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1993 JEEP WRANGLER PRODUCTION STARTS AT TOLEDO ASSEMBLY PLANT

 1993 JEEP WRANGLER PRODUCTION STARTS AT TOLEDO ASSEMBLY PLANT
 TOLEDO, Ohio, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) today unveiled the 1993 Jeep(R) Wrangler at ceremonies marking the start of production of the two-door sport utility vehicle at the company's Toledo Assembly Plant.
 Wrangler's move to Toledo, announced in November, means approximately 850 additional hourly jobs in Toledo. The positions have been filled by Toledo assembly workers who had been on layoff.
 "Chrysler has invested nearly $40 million to prepare both plant and work force for Wrangler production," said Bernard I. Robertson, Chrysler vice president - Jeep/Truck Engineering and general manager - Jeep/Truck Operations. "The extensive training given to Toledo's great work force and the facility improvements ensure the quality of each and every Wrangler produced here."
 "The partnership between Chrysler and Ohio government officials is a strong one," said Ohio Gov. George Voinovich. "Working together has yielded positive results for the company and the state, and has been especially beneficial in maintaining jobs for the talented and dedicated Toledo workers who are proudly building world-class vehicles."
 The Wrangler is produced at two separate sections of the Toledo Assembly complex. The vehicle's body is assembled and painted at the Parkway portion of the plant then transported to Stickney Avenue section for final assembly where the chassis, engine and trim components are added.
 Strong support from the plant's two union locals and state and local governments was crucial to Chrysler's decision to move Wrangler to Toledo. The State of Ohio pledged $1 million in training funds in support for the Wrangler project. The City of Toledo's support includes tax abatement and infrastructure improvements.
 Jeep Wrangler sales for the first six months of 1992 were 28,933, up 24 percent from the 23,390 sold in the period a year ago.
 In late April, production of Jeep Wranglers ended at the company's Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant. The work force there is being folded into the nearby Bramalea Assembly Plant that recently began production of Chrysler's all new mid-size sedans -- the 1993 Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Stewart, 313-956-1102, or Chris Hosford, 313-956-1909, both of Chrysler/
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