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April 21, 2005 3:00 AM

Chrysler compacts to be made in China for U.S.

DaimlerChrysler hopes to make compact cars in China for sale in the United States, a company executive said Thursday. The companys China chief, Ruediger Grube, said the compact would be a totally new car and wouldnt affect production of current DaimlerChrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicles in the United States. Grube said Chinas low labor costs figured heavily in the decision. DaimlerChrysler, the worlds fifth-largest automaker, is looking at producing the cars in southern China in a joint venture with Fujian Motor Industry Corp.

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