New Mini will be sold in USA
LOS ANGELES - The new Rover Mini will arrive in the USA in autumn 2001, said Tom Purves, chairman and chief executive of BMW (US) Holding Corp. BMW AG owns Rover Group. The Mini will be sold by either Land Rover or by BMW dealers, depending on which dealers in a particular city want it more, said Purves.
He said the Mini would not be sold on the same showroom floor as BMW or Land Rover brands. The Mini may get a spinoff store, which may be attached to the existing dealership or on the same property. The Mini will share backshop operations with Land Rover or BMW brands. The Mini will go on sale in Europe in early 2001.
Ford backs Euro soccer competition
GENEVA - Ford Motor Co. will continue its UEFA Champions League sponsorship until 2002. According to Ian Twinley, responsible for European marketing communications at Ford, in addition to the benefits received as one of the Champions League sponsors, another objective of the carmaker is to organize a soccer tournament targeted at youngsters in cooperation with UEFA. UEFA is the European football association.
Golf wins battle for 1999 sales
LONDON - The Volkswagen Golf has been confirmed as the best selling model in western Europe for 1999. According to the latest 12-month estimates from JATO Dynamics, the Golf sold 707,077 units last year - 6.2 percent more than in 1998. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra was in second place with sales of 680,464 units.
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Omnium, Solvay form fuel tank JV
PARIS - Plastic Omnium of France and Solvay SA of Belgium are to combine their fuel tank operations in a 50-50 joint venture company to be set up by June 2000. The new company, with sales of euro 800 million, will have 30 facilities in 15 countries and will employ 3,000 people. In July 1998 the two companies set up a common operation in Curitiba, Brazil, to supply Renault and Chrysler.
VW to roll out ragtop New Beetle
Jens Neumann, Volkswagen AG board member for North America, said at the Detroit auto show that the carmaker will develop a convertible New Beetle in conjunction with Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, of Osnabruck, Germany.
The convertible most likely will be assembled in Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico.
'We want to keep devising new and exciting things for the New Beetle,' Neumann said.