News of March
All-new Chrysler Crossfire Debuts in Europe
Where Route 66 meets the Autobahn
Chrysler Crossfire with CEO Dieter Zetsche
Geneva - Switzerland America's classic Route 66 and Germany's legendary high-speed Autobahnen are some of the most famous driving roads in the world. Next year, European motorists will be able to experience the spirit of both in Chrysler's all-new Crossfire, a sports coupé that combines American design with German engineering.
A production Chrysler Crossfire is shown for the first time in Europe today at the Geneva Motor Show 2002. Chrysler's new eye-catching, two-seat sports coupé will be introduced in international markets - in both left and right hand drive - in the middle of next year.
The estimated production volume for Crossfire in the 2003 calendar year is 20,000 units worldwide - with approximately 15 per cent of those units going to markets outside North America.
"Chrysler Crossfire is the sports coupé of the future; it's an American dream machine come true," said Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of the Chrysler Group. "Following the footsteps of the Dodge Viper and Chrysler PT Cruiser, it's a great concept-to-reality story that combines head-turning design with world-class engineering.
The Chrysler Crossfire is a low-slung, two-seat coupe with a carved, sculptured appearance. Under the bonnet is a 3.2-litre 90-degree V-6, 18-valve SOHC engine. It is coupled to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and drives the rear wheels.
Chrysler will start building Crossfire in Germany soon, in collaboration with Karmann, a long-time DaimlerChrysler partner with more than 100 years of manufacturing experience. Founded in 1901, Karmann is one of the world's leading full-service suppliers to the automotive industry.
(March 4, 2002)