PARIS - Peugeot has recalled 40,962 206s due to a possible side-airbag fault. The company said the airbags could inflate accidentally.
The 206s were built between June 1999 and March 2000. A recall of 11,710 cars has started in Germany. France will follow, where 5,655 cars are affected. Recalls will also take place in Denmark, Sweden and Japan.
New man at Visteon
DEARBORN, Michigan, USA -Michael Johnston has been appointed Visteon Corp.'s president and chief operating officer. Johnston was previously president of Johnson Controls' e-business division.
Johnston will have responsibility for day-to-day operations including: global operations, sales, manufacturing, product development, research and development, and customer relations.
Peter Pestillo, Visteon's chairman and CEO said: 'Mike is a strong addition to our senior leadership.'
OXFORD, England - BMW has begun installing assembly equipment at its plant here for the new Mini. BMW will spend E300 million on machinery, equipment and plant work to prepare for the expected Mini production launch in early summer 2001.
BMW expects to build up to 100,000 Minis a year at Oxford, with employment at the plant running at about 2,500 people. Future production will rise to 200,000 Minis a year.
Oxford formerly built the Rover 75. Production of that car has been moved to the Longbridge, England, plant operated by Phoenix, the consortium that bought Rover from BMW.
UK price discounts
Car-price research company Autohit says UK buyers are still negotiating big discounts on new cars - despite rapidly falling list prices.
During August, customers surveyed by Autohit received discounts of more than 30 percent off list prices on cars from Renault, Citroen, Audi and Mazda dealers. Autohit said even Rolls-Royce was cutting prices.
Carmakers have been forced to cut list prices by the British government after they were accused of charging UK customers the highest new-car prices in Europe.
The diesel fuel prices quoted in a story on Page 11 of the August 28 issue were incorrect. UK motorists pay E1.49 per liter of diesel fuel compared to E0.85 per liter in France.
The headline to a story about Faurecia on Page 5 of the August 28 issue was incorrect. The headline referred to the resignation of Terry Bernander as co-CEO of the French supplier's global exhaust business.