The top stories from Automotive News Europe's January 29, 2001, issue -- and how they developed.
Ford promotes Thursfield
Ford of Europe chairman Nick Scheele has turned over some of his duties to president David Thursfield and named him CEO. Thursfield adds finance, marketing, sales and service to his current responsibilities for manufacturing, purchasing, product development and quality.
BMW makes more diesels
Due to the growing demand for diesels, BMW has increased by 25 percent capacity at its engine plant in Steyr, Austria. BMW-Steyr Motorenwerke manufactures two-thirds of all BMW engines. The German carmaker has introduced a new diesel engine assembly line and expanded its diesel development center.
UK plant gets Micra
Nissan has decided to build the next-generation Micra small-segment car at its plant in Sunderland, England. Nissan had considered moving Micra production from the UK to a plant on the Continent, but a £40 million (E62.5 million) assistance package from the British government convinced the carmaker not to move.