DETROIT — With last month's sale of Rover Cars to U.K. turnaround specialists Alchemy Partners Ltd. and the shuffling of Land Rover operations into Ford Motor Co. hands, rumors are rife that a closer tie between BMW AG and Ford is in the offing. It's certainly a little easier to believe that the Quandts' resolve (the family holds a 48% share) to keep BMW independent may be breaking down. The decision to sell Rover puts BMW nearly back to square one in its 21st century survival strategy. ...

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