The boss of German sportscar maker Porsche yesterday chose the group's first-half results to take another swipe at UK subsidies for Rover.
Porsche chairman Mr Wendelin Wiedeking is to take the matter up with the European Commission, claiming unfair competition.
Mr Wiedeking, who had previously indicated he would seek to oppose cash aid for Rover, is unhappy with indications that the troubled car-maker could get up to pounds 200 million, half from Britain and half from Europe.
He plans to send a protest letter this week to Competition Commissioner Mr Karel Van Miert.
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Mr Wiedeking said to offer "such a gift" to …