Group wants to dim Saturn's lights
You try to do something nice for people. Now the National Motorists Association is sore at Saturn Corp. for using daytime running lights. The 7,000-member group complains Saturn's daytime lights are too bright and has called for a boycott of the brand. A Saturn spokeswoman noted that daytime lights save lives. The motorist group has been complaining about daytime lights in general since 1997.
BIG TRUCK, BIG JOB - Just how big is Tom Wallace's job? If Wallace, General Motors' vehicle line executive for mid-sized trucks, could split off his group as a separate corporation, it would slip into the Fortune 500 list somewhere around No. 200, he told the Detroit Automotive Press Association. That would put his theoretical Mid-Sized GM SUVs Inc. right around Nike and Texas Instruments, he noted.
ONE OF THE BEST - Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Portland, Ore., got a boost this month when it was named one of Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. It's the first time in the eight years of the list that a car dealership has been included. Ron Tonkin Dealerships came in third in the ranking, based on corporate and employee surveys taken for each company. It is a multifranchise operation with dealerships in Portland, Gresham and Gladstone, Ore. It employs more than 700 people and was 94th on Automotive News' list of top 100 dealership groups based on new retail units sold in 1999.
UNTAPPED POTENTIAL - Jeep has been somewhat hemmed in by its identity in recent years. It has studied crossover vehicles to compete with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. But in clinics, customers say they expect Jeeps to be fully capable off-road vehicles. Now, the Chrysler group's new marketing chief, Jim Schroer, says Jeep will broaden its lineup. 'The Jeep brand has much greater growth potential than the limited line of products it's been conventionally restrained to,' he said.
When would those new products be introduced? Schroer said, 'We're working on it.'