'99 Jeep photo came from Utah
While it is still not known who snapped the premature picture of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was posted on Internet Web sites, it now is known where the picture was taken. An Automotive News reader said he saw the new Grand Cherokee in the Hurrah Pass near Moab, Utah, a popular area for mountain bikes and off-road vehicles. An annual Jeep festival was under way when the reader happened upon the photo shoot. This reader suggests Chrysler Corp. wanted someone to take a picture, because the photo shoot was set up during one of the busiest times of the year in Moab. A Chrysler spokesman confirmed the location of the photo shoot, which was for advertising purposes, but said the timing - the weekend of April 4-5 - was coincidental.
PROBLEM? JA AND NAH - Mercedes-Benz is not amused by a Cadillac Seville STS ad that has Mercedes executives calling home to tell their bosses in Germany: 'Stuttgart, Wir haben ein Problem.' The ad's message is that the new Seville is a problem for the German automaker's E class. In a letter to Cadillac, Michael Jackson, president of Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc., says the ad is misleading and violates federal trademark laws. He asks Cadillac to pull it. A Cadillac spokesperson, who declined to be identified, told Automotive News: 'Wir haben keine Probleme.' Translation: 'We have no problem.' Cadillac says it will not pull the ad.
VIPER: SAFETY MODEL - A V-10 Dodge Viper might not be the first car you would think to take to a media event on safety. But Chrysler Corp. CEO Bob Eaton managed to make a point with one nonetheless. Eaton, announcing support for a public-private campaign to combat the running of red lights, said: 'Whether it's a Grand Caravan minivan or a Viper GTS, it's up to the driver to stop on red. . . . The driver has to recognize that running a red light is just as dangerous - and just as illegal - as driving drunk.'
FANCY THREADS - Before launching into his speech at the Automotive News Southeast Conference last week, Jerry Benefield, CEO of Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., couldn't resist plugging his tailor, and the versatility of Nissan employees. 'Take a good look at my suit,' he told the audience, strolling away from the microphone so folks could get a good look. 'Great fabric. Excellent cut.' It turns out Benefield's tailor is Randolph Williamson, a 13-year employee at Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn., plant. 'The man who made my suit drives a forklift on the night shift,' Benefield said. Other satisfied Williamson customers include basketball stars Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.