of engine blocks and crankshafts (many of the magnesium VW Beetle engine blocks were cast by Weber), has designed a small V4 engine in an attempt to provide an alternative to inline fours in emerging markets such as China.