FRANKFURT — The message at September's auto show here was clear: it's no holds barred in the European auto market in the new millennium. Automakers used this biannual exhibition as a dueling ground, casting their gauntlets in the form of new concepts and production models and declaring no market niche safe from widespread competition. Volkswagen AG kicked things off with the unveiling of its Concept D sedan, which when converted into production form will challenge German rivals Mercedes ...

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