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    Report: GM wants 30% stake in possible joint Opel-Fiat company

    The landscape of the automotive industry is changing, and before things are done, the changes may be massive. Already Fiat and Chrysler are forging an alliance, and Fiat is also going after part of Opel. Now a source says General Motors wants a piece of any merged Fiat-Opel operation that might...

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    Kuwaiti investor takes 40% stake in UK's Prodrive

    Kuwaiti investment firm, The Investment Dar (TID), has taken a 40% stake in Prodrive, the UK motorsports and technology company announced today. The investment is the culmination of a year's worth of planning and talks that identified the benefits of the buy-in to both TID and Prodrive. “Our...

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