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Chrysler Group announces new production strategy for Jeep®

1/4/01, Auburn Hills, MI - DaimlerChrysler Corporation will invest an additional $35 million in its new $1.2 billion Toledo North Assembly Plant (TNAP) in order to have greater flexibility to adjust production volume and add new products more easily. The company is installing new equipment which will allow it to ramp up maximum production of the all-new Jeep® Liberty on a two-shift operation, while improving productivity. As the company's newest assembly plant, TNAP was designed and built to be flexible enough to adjust volumes quickly, and ultimately build two separate products as well as prototypes of a third. The new investment, which consists of a building expansion, conveyors and other production and maintenance equipment, will enhance its ability to be flexible while making the manufacturing process more ergonomically friendly for the workforce. "This investment in the new plant demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to the community and our workforce," said Gary Henson, DaimlerChrysler Corporation Executive Vice President - Manufacturing. "It will also help safeguard thousands of jobs in the Toledo area. Flexibility is crucial to the future of our manufacturing operations. Having the ability to react quickly to the market and build multiple models on the same production line will increase our competitiveness, quality and speed as we move forward."

For further information, contact:
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766