The productivity gap between European and American and Japanese car makers is crystal clear in detailed statistics released by the European Commission earlier this year. However, the new figures, coming as Brussels establishes a new industry-backed high-level group, dubbed CARS 21, to explore ways to improve manufacturing competitiveness, show the European Union closing in on the U.S. (See related story: EC Solicits Ideas for Industry Improvement) Using a baseline of 100 for the U.S., ...

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