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DaimlerChrysler to Build and Sell More than 100,000 PT Cruisers Next Year

16 August 1999

DaimlerChrysler to Build and Sell More than 100,000 PT Cruisers Next Year, Stark's News Service Interactive Reports
    CHICAGO, Aug. 13 -- DaimlerChrysler AG, a major maker and
seller of cars, will build and sell more than 100,000 units of retro-type,
Chrysler PT Cruiser model cars in North America next year, Stark's News
Service Interactive (http://www.starks-news.com ) reported today.
    SNS Interactive also disclosed that mass production of the 2001 model
vehicles will begin at a DaimlerChrysler car-making plant in Toluca, Mexico,
during February 2000.  An assembly line at the facility, formerly used to
manufacture Neon-branded compact cars, will be re-tooled by the end of this
year to accommodate production of Chrysler PT Cruiser cars, the news service
added.
    It noted that Dodge PT Cruisers will be spun off the Chrysler-branded
vehicles and sold in North America starting in the 2002 model year.  Chrysler
PT Cruisers will be made and sold with right- and left-hand drive.  Nearly
93-1/2 percent of the cars to be built during the first year of production
will be designed with left-hand drive, the respected on-line news service
disclosed in a detailed report.