TURIN — Michael Mauer has just one boss. Saab Automobile AB's new design director reports only to Chief Executive Officer Peter Augustsson. There is no cross-functional reporting to Wayne Cherry, General Motor Corp.'s vice president of design, nor to Saab's research and development or marketing chiefs. It's a rare level of responsibility enjoyed by few other design bosses and it means Mauer is involved not just in designing future Saabs but in deciding what kind of Saabs get built. ...

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