Keep DaimlerChrysler AG, say Automotive News readers.
In an informal poll, 85 percent of respondents said DaimlerChrysler should hold Chrysler Corp.'s spot in the Big 3's trade association, the American Automobile Manufac-turers Association.
A majority also said the Japanese manufacturers in the United States should be admitted to AAMA.
Chrysler and Daimler-Benz AG plan to merge this fall. Readers were asked to respond to a survey published in the May 18 edition of Automotive News.
The auto industry is global, most respondents said, and national distinctions are becoming passe.
Here is a sample of opinions:
'The AAMA should allow any manufacturer that produces automobiles in the U.S. the option of membership.'
'Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi all meet the criteria (for AAMA membership) as their facilities and products employ thousands and thousands of Americans.'
'There is one U.S. auto industry with many international players. Why not one auto trade association?'
However, a flag-waving minority of respondents did say Daim-lerChrysler should get the boot.
'American is American,' said one person. 'German is not American.'