FRANKFURT — By 2001, the world's carmakers will have played the end game. That's Juergen Hubbert's timing and description for the automotive industry's consolidation that currently is driving various manufacturers into each other's arms. Hubbert, the director responsible for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars within DaimlerChrysler AG, is well placed to know. Only five of today's groupings, he says, are safe from takeover or further mergers: General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, ...

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