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The Chrysler Brand Continues to Build Momentum for 2003 at the Paris Motor Show

Chrysler California Cruiser Concept

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Paris - At this year's Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile), Chrysler Group again shows its ability to create exciting new products with the worldwide public debut of the Chrysler California Cruiser concept vehicle and the European premiere of the Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Series 2.

The Chrysler brand has built a reputation for bringing segment-defining vehicles to the showroom floor with examples such as the original "minivan" and the ground-breaking PT Cruiser. The brand is also well known for turning concept vehicles into production in record time, such as the all-new Chrysler Crossfire sports coupé that will expand the brand's diverse and distinctive portfolio.

The Chrysler Crossfire will hit European roads in the fall of 2003. The Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Series 2 is due in Europe in the spring of 2003, while the PT Cruiser Cabrio will be available for sale in Europe in early 2004.

The Chrysler brand continues to gain momentum. Chrysler brand sales in the United States have quadrupled since 1991 (from 130,542 to 530,454 in 2001), more than any other American automotive brand. In addition, Chrysler has moved to seventh place from 17th place in first-choice preference over the past four years. The Chrysler brand has also gained ground in Europe, with a ten-percent increase in sales (from 70,592 in 2000 to 77,453 in 2001).

Chrysler Brand Products at the Paris Motor Show

Chrysler California Cruiser Concept

This new concept vehicle makes its world debut today in Paris. An all-round versatile vehicle with two large doors, an innovative rear hatch and multi-functional interior, the Chrysler California Cruiser amplifies what owners love about their PT Cruiser. The exterior of the California Cruiser concept stays true to the landmark design of PT Cruiser, while conveying a possible evolution in its styling theme.

Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Series 2

Since its launch two years ago, Chrysler PT Cruiser has come to personify the Chrysler brand's individual, energetic and expressive brand values with its unique American hot rod-inspired exterior styling, outstanding versatility and class-leading spaciousness and interior comfort. Now yet another new version is added to the PT Cruiser portfolio: the Street Cruiser Series 2, a limited-edition model with a distinctive look and feel all its own.

Chrysler Crossfire

It's where Route 66 meets the Autobahn. The Chrysler Crossfire is the sports coupé of the future, wrapping head-turning American design with proven world-class German technology. Chrysler Crossfire is a low-slung, two-seat coupé with a carved, sculptured appearance. Under the hood is an adapted Mercedes-Benz 3.2 V-6, 18-valve SOHC engine available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Styling Study

Chrysler will pull back the top and produce the two-door, four-seater Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio, due to arrive to European showrooms in early 2004. This styling study, shown in Paris in an all-new colour scheme, marks uncharted territory in the cabriolet segment - no one else can offer cool PT Cruiser styling with the utility and flexibility to change from a four-seater to a two-seater with unexpected cargo volume.

Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD

The Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD had its world premiere at the Brussels Motor Show in January 2003 and became available in Europe in March. Providing power, fuel efficiency and all-round driving abilities, this 2.2 engine was jointly modified by Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz engineers to meet the specific requirements for the PT Cruiser.

Chrysler Sebring Cabrio

The Chrysler Sebring Cabrio offers a sophisticated and expressive American design, comfortable stress-free performance, competitive levels of equipment, superb passenger accommodation and genuine exclusivity. The Sebring, named in honour of the famous Sebring racetrack in America, fits four passengers in sporty, spacious surroundings.

Chrysler 300M

Combining luxury and performance, the Chrysler 300M has burnished the image of the brand. The 300M rekindles the "letter series" cars' legacy with a blend of high performance, premium appointments, distinctive styling and the brand's passion for innovative engineering. As the flagship sedan of the Chrysler brand, 300M is a sophisticated sports sedan with the same muscular stance and road presence that made the original 300-series cars unique.

Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager

The Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager MPVs continue to build upon their popularity. In fact, with 24,104 units sold in the first half of 2002, the Voyager/ Grand Voyager are the Chrysler brand's best selling vehicles in international markets. Chrysler created the "minivan" segment in 1983 and introduced the first luxury minivan in 1990. Offering both petrol and diesel powertrain options, the brand continues to lead the MPV market with innovative and luxury features.

(Sep. 26, 2002)

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