Goldsberry to retire
DETROIT - Ron Goldsberry will retire as Ford Motor Co. vice president of global service business strategy at the end of this year. Goldsberry, 57, has served in that post since Jan. 1, 1999. He was responsible for finding innovative ways to increase Ford's parts and service business worldwide.
From January 1997 until January 1999, Goldsberry was in charge of Ford's worldwide parts sales, service, dealership marketing and merchandising, dealer training and customer satisfaction initiatives as global vice president of the expanded Ford Customer Service Division. He was named vice president and general manager of the division in 1994. He joined Ford in 1983.
SIZE, NOT ECONOMY
WASHINGTON - An EPA report said 1999-model cars and trucks averaged a combined 23.8 mpg, the lowest figure since 1980 and more than 2 mpg below the peak of 25.9, reached in 1987 and 1988.
Since 1986, average vehicle weight is up 20 percent, horsepower is up 58 percent, and 0-to-60 times are 19 percent faster, the EPA said.
DAEWOO'S FUTURE UNCLEAR
SEOUL - Daewoo Motor Co. may end up on the international bidding block, according to unnamed government sources quoted in the Korea Economic Daily.
Daewoo is talking with General Motors about a capital injection and a renewal of their automaking partnership that ended in 1992. Daewoo and GM have conducted on-and-off talks for nearly two years with no tangible results.
GM officials, including Lou Hughes, executive vice president for new business strategies, were in Korea last week to continue talks with Daewoo.
D/C CANADA PRICES
WINDSOR, Ontario - DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. last week raised prices an average of 0.9 percent on its 2000 Chrysler-branded models.
The increase boosts the price of Chrysler-branded vehicles about $170 to an average of $17,000 (U.S.) not including taxes and shipping charges.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz vehicle prices will rise 0.6 to 1.2 percent.
DaimlerChrysler's price increase compares to a 1.3 percent hike by General Motors of Canada Ltd. and a 0.2 percent increase by Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd.