Nope. I haven't heard anything like this. I thought the Big 3 owned the rights for ISO9000:1994 (for inclusion in QS9K) and so could mandate it as long as they wanted. Of course, the Big 3 and the RAB may not see eye-to-eye on this.
Correct, they will not. Current certificates will expire on 12-15-03, that is when ISO9000:1994 goes away. The B3 may do something to extend the life, but that is yet to be seen. Just happen to go through this with our registrar this morning.
I noted that QS will die by its own but when no exact idea. Some says in 2003 while in one note it has been mentioned in 2006.
But is is sure that merger of Daimler Benz with Chrysler and due to large number of American Companies supplying products to the Volkswagon in Mexico and the BMW and Mercedes plants in U.S. tending to TS 16949:2002 as universal Automotive QMS standard
As far as I know, QS 9000 will amble on till 2006. RAB will continue to recognize QS 9000 till this date. However ISO 9000:1994 will cease to exist from Dec 2003. So stand alone certification to ISO 9000:1994 will not be possible after Dec 2003.