Guess who's coming to dinner?
Chairman Juergen Schrempp and other Daimler-Benz AG top managers will be wined and dined at Chrysler Corp. this week.
They will drive Chrysler cars and trucks, talk business and get to know their counterparts in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler's headquarters.
The meeting of the proposed DaimlerChrysler AG board of management will be the first in a series of 'familiarization sessions,' said Lori McTavish, a Chrysler spokeswoman. The visit will last 11/2 days.
This session is not the beginning of official integration efforts, McTavish said. The proposed merger of the two automakers, announced May 7 in London, will not be consummated until it receives government and shareholder approval on both sides of the Atlantic.
Chrysler has not said whether all 18 members of the proposed DC board of management will participate in the session or on what days the Germans will be in Auburn Hills.
Coincidentally, Chrysler is unveiling the 1999 Grand Cherokee in Detroit on Tuesday, June 16. The redesigned Jeep was positioned to compete against the Mercedes ML320 sport-utility.