DaimlerChrysler to produce next-generation Dodge Sprinter

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A facility in Ladson, S.C., will assemble DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge Sprinter next-generation van model. The new model will replace the current one in early 2007.

DaimlerChrysler will invest $35 million to convert the plant to van production for North American markets. Initially, 220 employees will be engaged in the production process when the plant produces its first van at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006.

The Sprinter has been on sale in the United States, under the Freightliner and Dodge brands, since 2001.