Schrempp: Another merger of equals?
DaimlerChrysler AG Chairman Juergen Schrempp and his office manager, Lydia Deininger, were married last week in southern Germany. Schrempp, 56, and Deininger, 36, tied the knot in a secret ceremony attended only by family members and bodyguards, the German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche reported. The couple has lived together for two years, the magazine said.
FRAMES NOT INCLUDED - Have you ever wanted to rub shoulders with the Kenne-dys? Maybe spend a weekend with them at the family compound? Good luck. But we do know how you can get your hands on what is said to have been Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' favorite car - a 1974 BMW Bavaria 3.0S. Just in time for the holidays, the green sedan with tan leather interior and 65,000 miles is available from car auction company Kruse International on www.ebaymotors. com. According to eBay Motors, the car was purchased new by the former first lady to commute between her Manhattan apartment and her country estate in New Jersey. As a bonus, the buyer gets six photos of Jackie and the car, including one of her receiving a parking ticket. Hurry - bidding ends today, Dec. 11.
THE THIRD BRAND - While introducing the Smart car in Tokyo, DaimlerChrysler Japan Co. President Rainer Jahn said Smart is the company's third brand in Japan, after 'Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler Jeep.' To be fair, he is aiming for 7,000 Smart sales in Japan in the first year. That would be roughly equal to combined annual sales of Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in Japan.
FUN AND GAINS - The employees of Auction Broadcasting Co.'s Indianapolis auction pitched in to help local needy families have a merrier Christmas. Starla McHugh, who heads the company's marketing and advertising, wore an elf costume to auctions every Wednesday in November except the one before Thanksgiving, when she strutted in a turkey costume. Dealers who bought tickets had the chance to beat McHugh at shooting baskets. McHugh's costume capers coupled with other employee-sponsored events raised $16,000.
PACKING SOME PUNCH - With a banner 55 feet tall and 171 feet wide on one side of its headquarters, Nissan North America Inc. asks Los Angeles commuters, 'Please obey all speed limits.' The message, plastered on the wall beside a photo of a 2001 supercharged Frontier pickup, went up around Thanksgiving and will remain for 90 days. 'In many ways, drivers have trained themselves to ignore many roadside billboards,' said Scott Fessenden, director of marketing for Nissan North America. 'But this message packs some significant punch.'