News of September 29, 1999
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Honda Motor Co., Inc. and MSN CarPoint Provide Dealers Tools to Maximize
Service for Internet Customers
|TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 20 - American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today
announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to license MSN CarPoint's DealerPoint
technology to all Honda and Acura dealers. DealerPoint is an electronic lead-management
system designed to help dealers manage and quickly respond to Internet prospects, reduce
dealership lot times and monitor online sales performance.
Under the licensing
agreement, Microsoft will provide DealerPoint technology to more than 1,000 Honda and 250
Acura dealers. The dealers do not need to be part of the existing CarPoint network of
retail sales outlets to participate in the agreement.
DealerPoint includes an industry-first feature for dealers that imports Internet leads
from multiple Internet sites and online car-buying services and pools them into one
electronic-commerce management tool, helping dealers manage Internet customer leads more
easily, respond faster to customer inquiries and increase their sales-closing ratios.
|Ford is leading
the chassis business
|DEARBORN, Mich. Ford Motor Company is leading the way in the Class
A motorhome business. Ford Motor Company Class A chassis sales have been steadily
increasing, making Ford Motor Company the industry leader. Between 1996 and May 1999,
production increased from 42 percent to 55 percent. Projected production for 1999 is
approximately 28,000 units.
Not only are production rates increasing, horsepower and
torque are on the rise, too. The Triton 6.8-liter V-10 engine used in the F-53 chassis has
received power improvements for 1999. The horsepower increased from 275 to 310 at 4250
rpm, and peak torque is at 425 foot-pounds at 3250 rpm, up from 410.
F-53 chassis production will begin at the TruMack Assembly plant this fall.
TruMack Assembly is a joint venture between Trumark Inc., a Lansing, Mich.-based
minority-controlled supplier of automotive stampings and assemblies and distributor of
steel, and Mackie Automotive Systems, an Oshawa, Canada-based company that is the leading
international supplier of "Tier Zero" sequencing, subassembly and logistical
support systems for the automotive industries.
Ford awarded a contract to the joint venture to assemble complete chassis from
components supplied by Ford and other companies. The joint venture will ship the rolling
chassis to recreational vehicle manufacturers in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California,
Iowa, Oregon, Alabama and Canada.
Deliveries Of Volvo Buses To Israel
|Volvo is strengthening its position as market leader in the heavy bus and
coach segment on the Israelian market. The largest bus operator in Israel, EGGED, has
placed orders for 130 Volvo bus chassis for delivery this year.
Volvo has now received
the final orders for bus chassis for this year´s delivery to EGGED Transport Co-Operative
in Israel. EGGED operates more than 4,200 buses in Israel, and - out of a total of 220
units - EGGED has ordered 130 Volvo bus chassis for delivery during 1999. Volvo delivered
100 bus chassies during the first half of 1999 and these are now gradually being put into
operation. The chassies are of the model B10B, intercity specification. Most of the bus
bodies are produced by Merkavim Metal Works Ltd, owned by Volvo to 26 percent since 1996,
by Koor Industries to 50% and by Volvo's importer Mayers Car and Truck to 24%.
The first city bus of the model Volvo 7000, a new generation of low floor city buses
presented by Volvo in October last year, and produced in stainless steel has now been
delivered for testing by EGGED in Jeruslam. Tel Aviv and Haifa. The test in city bus
operation will start in September, and the low floor concept will for the first time in
Israel be evaluated by passengers as well as by the traffic planners.
350 Volvo chassis for buses and coaches in all has so far been ordered for delivery
1999 on the Israelian market. Volvo is strengthening its position as market leader in
Israel as regards heavy buses and coaches and Volvo´s strong and determined involvement
in the body building industry in Israel since 1996 has been very well accepted by the
market. Merkavim Metal Works Ltd has recently inaugurated a completely new body building
factory close to Tel Aviv. The production is entirely based on the Finnish bus body
manufacturer Carrus Oy concept of stainless steel. The production capacity is 450 bodies
Carrus Oy, the largest bus body manufacturer in Scandinavia, was acquired by Volvo Bus
Corporation on January 1, 1998. The management of Carrus has participated with technology
transfer and production know-how in the planning of the new production facility of
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