The top stories from Automotive News Europes February 7, 2001, issue – and how they developed.
Toyota gets new diesel
Toyota will build a common-rail diesel engine at its new plant in Valenciennes, France, starting in early 2003. The 1.4-liter diesel engine will be used in the Yaris small-segment car.
Toyota not only started building diesels in Valenciennes in 2003, it also began production of its new 2.2-liter diesel engine at a new plant in Jelcz-Laskowice, Poland, in March 2005. The
four-cylinder engine powers Avensis models built in Burnaston, England.
Conti aims to grow:
German tire maker Continental is in talks to buy auto components maker Temic. Temic, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, already supplies one-third of its output to the Continental unit Teves.
Continental took over Temic in April 2002.
Mazda takes dealers
Mazda will buy the rights to distribute its vehicles in France from Britians Inchcape for E15 million. The new company – Mazda Automobiles France – will begin operations in April.
Valeo shuts plants
Valeo will close two of its four plants in the UK, resulting in the loss of 580 jobs. The plants are in Worksop, Derbyshire, and Gorseinon, near Swansea, Wales.The Worksop plant makes wiring harnesses.
The Gorseinon factory supplies heating and air conditioning parts.