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FIRST DODGE INTREPID ROLLS OFF CHRYSLER'S NEWARK PLANT LINE

 NEWARK, Del., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The first cab-forward-designed Dodge Intrepid ever produced at Chrysler's (NYSE: C) Newark Assembly Plant was driven off the assembly line today by Delaware Gov. Thomas Carper.
 Newark's Plant Manager James Wolfe accompanied Gov. Carper in one of five 1994 sedans selected for production launch ceremonies that included UAW, local city, state and federal officials and plant employees.
 "I'm delighted to be in Chrysler's Newark Assembly Plant today to share in another manufacturing success for Chrysler and the people of Delaware," said Carper. "I am confident that the workforce and management here will continue to produce a quality product and am especially pleased that the state of Delaware has been able to provide a $1 million training package as part of the retooling to manufacture the Dodge Intrepid here in Delaware."
 More than $137 million has been invested by Chrysler to facilitize Newark for production of the Dodge Intrepid. Following a four-week model changeover, Newark resumed production the week of July 12.
 New plant-wide enhancements include a Coordinate Measuring Machine that verifies completely framed car body dimensional specifications; side aperture system and 20 new robots in the Body Shop; new anti-chip oven in the Paint Shop; conversion of air conditioning installation equipment to R-134a; and new overhead carrier arms to accommodate three models.
 In addition to the Dodge Intrepid, the 2.6-million-square-foot plant produces the mid-size Dodge Spirit, Plymouth Acclaim, Chrysler LeBaron Convertible, and Chrysler LeBaron Sedan. The plant has the manufacturing flexibility to produce 35 different models on three distinct platforms on one assembly line.
 Newark will build 800 units a day at full two-shift straight-time production. The plant has a workforce of 3,700 hourly and salaried employees.
 Employees are participating in a $15 million classroom and hands-on retraining program for the production of the Dodge Intrepid.
 The Dodge Intrepid was first produced at Chrysler's Bramalea, Ontario, Assembly Plant in June 1992. Bramalea also produces Chrysler Concorde, New Yorker, LHS, and Eagle Vision full-size sedans.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Miller, 313-576-8093, or Chris Hosford, 313-576-8094, both of Chrysler/
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