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China to overtake the West in the Auto-Industry

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“In recent years, China has become the world’s fastest growing automotive producer,” according to a new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service. “[China’s] annual vehicle output has increased from less than 2 million vehicles in the late 1990s to 9.5 million in 2008. In terms of production volume in 2008, China has surpassed Korea, France, Germany, and the United States,... 

Antique car dealer finds Hitler's Mercedes

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A Düsseldorf antique car dealer working on behalf of a Russian billionaire told The Local on Monday he has located a Mercedes limousine belonging to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler after a painstaking two-month search. The midnight blue 770K model vehicle was locked away in a Bielefeld collector’s garage with seven others also previously owned by Nazi party officials, Michael Fröhlich said, confirming... 

Volkswaggen overtakes Japanese Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

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Volkswagen Group has displaced Toyota for the first time as the world’s largest car manufacturer in terms of production. The German carmaker produced 4.4 million vehicles in the first nine months of the year, overtaking its Japanese rival by 400,000 units, consulting firm IHS Global Insight said on Wednesday. Volkswagen Group owns a variety of models such as Skoda and Seat and high-end lines... 

Ford employee arrested for stealing trade secrets for China

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A Ford Motor Co. employee has been charged with stealing its trade secrets for the Chinese, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Xiang Dong Yu, also known as Mike Yu, 47, of Beijing, China, was arrested on Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport when he tried to re-enter the country from China. He has been charged with theft of trade secrets, attempted... 

Volkswagen plan total takeover of Porsche

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Volkswagen are planning a total takeover of Porsche, revising earlier reports that VW was only buying half of the sports car giant, news magazine Der Spiegel said Saturday. According the magazine, the sale will be completed in two stages – first 49.9 percent will be taken over, as had been reported this week, then VW will move to buy the rest of the company. Porsche are to receive around €8 billion... 

Bankruptcy looms for GM; Chrysler awaits fate

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General Motors Corp. has pulled together many of the pieces needed to complete government-ordered restructuring, but its board still is likely to decide Saturday to head into bankruptcy protection because there’s too much left to do. Word of the board’s decision, which would be made during two days of meetings, may not be known until Monday, when GM is expected to actually file for bankruptcy... 

America Takes A Body Blow: Chrysler Bankrupt, GM in trouble

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There is no way Obama can spin or fast-talk his way out of this one. Nor can he blame it on Bush as this is happening months into Obama’s presidency. Chrysler has just gone bankrupt and GM is not far behind. An AFP article reports “Chrysler was forced into bankruptcy protection Thursday… Chrysler said most of its plants will be ‘temporarily’ idled until the transaction is complete… Senior... 

South Africa The Completely lawless chaotic hell of Johannesburg traffic

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Johannesburg used to be an orderly First World city. They used to call it the “Golden City”. But these days Johannesburg is quite chaotic. You can hardly drive through any part of Johannesburg anymore without coming across traffic lights that aren’t working. The black taxi drivers of South Africa are known for their terrible driving, their constant breaking of the rules of the road... 

Romanian Car Dacia Presented at Geneva the Future Dacia Duster 2009

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Dacia is Renault’s low budget Eastern European brand with big ambitions. As you can see from this Duster concept, Dacia proves style doesn’t have to cost big bucks. The Dacia – pronounced DA-chee-a, don’tcha know – Duster is a stylish coupe crossover that’s designed to be as cheap, practical and robust as it is good looking. But we think it might just be a jack of too many trades… At... 

French-Designed Car Runs on Compressed Air and will be produced by Tata Motors

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What seemed like a pipe dream may soon become reality as Frenchman Guy Negre hopes versions of his compressed air car will be produced in India this year by Tata Motors Ltd after a 15 year quest for backers for his invention. Negre believes the time is right for his design with oil prices at record highs and pressure on carmakers to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. “It is clear... 
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