HAMBURG, Germany – These are difficult times for full-line manufacturers in Western Europe, and no company knows it better than General Motors Corp.’s European operations (GME). The weakest performer of GM’s four automotive regions, GME has lost almost $2 billion since 2000, and recently was rocked by the abrupt departure of its president, GM veteran Mike Burns, who left March 1 to become CEO of supplier Dana Corp. Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman-product development and chairman-GM North ...

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