What the papers say: November 13

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What the papers say: November 13
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What Car? Staff
13 Nov 2008 10:00

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Life after Rover MG
The Financial Times covers a report on how the local community suffered from the closure of Rover MG. While most of the workers have found new employment, the wages they earn are significantly under what they received as car makers. The report sees the Rover MG closure as a test case for the economic crisis that we are now experiencing.
The Financial Times

Republicans fight car industry's rescue
Senior Republicans have made it clear that they will oppose plans to rescue the US auto industry, according to the Financial Times. A negative outcome could have dire consequences for the European arms of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
The Financial Times

Fiat feel the pain
The downturn continues to take hold across Europe. Fiat has told its employees to stay away for an extra week from its flagship Miafiori factory in Turin, Italy. The suspension is in addition to a two week halt that's already underway. The suspension of production will also be observed at the Alfa Romeo Mito line.
The Times

Killer drivers face tougher sentences
The Telegraph reports that prosecutors have been told to be tougher on dangerous driving. The order comes after a review of sentencing found that drivers who killed have escaped prison. The report noted that some drivers were being charged with a lesser offence, when evidence justified more serious charges.
The Telegraph

Bleak transformation
The Telegraph's cartoon shows the US auto industry as a transformer toy, morphing from a car into a grimacing worker who is following a sign pointing to bankruptcy.
The Telegraph

300,000 Maybach too small
The Daily Mail is amazed that despite paying 300,000 for his Maybach, Rod Stewart's car does not have enough room to comfortably carry four passengers especially difficult for the long-legged ladies among his party. The paparazzi weren't complaining, though.
Daily Mail

Car glass cartel fined
The European Commission set a record fine of just under 1.4 billion (1.17 billion) on four car glass manufacturers yesterday. They had been accused of operating a cartel for five years.
The Times