The top stories from Automotive News Europe's April 24, 2000, issue -- and how they developed.
Yaris drives Toyota
There's a three-month waiting list for the Toyota Yaris in Europe because the Japanese and US markets liked the little European-looking car so much they decided to sell it as well. Toyota's European sales grew 27 percent in the first quarter, compared with 15.8 percent for all Japanese makes, largely because of inroads by Yaris.
Redesigns of their rival Sharan and Galaxy large minivans has led to friction between Volkswagen and Ford Europe and resulted in a delayed start of production for Ford's new Galaxy. The two models are built in VW's Autoeuropa plant in Setubal, Portugal. The new Sharan is in production, but Job One for the face-lifted Galaxy is now due at the end of this month, instead of early March as originally planned.