Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Chrysler Begins Overhaul in Engineering

By Josée Valcourt

WALL STREET JOURNAL | DETROIT -- Six months after taking the helm at Chrysler LLC, Chief Executive Officer Robert Nardelli is beginning to move forward with his first major reorganization at the auto maker: a broad shake-up of its engineering operations.

In coming months, Chrysler will expand operations at engineering centers in China and Mexico and will prepare to open others in India and Eastern Europe as part of a push to internationalize a company heavily dependent on its home market in North America.

Mr. Nardelli is betting the overseas centers will help Chrysler cut engineering costs and move it forward in sourcing parts ...[subscription required]

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