SAE fixes show
The Society of Automotive Engineers is revamping next year's SAE World Congress to regain exhibitors and attendees that missed the show at Detroit's Cobo Center the past two years.
SAE representatives will begin a series of visits with Tier 1 suppliers this month to review the changes and lobby for participation, said David Amati, director of SAE's automotive business. SAE - plus executives from DaimlerChrysler, the 2003 show sponsor - plans an event featuring more participation from automakers, fewer but more focused technical presentations and new technology sessions in a 400-seat 'theater' to be built on the Cobo Center floor.
SAE also will try to classify exhibitors into five new technology pavilions that could occupy more than half of Cobo's 30,000 square meters of exhibit space.
- Amy Wilson
D/C stays in China
DaimlerChrysler extended for 30 years its joint manufacturing agreement in China at the Beijing Jeep Corp.
The joint venture, which began production in May 1983, introduced one of two models aimed at the Chinese market this month at the Beijing auto show. A compact sport-utility will be branded as a Mitsubishi product.
DaimlerChrysler's ownership stake in Beijing Jeep remains at 42.4 percent. The Chinese government's Beijing Automotive Industry Co. owns the rest.
- Diana Kurylko