Record June in Europe for Chrysler and Jeep(R) Brands

Highlight DaimlerChrysler Sales Outside North America Auburn Hills, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - Buoyed by the successful international launch of the Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 300M, DaimlerChrysler Corporation's (NYSE: DCX) American brands had their best June ever in Europe, where sales were 10,846, a 16 percent jump for those brands from June 1998. The Chrysler and Jeep brands realized a triple-digit increase in Greece and double-digit upswings in France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Finland and Austria. Grand Cherokee had its second-best sales month in history outside North America. Sales outside North America as a whole for the Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brands were down 4 percent for the month of June, with 16,859 vehicles sold, compared to 17,589 sold in the year-earlier period. For the first six months of the year, sales were 91,958, a 12 percent dip from the first half of 1998. "The Chrysler 300M and the Jeep Grand Cherokee have both had incredibly successful launches outside North America," said Theodor R. Cunningham, Executive Vice President, International and Latin America and General Manager Chrysler Truck Operations. "June sales are an indication of the kind of worldwide acceptance those vehicles are getting." Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brands turned in a strong sales performance in Puerto Rico, where 709 vehicles were delivered to customers, a 42 percent jump, and Brazil, with sales of 965, a 17 percent increase over the year- earlier period. Sales in each of those countries were up 30 percent for the first six months of the year, Puerto Rico with 3,820 units; Brazil, 6,340. June highlights by country also include Japan, with sales of 666, a 5 percent increase and Australia, with sales of 669, a 13 percent increase for the month. Regionally, June sales were 2,915 in Latin America, a 36 percent decline from June 1998. Asia-Pacific sales were 2,344, an 8 percent dip. Middle East/Africa sales were 754, down 34 percent from last year. ots Original Text Service: DaimlerChrysler Corporation Internet: Contact: Melinda Wilson, (in the USA) 248-512-2317, or Rick Deneau, (USA) 248-512- 2694, both of DaimlerChrysler Web site:


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