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CHRYSLER'S BOB LUTZ CHALLENGES JAPANESE TO DO MORE FOR MINORITIES IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

 CHRYSLER'S BOB LUTZ CHALLENGES JAPANESE TO DO MORE FOR MINORITIES
 IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY
 ATLANTA, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler President Robert A. Lutz challenged Japanese automobile manufacturers to do more to improve opportunities for minority dealers and assembly plant workers.
 "We are proud of the fact that, at 23.8 percent, we have the largest percentage minority work force in the entire auto industry," Lutz told the Black Enterprise Magazine's "BE 100" Dinner here.
 Noting that this year's BE 100 list contained 18 Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) dealers, Lutz said Chrysler has committed more than $100 million in assistance to the company's Minority Retail Dealer Development Program since 1983, and opened its "brand-new, billion- dollar Jeep assembly plant right in the heart of Detroit, where jobs and economic development are needed the most."
 "I'd like to challenge the Japanese to do the same thing," Lutz said.
 "Minorities are valued customers to the American auto industry, valued dealers, valued employees, and valued suppliers."
 Lutz said "economic despair" was at least partly to blame for the recent Los Angeles riots.
 "It's an economic despair that, three decade after the civil rights movement of the '60s, still grips far too many minorities in this country. In fact, in many cases and for whatever reasons, the grip is tighter today than it ever was," he said.
 "It is, I believe, in the interest of every thinking person to work to replace economic despair with economic opportunity, and to assist in giving all Americans an equal shot at the American Dream. It's not only the smart thing to do and the right thing to do, it's also good business."
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 /CONTACT: James E. Kenyon of Chrysler, 313-956-4664/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation; Black Enterprise Magazine ST: Georgia, Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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