GM was victim of bid scheme
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says it has cracked a bid-rigging scheme that victimized General Motors for years.
The department said it expects guilty pleas from Motorama Engineering Inc., a tooling company in Farmington, Mich., and from two executives.
They are Frederick Watson Jr., president of Motorama, and Theodore Sawchuk, former president of SA-GO Industries Inc., a now-defunct tooling company in Fraser, Mich.
The three are to pay fines totaling $1.16 million and have agreed to make restitution to GM.
Ford boosts prices
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. has raised prices $95 on most Ford Division cars and $100 to $325 on most Mercury and Lincoln cars.
The Mercury Sable and Grand Marquis were increased $100.
Prices of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility are: two-wheel drive, $29,230 (up $1,000); all-wheel drive, $31,210 (up $515). Prices include freight.
Lincoln increases were $325 on the LS, $180 on the Continental, $300 on the Town Car and $270 on the Navigator.
Spared from the boost were the base LS sedan (V-6, manual drive), the top-of-the-line Town Car Executive L and Cartier L and the 2wd Navigator.
The new 2002 Lincoln Blackwood, a sport-utility with a pickup bed, is $52,500, including freight.
Isuzu moves pickup
TOKYO - Isuzu Motors Ltd. will shift production of the next generation of its 1-ton pickup from Japan to General Motors' plant in Thailand, beginning in mid-2003.
GM, which owns 49 percent of Isuzu and is co-developer of the new pickup, opened its Rayong, Thailand, plant last year.
Adding 50,000 Isuzu pickups a year will sharply increase capacity use at the plant, which builds the Zafira compact minivan.
ADESA buys salvage chain
INDIANAPOLIS - ADESA Corp. last week acquired Auto Placement Center Inc., a Rhode Island auto salvage auction company with eight locations, for $62.4 million.
The wholesale auction chain also acquired ComSearch Inc., which provides Internet parts location and insurance adjustment audit services.
ComSearch also is based in Rhode Island.
Newspaper: GM bribed UAW
DETROIT - The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit is investigating whether General Motors gave UAW officials money and jobs for their sons in exchange for ending a strike at the company's Pontiac truck plants in 1997, the Detroit Free Press reported last week.
The attorney's office is presenting evidence to a grand jury and seeking indictments, the paper reported.
The attorney's office, GM and UAW declined to comment.