aimler AG and Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. plan a commercial-vehicle joint venture in China to tap into the demand generated by the country’s trade growth, which saw truck sales rise 19.3% in first-half 2008. The government-owned Shanghai Daily newspaper quotes an unnamed Foton official as saying the Beijing-based venture will make Mercedes-Benz trucks and engines and Foton vehicles. He says the pact will be signed in time for the Aug. 8 opening of the Beijing Olympics. The newspaper ...

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