Nissan: Look on bright side
Is Nissan getting a little touchy about its financial condition? In a good-natured jab at journalists, Nissan's public relations department handed out a tongue-in-cheek press release declaring a moratorium on certain adjectives frequently used to describe the company. It said the automaker is sick of reading 'struggling,' 'ailing' and 'beleaguered.' Its recommended alternatives: 'plucky,' 'resuscitated,' 'revitalized,' 'jacked-up,' 'scrappy,' 'locked and loaded' and 'Viagra-ed.'
MERGER OVER MARRIAGE - DaimlerChrysler Chairman Juergen Schrempp told a German newspaper that he separated from his wife of 35 years to devote all of his attention to merging Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp. Schrempp said in Germany's Bild newspaper Friday, April 23, that he was faced with the choice of marriage or work. 'And I realized that the challenges of the job at hand were more important to me than anything else in the world,' Schrempp said. 'My wife is a great person but our goals for life kind of drifted apart. She wanted me to start slowing down. I wanted the merger with Chrysler. Quite simply, the point came when it was no longer possible to reconcile my work with her expectations.' Schrempp said he and his estranged wife, Renate, had been living apart for the past year.
WEB OF CONFUSION - Car dealers attending a used-car sales seminar in Atlanta last week thought they were going to gain insight into the World Wide Web. But all they got out of one speaker, billed as a Harvard Ph.D. and an Internet expert, was a lot of double-talk. On purpose. Mary Elizabeth Townsend, turned out to be Eloise Hope, a professional double-talker hired to entertain the audience with her mix of real talk and gibberish. Attendees seemed confused at first, wondering whether they had heard her right. But by the end, most were laughing, prompting mock glares from Hope. When Hope finally revealed her identity, she said she had one concern from the start: 'I was afraid that, as automotive salespeople, you might understand me.'