LISBON – A Volkswagen Sharan multipurpose vehicle (MPV) sits astride the white brick building housing AutoEuropa, an auto plant many here hope will remain a piece of Volkswagen AG’s global footprint after 2005. That’s when production of the Sharan, SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy MPVs is slated to end at the largest auto manufacturing facility in Portugal. For now, plant executives are adopting a wait-and-see attitude concerning their future. Founded in July 1991 as a joint venture ...

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