Christian Eich, BMW engineer and manager of the company's museum, was among the dead in last week's Concorde crash near Paris. Eich, 57, was traveling to New York with his wife, their two young children and his wife's parents. All died in the disaster. BMW said Eich was an 'esteemed' engineer who had a passion for classic cars.
Lexus has released first pictures of the new RX300 sport-utility (below) that has been retuned - with new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars - and redesigned for European markets before going on sale in the autumn.
'European driving involves higher sustained speeds, harder acceleration and later braking than driving in Japan or the USA, and we aim to develop cars that respond better in those conditions,' said Jos De Boes, general manager of vehicle engineering at the Lexus Technical Centre in Brussels.
The European model differs in looks from the US version with its redesigned front and rear lights, grille, bumpers and wheels.
Peugeot quits F1
Peugeot will leave the Formula One championship at the end of 2000. The engineering team led by Jean-Pierre Boudy and 170 workers in Velizy, near Paris, will be taken over by Asia Motors Technologies, a consortium of Asian companies led by Hideo Morita, son of Sony's founder Akio Morita. AMT will equip the Arrows team, managed by Tom Walkinshaw, probably as early as 2001.
Peugeot entered F1 in 1994 with McLaren, then equipped Jordan in 1995-1997. Since 1998 its V-10 engine has powered the Alain Prost team cars, but without much success.
Daewoo has appointed Chris Milburn chief designer of its Worthing, England, technical center, just a few weeks after Design Director Ginger Ostle announced he was leaving Daewoo to take up a new role with a Frankfurt-based design consultancy. UK-born Milburn was previously manager of concept and program development at Worthing. He joined Daewoo in 1997 from Design Research Associates, a transportation design consultancy that was formed following a management buyout from the Rover group.
Arwin Jones, 45, has been appointed director of manufacturing for Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in England. He joins from General Motors' Tonawanda powertrain plant in New York State, USA, where he was plant manager. He replaces Mike Chapman, who will be moving to the USA to take up a new position with GM next January. Jones also becomes a member of Vauxhall's board of directors on August 1.