The auto industry’s highest-profile free agent has been signed. Wolfgang Bernhard, who left DaimlerChrysler AG earlier this year after the auto maker withdrew an offer to run its Mercedes-Benz division, will join Volkswagen AG on Feb. 1. The 44-year-old executive will serve on VW’s executive board as member at large and then take over by Jan. 1, 2006, the VW division – a once fast-rising brand that quickly is sinking in many key global markets. VW had been mentioned as a front-runner ...

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