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Top Chevy Volt Engineer Bolts for BMW

More turmoil at GM’s troubled opel subsidiary.

by on Apr.12, 2011

Former GM engineer Frank Weber helped guide development of both the Chevy Volt and its near-twin, the Opel Ampera, shown here.

Frank Weber, the talented engineer who guided the early development of the Chevrolet Volt, has elected to leave Opel and General Motors for a job with BMW.

Weber has been Opel’s product planning chief since the autumn of 2009 but apparently left with little warning — and Opel was none too pleased as it issued a terse statement saying he had departed to pursue other opportunities – the language often used when someone is sacked or leaves in a huff.

Weber, who helped put an engagingly fresh face on the Volt project at a critical time,  has apparently signed on for an unspecified position with BMW, which is also in the midst of launching its own electric vehicle program.

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Weber had worked for GM for 10 years and was put in charge of struggling Opel’s product development, following what was generally agreed to have been a star-turn heading up the Volt product team.