Audi sends new sales director to Lamborghini
SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy - Haydan Leshel has been appointed director or sales, marketing and merchandising at Lamborghini. It is the first appointment since Volkswagen's Audi AG took over Lamborghini in July. Leshel was previously responsible for Audi's central European sales.
BMW plans Thai car assembly plant
BMW SAID it will build a car assembly plant in Thailand with capacity to produce 10,000 BMW and Rover cars by 2004 for the Asian market.
BMW said the Amata-based coastal plant will start producing BMW and Rover cars, as well as Land Rover off-road vehicles, in early 2000 for the Thai market.
The plant will employ 250 people in its first year, rising to between 500 and 600 by 2004.
BMW plans to export cars to other countries in the region but said ASEAN nations had to drop import barriers and create a free trade zone to make this possible.
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Hungarian 1st half sales rise 40%
BUDAPEST - New-car sales jumped 40 percent in the first six months to 48,693, despite a shortage of such models as the VW Golf and Passat and the Opel Astra. The No. 1 brand was Suzuki, with about 10,000 sales. Industry observers predict that 1998 sales will pass the 1994 record of 90,000 units.
LucasVarity brakes for Honda Odyssey
LONDON - LucasVarity has won its first contract with Honda in North America. It will provide the brake actuation system, rear drum brakes and front calipers for the 1999 Odyssey minivan built in Alliston, Canada.
Renault will build engines in Brazil
CURITIBA, Brazil - Renault will build a FF580 million ($105 million) engine plant alongside its Curitiba assembly plant.
The engine plant will start producing 1.0-liter and 1.6-liter engines in 2000 for the Clio, Megane and Kangoo models that will be assembled at Curitiba and Cordoba, Renault's assembly plant in Argentina. Production capacity will reach 6,000 units a week, roughly 300,000 a year.
Russia falls 30%
MOSCOW - Russian vehicle production in August fell 30 percent to 56,500 cars and 11,600 trucks, compared with August 1997. According to Russia's state statistics committee, output in the first eight months was down 9.4 percent.
Faurecia in Poland
GROJEC, Poland - French supplier Faurecia has started production of metal seat parts at its new $45 million factory at Grojec. Parts will be supplied to Fiat, Skoda and Volkswagen.