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Chinese carmakers snap up talent from Germany's fading Opel

Geely and Chery develop engineering hubs close to former GM unit's headquarters

Geely’s engineering center in Raunheim. (Photo by Jens Kastner)

RAUNHEIM, Germany -- Chinese carmakers still have little to show for more than a decade's worth of efforts to crack Western auto markets.

Now Geely and Chery, two of China's most prominent car groups, are taking a new tack as they seek to offset their slumping home market. Each has set up a key European base in the small German town of Raunheim, close by the Russelsheim headquarters of Opel Automobile.

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