VANCE, Ala. -- Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler will still cooperate plenty after Daimler-Benz and Chrysler part ways, DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche says.
And the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. plant here will be the focal point of that relationship. The plant celebrated its 10th year of operations last week.
Mercedes and Chrysler reiterated plans to cooperate on future projects after DaimlerChrysler's sale of 80.1 percent of Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management LP. Sharing will revolve around such items as electrical architectures, SUV chassis parts, active safety systems, Bluetec diesel technology and fuel cells.
As part of the initiative, Chrysler has said it will supply Mercedes' Alabama plant with axles when Chrysler opens a $700 million axle plant in Marysville, Mich., in 2010. It remains unclear whether Mercedes will use one or multiple axle suppliers for the Alabama plant, which now gets its axles from ZF Group NAO's factory in nearby Tuscaloosa, Ala.