CREWE, U.K. — It's the auto industry's version of the Hong Kong hand-over. In mid-1997 the British government ceded control of Hong Kong to Mainland China, overnight transforming the island from a British colony to a part of one of the largest communist nations in the world. It's a similar situation at U.K.-based Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars. Because of a complicated series of deals cut between the British and Germans — namely Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, former Rolls owner Vickers plc ...

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