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Porsche 911 GT3 with more power

Porsche 911 GT3 with more powerStuttgart, Germany  - Porsche will show off a more powerful 911 GT3 with the six-cylinder engine boosted by 15 kW/20 horsepower to 320 kW/435 hp and exterior details such as wider fenders and a pronounced rear wing at this year's Geneva Motor Show from March 5- 15.

Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is listed at 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 313 km/h. Porsche did not reveal any fuel consumption figures.

Sato loses out as Bourdais is confirmed in Toro Rosso seat for 2009

Stuttgart - The Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team confirmed Friday that Sebastien Bourdais will retain his seat for the 2009 season.

The 29-year-old Frenchman will team up with Swiss rookie Sebastien Buemi, who takes the place of Sebastian Vettel following the German's move to parent team Red Bull.

Japanese driver Takuma Sato and Brazilian Bruno Senna were also in the frame for a seat with Toro Rosso this season but team principal Franz Tost said the team decided to stick with Bourdais.

"We are pleased that Sebastien will be with us again for another season. After one year with Toro Rosso we expect him to profit from the experience he gained last season," said Tost.

Ljuboja kicked out of Stuttgart squad

Danijel LjubojaStuttgart  - Serbian striker Danijel Ljuboja was kicked out of VfB Stuttgart's squad for the rest of the season for disciplinary reasons, the German Bundesliga club said on Thursday.

Stuttgart did not elaborate on his wrongdoings, speaking only of two incidents within a short period. The Bild daily said he missed training on Tuesday after a late night party in a local bar.

Ljuboja's contract ends after the season.

The 30-year-old came to Stuttgart in 2005 but never made an impact. He was loaned off to SV Hamburg and VfL Wolfsburg and only a reserve player in Stuttgart this season. dpa

Long-sought Nazi war criminal presumed dead

Stuttgart - A long-sought Nazi war criminal known as "Dr Death" is "presumedly dead," German police said Thursday, a day after two media outlets reported he died in Cairo 16 years ago.

A spokesman in the southern city of Stuttgart said police had "meaningful information" that Aribert Heim lived undetected in the Egyptian capital from 1963 and is buried there.

Germany's ZDF television channel and the New York Times reported Wednesday that the Austrian-born former concentration camp doctor died of cancer on August 10,
1992.

Heim was thought to have been living in South America, but there were also reports that he had sought sanctuary in Spain and Denmark after fleeing Germany in the early

Klitschko predicts knock out against Gomez; Chagaev back in ring

Klitschko predicts knock out against Gomez; Chagaev back in ring Stuttgart  - World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko predicted Monday he would knock out Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez in a mandatory bout in Stuttgart in March.

"You're difficult to send to the floor but I'll manage it," the 37-year-old Ukrainian told his challenger in Stuttgart.

"You talk too much," Gomez countered at a news conference ahead of the March 21 bout at the Hans-Martin-Schleyer hall.

Global economic crisis hits Porsche as sales plunge

Porsche LogoStuttgart, Germany - Luxury sports carmaker Porsche SE launched a 100-million-euro (129-million-dollar) cost-cutting program Friday after the global economic slowdown triggered a dramatic slump in its sales.

The manufacturer of 911, Boxster, Caymen and Cayenne sports cars, Porsche said sales will drop by 27.3 per cent to 34,000 vehicles during the first half of the company's
2008-2009 fiscal year.

Speaking at the at the group's annual shareholders meeting in Stuttgart, Porsche Wendelin Wiedeking announcing further production cuts.

Facelift for Peugeot's perennial 206

Facelift for Peugeot's perennial 206Stuttgart  - Peugeot has treated its 10-year-old 206 to a makeover in a bid to keep it near the top of the supermini registration league, Germany's auto motor und sport magazine reports.

The Lion marque designers have restyled the front of the car to give it the same gaping grille and heavily-sculpted look of the 207 hot hatch which it is sold alongside. The new model for Europe will be officially unveiled at the Geneva show in March.

Futuristic new Porsche museum opens on January 31

Futuristic new Porsche museum opens on January 31 Stuttgart  - A striking new museum which celebrates German sports car manufacturer Porsche is to open in Stuttgart on January 31.

The finishing touches are currently being made to the landmark building close to the company's head office in the suburb of Zuffenhausen.

Daimler confirms desire to sell Chrysler stake

Daimler-Chrysler LogoStuttgart - Daimler of Germany confirmed Tuesday its desire to sell the one-fifth of US automaker Chrysler which it still owns after their unhappy marriage.

"We continue to be interested in selling the 19.9 per cent," said a spokeswoman in Stuttgart, the same day as Chrysler and Fiat announced a preliminary agreement to merge.

The German carmaker's talks with private-equity investor Cerberus on a sale of the stake ground to a stop last autumn, when Cerberus demanded compensation from the Germans in connection with the earlier sale of the majority of Chrysler shares.

Woman trapped by fallen junk rescued in German apartment

Woman trapped by fallen junk rescued in German apartment Stuttgart  - A woman, 85, who could not throw anything away spent days trapped under a collapsed pile of yellowing paper in her apartment, police in the German city of Stuttgart said Monday.

After her rescue, she was taken to hospital suffering from severe dehydration. It was not clear how many days her ordeal lasted.

The building's landlady called police after the tenant failed to answer her doorbell. Officers said gnats were flying around the paper and other stinking rubbish that filled the home almost to the ceiling.

FIA boss Mosley calls for F1 budget limit

FIA boss Mosley calls for F1 budget limit Stuttgart  - World motorsport supremo Max Mosley on Friday spoke out in favour of an identical budget for all Formula One teams.

"Nothing is more fair than having all teams competing with the same budget," the FIA president Mosley told the website of German auto, motor und sport magazine.

"I reminded the teams that this measure would solve all problems at once."

Mercedes will not rule out helping former Honda team

Mercedes will not rule out helping former Honda team Stuttgart  - German car manufacturer Mercedes will not rule out helping the former Honda team participate in this season's Formula One season.

Honda last month announced that they were pulling out of Formula One, leaving the English team without an engine maker backing them.

Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug on Tuesday is quoted on the autosport. com website as saying that they would not rule out helping the team.

Ferrari and McLaren prepare for a costcutting 2009 F1 season

Stuttgart  - Ferrari will launch its new F2009 car for the 2009 Formula One season in Mugello Monday while main championship rival McLaren-Mercedes presents its car four days later in Woking.

Snow and sub-zero temperatures have forced Ferrari to switch its launch from Fiorano further south to Mugello and the cold winds of the global financial crisis are also being felt in the sport with costcutting now top of the agenda.

Earlier this week, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) unanimously agreed to a set of measures designed to reduce costs for this season by up to 30 per cent, making savings somewhere in the region of a billion euros (1.35 billion dollars).

Swiss driver Sebastian Buemi gets Toro Rosso ride

Swiss driver Sebastian Buemi gets Toro Rosso ride Stuttgart  - Swiss driver Sebastian Buemi is to drive for Toro Rosso this season, the team announced on Friday.

The 20-year-old will take over from Sebastian Vettel, who sensationally become the youngest-ever Grand Prix winner last year when he won in Monaco.

The German has moved to the Red Bull team.

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said that they had been impressed with former GP2 driver Buemi. "Out engineers were impressed with his speed in the car and his ability to learn and to develop."

VW shares up after Porsche takes majority stake

Porsche-Volkswagen LogoStuttgart - Volkswagen shares rose sharply on Tuesday, a day after sports carmaker Porsche announced it had acquired a majority stake in its German rival.

VW shares climbed to 287.09 euros (384 dollars) on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, up 12.7 per cent from Monday when Porsche disclosed it had increased its stake in Europe's biggest carmaker to 50.76 per cent.

The move gives Porsche a controlling say in Swedish commercial vehicles maker Scania and obliges it to make a takeover offer for the company.

Schuster a candidate for Stuttgart coaching job

Bernd SchusterStuttgart - Bernd Schuster is a candidate for the VfB Stuttgart coaching post as current incumbent Markus Babbel can only continue in his role until the end of the season as he hasn't got a coaching licence, the Sport-Bild reported Wednesday.

Stuttgart denied the report that Schuster, who was sacked as Real Madrid coach last week, was being considered for the job and refused to comment further on the situation.

The German football federation (DFB) and German football league (DFL) announced Tuesday that Babbel must obtain a full German coaching licence if he wants to be in charge of VfB Stuttgart beyond the end of the season.

Stealthy electric cars are set to get noisier

Stuttgart, Germany  - It is a common scene wherever today's pioneering electric vehicles whirr through inner city streets - startled pedestrians leap aside and cyclists start to wobble.

For electric cars are not only clean, but virtually silent too and there's the rub. The noise of a conventional car engine warns people that a vehicle is approaching. Pure electric cars and diesel electrics are powered by electric motor at low speeds or in traffic, making it harder to hear them coming.

Silent running makes for a calmer panorama in the city but critics see pedestrian safety at risk. Several manufacturers have come up with innovative, technical solutions to the problem.

Ferrari boss talks of unified front to help F1 through downturn

Ferrari boss talks of unified front to help F1 through downturnStuttgart  - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes Formula One's governing body the FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) have found the right measures to help the sport come through the current global economic slowdown.

The two groups held crisis talks in Monaco Wednesday about the future of F1 where escalating costs and Honda's shock withdrawal last Friday were discussed.

Mercedes sports chief Haug calls on F1 to scrap hybrid system

Mercedes LogoStuttgart - Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug has called for plans to introduce the hybrid system KERS in Formula One to be scrapped as a cost-saving measure.

Haug, whose company is part of the McLaren-Mercedes team, told the German weekly Motorsport aktuell published Tuesday that "the time for games is over" as motorsport seeks ways to rein in costs.

From next season teams will be allowed to use KERS - Kinetic Energy Retention Systems - to harness the energy created by a car's brakes and reuse it as a source of power.

Shorter working week at carmaker Daimler

Shorter working week at carmaker DaimlerStuttgart - Daimler AG has put thousands of workers at its biggest car plant on short time in a bid to offset a dramatic slump in sales, the head of the employees' council said Monday.

Eric Klemm said two-thirds of the 30,000 employees at the Sindelfingen plant in southern Germany would be affected by the move, which is due to last from January 12 until March 31 in 2009.

Discussions on working hours with employees at other Daimler plants in Germany are also taking place, he said.

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