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CHRYSLER PLANS SUPPLIER TOUR TO INTRODUCE NEW SEDANS

 CHRYSLER PLANS SUPPLIER TOUR TO INTRODUCE NEW SEDANS
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- To highlight the


contributions suppliers make to the success of its automotive products, Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) is taking its new sedans on the road.
 Chrysler will begin on Aug. 11 a two-month tour of the Midwest and South to the plants of 15 major suppliers providing components for its all-new Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concorde sedans. Under the banner of "Teaming Up for Quality," the tour will give supplier employees an early look at the vehicles they helped make.
 "We want to give these suppliers and their employees a chance to see the vehicles before they are readily available in dealerships," said Tom Stallkamp, vice president of Procurement and Supply and general manager - Large Car Operations for Chrysler. "Although this program allows us to visit only a small number of the suppliers for the sedans, we want to acknowledge all the companies who helped to create these vehicles.
 "Chrysler and its suppliers are partners in every sense of the word," he said. "Supplier involvement has been crucial to these new products."
 Chrysler depends on its suppliers for an average of 70 percent of each vehicle it produces, Stallkamp said, and, since Chrysler has reorganized into "platform teams," supplier involvement has become even more important.
 "Our platform teams include representatives from all departments within the company with 'cradle to grave' responsibility for a vehicle platform," said Stallkamp. "This organization requires that suppliers be brought into the vehicle development process much earlier than ever before. Supplier employees literally become part of our platform teams.
 "This early showing of the Vision, Intrepid and Concorde will give these 'team members' a chance to see the finished product before the public does."
 Suppliers included in the "Teaming Up for Quality" tour and the dates of their events are:
 -- Magna Intl. (fenders, fascias, stampings) Aug. 11 -- Newmarket, Ontario
 -- Briggs & Stratton (locks) Aug. 14 -- Milwaukee
 -- Oxford Speaker (speakers) Aug. 18 -- Chicago
 -- Prince (headliner module) Aug. 21 -- Holland, Mich.
 -- Trumark (stampings) Aug. 25 -- Lansing, Mich.
 -- Guardian Industries (windshield) Aug. 28 -- Ligonier, Ind.
 -- United Technologies (powertrain components) Sept. 1, Columbia City, Ind.
 -- ITT Automotive (brake booster master cylinder) Sept. 11, Culpepper, Va.
 -- Siemens (fuel rail and injector assembly) Sept. 15, Newport News, Va.
 -- Collins & Aikman (body cloth) Sept. 18, Farmville, N.C.
 -- Michelin (tires) Sept. 22, Spartanburg, S.C.
 -- Auto Molding (exterior moldings) Sept. 25, LaGrange, Ga.
 -- Holley (throttle body and manifold assembly) Sept. 29, Watervalley, Miss.
 -- Acustar (radio, instrument clusters, controllers) Oct. 2, Huntsville, Ala.
 -- Bendix/Morton Intl. (passenger air bag) Oct. 6, Maryville, Tenn.
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 /CONTACT: Kelly Lasecki of Chrysler, 313-956-5771/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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