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DaimlerChrysler takes dim view of 2003 truck market

German truck builder DaimlerChrysler AG doesn’t foresee improvement during 2003 in the market for heavy-duty trucks or other commercial vehicles, according to Bloomberg News.

In 2002, DaimlerChrysler’s commercial vehicle sales decreased 4.5% in Western Europe, contributing to a $365-million loss during the year. The company anticipates sales will fall even further in 2003, Bloomberg reported.

A producer of trucks through its Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai subsidiaries, DaimlerChrysler is examining ways to reduce costs, such as sharing parts across its brands, Bloomberg said. The manufacturer also said it still seeks a partner to assist its expansion into China’s truck market.

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