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Fiat finally agreed to transfer production of its new Panda from Poland to Italy after months of wrangling with its unions, although one militant labour organisation, FIOM, has constantly opposed the deal.

ITALY: Fiat agrees Panda deal with majority of unions

Ford on Monday (12 July) will host a press conference to highlight the UK agreeing a GBP360m loan guarantee for low-carbon development – while it appears the German government may stay true to a recent Opel decision to refuse Ford the same treatment.

GERMANY: Ford says it has "viable case" for loan guarantee

Meanwhile, in an unlikely collaboration, Victoria Beckham of Spice Girls, but more realistically David's fame, has inked a deal with Land Rover for its latest Range Rover model - the Evoque. She's “really showing interest” apparently.

UK: Victoria Beckham ‘showing real interest' in new LR role

President Obama appointed Alan Mulally to his extraordinarily high-powered Presidents Export Council – along with a host of 17 other of America's most powerful CEOs to promote, er, exports.

US: Obama appoints Ford's Mulally to Export Council

In Germany Volkswagen saw a number of management changes including a new CEO for Porsche, while staying in the country, several of the major automakers reported significant increases in sales.

GERMANY: VW group sales up 15% in first half