They can keep the peanuts, too
DaimlerChrysler employees soon will be able to pocket frequent-flyer miles accrued while flying on company business. Employees of the former Chrysler Corp. could not do that. Frequent-flyer miles were accrued under the company name rather than the individual. The change in policy is effective in September for U.S. employees. DaimlerChrysler is reviewing tax laws in Germany and in other countries to determine whether employees elsewhere also can keep their frequent-flyer miles.
NEW UPPER-CRUST CREST - Cadillac will unveil a revised crest logo this fall. 'We felt the wreath and crest we have was due for an update,' General Manager John Smith said. The new logo will reflect Cadillac's future lineup, which will adopt styling cues from its Evoq concept roadster. The logo will begin showing up in dealerships in 2000. Smith said Cadillac has redesigned the crest several times since it first appeared on its cars in 1905. The crest is derived from the coat of arms of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit.
THE HOT SEAT - Safety engineers have gotten to the bottom of another threat to motorists. In announcing a recall of 1999 Rolls-Royces and Bentleys for a faulty seat heater, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned: 'In extreme cases, this could damage objects in contact with the seat cushion.' NHTSA spokesman Tim Hurd said the euphemistic words were lifted from a notice provided by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. But keeping a stiff upper lip may not have been the overriding concern. The initial complaint came from a motorist whose coat, lying on a seat, was singed. Besides, Hurd suggested, self-preservation likely will prevent damage to other 'objects.' Rolls-Royce spokesman John Crawford, claiming no credit for the tactful warning, said, 'It's quaint, I'll give you that.'
GM DOES DALLAS - General Motors last week brushed aside the Dallas Cowboys' bad-boy image and signed a five-year marketing agreement with the football team. The marketing agreement, beginning this season, includes GM cushions on every seat in Texas Stadium; status as the official auto company of the Cowboys; and a Dallas Cowboy-edition vehicle. GM said 1,542 dealers will run local promotions tied to the Cowboys.
THE LAST CORVETTE (SORT OF) - Chevrolet Corvette nut Mike Yager purchased what he hopes will be a significant car: the last Corvette of the 20th century - at least according to one definition. It was the last 1999-model Vette built. He took possession at the Frank Parra AutoPlex dealership in Irving, Texas, last month. Yager owns Mid America Direct, which sells parts and accessories for the Corvette and other vehicles. But if Parra's is the last of the century, what do you call the last one that rolls off the line in December?