U.S. automakers aren't the only ones having fits and starts about where to restructure, where to cut back and where to expand.
Germany's Volkswagen AG, which now plans to build a factory in Russia with capacity for 250,000 cars a year, has backed out of a much smaller deal in Malaysia.
Malaysian automaker Proton, which is controlled by the government, was supposed to assemble VW cars from knockdown kits and sell them in Malaysia. That deal is off because the partners had different expectations.
Meanwhile, in Europe the automaker is trying to reduce product development costs and realign its manufacturing base, which could eliminate thousands of jobs.
It's just part of the ebb and flow of being a global automaker in the 21st century.
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