A-class will get van
DAIMLER-BENZ will build a Mercedes-Benz A-class delivery van after 2000. A feasibility study concluded that the van should have a longer wheelbase than the hatchback.
Wim Oude Weernink
Mercedes at show
TWO MERCEDES-BENZ cars will debut at the Detroit auto show in January: the CLK convertible and a concept based on the M-class sport-utility, called the ML430. Conceived as a high-performance M-class, it will have 4.3-liter V-8 engine. Originally, the ML430 was to have been built by Porsche.
Wim Oude Weernink
Daimler sales gain
TUEBINGEN, Germany - Daimler-Benz AG expects 1997 sales of at least DM120 billion ($67.6 billion), said chief executive Juergen Schrempp. Daimler's 1996 sales were DM106.3 billion.
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Honda to raise Swindon output
SWINDON, UK - Honda will add 400 workers at its UK plant to increase production of its Accord and Civic. Combined 1997 output will be 105,000 units. By the end of 1998, Honda plans to reach an annual production rate of 150,000. The new jobs in production and engineering areas take the workforce total to 3,000.
Crain to launch magazine for auto engineers
Crain Communications, publisher of Automotive News Europe and 29 other publications, will launch a worldwide quarterly magazine 1 March for automotive engineers and executives.
Automotive Global Quarterly will be the official magazine of FISITA, the international federation of automotive engineering societies with offices in Paris and London.
The magazine will focus on developments in automotive technology and design; on the people behind those developments; and on global issues such as safety, the environment and regulatory standardization.
It will draw on the worldwide news resources of Automotive News Europe and its sister publication, Automotive News. Peter Brown, editor of Automotive Global Quarterly, can be reached by by e-mail at [email protected] crain.com or by telephone at (1) 313 446 1600.
A story in the 27 October issue referred to the Tulip electric-powered prototype as a Renault vehicle. The Tulip was actually built by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.