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DaimlerChrysler Concept Vehicle Introduces 'Passenger Priority Design'

7 January 2000

California Dreamin'? Wake Up and Experience Java; DaimlerChrysler Concept Vehicle Introduces 'Passenger Priority Design'
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 -- Today, at its North American debut,
the Chrysler Java introduced a fresh concept to the compact vehicle segment --
"Passenger Priority Design."
    Taking cues from DaimlerChrysler's signature minivan and
sport-utility vehicle design, the Chrysler Java show car features "Passenger
Priority Design" with tall architecture and panoramic seating for driver and
passengers, allowing higher hip-points to give them more of an in-control
feeling compared to other small cars.  In fact, the rear passengers are
sitting higher than the front passengers, creating an automotive form of
theater seating.
    "The Java was voted 'Most Significant' by Autoweek magazine when it first
debuted at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt," said Tom Gale, Executive
Vice President Product Development and Design.  "While we designed the vehicle
with European requirements in mind, we feel that the time is right for a
substantial, sophisticated small car in this market.  With its creative and
diverse environment, as well as its strong international representation, the
Greater Los Angeles Auto Show seemed the perfect location to introduce the
Java in North America."
    With its clean, refined and elegant "one box" profile, Java's "Passenger
Priority Design" makes maximum use of its exterior dimensions.  Java's
interior package is actually comparable to that of the Chrysler PT Cruiser,
yet Java is 20 inches shorter.
    Java's unique Panoramic Seating with high hip-points enhances visibility,
comfort, space and ease of entry and exit for both driver and passengers.
Additional interior space was achieved by moving the windshield forward and
keeping the car's front and rear overhang to a minimum.  Java's interior is
practical and flexible, yet decidedly upscale and comfortable.
    The design of the Chrysler Java is almost architectural in its
inspiration, rather than automotive.  Its proportions are complemented by
dynamic contemporary character lines.  A single low egg crate grille conveys
Chrysler's sophisticated lineage and performance character.  Java's chiseled
compact body lends substance and visual weight, suggesting a low center of
gravity and stable stance with a long wheelbase (98.3 inches) and wide track
(59.1 inches front, 58.7 inches rear).  Tall upright tail lamps provide a
unique rear signature and maximum visibility in congested traffic.
    Java's athletic exterior design is rounded off by prominent, detailed
head lamps, taut body side surfacing and large, mechanically inspired 18-inch
wheels.  The Los Angeles show car features a new "Midnight Green" metallic
finish.  "As small as it is, Java looks substantial, grown-up and
sophisticated," said Gale.
    Java's exterior design cues are carried on in the interior.  Inspired by
modern furniture showrooms, Java's spacious interior sports a lighter palette
in colors and materials.  Featured are brushed aluminum, chrome, cream and
light green leather and curly maple wood.  Enhancing Java's performance
character, the gauge cluster has a unique three-dimensional execution.
    "In giving Java's interior a tailored look and feel with great detailing,
we reinforced the upscale Chrysler lineage," said Freeman Thomas, Vice
President Advanced Product Design Strategy.  "The Chrysler Java shows that a
compact car can have an attractive and rich interior.  Added to that, the
panoramic seating and light colors give the interior a bigger feel."  Java has
front bucket seats and a 60/40 split-fold rear bench.
    Kevin Verduyn, Senior Design Manager and Micheal Castiglione, Design
Manager at DaimlerChrysler's Pacifica Advanced Product Design Center in
Carlsbad, Calif., were responsible for the Java project under Tom Tremont,
Pacifica's Design Director.  Says Verduyn: "Java is the logical follow-up to
previous design studies such as the Pronto and CCV.  We were looking for the
most efficient yet stylish way to move four people around in a sub-four-meter
    "The design was completed just before the DaimlerChrysler merger was
announced.  In the fabrication phase, in which we actually start the
construction of the show car, we were able to include our merger partner and
achieve substantial synergies by using their knowledge and resources," Verduyn
added.  "Since this is a design study, we had the freedom to use European-
based DaimlerChrysler components such as the powertrain, transaxle and
suspension on the Java."
    The Chrysler Java is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine coupled
to a five-speed manual transaxle allowing the vehicle to sprint to 60 mph in
12.6 seconds.  Java's top speed is estimated at 105 mph while its fuel economy
ranges from 24 mpg in city traffic to 40 mpg on the highway.  The front
suspension incorporates wishbones, MacPherson struts, double-tube shock
absorbers and a torsion-bar stabilizer.  Trailing links with coil springs,
single-tube shock absorbers and a torsion-bar stabilizer make up the rear
suspension.  Java rolls on P185/50R18 tires on 18"x6" wheels.
    Java is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
the U.S. and other countries.  Sun Microsystems, Inc. did not participate in
the design or development of this DaimlerChrysler vehicle, nor does the
vehicle contain any software or hardware manufactured or sold by Sun