The top stories from Automotive News Europe's June 5, 2000, issue - and how they developed.
Next A class in doubt
DaimlerChrysler may kill the 2004 replacement for Mercedes-Benz's A class at a management board meeting later this month. The car is selling well, but its profitability is disappointing.
The A class, which was introduced in 1997, survived the board meeting. The second generation of the entry-premium segment car was launched in September 2004. The first-generation was never profitable, but Mercedes expects the new A class to break even "a long time before the end of its life cycle," said former Mercedes Car Group head Jürgen Hubbert prior to the launch of the new A class last year.
StreetKa a hit
The roadster version of the Ford Ka - the StreetKa - was the star of the Turin auto show. The concept could go into production if public reaction is good enough, sources said.
Ford introduced the StreetKa in 2003. In 2004, it ranked No. 7 in the roadster and convertible segment with western European sales of 14,223 units.
French sales surge
Sales in France race to a 10-year high last month. Domestic carmakers took nearly 60 percent of the market. Registrations rose 32.4 percent to 196,550 units compared with May 1999. The surge in France helped sales in western Europe rise 10.4 percent to 1.4 million units.