Despite the weakening global economy, it’s full speed ahead for Germany’s Audi AG. And why not? While auto makers worldwide are pressuring governments to stimulate market demand or provide more direct financial help, and two of Detroit’s car manufacturers are perched perilously on the edge of bankruptcy, Audi reports record sales and profits for 2008. The performance has the company vowing to bully its way through the global recession by maintaining spending on new products and ...

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