March 12, 2004

DaimlerChrysler Canada endorses governments’ efforts to improve flow at Windsor border crossing

Windsor, Ontario – DaimlerChrysler Canada has endorsed the federal, provincial and
municipal governments’ collaborative approach to improving the smooth and efficient
flow of Windsor border crossings.

“We commend all levels of government today on the progress they have made with the
“Let’s Get Windsor-Essex Moving” strategy,” said Mark Norman, President,
DaimlerChrysler Canada and Chair, Trade Infrastructure Working Group, Canadian
Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC). “This announcement is the first step in
addressing border congestion. We look forward to seeing the
results of continued efforts towards improving major arteries and routes leading to
the existing Windsor border crossings.”

“Efficient border crossings are critical to the preservation of the one in seven
Ontario jobs directly related to the automotive industry,” addedNorman. “It is
essential that the dialogue between all levels of government continues and that it
results in the expeditious implementation of infrastructure improvements.”

The industry exports 88% of its products, 97% of which cross the border to the
United States. Three of the nine new product launches in 2004 for DaimlerChrysler
are Canadian made, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total expected volume for
these products.

The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council was launched in September 2002. It is
composed of senior executives from industry (assembly, parts manufacturers and
distributors and dealers), labour and academia, as well as the industry and economic
development ministers from the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec. The
mandate of the Council is to identify actions
to strengthen the Canadian automotive industry in the short and long term.

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