Coleman will head Ford-Mazda venture
DETROIT - Deborah Stewart Coleman has been named president, CEO and COO of AutoAlliance International Inc., Ford Motor Co.'s joint venture with Mazda Motor Corp. in Flat Rock, Mich. Coleman has been Ford's quality director of vehicle operations. She is also a former manager of Ford's assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, and was the first woman to manage a Ford vehicle assembly plant. On Sept. 1, Coleman will succeed Bruce Bowman, 57, who will retire Dec. 31.
WORKERS SUE HONDA
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two workers at Honda Motor Co.'s car plant in Marysville, Ohio, have filed a racial discrimination suit on behalf of the automaker's 873 African-American factory employees.
The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, alleges Honda of America Manufac-turing Inc. has failed to hire and promote adequate numbers of black workers.
Honda of America spokesman Roger Lambert said the company will defend itself vigorously.
TOKYO - A recall of nearly 144,000 cars to fix a gearbox problem will cost Honda Motor Co. about ¥330 million, or about $3 million. Bolts on the gearbox could loosen, causing the driveshaft to dislocate and thus immobilize the car. About 29,060 cars sold in Japan and 114,913 exports could have the problem. In the United States, the recall affects about 95,000 Acura RLs (1996-99 models) and 3.2 TLs (1996-98 models).
BMW TRAINING CENTER
ONTARIO, Calif. - BMW of North America Inc. and Land Rover North America Inc. broke ground last week on a 31,000-square-foot training center here that will be the hub of BMW and Land Rover technical and nontechnical training, as well as BMW motorcycle training and fleet preparation. The $6.5 million facility also will feature a two-acre off-road dynamics course. It will open in May 2000.
D/C HIRES GM ENGINEER
DETROIT - DaimlerChrysler hired Larry Lyons, 51, from General Motors to head small-car platform engineering starting Sept. 1. The platform includes the Dodge and Plymouth Neon and the Chrysler PT Cruiser. He was head of engineering vehicle integration for the GM North America Car Group, responsible for program execution of GM cars and minivans, integration of manufacturing processes and new technical initiatives.