TCC's Daily Edition: 9/4/01

September 4, 2001

GM’S TO DEBUT MAJOR V-8 IN FRANKFURT

TheCarConnection.com has already given an extensive preview of the highlights of the upcoming Frankfurt auto show, including the Opel Signum II, a General Motors concept car based on GM’s Epsilon architecture. And it is relatively common knowledge that the Epsilon platform will be shared by the next generations of the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac Grand Am, Saab 9-3 and Opel Vectra. Digging a bit deeper into the story, however, TheCarConnection.com has unearthed some significant details about the all-new 4.3-liter V-8 that gets its first showing under the hood of the Signum II in Frankfurt. The 75-degree-vee pushrod V-8 is a world-market-ready direct-injection gasoline engine. It features three valves per cylinder and GM’s cylinder deactivation system. The engine uses the gas/pneumatic direct-injection setup developed by Orbital Engine and Siemens. And while the V-8 is mounted transversely in the Signum II, its design allows for longitudinal placement as well.
'01 Frankfurt Show Preview by Henny Hemmes (8/13/2001)
Frankfurt Show Preview II by Ian Norris (8/27/2001)

MORE DETAILS ON THE CADILLAC XLR
The Cadillac XLR roadster—the production version of the Evoq showcar—will be appearing late next year or early in 2003 as a 2003 model. General Motors has confirmed that the two-seat XLR will be powered by GM’s venerable 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 driving the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission. The General hopes that the XLR will bring Cadillac back into favor with affluent U.S. buyers who have of late been leaning toward sporty luxury cars from Europe and Japan. In 1997, Cadillac was the top luxury brand in America; today, it is struggling to make the first-tier cut. The 2003 Cadillac XLR roadster will be built at the same Bowling Green, Kentucky facility that produces the Chevrolet Corvette.
Preview: 2003 Cadillac CTS by TCC Team (8/20/2001)

2002 HONDA ODYSSEY: WATCH OUT, CHRYSLER
Almost as a calculated response to Chrysler’s recent model and pricing announcements for its fleet of 2002 minivans, Honda’s recent launch of its 2002 Odyssey van appears destined to add fire to an already competitive fray in family haulers. Already recognized as a smart buy by industry watchers like J.D. Power and Associates and IntelliChoice, and by publications that range from Car and Driver to Consumer Reports, the Honda Odyssey is already a solid household name. For 2002, Honda comes to the competition with a 240-horsepower V-6, a standard 5-speed automatic transmission, and front and side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger. Honda also reports that the 2002 Odyssey is the first minivan available with a factory-installed DVD player.
2001 Honda Odyssey by Dan Carney (6/18/2001)

MERCEDES-BENZ MAYBACH: ULTRA-LUXURY TRADITION BREAKER
Consider this: The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed-star logo doesn’t carry enough cache to do the company’s new Maybach model justice. According to a report in Automotive News, Mercedes plans to launch the Maybach—a largely hand-built, no-expense-too-great, uber-luxury sedan along the lines of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys (and then some)—as a brand unto itself. Not even the three-pointed star hood ornament of Mercedes-Benz—after Coca Cola logo, probably one of the most recognizable symbols in the universe—will appear on the car. Instead, the company has chosen to adorn the Maybach hood with a double-M logo inside of a triangle, a historical reference to Maybach Motorenbau, a small carmaker from the early part of the 20th century with deep ties to Mercedes. The Maybach, due for launch in 2003, will feature a 500-plus-horsepower V-12 inspired by two turbochargers. It will ride on a new type of adaptive, electronically controlled air suspension. Stopping power will be provided by a quick-response brake-by-wire system. And the price? Mercedes-Benz spokesman Fred Heiler speculated, "…double, triple, I don’t know how much more it’s going to be over a current Mercedes product, even a high-end Mercedes product." Thus the need, according to Heiler, for giving the Maybach a brand all its own.
Benz: What's In A Brand? by TCC Team (3/12/2001)

BMW RECALLS MINIS
BMW AG has announced a recall of all 7,000 Minis built thus far. The Minis, only 500 of which have been delivered to customers, will go back to BMW’s factory in Oxford, England to fix a design flaw that has already caused two fires. The fix involves improving the vehicle’s grounding to prevent static electricity. Static-electric sparking at the Mini’s fuel-filler inlet has reportedly ignited gasoline vapors in two cars, causing small fires but no injuries, according to BMW.

VOLKSWAGEN MAY BUILD IN THE U.S.
With it U.S. sales up 13 percent and August posted as the company’s best sales month in North America since 1973, Volkswagen is on a roll in America. With such a love affair raging (not to mention a weak dollar and strong euro), it only makes sense then that Volkswagen AG chief executive Ferdinand Piech would consider building cars here. According to the Financial Times, Piech said that the Volkswagen Group was considering building a new factory that would serve Nafta’s free trade zone. That means a facility in the U.S., Canada or Mexico. VW’s last foray into U.S. production was during the late 1980s in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.

FACTOIDS:

Some consumers keep vehicles as long as they keep rolling down the road. Others hunger for a new driving experience, buying or leasing new or used vehicles more frequently. According to the Experian Automotive National Vehicle Database, the top five states for vehicle title transfers indicating cars changing hands are, in order: Oregon, Kentucky, Ohio, Hawaii and Oklahoma.

FROM THE SOURCE:

From PR Newswire Goodyear Tire & Rubber has launched the third generation of its goodyear.com Website . . . Audi of America celebrated its best sales month ever in August and is on the way to its best year ever . . . Benteler Automotive, Inc. has named Donald Luby director of marketing for North American Operations . . . Ward’s Automotive Reports is estimating a year-to-date drop of 12.8 percent in North American car and truck production

THE TICKER:

Autoliv (ALV), Closed 19.89, up 0.09

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ArvinMeritor (ARM), Closed 17.70, up 0.20

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American Axle (AXL), Closed 18.85, up 0.85

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Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), Closed 18.85, up 0.99

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Dana (DCN), Closed 19.60, up 0.35

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DaimlerChrysler (DCX), Closed 43.95, up 0.13

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Donnelly (DON), Closed 15.52, up 0.17

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Delphi Automotive (DPH), Closed 15.00, up 0.30

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Eaton (ETN), Closed 71.93, down 0.07

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Ford (F), Closed 19.87, up 0.11

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General Motors (GM), Closed 54.75, up 0.54

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Gentex (GNTX), Closed 29.90, up 0.39

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Goodyear (GT), Closed 24.50, up 0.63

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Johnson Controls (JCI), Closed 73.25, up 1.70

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Lear (LEA), Closed 36.24, up 1.49

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Magna International (MGA), Closed 61.10, down 0.01

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Nissan (NSANY), Closed 11.60, unchanged

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SDRC (SDRC), Closed 24.97, down 0.01

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Toyota (TM), Closed 61.10, up 0.65

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TRW (TRW), Closed 35.20, down 0.35

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Visteon (VC), Closed 17.10, up 0.32

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