Chrysler Group Announces Year-End and December Sales

4 January 2001

Chrysler Group Announces Year-End and December Sales; January Production Schedule
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 3 For the year 2000, Chrysler
Group sales were 2,522,695 units, dipping four percent from a record 2,638,561
vehicles sold in 1999.  The Chrysler Group reported December U.S. sales of
167,672 vehicles compared with 204,754 in December of 1999, a 15 percent
decline.
    For the calendar year 2000, Sport Utility Vehicle sales of 760,997 set an
all-time record, rising two percent compared with 1999.  Total truck sales
(including minivan and SUVs) of 1,873,322 were off one percent.  Car sales of
649,373 units dropped 13 percent, while minivan sales of 483,813 declined four
percent compared with 1999.
    "The past year has been challenging for our company," said Deiter Zetsche,
President and CEO of Chrysler Group.  "But we have seen bright spots with
record Sport Utility Vehicle sales led by the Chrysler PT Cruiser."
    December SUV sales set a new record of 60,704 units sold, increasing seven
percent compared with December 1999.  Total truck sales (including minivan and
SUVs) of 129,382 units dropped 11 percent, while car sales of 38,290 were down
25 percent.  Total minivan sales of 25,939 were down 34 percent compared with
the previous year.
    "In December, industry sales mirrored the weather in the Midwest -- cold,"
said Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of Chrysler Group.  "At this time, we
are all experiencing a painful combination of a softening market and excess
inventory."
   In response to current market conditions, the Chrysler Group is taking
necessary measures to adjust inventory levels by temporarily idling some
assembly plants.  Of its 12 U.S. and Canadian assembly plants, the company
will not operate:
    -- 5 facilities the week of January 8, 2001: Bramalea (Brampton, Ontario),
       Dodge City/Warren Truck (Warren, MI), Jefferson North (Detroit), Newark
       (DE) and St. Louis North (MO) Assembly Plants;
    -- 1 facility the week of January 15: The Newark (DE) Assembly Plant;
    -- 3 facilities the week of January 22: Belvidere (IL), St. Louis North
       (MO) and Toledo (OH) Assembly Plants; and
    -- 5 facilities the week of January 29: The Belvidere (IL), Jefferson
       North (Detroit), St. Louis North (MO), Toledo (OH) and Windsor
       (Ontario) Assembly Plants.

    The following is a list of all DaimlerChrysler Corporation's U.S. and
Canadian Assembly Plants:

    ASSEMBLY PLANT       LOCATION              PRODUCTS

    Belvidere            Belvidere, IL         Dodge and Chrysler Neon
    Bramalea             Brampton, Ontario     Chrysler Concorde, 300M, LHS;
                                                Dodge/Chrysler Intrepid
    Conner Ave.          Detroit               Dodge Viper, Chrysler Prowler
    Dodge City/
     Warren Truck        Warren, MI            Dodge Ram and Dakota
    Jefferson North      Detroit               Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Newark               Newark, DE            Dodge Durango
    Pillette Road        Windsor, Ontario      Dodge Full-size Vans
                                                and Wagons
    St. Louis South      St. Louis, MO         Dodge Caravan and
                                                Grand Caravan,
                                                Chrysler Voyager and
                                                Grand Voyager
    St. Louis North      St. Louis, MO         Dodge Ram Quad Cab
    Sterling Heights     Sterling Heights, MI  Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler
                                                Sebring Convertible,
                                                Dodge Stratus
    Toledo               Toledo, OH            Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler
    Windsor              Windsor, Ontario      Dodge Caravan and Grand
                                                Caravan, Chrysler Town and
                                                Country

      DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary, Thru December 2000

                          Month Sales      DR %       Sales CYTD       DR %
    Model              Curr Yr    Pr Yr   Change   Curr Yr    Pr Yr   Change
    Neon                 3219     4154     -19%     49951     71561    -30%
    Breeze                 75     2821     -97%      6319     52054    -88%
    Prowler               150      252     -38%      2631      2365     11%
    PLYMOUTH CAR         3444     7227     -50%     58901    125980    -53%
    Voyager               238     8528     -97%     28345    138644    -80%
    PLYMOUTH TRUCK        238     8528     -97%     28345    138644    -80%
    PLYMOUTH BRAND       3682    15755     -76%     87246    264624    -67%
    Cirrus                367     2715     -86%     38086     31859     20%
    Sebring Sedan        3109        0       0%     10632         0      0%
    Sebring Coupe        1032     1300     -17%     12870     25581    -50%
    Sebring Convertible  1155     2941     -59%     39114     51750    -24%
    Concorde             3102     4017     -20%     50206     59855    -16%
    300M                 3900     3933       3%     50682     55966     -9%
    LHS                  1098     1994     -43%     20982     24307    -14%
    CHRYSLER CAR        13763    16900     -15%    222572    249318    -11%
    PT Cruiser          10944        0       0%     91996         0      0%
    Voyager              3100      129    2399%     70477       129  54533%
    Town & Country       8345     8179       6%     99252     71957     38%
    CHRYSLER TRUCK      22389     8308     180%    261725     77208    263%
    CHRYSLER BRAND      36152    25208      49%    484297    321404     51%
    Wrangler             4543     6074     -22%     82254     89174     -8%
    Cherokee            12184    13450      -6%    141457    165261    -14%
    Grand Cherokee      20580    24073     -11%    271723    300031     -9%
    JEEP BRAND          37307    43597     -11%    495434    554466    -11%
      CP CAR            17207    24127     -26%    281473    375298    -25%
      CPJ TRUCK         59934    60433       3%    785504    765196      3%
    CPJ DIVISION        77141    84560      -5%   1066977   1140494     -6%
    Neon                 6622     7622     -10%    113381    112236      1%
    Stratus Sedan        4659     8683     -44%     97906     94413      4%
    Stratus Coupe        1106        0       0%      5791         0      0%
    Avenger                58      787     -92%      5512     17658    -69%
    Intrepid             8554    12045     -26%    143840    144355      0%
    Viper                  84      166     -47%      1470      1315     12%
    DODGE CAR           21083    29303     -25%    367900    369977     -1%
    Caravan             14256    23967     -38%    285739    293100     -3%
    Durango             12453    15378     -16%    173567    189840     -9%
    Dakota              10492    13012     -16%    177395    144148     23%
    Ram P/U             27677    33865     -15%    380874    428930    -11%
    Ram Wagon             944      957       3%     20641     19824      4%
    Ram Van              3626     3712       2%     49602     52248     -5%
    DODGE TRUCK         69448    90891     -21%   1087818   1128090     -4%
    DODGE DIVISION      90531   120194     -22%   1455718   1498067     -3%
    TOTAL CAR           38290    53430     -25%    649373    745275    -13%
    TOTAL TRUCK        129382   151324     -11%   1873322   1893286     -1%
    TOTAL CAR & TRUCK  167672   204754     -15%   2522695   2638561     -4%
    Total Minivan       25939    40803     -34%    483813    503830     -4%
    Total Sport Utility 60704    58975       7%    760997    744306      2%
    Selling Days           25       26                307       307



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