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News of  January 25, 1999

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HANDAR4.GIF.gif (182 Byte)   Chris Bird new director of Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center Design
DEARBORN, Mich., January 20, 1999 – Chris Bird has been appointed Director of Design for Ford Motor Company's Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center (SVC) Design Studio, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Claude Lobo who is retiring.

Bird has been a chief designer in the SVC Design Studio since September, 1998. Previously, Bird held several positions with the German automaker Audi Motor Company.

HANDAR4.GIF.gif (182 Byte)   Volkswagen reports record sales in North America; best result ever in 17 years

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-Firmly establishing itself again as the number-one selling European importer in the U.S., Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported its best annual sales results in 17 years.

In 1998, Volkswagen sold 219,679 new cars in the U.S., up 59.3 percent over 1997. It was the best Volkswagen total in the U.S. since 1981 when the German automaker sold 278,513.

In December, Volkswagen sales were 17,950, an increase of 48.2 percent over the same month in 1997 when sales were 12,116. This marks the best December for Volkswagen in the U.S. since 1981.

Among Volkswagen's many sales highlights was the overwhelming success of the New Beetle-the recent recipient of the 1999 North American Car of the Year. Volkswagen sold 7,516 New Beetles in December, making it the second-best sales month of the year - a year that began with its market introduction in March. For the year, 55,842 New Beetles were sold.

Volkswagen Bus

     The old and ...

New Beetle

     ... the new American dream of a
     Volkswagen car. In 1998 55,842 new
     Beetle were sold!

HANDAR4.GIF (182 Byte)  Toyota Sets Record for North American Production
December 29, 1998 - Erlanger, KY- Through the diligent work of team members at its three manufacturing plants in North America, Toyota produced 962,823 vehicles, more than any other Japan-based automaker. Toyota's North American production in 1998 increased by 15 percent over 1997's total of 838,069  

 Toyota Camry

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