Buick Rendezvous is $25,499
Buick has priced its new Rendezvous sport wagons, and Subaru has placed stickers on its redesigned 2002 Impreza line.
The Buick Rendezvous goes on sale this spring and will start at $25,499 with front-wheel drive. With the Versatrak all-wheel-drive system, the Rendezvous is $28,027. All prices in this article include the destination charge.
Subaru has restyled the Impreza series for 2002.
Subaru has added a WRX sedan and sport wagon that are about $4,000 more than any 2001 Impreza.
Elsewhere, the Impreza 2.5 RS sedan is $470 less than the 2001 version, and the 2.5 TS and Outback wagons are up $1,130 and $530.
The destination charge on the Impreza is $525, up $30 from 2001.
John K. Teahen Jr.
Exide to invest in Spain
Exide Technologies will invest $8.4 million during the next two years to convert its aftermarket transportation battery plant in Malpica, Spain, so it can produce original equipment transportation and industrial batteries, too.
Exide, of Princeton, N.J., will stop producing its conventional automotive aftermarket batteries in Malpica and will make its Orbital Select automotive batteries there instead.
The plant also is expected to start producing 2,000 industrial batteries a week in April, with an increase to 11,000 a week projected for 2003.
The changes at the plant are a result of European demand for Exide's Orbital Select batteries and its sealed industrial batteries, which are used as backup power for Internet and wireless applications.
Coalition supports low-sulfur fuel
WASHINGTON - A coalition of automakers and environmental groups teamed up again late last week with an appeal to new EPA Administrator Christie Whitman to support dramatic cuts in sulfur in diesel fuel.
A rule requiring a 97 percent reduction in diesel fuel sulfur by 2006 was part of a package of regulations to clean up diesel engine emissions the Clinton administration adopted in late December.
The Bush administration put implementation of all such last-minute rules on hold for review.
The coalition of low-sulfur supporters, which includes the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Sierra Club and others, said in a letter to Whitman that the rules were carefully
considered and are needed to protect public health.
Automakers strongly favor low-sulfur fuel because it will enable them to put more fuel-efficient diesel engines in future cars and light trucks.
Land Rover cuts traced to BMW
Land Rover will eliminate as many as 250 jobs at its Solihull, England, plant
and decrease annual Freelander sport-utility production there by 10,000 units after BMW refused to supply enough diesel engines.
Freelander production will decrease from 84,000 to 74,000.
The move does not affect Land Rover North America's plan to begin selling the Freelander in the United States starting in December.
U.S. Freelanders will be powered by a V-6 gasoline engine.
Although Land Rover's contract with BMW was for 32,000 engines per year, the automaker requested more engines to satisfy an increase in demand.
BMW, which said it already was supplying Land Rover with 1,000 more engines than specified in its contract, could not fulfill the request because of problems with its suppliers.