Gm Vs. Vw: Gentlemen, Gun Your Engines

GM is taking a run at VW's new Golf with a retooled Astra

Now that Volkswagen and General Motors Corp. have ended their legal battle over former purchasing guru Jose Ignacio Lopez de ArriortPound a, the auto giants are gearing up for an old-fashioned street fight. Later this year, both carmakers will square off with spiffy, all-new versions of their top-selling models, the VW Golf and GM's Astra. Even though the cars' official debuts aren't until the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, both sides are jockeying for position, leaking information and photos to car-buff magazines.

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