Volvo truck importer gets cars
GOTHENBERG - Swedish Truck Distributors in South Africa will start importing Volvo cars this spring. The company now imports Volvo trucks. The current Volvo car importer, Combined Motor Holdings, will continue to operate Volvo's dealer network in South Africa.
The S40/V40 was introduced there in September 1997. About 400 units were sold by the end of the year. Volvo aims to sell 1,800 units in 1998.
VW plans new Riga sales center
RIGA, Latvia - Volkswagen will spend DM20 million to create a new dealership and distributor here.
The Riga City Council will lease municipal land to the project. VW said the dealership will create around 100 new jobs.
Edgar Kittner, a major German autotrader, is a cofounder of the new company, Volkswagen Centrs Riga. The first phase will be completed in about a year.
Klauss Juergen Bohn, export director of Volkswagen's European regional group, said the center would be the most advanced in Europe.
Auto Riga, which had been Volkswagen's authorized representative in Latvia, will in the future sell only Audi cars.
Fuji sells Porsches through Subaru
TOKYO - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. will sell Porsche cars at three of its Subaru dealerships in Japan starting in June.
Gradually, other Subaru dealers in major cities with no Porsche showroom also will sell them. In announcing the deal, Fuji pointed out that both Porsche and Fuji build horizontally opposed, water-cooled engines.
Porsche sold 2,386 units in Japan in 1997.
James B. Treece