The top stories from Automotive News Europe's November 11, 1996 edition - and how they developed.
Three years after an historic loss of DM1.9 billion (E971.45 million at current exchange rates) VW is clearly on the road to recovery and solid profitability. The group's market share has recovered to 17.1 percent in the first nine months. That is more than four points higher than No. 2, GM Europe.
* VW group had an 18.9 percent market share in western Europe in January to September 2001. Its nearest rival, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, had a 14.2 percent share.
General Motors and Suzuki are planning to develop a minicar in Europe to compete with Ford's new Ka and the Fiat Cinquecento.
* The Opel/Vauxhall Agila was launched in summer 2000. The Agila, which is based on Suzuki's Wagon R+, is built at General Motors' plant in Gliwice, Poland. GM utilized Suzuki's longstanding expertise in producing minicars, while GM stylists helped give the Agila a European flavor.
Nissan is planning an extensive facelift for the Micra supermini in 1998, when the car will be six years old.
* Nissan unveiled the successor to the Micra - the mm concept - at the Tokyo auto show in October. Production start-up is scheduled for February in Japan and European sales will begin in about 12 months. Styled by chief designer Shiro Nakamura, the new car is shorter, but taller and wider than the Micra. Options will include continuously variable transmission, four-wheel drive and keyless entry.