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Chrysler LLC Has Donated Two Jeep® Vehicles to Support Italian Earthquake Victim Relief Efforts



Auburn Hills, Mich. , Apr 29, 2009 - Chrysler LLC has donated two Jeep® vehicles to support Italian earthquake victim relief efforts.

Chrysler, in cooperation with its supplier VM Motori S.p.A., has donated a Jeep Liberty (Cherokee model outside of North America) and a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to the Italian Civil Protection Department (Dipartimento della Protezione Civile). The Jeep vehicles were being used for diesel emissions testing and engine development at VM Motori, a diesel engine manufacturing company located in Cento, Italy.


“Chrysler LLC donated a Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler to the Italian Civil Protection Department so it has the additional resources it needs for response interventions and initiatives to assist the people of the Abruzzo region after this devastating disaster,” said John T. Bozzella, Senior Vice President – External Affairs and Public Policy/President – The Chrysler Foundation.

The deadliest earthquake to hit Italy since 1980, the powerful earthquake struck the central Italian region of Abruzzo on April 6. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval city of L’Aquila (capital city of the Abruzzo region) and the surrounding villages. There were 294 fatalities reported; 1,500 people suffered injuries. Nearly 10,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed, leaving more than 50,000 residents homeless.

About Chrysler LLC
Chrysler LLC, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mopar® brand vehicles and products. Total sales worldwide in 2008 were 2 million vehicles. Outside of North America, 2008 was the second-best sales year in the last decade and the third-best ever for Chrysler International. Chrysler LLC’s product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and Dodge Challenger and Ram. Reinforcing a commitment to bring to market a broad array of advanced electric vehicles across all its brands, Chrysler has introduced five electric-drive vehicle prototypes since the fall of 2008. At least one of these vehicles will be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, with European market production later, and at least three more models will follow by 2013.

The Chrysler Foundation, the Company's philanthropic arm, annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations in the United States and throughout the world. In 2008, the Foundation donated approximately $21 million to nonprofit institutions.
 
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