VW Lupo will win a race before it shows up at the Turin auto show
The Volkswagen Lupo GTi will win its first race the weekend before Volkswagen presents the car 21 April at the Turin auto show.
Volkswagen has initiated the Lupo Cup in Germany, a series of about a dozen all-Lupo races.
VW's partner is ADAC, the German automobile club. The first race is 18 April at the Hockenheim Ring in Germany. Participants are 20 drivers aged 17-24.
Another version of the Lupo will be Volkswagen's fuel-efficient car that drives 100km on three liters of fuel. The racing version has a 112hp, 1.4-liter engine that pushes the car to 200kph. Volkswagen will offer a street version of the GTi this autumn, along with less sporty options.
The Lupo Cup is VW's first step toward a more intense involvement in motorsports.
Skoda comes a long way
SKODA HAS COME a long way since being taken over by Volkswagen. The Czech automaker, once the butt of jokes about poor quality, finished first in the J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey in the UK. Skoda was chosen the most desirable make, although the Subaru Impreza and the Honda Prelude were declared the most satisfying individual models to own.
Land Rover's new targets
DICK ELSY, project director of the Land Rover Freelander, was teased during a Land Rover celebration. Tom Barton, 82, told how his 1948 team of 40 engineers produced a prototype in a year. Elsy had 2,000 people and 34 months for the Freelander. Elsy's boss, engineering director Nick Stephenson, joke that he fired Elsy 'for taking too long and costing too much.'
Edsel Ford II quits
Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, will leave his executive post with the company.
Ford, 49, will step down as president of Ford Credit 1 May. He will remain on Ford's board of directors and finance committee.
'I'm at a point when my age and nearly 25 years of service, the responsibility of the Ford name, and my father's legacy in Southeast Michigan community affairs, puts me at a crossroads,' he said.
His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960 to 1980.