Porsche's China CEO, Deesch Papke, forecast that sales growth in the country will accelerate next year, fueled by the introduction of the Macan compact SUV and a push to expand into the inner regions of the country.
The improved ability of automakers to build small batches of specialty cars in-house, combined with the global recession, made life difficult for coachbuilders. But with the economy improving, Italian styling house Pininfarina is looking to re-enter the game.
French President Francois Hollande has laid out a 10-year roadmap to revive French industry by promoting new technologies such as self-driving cars to spur job creation. The plan, however, promises little public money from stretched state coffers.