FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Vehicle makers DaimlerChrysler AG and
Fiat SpA said Tuesday that they signed an agreement calling for
strategic co-operation to provide the German-American automaker's
truck group with engine and powertrain technology from Italy.
``The first step of this agreement concerns the long-term supply
of light-duty diesel engines ... to the Mitsubishi Fuso Bus & Truck
Corp., to be used in the Canter light commercial vehicle which will
be marketed in major markets, including Europe and Japan,'' the two
companies said in a joint statement.
Under the agreement, Turin-based Fiat will supply some 80,000
engines to DaimlerChrysler's Mitsubishi Fuso unit starting in 2009,
with the number rising as needed.
``This agreement is a key step in our strategy aimed at
developing strategic partnerships in all sectors of the group'' said
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Both companies said they would also look at more shared business
opportunities in other markets, including Asia.
DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche said the decision was part of
a wider effort to provide vehicles with light diesel engines that
would be in line with future emission regulations.
``Today's, and future, emission regulations demand a high level
of investment and technological specialization,'' he said.
Shares of DaimlerChrysler rose less than one per cent to 68.76
euros ($92.16) Tuesday in Frankfurt.