January 6, 2006

DaimlerChrysler to build minivans for Volkswagen

Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group and Volkswagen have announced they have reached a formal agreement under which Chrysler will manufacture a unique line of Volkswagen minivans for North America.

Production of the minivan, which is based on the next-generation Chrysler and Dodge minivan platform, will begin in 2008.

“This is an important and groundbreaking decision for the Volkswagen brand in the USA,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, Chairman of the VW Brand Board of Management. “In the VW product range, we are missing a van for families which meets the necessary requirements of our American customers. With this new vehicle, we are going to enter another important market segment with our own product.”

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