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VW poaches Apple executive for self-driving car development

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show Volkswagen has successfully hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to help lead self-driving technology development. His larger role is direct responsibility for technical development for commercial vehicles, and he will also lead the company’s Mobility as a Service initiative, which imagines a future in which people will simply ride in cars rather than own them. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Hitzinger’s hiring on Wednesday and noted the former Apple executive was part of the company’s Project Titan team. Project Titan was Apple’s self-driving electric-car…

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Carlos Ghosn appears in court amid Nissan and Infiniti executive shakeup

Carlos Ghosn Embattled auto industry icon and former Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time since his Nov. 19 arrest. The appearance gave him his first opportunity to tell his story as Japanese prosecutors charged the executive with financial misconduct. CNN Business reported Ghosn told the judge he is “innocent of the accusations” and he always acted “honorably and legally” and with the knowledge of the appropriate company executives as he worked to rescue Nissan from financial disaster two decades ago. His work…

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