Wednesday morning car news round-up

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Toyota considers Brazil for hybrid factory – Reuters.  “Could make Toyota the first company producing such cars in Brazil, where high production costs, a huge sugar ethanol industry and a market focused on entry-level subcompacts have marginalized the role of electric and hybrid vehicles.”

Advance Auto Parts to buy General Parts in $2.04 bln deal – Reuters.  Would create “the largest automotive after-market parts provider in North America.”

Nissan Pixo axed – Autocar. Nissan stops production of city car, Suzuki continues production of sibling Alto.

BMW Donation to Merkel’s Party Draws Fire – WSJ. Nearly $1 million donation made by the family behind BMW as the German government lobbied against EU plans for stricter car-emission limits.

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