PARIS – Renault SA is planning for a 20% drop in the West European car market in 2009, cutting production and encouraging early retirements. “Since World War II, the automobile industry has never seen anything like this,” Renault Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata says in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien. The European countries that use the euro currency have plunged into recession following two straight quarters of reduced economic activity in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...

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