Ford will rename the Escort
WHEN FORD INTRODUCES the successor to the Ford Escort at the Paris auto show in October 1998, it will have a new name, insiders say. They don't know -or won't tell - what the new name is. The Escort was introduced in Europe in September 1980.
Ford sniffs trouble
FORD NOW SNIFFS interiors of new cars electronically, with an Aroma Sensing and Analysis Device that draws in air for computer sampling to identify the source of odors. The need for such a device emerged when a German customer returned his Escort, complaining of an unpleasant smell, said Marcela Vazan, supervisor for chemical analysis. 'We accepted that the odor was unbearable but were at a loss to determine where it was coming from,' Vazan said. They tore apart the car and found a dead mouse behind the instrument panel.
Strong pound worries Rover
IF THE POUND stays strong, 'the export industries will suffer severely,' says Walter Hasselkus, chairman and chief executive of Rover Group. Next year, when the Freelander is in full production, Rover expects to be the second largest UK exporter. 'We have proven to be a good corporate citizen, a good member of the UK, doing our bit,' said Hasselkus. 'Therefore we should be heard.'
Agnelli breaks leg
GIOVANNI AGNELLI, the 76-year-old honorary chairman of Fiat SpA, fell down stairs at his villa near Turin and broke a leg for the fifth time. This time it was his left thigh bone, which, he said, had been 'the only intact bone left in my legs.'
Most visitors to Tokyo
MOTOR SPORT thrives on statistics, but the Tokyo Motor Show is also pretty good at collecting them.
According to Yoshio Komiya, executive managing director of the Japan Motor Industrial Federation, the show drew 1,515,400 visitors (down 7,900), of whom: 25.2 percent were female; 47.3 percent were under 30; and 309 were lost children. The total includes 14,690 reporters.
Tokyo, Part II
MORE NUMBERS. A Tokyo newspaper asked 100 visitors to the Tokyo auto show to vote for their favorite display. The winner: Mercedes-Benz, getting 24 votes to beat Toyota (15), Mazda (9), Nissan (8), and BMW (5).
James B. Treece