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March 5, 2003

SWITZERLAND: Chrysler to stretch new platform across C and D lines – report

A DaimlerChrysler executive on Tuesday told the Dow Jones news agency that US arm Chrysler Group will make one platform for Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motor cars formerly based on two platforms.

By bcusack

A DaimlerChrysler executive on Tuesday told the Dow Jones news agency that US arm Chrysler Group will make one platform for Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motor cars formerly based on two platforms.

Between Chrysler and Mitsubishi, the platform could be used for more about 1.3 million vehicles, starting with the Neon successor from around 2005, Chrysler chief operating officer Wolfgang Bernhard told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview at the Geneva motor show.

The move should save at least a hundred million euros for the US and Japanese car maker and shows DaimlerChrysler is starting to make good on promises its global strategy could pay off, Dow Jones said.

It would involve stretching the C-segment platform – the basis for Chrysler’s Neon – to fit cars now built on the D platform that forms the basis of the Sebring and Stratus coupe and sedan. It would allow the companies to use the new “world engine” Chrysler is developing with Mitsubishi and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor for its bigger D-segment vehicles, Bernhard told Dow Jones. Originally, Chrysler had planned to install this engine only in the smaller C car, the news agency added.

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