Kocks to quit
Volkswagen group's head of communications, Klaus Kocks, will leave the company on January 1.
Kocks is also a member of the VW brand management board.
As VW's chief spokesman, Kocks gained notoriety for his fierce defense of the company against charges that VW purchasing chief J. Ignacio Lopez stole thousands of confidential documents from General Motors. VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech rewarded Kocks with the board post.
But Bernd Pischetsrieder will succeed Piech in April.
German carmakers BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Opel said they will offer two-year warranty deals on their new cars as standard. The new warranty period applies to all vehicles newly registered since November 1.
The EU will require all carmakers to offer a minimum two-year warranty from January 1, 2002.
Fiat Auto introduced a two-year warranty on September 1.
BMW X3 at Graz
MUNICH - BMW Chairman Joachim Milberg and Magna-Steyr President and CEO Siegfried Wolf signed a cooperation contract to develop and build the new BMW X3 small sport-utility.
Magna-Steyr already builds the Mercedes-Benz M class, G wagen, E 4 matic and Jeep Grand Cherokee at Graz. Adding the X3 will fill the plant to capacity.