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Daimler's Smart factory: A very German and French operation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
A visit to Smart's car production plant in France offers a first-hand look at how the Daimler subsidiary gets two different cultures to work together.

Lexus bankrolls extra episode of Food Network's 'Restaurant Impossible'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
Viewers of the special airing Sunday of "Restaurant: Impossible" on the Food Network will see two chefs with ties to Lexus alongside muscle-bound host Robert Irvine.

China's Wanxiang wins auction for U.S.-backed A123

8:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
China's largest maker of auto parts won a politically sensitive auction for A123 Systems, a bankrupt maker of batteries for electric cars that was funded partly with federal government money, the investment banker for A123 said on Saturday.

Zetsche streamlines Daimler with EADS sale to catch BMW, Audi

Dec. 8, 2012 06:15 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche moved forward in his plan to concentrate company efforts on carmaking this week by overseeing the sale of shares in EADS.


The stuff that trumps more mega-hyper-data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2012
You don't have to be in the auto biz for long to notice the steady creep of … more. More facts, more data, more choices, more comparables … more information at hand to make decisions. Oh yeah, are there ever moredecisions.

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