DETROIT - The Automotive News World Congress is the industry's annual New Year's celebration of deep thinking, business networking and, maybe, deal making.
The congress annually draws top speakers to Detroit from throughout the global vehicle industry. The 1,600 attendees at this year's event gathered insights from leaders in manufacturing, retailing, parts supply and labor.
The three-day conference, held at the Marriott Renaissance Center, wrapped up with a visit to the North American International Auto Show. The World Congress was sponsored by Automotive News and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Coverage of the World Congress presentations begins here and runs through Page 31.
Last year, Daimler-Benz AG Chairman Juergen Schrempp visited Detroit to address the World Congress. But first he made a stop at Chrysler Corp. headquarters to chat with Chairman Robert Eaton. That discussion bore some fruit.
When Schrempp returned this year to address the World Congress, he and Eaton headed DaimlerChrysler AG, and the blockbuster combination of the two automakers was a done deal. The two chairmen were the co-keynoters for this year's event.
So who will join hands in 1999? Did they scribble the first sketchy details on a cocktail napkin last week at the Renaissance Center? Stay tuned.