The top stories from Automotive News Europe's May 26, 1997 edition - and how they developed.
From second to sixth
Fiat Auto is happy with the effects of Italy's scrapping incentive. The Italian market was up 24 percent in the first four months of 1997. 'In January to April we were second in Europe with a 12.7 percent market share,' said Loic Caperan, Fiat Auto sales director.
* Fiat Auto had an 8.9 percent market share in January to April 2002, placing it sixth behind VW, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Ford, Renault and General Motors. The Italian market was down 13.1 percent in the first four months of this year. In January 1999, Caperan left Fiat after the company finished 1998 with a 39.3 percent market share in Italy, down from 42.7 percent the year before. Caperan became CEO of Electricite de France, the French electric utility.
Honda's mobile roadster
Industrie Pininfarina will start production of a new Honda roadster. The car is derived from the Argento Vivo concept Pininfarina unveiled at the Tokyo auto show in October 1995.
* Honda decided to go with its own in-house design and build the new roadster at its plant in Tochigi, Japan. The car - called the S2000 - debuted in 1999.
Norwegian manufacturer Pivco Industries is constructing an 8,000-square-meter plant in Aurskog, near Oslo, to build its City Bee electric cars.
* Pivco went bankrupt after the launch of the City Bee. It was saved when Ford bought a 51 percent stake in the group, renamed Th!nk Nordic, in 1999.