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    The game of musical chairs continues among the senior execs at the Volkswagen Group. Wolfgang Dürheimer has just been announced as CEO of both the Bentley and Bugatti brands, a role he relinquished at the end of 2012 to become the head of R&D at Audi. Dürheimer didn’t last long at Audi--he was replaced after less than a year by Ulrich Hackenberg. No reason was given though it’s thought the dismissal was due to his reluctance to push ahead with electric car projects like the R8 e-tron and A2 minicar. Dürheimer starts the new job at Bentley and Bugatti on June 1...

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    Audi R&D Chief Wolfgang Dürheimer Replaced By Ulrich Hackenberg: Official

    Audi R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer has been replaced just 10 months after taking up his current position. Germany’s Der Spiegel was first to report that Dürheimer was likely to be replaced as Audi’s R&D chief by Volkswagen Group R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg, and now...

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    Bentley To Offer Diesels, Replace Mulsanne V-8 With W-12

    Former Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen was never a fan of diesel, and it appears Rolls-Royce isn’t either, however, Volkswagen Group dynamo Wolfgang Dürheimer, who was brought in back in 2010 to oversee Bentley’s expansion into the world of SUVs and advanced powertrains, does see a...

  • 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F concept design sketches
    Bentley Designer Lays Out Brand’s Future Plans

    The reception to the unveiling of Bentley’s EXP 9 F SUV concept was, to say the least, somewhat polarizing. However, that was to be expected given that this was not only the historic brand’s first foray into the SUV segment, but that it was also the first time any major automaker has...

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    Bentley Plug-In Hybrid In W-12 And V-8 Varieties, SUV To Be Full-Size

    Bentley's Wolfgang Durheimer says that Bentley plans a large SUV and possible W-12 and V-8 hybrids.

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    Bentley To Announce Le Mans Comeback Next Summer

    While Formula 1 is still the top echelon for motorsports, Le Mans endurance racing looks to be more and more exciting for the major automakers. Porsche recently confirmed its return to the top level LMP1 class in 2014 and Lexus, too, is rumored to be preparing an LFA race car for the GTE class. Now...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept live in Geneva. Photos © United Pictures, Int'l.

    With this month’s unveiling of the new 918 RSR hybrid race car concept, which featured a distinct coupe bodystyle, there were immediately suggestions that the cool convertible bodystyle seen on the previous 918 Spyder concept would be dropped at production time. Nothing can be further from the truth, according to former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. Speaking with Autocar, Dürheimer revealed that the hard-top 918 RSR would be the basis for a coupe version of the new 918 destined for motorsport use while the 918 Spyder lays the groundwork for the road-legal version...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Los Angeles 2009
    Porsche Developing Four-Cylinder Boxer Engine For Boxster And Cayman

    For better or worse, government and social concern over fuel efficiency is a real and serious consideration for the world's major automakers. Porsche, with its full line of vehicles and rapidly increasing sales, is among them, so it’s not surprising to hear that even the legendary sports car...

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