Museum honors Chrysler heritage
Before there was a Daimler, there was a Walter - Walter P. Chrysler, that is. And to honor the heritage of Chrysler Corp., the U.S. component of DaimlerChrysler, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will open this week on the grounds of the DaimlerChrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. The museum houses 75 of the more than 130 vehicles in the Chrysler Historical Collection. The three-story museum also has a theater, a gift shop, a historical archive and research area and a courtyard for outdoor vehicle displays and special events. In addition to the cars, there's the occasional personal touch - like Walter P. Chrysler's toolbox.
DEALING WITH DISASTER -- The North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association is spearheading a disaster relief fund to help dealership employees and their families affected by Hurricane Floyd. Robert Glaser, the group's executive vice president, said about 1,000 employees and their families sustained losses from high wind and flooding. By late last week, the fund had provided more than 40 families with assistance in the form of linens, clothing, toiletries, food and cleaning supplies. Persons wishing to contribute can call (919) 828-4421.
TIRELESS EFFORT -- Japan wants to do away with spare tires. A 'Spare Tireless Working Group' made up of staff members from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Tire Association, is creating guidelines for standard tires to permit the elimination of spares. Radial tires and other technological advancements have reduced sharply the chances of getting a flat. A change would reduce the environmental toll from scrapping and burning discarded spares.
IT'S THE OTHER GUYS -- Carmakers, for the most part, accept the inevitability of tougher tailpipe emission standards, but the American Automobile Association says regulators ought to pay more attention to other polluters. AAA, representing 42 million motorists, said last week that its own study of EPA data shows cars and light trucks now account for less than a quarter of air pollution in major cities, despite a sharp increase in driving. AAA Vice President Susan Pikrallidas said air is also contaminated by power plants, refineries, big trucks, buses, airplanes and even lawn mowers. Some environmental groups saw the study as an attempt to sidetrack proposed new vehicle emissions standards called Tier 2. AAA spokesman Bill Jackman said that while the association does object to higher vehicle prices and fuel costs caused by tighter standards, it has taken no position on Tier 2.