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DaimlerChrysler AG Template:Xetra, Template:Nyse, has its headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany and is a prominent automobile and truck manufacturer, formed in 1998 by the buyout of the Chrysler Corporation (USA) by Daimler-Benz (Germany).

The buyout was announced as a "merger of equals" on May 7 but actually took place on November 12 and was not revealed to be a buyout until 2003.

The company produces cars and trucks under Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler brands. Other car brands offered are: Smart and Maybach on the Daimler-Benz side, Dodge and Jeep on the Chrysler side. The company also had 37% in the Japanese car company Mitsubishi (since it did not participate in a new capital increase in April 2004 it's now at 22%) and the car operations of Korean manufacturer Hyundai.

As of 2002, the merged company appeared to run two independent product lines, with few signs of corporate integration. In 2003 however, it was revealed by the Detroit News that the "merger of equals" was, in fact, a buyout. This news came forth as new products such as the Chrysler Crossfire (using extensive Mercedes parts) and the Dodge Sprinter/Freightliner Sprinter (a rebadged Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van) came to market. Future cars are to share platforms across all of DaimlerChrysler's brands.

The $36 billion deception became the focal point of several lawsuits, including one filed by billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, and also a book (Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove Off With Chrysler, (2000) by Bill Vlasic and Bradley A. Stertz). One class action lawsuit was settled in August 2003 for $300 million. The German auto giant is also the target of a lawsuit alleging that buyers were subjected to racial slurs and discrimination. On April 7, 2005 a conclusion was announced by U.S. District Judge Joseph Farnan Jr. presiding over a bench trial in Wilmington, Del. between Kirk Kerkorian and DaimlerChrysler AG regarding the same elements of argument from the settled August 2003 case although the Judge in Kerkorian's case was found to be in favor of DaimlerChrysler's position by rejecting Kerkorian's allegations.

Chairman: Jrgen E. Schrempp



DaimlerChrysler sells automobiles under a number of marques worldwide:


DaimlerChrysler currently holds interests in the following companies:

DaimlerChrysler sold its holdings in the following:


DaimlerChrysler was named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers in 2004 by Working Mothers magazine.

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