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News of  April 25, 1999

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GM- Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Jay Leno gear up to pace INDY 500

April 21, 1999 - Chevrolet hosted a press conference yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate the all-new 2000 Monte Carlo pace car and its celebrity driver, Jay Leno. The host of "The Tonight Show" will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on May 30. Leno had a pace car practice session, tutored by none other than racing great/pace car driver Parnelli Jones and Jon Moss, manager of GM Specialty Vehicles. The practice session was followed by several interviews with Leno and a press conference that included comments by Leno; Don Parkinson, Monte Carlo brand manager; and Tom Pyden, Chevy's director of communications.

The new 2000_Monte_Carlo_Pace_Car

The new 2000 Monte Carlo Pace Car

"I've had a lot of thrilling experiences in my lifetime, but I can't wait to drive the Chevrolet Monte Carlo around the track for the 83rd running of the Indy 500," says Leno. "I'm thankful to Chevrolet and IMS for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

This will be the 12th time the bowtie has paced the Indy 500 since 1948 -- a record among all manufacturers. "This year's pace car will be seen on the track before our customers can buy the production version of the 2000 Monte Carlo at our showrooms this September," says Parkinson. "Many times, a car will be chosen to pace a race simply because it's the newest in a lineup, and other than that there is no direct tie-in. Well, Monte Carlo follows a much different attitude because Monte Carlo has been born and bred to race. It's the winningest nameplate in NASCAR history. In fact, its winning percentage is 70 percent better than the next nearest competitor."


BMW: James Bond 007 to drive Z8
Munich, 9.4.1999 -- The film world’s most successful secret agent, Bond, James Bond, will be driving the stunning new BMW Z8 in "The World is Not Enough", the 19th in the series of Bond films, the premiere of which is scheduled for November 1999. This thoroughbred BMW sports car is as elegant and smooth as Agent 007 himself, and with a six-speed transmission and a 400-horsepower V-8 engine, it outraces the bad guys with thrilling speed. The first photo shows the Z 07 design study, seen for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show. Suspense is already building up with regard to the final version, due to reach the showrooms early in 2000.

Inspired by the legendary BMW 507, the Z8 is also a two-seat open sports car, capable of communicating its character as the "ultimate driving machine" to the film's hero in no uncertain terms. The long, sleek engine compartment and streamlined body design flow through to a powerful, muscular rear end.

"The World is Not Enough is BMWs third collaboration with the popular Bond film franchise. BMW launched the Z3 roadster in the 1995 Bond film "GoldenEye", the seventeenth in the series. The enormous demand for that vehicle, which achieved an outstanding level of popularity through the Bond movie, resulted in the car selling out completely in its first production year, and it today being the best selling roadster in the world. Up till now BMW has built more than 170,000 BMW roadsters, manufactured in Spartanburg, South Carolina (USA), that have been exported to 120 countries around the world.

Bond drove the luxurious 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies and also rode a BMW R 1200 C Cruiser motorcycle with Bond girl Michelle Yeoh in some of the films most memorable scenes. In 1998, the Cruiser was the best-seller of BMW's motorcycles worldwide.


Volvo Trucks’ Deliveries January-March 1999
Volvo, April 20, 1999 - Volvo Trucks' deliveries up to March1999 recorded a total of 19,799 units, an increase of 3 per cent compared with the same period last year. Sales showed the following distribution:
  1998 1999  
Europe, total 9,251 10,751 +16
of which

Western Europe







Eastern Europe 900 432 -52
North America 6,698 7,446 +11
South America 1,861 889 -52
Asia 1,023 452 -56
Other markets 465 261 -44
Total 19,298 19,799 +3

Increased deliveries in Western Europe and North America compensated lower volumes in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe. The order intake during March was on the same high level as the year before.                           

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