In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, DaimlerChrysler CEO Juergen Scrempp said that he could not give an outlook for the current business year although he expects a continued positive business development.

“I cannot provide an outlook for 2003. The business and political uncertainties are immense but I am convinced that we have the factors we can influence, under control. We will continue our positive development,” Schrempp said.

In the interview Schrempp also expressed concern over Germany’s deteriorating relations with the United States over policy towards Iraq.

“I am very concerned over the current relations between Germany and the US We have had a community of values with the US which has grown for over 50 years,” Schrempp said.

“Everything possible must be done to maintain this relationship, despite the differences of opinion on the important topic of the Iraq crisis.”

DaimlerChrysler is expected to give an outlook for 2003 at its annual earnings news conference on Thursday.