Collins & Aikman Corporation may be in bankruptcy protection in the US and selling off its European business to a Lear joint venture but has still won a deal to supply Chrysler with "a significant portion of the interior systems on a future platform of vehicles scheduled for 2008".

"We are extremely pleased to be selected by DaimlerChrysler and appreciate their confidence in our ability to fully support this major program," said C&A president and CEO Frank Macher in a statemen.

C&A will be responsible for all design, engineering, logistics and quality planning for instrument panels, integrated cockpit systems, centre floor consoles, pillar and garnish trim, rear package trays, moulded carpet flooring systems, accessory mats, rear cargo and boot trim and other components for the unnamed future vehicle programme.

Multiple existing facilities will produce the components and systems for the programme.