Chrysler Crossfire Concept to Become Reality
The Chrysler Group has announced its intention to build a production version of the Chrysler Crossfire concept car, first shown at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The Crossfire combines 'American muscle' with European flair in it's taut geometric surfaces and proportions.
The last DaimlerChrysler concept vehicle making it into production was the Plymouth Pronto Cruizer, which became the hugely successful PT Cruiser.
The company will announce more news about the Crossfire at the 2002 Los Angeles Auto Show next January.
Maybach to begin production in 2002
DaimlerChrysler has announced the rebirth of the Maybach name to designate the new luxury car brand in the Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car and smart division at DaimlerChrysler. The Stuttgart automotive group has scheduled the presentation of the new Maybach saloon for autumn next year.
"We're using the name Maybach to emphasise the unique character of our future premium-quality product," comments Professor Jürgen Hubbert, Board Member of DaimlerChrysler AG, "and to carry on the tradition of a legendary brand, whose exciting cars were the ultimate in design and technical perfection in the years between 1921 and 1940."
Development work on the Maybach is in the hands of the Mercedes Technology Center (MTC) in Sindelfingen. The Maybach "Manufaktur" will come on-stream in autumn 2002, with the capability to produce up to 1500 Saloons a year in flexible manufacture. The biggest markets for the luxury car are the USA, western Europe and Japan.