Motorola: Bye-Bye, Auto Electronics

The goal is to concentrate on handsets like the Q phone, which the outfit hopes is its BlackBerry killer

Motorola CEO Edward Zander loves gadgets -- the kind of products that he can see and touch (see BW Online, 02/27/06, "Why Zander Jumped to Motorola"). That's clear if you've ever seen him handle one of the company's prototype cell phones. So it makes sense that Motorola is selling a unit that's not focused on handsets -- its automotive electronics business -- to Continental, a German tire company and leading global automotive supplier.

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