Daimler has extended a service agreement to handle the distribution of Chrysler’s vehicles in Europe until the end of 2009, but is resuming the distribution of Daimler imports to North America (which has until now been done by Chrysler).
The new team will be based in the US in 2009 and will be led by Markus Gichert.
Nordin Gonegaï, who is responsible for the distribution of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands in Europe for Daimler said at the 2008 Daimler European Carrier Day that the German carmaker would continue to do transport planning and procurement in 2009 on behalf of Chrysler.
“Agreements that extend beyond 2009 will still be valid,” said Gonegaï.
Chrysler cars are manufactured by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, and are also imported, mainly through Bremerhaven and Zeebrugge. Daimler, which sold the majority of its stake in Chrylser to Cerberus Capital Management in 2007, still owns 19.9 per cent of the troubled US carmaker, which is suffering this year from a steep decline in sales and plant closures.