March 5, 2002
Production version of Chrysler Crossfire debuts at Geneva Motor Show
Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of the Chrysler Group with Crossfire. Click image to enlarge
A production version of the Chrysler Crossfire was shown for the first time yesterday at a Geneva Motor Show preview. Chrysler’s new two-seat sports coupé will be introduced in international markets – in both left and right hand drive – in the middle of next year.
Chrysler hopes to sell 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 name “Crossfire” was conceived during the development of the vehicle’s distinctive character line that moves precisely and rapidly from front to rear. The character line “crosses” to a negative formation from a positive one as it speeds from the front through to the rear wing. Wide, muscular rear wings conclude in the large, sculpted tail lamps. The side profile is complete with metallic-finished side air louvres.
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.