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October 29, 2003
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News
Justin Downum
Staff Writer

(Tuesday October 28, 2003 9:10 PM EST)

G-Wagen Moves Stateside

DaimlerChrysler announced plans to expand its Vance, Alabama production plant (where the current Mercedes-Benz M Class SUVs are built) to accommodate production of the Gelaendewagen (or, more commonly, "G-Wagen"). Sources indicate the plant is undergoing a $600 million expansion - effectively doubling its production capacity to 160,000 units annually.



Go Ahead and Touch that Dial

The auto industry (primarily dealers and manufacturers) spent $18.4 billion last year on television commercials - that apparently aren't as effective as once believed to be. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young announced that in a recent study, only 17 percent of the US consumers it surveyed said commercials influenced their buying decisions.

Apparently, the most influential device for driving traffic to local dealerships was word of mouth advertising. Seventy-one percent of the people surveyed indicated that they relied on the advice of friends, family and colleagues for car buying info. 26 percent used Internet resources and 48 percent said a direct-mail piece might influence their decisions.






Racing Around the Globe

Two major racing championship titles were decided this month - Formula 1 crowned Michael Schumacher as its World Champion (a record 6th title for Schumacher), while Gil de Ferran was crowned Champion of the Indy Racing League series.

Racing-series points leaders and race results as of 10/13/03:

Formula 1 - Points (final)

1. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) - 93
2. Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) - 91
3. Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) - 82
4. Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari) - 65
5. Ralf Schumacher (Williams BMW) - 58

Formula 1 Results - Suzuka (10/12/03)

1. Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)
2. Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren-Mercedes)
3. David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes)
4. Jenson Button (BAR-Honda)
5. Jarno Trulli (Renault)
8. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)


IRL - Points (final)

1. Scott Dixon (Target Ganassi) - 507
2. Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Penske) - 489
3. Helio Castroneves (Marloboro Penske) - 484
4. Tony Kanann (Andretti Green) - 476
5. Sam Hornish, Jr. (Panther Racing) - 461

IRL Results - Texas Motor Speedway (10/12/03)

1. Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Penske)
2. Scott Dixon (Target Ganassi)
3. Dan Wheldon (Andretti Green)
4. Vitor Meira (Team Menard)
5. Bryan Herta (Andretti Green)


CART - Points (2 races remaining)

1. Paul Tracy (Players Forsythe) - 226
2. Bruno Junquiera (Newman Haas) - 197
3. Michel Jourdain, Jr. (Team Rahal) - 183
4. Sebastien Bourdais (Newman Haas) - 158
5. Patrick Carpentier (Players Forsythe) - 136

CART Results - Mexico City (10/12/03)
1. Paul Tracy (Players Forsythe)
2. Sebastien Bourdais (Newman Haas)
3. Mario Dominguez (Herdez Competition)
4. Michel Jourdain, Jr. (Team Rahal)
5. Mika Salo (PK Racing)


WRC Results - Italy (10/2/03 - 10/5/03)

1. Sebastien Loeb (Citroen)
2. Gilles Panizzi (Puegeot)
3. Markko Martin (Ford)
4. Carlos Sainz (Citroen)
5. Francois Duval (Ford)


WRC - Points (3 races remaining)

1. Richard Burns (GB) - 57
2. Sebastien Loeb (F) - 55
3. Carlos Sainz (Spain) - 53
4. Petter Solberg (Norway) - 48
5. Markko Martin (Estoria) - 43


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