DAX underperforms, missing out on broader European equity rally
* Euro STOXX 50 index rises 0.5 pct
* Weak inflation puts more pressure on ECB for action
* Car makers fall after Ford slashes profit outlook
* DAX slips as Russia rouble plunges
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Euro zone shares rose on Tuesday as a batch of weak inflation data increased the chances the European Central Bank will introduce new stimulus measures to boost the region's flagging economy.
But Germany's DAX index fell as the Russian rouble plunged. Many German companies have strong ties to Russia, whose economy is suffering from sanctions imposed by the West after Russia's confrontation with Ukraine.
Euro zone inflation slowed to 0.3 percent in September, in line with market forecasts, because of falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, according to a first estimate by the European Union's statistics office.
Inflation in the euro zone remains below the ECB's target of close to but under 2 percent as the regional economy stagnates. That makes it more likely the central bank will introduce full-blown quantitative easing (QE) and buy government bonds to stimulate the economy. Continuación...