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News of  April 25, 1999

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DaimlerChrysler : Snakes Alive! Vegas a Viper Pit for Owners Invitational


An uncommon car may be the only thing that owners of the Dodge Viper have in common. But they've come together for the ultimate rally, the Viper Owners Invitational, celebrating the ultimate American sports car, the Dodge Viper.

A stroll of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield grounds, which this week hosts the owners of more than 800 Vipers as part of the Fifth Viper Owners Invitational (VOI 5), reveals a diverse mix of personalities and stories.

Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper

However, they have a shared passion: America's most powerful sportscar, the Dodge Viper. VOI 5, affectionately called "Viva Las Viper" by its corporate host, DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge Division, is scheduled for April 22-26, 1999 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The event has been sold out since last October, testimony to the intense owner loyalty and enjoyment generated by the Viper. Among those sharing their passion are members who have gone so far as to plan their weddings around the Viper Owners Invitational. One of several, James Retych, will be exchanging vows at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at the Imperial Palace's "We've Only Just Begun" Wedding Chapel.


BMW : Concorso dŽEleganza di Villa dŽEste


A very special beauty contest. On April 24th and 25th 1999, the Hotel Villa dŽEste on the banks of Lago di Como in the North of Italy will once again be organizing the traditional "Concorso dŽEleganza di Villa dŽEste". This highlight marks the beginning of a new triennium of events presenting cars from 1910 - 1967 over a period of three years. The "Concorso dŽEleganza di Villa dŽEste" is one of the most outstanding historical automobile events of its kind in Europe. Bmw Dixi.


To maintain the high standard of the "Concorso dŽEleganza", BMW has decided to take over the patronage of the next triennium and to play a leading role in optimising the events and their programme. BMW Mobile Tradition will be supporting the event. The event will start on Saturday morning, April 24th, when the participants of the "Concorso" will drive from Villa dŽEste to the Villa Olmo public park near Como. This is where the cars built between 1910 and 1932 will be presented to the public. On Sunday there will be an exclusive show for invited guests only on the grounds of the Hotel Villa dŽEste where the cars will be presented to and assessed by the jury and guests of the hotel. A Gala Dinner with prizes awarded to the most spectacular cars will conclude this impressive society event as the final highlight.
HANDAR4.GIF.gif (182 Byte)   Renault Aims to Cut Delivery Times to Two Weeks by 2001 Through Reorganization of its Distribution System
Paris, April 16, 1999 -- Renault is undertaking, in the framework of a company-wide project, a complete reform of its distribution system in Europe, to achieve an average waiting time of two weeks between placing an order and taking delivery of a vehicle, by the year 2001. The New Distribution system will replace the present system of commercial commitment with an organization based on actual orders entirely focused on the final customer. In this new distribution plan, the dealer network will transmit to the factories, directly and daily, orders placed by customers. The plants, which will receive this order information immediately, will position the manufacture of vehicles by five-day production sequences. The New Distribution system, by manufacturing the exact car the customer wants, will also result in better marketing of the full diversity of the product line and reductions in the costs of commercial negotiations, while cutting inventories by half. Renault thus intends to become the most competitive car maker in terms of delivery times, a decisive factor in customer satisfaction.

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