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CHRYSLER TO ADD DODGE DAKOTA PRODUCTION TO TOLEDO IN 1993

CHRYSLER TO ADD DODGE DAKOTA PRODUCTION TO TOLEDO IN 1993
 TOLEDO, Ohio, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) today announced that it will move a portion of its production of the Dodge Dakota mid-size pickup truck to the Toledo Assembly Plant in mid-1993. The plant will continue to produce the Jeep Cherokee and production of the Jeep Wrangler will begin as scheduled later this month.
 Chrysler will use its Toledo Parkway and Stickney plants for Dakota production and will invest more than $100 million to prepare the Toledo complex.
 The addition of Dakota production is expected to maintain employment at Toledo at the current level of about 4,500 employees.
 Chrysler's Warren Assembly Plant in Michigan is currently producing all Dodge Dakota models and will continue building the Dakota model after it's added at Toledo. Warren Assembly, which also currently builds the full-size Dodge pickup trucks, will start production of Chrysler's all-new, full-size pickup, code named T-300, in mid-1993. Dakota production is being added at Toledo to free up sufficient production capability at Warren Truck Assembly to meet anticipated strong demand for the T-300.
 "The Toledo workforce is an experienced and dedicated workforce that produces high-quality vehicles," said Chrysler Chairman Lee A. Iacocca. "Adding Dakota production to Toledo continues our efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility throughout our manufacturing operations. At the same time, it will allow us to produce more of our new T-300 pickup trucks at Warren Truck to meet the projected strong demand and to provide additional vehicle production at Toledo."
 Demand for Dakota pickup trucks continues strong. In the first six months of 1992, Dakota sales have increased 61 percent.
 The State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Development will provide $2 million in training funds over a four-year period and funds for infrastructure improvement.
 The City of Toledo will provide tax abatement and various infrastructure improvements in support of the project.
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