FRANKFURT – The battle to control Rolls-Royce Motors is a tale of intrigue, personal drama, manipulation and marvelous irony. Mostly, it is a saga involving BMW AG and Volkswagen AG, but at various times through the often tortuous, near decade-long contest, others such as Mercedes-Benz and even Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co., plus a well-funded group of Rolls-Royce owners, have been a part of the struggle. The end-play, resulting in the splitting of Rolls-Royce and ...

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