FRANKFURT — Karl-Heinz Kalbfell is starting a car company from nothing. Well, not quite. He has a name: Rolls-Royce. On Jan. 1, 2003, when BMW AG assumes control of Rolls-Royce from Volkswagen AG, the Crewe, U.K., plant and its dedicated and experienced workforce, the home of RR and Bentley for a half century, stays with VW, the owners of Bentley. Under an agreement forged last year by VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and then-BMW boss Bernd Pischetsrieder, the two marques that have been ...

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