TOKYO - Chrysler Corp. has signed three new dealers in Japan and two in Korea.
In Japan, the dealers are Kusuhara Auto, a Peugeot and used-car outlet in Mie Prefecture west of Nagoya; Daiwa Honda, a Honda store in the Tama area west of metropolitan Tokyo; and Global Motors, an import-car location in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Japan Sea coast.
Each will become a so-called 'main dealer' in its region, opening at least one exclusive Chrysler showroom. The new signings bring to 14 the number of main dealers Chrysler has in Japan.
In Korea, Shinwon JMC Co., a precision chemicals concern, and Hae In Corp., a construction-machinery firm, have agreed to sell Chrysler vehicles.
Chrysler has been selling its cars in Korea through Woosung Department Store Co. since 1991. However, Woosung Group went bankrupt last year. It is an industrial grouping that focuses on construction and controls Woosung Department Store.
The Korean dealer signings occurred as a joint delegation from the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and Europe's equivalent, the Association des Constructeurs Europeans d'Automobiles, visited Korea to complain about lack of foreign access to the Korean auto market.