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CHRYSLER APPOINTS NEW JEEP DISTRIBUTOR IN FRANCE

 CHRYSLER APPOINTS NEW JEEP DISTRIBUTOR IN FRANCE
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation


(NYSE: C) today announced it will combine its Jeep(R) and Chrysler distributor network in France beginning this fall.
 Sonauto, Chrysler's distributor of passenger cars and Voyager minivans for the past years, will begin selling Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4s after the Mondial Auto Show in October, and both Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee after Dec. 31, 1992.
 The combination represents a further development of Chrysler's international strategy of having one distributor responsible for both Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in a given country.
 "Jeep products have been key components in Chrysler's sales success in Europe," said Patrick R. Smorra, General Manager of International Sales and Marketing for Chrysler Corporation.
 "Renault has done a good job for us," Smorra said, "and the decision to terminate the distribution agreement was amicable. In 1991, both Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee were leaders in their market segments in France. I am confident that Sonauto will build on those past successes."
 "Sonauto is a very experienced organization that has been successfully distributing our sedans and Voyager minivans in France, our second largest European market."
 Sales of Chrysler passenger cars and minivans in France increased 56 percent in the first half of 1992 compared to the same period a year ago.
 Renault will cease distribution of Jeep vehicles in France beginning Jan. 1, 1993, but will continue to service both Cherokee and Wrangler.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
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