GM hires former Fiat design boss
Peter Davis, design director at Fiat Auto from 1993-98, is returning to General Motors, where he was a designer during the 1980s. Davis joins GM Design in Warren, Michigan, USA, on 1 August as interior design executive. He will report to William Scott, director of interior design quality. He will be responsible for incorporating high-tech innovations into GM interiors and will coordinate supplier contributions to GM interiors.
Davis was named Fiat Auto's design director in 1993. From 1991-93, he was chief designer for Lancia interiors.
Renault, Matra mull luxury Smart rival
PARIS - Matra and Renault are discussing possible production of an upmarket small car to compete with the future four-seat Smart, according to industry sources in France. The French mini would feature a luxury interior, use Renault mechanics such as engines and gearboxes, and would be built at Matra's Romorantin plant.
Volvo admits UK car price fixing
Volvo Car UK Ltd. has admitted supporting secret agreements to fix its car prices in the UK. An investigation by the Office of Fair Trading discovered evidence of an agreement by Volvo dealers not to offer discounts beyond set levels. The OFT rebuked Volvo, and said any repetition would mean it could face fines of up to 10 percent of UK turnover. The probe covered the period between March 1995 and April 1996, when the car business was still with AB Volvo.
A table of suppliers' cash flow risk on Page 21 of the 21 June issue of Automotive News Europe mistakenly listed Freudenberg NOK. The company was not one of the 44 suppliers included in the study, which was carried out by consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. The table also misspelled the name of supplier Tokico Ltd. as Toxico.
The following are corrections to the Automotive News Europe 1999 Global Market Data Book, which accompanied the 21 June issue.
1. A table containing the top 100 global OEM parts suppliers on Pages 34-38 incorrectly included Mannesmann VDO AG at No. 27 and Mannesmann Sachs at No. 32. These companies are part of the parent Mannesmann AG at No. 13.
Added to the list are:
No. 99: Mayflower Corp. plc, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England; total 1998 OEM automotive parts sales - $510 million.
No. 100: Superior Industries International, Van Nuys, California, USA; total 1998 OEM automotive parts sales - $506 million.
2. A table on Page 5 contains an inaccurate total for the 'Other' category of Asia-Pacific production due to incorrect data provided by Marketing Systems GmbH. The global production summary table on Page 6 is also affected. Please see Page 23 for revised tables.