Sauer joins ANE
The Automotive News Group has appointed Nina Sauer regional sales manager for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Sauer will be based in Munich, and was previously managing director of her own international media company, CS Media GmbH.
Sauer ([email protected]) has a degree in economics from the Berlitz School in Mannheim, Germany.
The Automotive News Group includes Automotive News Europe, Automotive News and Automotive News International.
Shares in tiremaker Bridgestone fell in Tokyo last week after it announced it was recalling millions of tires. Some reports said up to 20 million tires would be called back.
The recall was prompted by growing pressure over defects that could have contributed to 46 deaths in pickup and sport-utility-related crashes.
Bridgestone has claimed that its tires are safe if inflated and maintained properly.
Wales HQ for SPX
US supplier SPX Contech is to establish its European headquarters in Wales, creating 180 jobs.
The Welshpool factory will begin production in the second quarter of next year. It will initially manufacture aluminum steering and powertrain components for the auto industry.
SPX Contech will invest just under E30 million in the plant.
Nissan Z in Detroit
Nissan will launch the Z sports car at the Detroit auto show next January. Spokesman Kurt von Zumwalt said the automaker 'has moved away from the retro styling that was unveiled on the Z concept two years ago.'
He also said the Detroit car will be close to the final production Z car that will go on sale in 2002.
US sales slip
US light vehicle sales fell 3.7 percent in July to just more than 1.4 million units. General Motors sales fell 6.4 percent from a year earlier, while Ford Motor Co. sales - including Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover - slowed by 3.3 percent.
Ford Model E fight
Ford Motor Co. and Internet startup Model E Corp. are trying to reach a negotiated settlement over the use of the name 'Model E.' In a suit filed in the USA, Ford is trying to stop Model E's use of the name, arguing that it too closely resembles the automaker's past vehicle names, such as Model T and Model A.
The association of Rover car dealers in Germany said it intends to submit a claim for damages from BMW AG.
The deputy head of the association, Jens Gabriel, said the 180 Rover dealers would demand 'far more than DM100 million marks' (E50.6 million) for 'damage to reputation' and the uncertainty caused during BMW's drawn-out sale of the ailing UK car unit. The dealers making the complaint make up roughly half of all Rover dealers in Germany.