The top stories from Automotive News Europes January 3, 2000, issue – and how they developed.
Model T beats the Mini
The Ford Model T is named Car of the Century by a global panel of 126 jurors, mostly journalists, beating out the Mini, 742 points to 617. In other categories:
Volkswagen group Chairman Ferdinand Piëch is named Car Executive of the Century; and Italdesign Giugiaro founder Giorgetto Giugiaro, the creator of the VW Golf, is named Car Designer of the Century.
The Mini is making a bid to be the car of this century. Since BMW group revived the brand in 2001 the car has been a hit in Europe and North America. The 500,000th new Mini was produced at BMW groups plant in Oxford, England, in August 2004. Piëch now heads the VW supervisory board and Giugiaro continues to lead Italdesign Giugiaro.
D/C sets records
DaimlerChrysler sells 4.8 million units and has revenues of E148 billion in 1999, both records.
Fields gets top Mazda job
Mark Fields is named president of Mazda. He replace James Miller, who steps down citing health reasons.
Fields was named CEO of Fords Premier Automotive Group July 1, 2002. In 2004, he was promoted to executive vice president of Ford of Europe and PAG, which includes Aston Martin, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover.