BIGGER ROLE FOR GHIA
J. Mays, Ford's new head of design, wants to make better use of the company's Ghia S.p.A. design studio in Turin.
Mays said he would like to see more concepts and proposals from the Italian studio.
'In the last six or seven years, Ghia has been mainly a badge that we put on some cars,' said Mays, who replaced Jack Telnack last fall. 'I'd like to see it play a more important role.'
3 SERIES IN FIVE
Sources at the Turin show said the complete changeover of the BMW 3 series will take five years, ending in 2002.
This year saw the debut of the four-door sedan. The coupe will follow in 1999, the cabrio in 2000, the Touring station wagon in 2001 and the Compact in 2002.
TOYOTA RELOADS CARGO
The Toyota Funtime Cargo, one of three concepts developed from the Toyota Yaris for Frankfurt last fall, was back on the stand at Turin.
Said Elena Orsini, a spokes-woman for Toyota Italy: 'The Cargo is not approved, but if it is, it would come soon after the Yaris,' due for 1999.
SMART SEATING FOR 4
Micro Compact Car plans a Smart derivative that will seat two adults and two children. Sources say the 2+2 Smart will be nearly 138 inches long. The two-seater that will go on sale this fall is 98 inches long.
Sources point out that the glass towers being built at Smart dealer sites are 138 inches deep to accommodate the larger car.