People moving up, out or on:
Wolfgang Reitzle, 50, former product czar at BMW AG, was named head of Ford Motor Co.'s newly created Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo). He was quickly joined by Vic Doolan, 58, president of BMW of North America Inc.
Tom Purves, 50, became CEO and chairman of BMW (US) Holding Corp. in July.
Mike Jackson, 50, left Mercedes-Benz USA Inc. in September to join AutoNation Inc. as CEO. Jackson is a former dealer who started out as a dealership technician. He was succeeded by Paul Halata, 49, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK.
At Ford Motor Co., John Devine, 55, retired as CFO. Ross Roberts, 61, the man who turned Ford Division into a truck powerhouse, took his Texas cowboy boots and walked off into retirement.
Mike Dale, 64, president of Jaguar Cars North America, confirmed his intent to retire May 1, 2000, after a 42-year career. Mike O'Driscoll, 43, who rejoined Jaguar Dec. 1, is Dale's designated successor.
At General Motors, Mark Hogan, 48, was named president of e-GM, the new e-commerce division. Hogan had been the head of GM's small-car operations. Michael Grimaldi, 47, became general manager of field sales, service and parts for North America, making him GM's No. 3 sales exec for the continent. Grimaldi replaced Darwin Clark, 60, who later became president of GM Retail Holdings, a new division created to acquire and operate GM dealerships.
Cynthia Trudell, 46, became a GM vice president and chairman of Saturn Corp. She replaced Don Hudler, who became chairman of Saturn Retail Enterprises Inc.
Toyota Motor Corp. named Fujio Cho, the affable former head of its Georgetown, Ky., assembly complex, as its new president.
At Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Yoshi Ishizaka, 59, returned to Japan and was replaced by Yoshi Inaba, 53. Chief American executive Yale Gieszl, 57, stepped aside and was replaced by Jim Press, 52.
Nissan's North American president, Minoru Nakamura, 57, was replaced by Nobuo Araki, 55. Nissan Division boss Mike Seergy, 44, left for dot-com megabucks at Priceline.com and was replaced by Jed Connelly, 53.
At Mitsubishi, Takashi Sonobe, 58, chairman of the automaker's U.S. sales and manufacturing arms, returned to Japan to handle North American strategy issues.
The inevitable frictions of merging two companies triggered many changes at DaimlerChrysler. Tom Stallkamp, 53, who was president of DaimlerChrysler's North American operations and head of the effort to integrate the two companies, was replaced by Jim Holden on Sept. 24.
Chris Theodore, 49, who was senior vice president of platform engineering for the Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep and Dodge brands, bolted to Ford in March as vice president of its large and luxury car vehicle center. He was joined by Shamel Rushwin, 52, who was senior vice president of international manufacturing and minivan assembly operations for the Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep and Dodge brands.
Steve Harris, 54, who had been head of Chrysler public relations before the merger, resigned in February to join General Motors as vice president in charge of communications.
George Elges, 76, retired General Motors vice president. Elges was the former general manager of Cadillac and Buick, and once the head of GM's Car and Truck Group.
John Paul Stapp, 89, original safety pioneer. To illustrate the need for safety belts in cars, Stapp, in 1954, rode a rocket sled from 0 to 632 miles an hour and back to a standstill in 6.4 seconds.
Jack Laskowski, vice president of the UAW's Chrysler Department, died Aug. 8 of a heart attack at age 59. Laskowski was a pragmatic leader who had forged a close working relationship with the former Chrysler Corp.
Organizations in transition:
Ford Motor Co. bought Volvo Cars for $6.5 billion, leading to the creation of the Premier Automotive Group. It also added Kwik-Fit, Europe's largest maintenance and light-repair chain, to its list of automotive brand names. Ford also formed a joint venture with Microsoft Corp. to turn the software firm's CarPoint Web site into a vehicle build-to-order service.
Eager to boost its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, GM bought a 20 percent stake in Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru's parent company. At press time, GM also was negotiating for control of Daewoo Motor Co.
Mercury Mystique. The 5-year-old nameplate, introduced in 1994 as a 1995 model, quietly expires. Its sibling, the Ford Contour, will continue to be built in limited volume.
Acura SLX. The slow-selling Isuzu Trooper twin is not needed with Honda Motor building its own sport-utility for the 2001 model year.
Honda EV Plus. Market realities forced Honda's hand. The arrival of the Insight hybrid also helped push it into the recycling bin.
Mitsubishi 3000GT. Too old to keep selling. Too expensive to redesign.
Nissan 200SX. Another casualty of Nissan's cost-cutting regimen. Only four-door Sentras will be built for the next generation.
Toyota Tercel. Small and stodgy, hardly what Toyota was seeking with an entry-level car.