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April 28, 2012

Ford Motor Company, the US carmaker controlled by the founding Ford family, saw its profits plummet during the first three months of 2012, while three other family businesses have posted strong quarterly results. 

Ford Motor Company, the US carmaker controlled by the founding Ford family, saw its profits plummet during the first three months of 2012, while three other family businesses have posted strong quarterly results.

March 13, 2012

Germany’s Volkswagen needs to ensure there is enough external influence to steer the family business through tough times, following a move by the Piech family to rein in control of the carmaker.

Germany’s Volkswagen needs to ensure there is enough external influence to steer the family business through tough times, following a move by the Piech family to rein in control of the carmaker.

That’s according to Albrecht Enders, professor of strategy and innovation at Swiss-based business school IMD, who was commenting after Volkswagen proposed Ursula Piech, wife of chairman Ferdinand Piech, join the automaker's board.

March 4, 2012

Family businesses are the driving force of Germany’s economy and behind much of its success as the second biggest exporter in the world. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading German family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Family businesses are the driving force of Germany’s economy and behind much of its success as the second biggest exporter in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes and include two of the country’s iconic car makers, Volkswagen and BMW.

But many of them are the famed Mittelstand companies – small and mid-sized firms, controlled by the founder or the founder’s family, that drive forward Germany’s economy, which is Europe’s largest.

February 28, 2012

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

German carmaker Volkswagen said revenues jumped 25.6% to €159.34 billion in 2011, from €126.88 billion in 2010.

November 24, 2011

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

The arbitration, which will take place in London, follows Volkswagen’s “lack of response to Suzuki’s requests for the disposition of its shares” either back to the company or a third party, according to a statement issued by Japan’s Suzuki.

September 12, 2011

An alliance between family-controlled carmakers Suzuki and Volkswagen may come to an end over a dispute involving Fiat, the Italian car manufacturer controlled by the Agnelli family. 

An alliance between family-controlled carmakers Suzuki and Volkswagen may come to an end over a dispute involving Fiat, the Italian car manufacturer controlled by the Agnelli family.

Suzuki Motor offered to buy Volkswagen’s stake in the company on 12 September after the German firm accused its Japanese partner of breaking the terms of their contract by agreeing to buy diesel engines from Fiat, instead of first considering VW.

However, in a statement, Suzuki denied the allegation: “We can affirm that we have not breached the contract.”

September 9, 2011

The management team at Volkswagen are “urgently” examining “potential courses of action” to ensure that the planned merger of the German carmaker with Porsche can go ahead, according to a spokesman for VW.   

The management team at Volkswagen are “urgently” examining “potential courses of action” to ensure that the planned merger of the German carmaker with Porsche can go ahead, according to a spokesman for VW.

VW said this week that efforts to merge the two family-controlled companies are being hampered by legal issues relating to Porsche's failed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008, which saw Porsche accumulate a debt of €10 billion.

February 24, 2011

Family-controlled German carmakers, Porsche and Volkswagen, announced on 23 February that their planned merger may not happen this year due to pending legal issues.

Family-controlled German carmakers, Porsche and Volkswagen, announced on 23 February that their planned merger may not happen this year due to pending legal issues.

The two carmakers had previously revealed plans to merge by the second half of this year, but unresolved legal issues relating to a failed takeover of VW by Porsche in 2008 are likely to delay the merger.

April 19, 2010

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

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