The Asia-Russia crisis 'may have some consequences regarding the sales of top-of-the-range cars in the Paris area. Our Jaguar and BMW dealers in Paris state that their sales in early September 1998 have slowed down ... relative to what they expected.'
A spokesman for Cica, a division of Jardines (46 French dealerships)
'No, no, three times no. Everything is stable.'
Piet de Jong, spokesman for Opel's distributor in the Netherlands
'Retail customers now appear to be showing signs of feeling the pinch, with more and more using personal contract purchases to obtain the cars of their choice.'
John Roberts (Citroen) Birmingham, UK
'When people open their papers and read about economic gloom around the world, it affects their thinking.'
Alec Murray (Rover) Manchester, UK
'The Russian crisis had a small impact, affecting only affluent customers heavily involved on the stock market. ... The crisis in the Far East is giving Japanese and South Korean makers a considerable short-term price advantage.'
Pietro Mocarelli (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati), Milan, Italy
'When your capital gains are under risks, some people could decide to get off from risky investments and to delay an important family purchase such as a new car.'
Ovidio Perugi (Ford), Grosseto, Italy