Week of August 9, 1999

August 9, 1999

JULY SALES HUMMING
JULY’S TOP SELLERS
GM REBUFFS FIAT
GM, DAEWOO SIGN ALLIANCE
VOLVO WORKING ON S60
GM, FORD TO GET PLASTIC TRUCK BEDS
CALIF. WANTS SULFUR LEVELS HALVED
DC RECALLS BABYSMART
MAZDA MOVES FOR EQUAL PAY
TOYOTA DOES FIVE-DAY ORDERS
TOYOTA BEGINS V-6 PRODUCTION
GM TO BUILD CARS IN JAPAN
NISSAN KICKING SAMSUNG’S TIRES?
AM GENERAL TO BUILD NEW FACTORY?
BMW GETS TIME OFF FOR ECLIPSE

 

 

JULY SALES HUMMING Another sales record fell last month as Americans bought more cars and trucks in July than ever before. Some of the big winners included the former Chrysler Corp., whose brands sold 10 percent more vehicles than last July. Demand has been so strong for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for example, that DC has reversed in part a recent decision to slow production at the Cherokee’s Jefferson North, Detroit, assembly plant. Ford sales rose one percent overall, with cars surging 10 percent and trucks declining 4 percent from a year ago – when Ford trucks were selling abnormally well due to the GM strike. In turn, GM registered a 62.6-percent gain, inflated by last year’s damped sales due to the UAW strike. Vehicle sales in the U.S. this year are expected to top 1986’s rate of 16.02 million vehicles.

 

 

JULY’S TOP SELLERS For the record, here are the twenty best-selling vehicles in the U.S. so far this year, as reported by the automakers:

 

1999 Year-To-Date Best Sellers

Rank

Model

Qty

1

Ford F-Series PU

520,325

2

Chevrolet Silverado PU

353,462

3

Toyota Camry

268,360

4

Dodge Ram PU

253,592

5

Ford Ranger PU

244,533

6

Ford Explorer

242,196

7

Honda Accord

238,297

8

Ford Taurus

221,027

9

Dodge Caravan

196,079

10

Honda Civic

190,254

11

Ford Escort

180,153

12

Chevrolet Cavalier

177,494

13

Jeep Grand Cherokee

166,157

14

Toyota Corolla

150,184

15

Chevrolet S-Series PU

148,514

16

Ford Windstar

144,325

17

Pontiac Grand Am

139,300

18

Saturn

137,023

19

Ford Expedition

132,049

20

Chevrolet Blazer

128,694

 

 

GM REBUFFS FIAT In the latest in a series of setbacks for the Italian automaker, General Motors Corp. has rebuffed a bid to team up with Fiat SpA. Fiat has reportedly approached a range of potential partners covering every corner of the globe, including Volvo, Mitsubishi, GM, and even DaimlerChrysler. According to TCC sources, Fiat approached GM with a range of options. At the simplest, these would have involved the swapping of technology and, perhaps, some product platforms. But Fiat also envisioned a more extensive arrangement with GM that might have led to a merger of their two automotive operations. The scenario that seemed to be at the center of the talks would have resulted in GM taking a one-third stake in Fiat. A GM officer reportedly says there is no chance that such a merger will take place.
For more on the GM-Fiat talks, click here.

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