Impala SS sells out before delivery (Atlanta
Journal and Constitution 1/21/94)
Chevrolet says the Impala SS due out this spring, the high-
performance sedan companion to the staid Caprice, is a sellout
before the first one arrives at a dealership.
The car, which has the Corvette's V-8 engine combined with a
police package suspension system, has attracted considerable
attention since word got out a year ago that such a car was
"We planned to build 5,000 Impala SSs and they are already
sold," Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins said, meaning
dealers have bought the total production build to have in their
Chevrolet plans to build more, though just how many hasn't
Kia compact sedans to start at $ 8,495
Kia Motors America has announced the prices of its new compact
sedans. The base model Kia Sephia RS will be priced at $ 8,495.
The midline Sephia LS will retail for $ 9,295 and the
top-of-the-line GS starts at $ 10,195.
The Korean auto maker will begin selling its cars in the
United States next month, starting in the Portland, Ore., area
and in Las Vegas. It will concentrate on sales in the West at
first, and expects to have a coast-to-coast dealer network in
place by the end of 1995.
The company plans to introduce a sport-utility vehicle later
Ford likely to reopen talks with Mazda
A top Ford Motor Co. official confirmed the auto maker likely
will reopen the question of jointly producing cars in Europe with
Mazda Motor Corp.
Talks broke off between Ford and Mazda on joint production in
Europe last year.
Wayne Booker, executive vice president for international
operations, would not say which products or plants may be
involved in the joint project.
The likely products are the next-generation Ford Escort, Ford
Probe, and the Probe's sibling, the Mazda MX-6, which are due for
the 1997 model year, according to people in the industry.
Ford owns 25 percent of Mazda.
Discovery scheduled for April delivery
Discovery, the compact sport-utility from Land Rover North
America Inc., will be available in showrooms beginning in April,
Rover President Charlie Hughes said.
The vehicle, with standard dual air bags and anti-lock brakes,
will start at "well under $ 30,000," Hughes said, adding that, in
other markets, Discovery sales have been two to three times the
sales of Range Rover.
Land Rover sold about 4,300 Range Rovers in 1993 out of total
U.S. sales of 4,907.
Toyota may produce Mega Cruiser vehicle
Toyota Motor Corp. is considering putting the oversized Mega
Cruiser off-road concept vehicle into production for possible
The Hummer-like Mega Cruiser, with its 70-inch front track and
17- inch ground clearance, was a hit at last October's Tokyo
Yoshiro Kimbara, Toyota's top-ranking product development
executive, said the company is studying the possibility of
producing the vehicle.
The 197-inch long, all-wheel-drive Mega Cruiser is powered by
a 4.1- liter, four-cylinder direct injection turbo-diesel.
Although tailored for rescue and ambulance duty, it is adaptable
for personal all-terrain use.
Kimbara noted the vehicle was probably too big to sell well in
Japan but that the company sees some potential buyers for the big
off-road vehicle in countries such as Australia and, perhaps, the
More car owners ignore maintenance
The value of recommended vehicle maintenance that owners
ignored jumped 13 percent to $ 59.4 billion in 1992, according to
the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association.
In the 14 years the association has been conducting the
survey, the amount of vehicle maintenance that should have been
performed but wasn't has more than tripled from the $ 15.7
billion estimated in 1978.
Compiled from staff, news service and published reports.