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CHRYSLER CONCORDE, DODGE INTREPID AND EAGLE VISION WIN SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS GRAND AWARD; VIPER ALSO HONORED

 CHRYSLER CONCORDE, DODGE INTREPID AND EAGLE VISION WIN
 SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS GRAND AWARD; VIPER ALSO HONORED
 DETROIT, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation's new line of family sedans, Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision, have been awarded the coveted Grand Award and the "Most Innovative Use of Plastics" award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Division at its 22nd annual awards banquet here. The win signifies the second consecutive year Chrysler products have won the SPE Grand Award.
 SPE also presented a "Special Recognition" award to the 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10, the first production car to use all resin transfer molded (RTM) Class A body panels.
 SPE's honor was the second "Grand Award" this week for Chrysler's new sedans. On Nov. 10, Popular Science magazine named Dodge Intrepid as the Grand Award winner in the car category of its annual Best of What's New Awards.
 GRAND AWARD FOR FENDERS
 The Grand Award was presented to Chrysler for the use of thermoplastic fenders on the Concorde, Intrepid and Vision. The sedans, on sale throughout the country, are the first production cars in the world to use this fully recyclable thermoplastic in a major, vertical exterior body panel application.
 The fenders are injection molded by the Plydex Division of Magna International with Du Pont's Bexloy K-550 thermoplastic polyester. This is the first E-Coat (corrosion protection) capable, Class-A (exterior surface) paintable thermoplastic polyester to be commercialized.
 "Polymer composites allow the design flexibility, performance improvement, weight reduction and cost savings that are critical to success in today's globally competitive environment," said SPE Chairman Talat Karmo.
 "The SPE's automotive awards program -- one of the largest engineering awards programs in the world -- gives us the opportunity to recognize those responsible for new and innovative ideas in design, engineering, processing and applications that will drive the automotive industry forward," said Karmo.
 MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF PLASTICS AWARD -- INSTRUMENT PANEL
 In addition to the Grand Award, the Concorde, Intrepid and Vision received the "Most Innovative Use of Plastics" award in the body interior category. Chrysler received top honors for its "structural approach to the development of a plastic instrument panel that houses a standard passenger-side air bag and incorporates a composite knee bolster for support of modules and increased passenger safety." According to SPE, the new instrument panel also reduces noise and vibration.
 Unlike typical interior designs that use a cross-car steel beam for support, the major structure in the Concorde, Intrepid and Vision instrument panel is accomplished using plastic and composites with minimal use of add-on metal support bracketry.
 SPECIAL RECOGNITION -- DODGE VIPER RT/10
 SPE presented the "Special Recognition" award to the 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10, the first production car to use all resin transfer molded (RTM) body panels, In addition to reducing weight by 100 pounds, the RTM body panels are revolutionary because they are shipped pre-painted to the New Mack Viper Assembly Plant floor in Detroit.
 "Chrysler's success with the Viper program has opened the door for low-volume, niche vehicles using RTM body panels," said SPE general awards chairman Jeff Frankish.
 SPE, celebrating it's 50th anniversary, bestows "Most Innovative Use of Plastics" honors in eight categories: body interior, body exterior, chassis/hardware, powertrain, materials, process, environmental and international. The Grand Award is selected from the winners in each category.
 Chrysler has won SPE's Grand Award for two consecutive years. Last year, Chrysler's innovative Integrated Child Seats were unanimously selected as both the interior winner and Grand Award winner.
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 /CONTACT: Jason Vines, 313-576-8095, or Tom Kowaleski, 313-576-8099, both of Chrysler Corporation/
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