BOTH HALVES of DaimlerChrysler are producing many models at capacity, and there is little opportunity to share assembly lines.
But by strange coincidence, a plant in Graz, Austria, already produces cars of both companies.
Magna-Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG is already turning out Chrysler minivans and Jeep Grand Cherokees, Mercedes-Benz E-class station wagons and the rough-and-tumble Mercedes Gelaendewagen.
Chrysler and Daimler not only operate factories in their traditional markets - they also have a growing volume of new factory capacity and alternative production sources.
Chrysler brings to the merger 15 assembly plants in North America, with annual capacity of 900,000 passenger cars and 1.7 million minivans, sport-utilities and pickup trucks.
Five plants building passenger cars averaged nearly 85 percent utilization, and the other 10 building minivans, sport-utilities and pickups averaged a 99.5 percent utilization rate.
Two of its plants are running on three shifts, and a third will go to three shifts this summer.
Daimler has six assembly plants that produced 726,000 cars and light trucks last year. Although Daimler does not make its actual capacity figures public, the company has been running plants overtime to meet demand for several products.
Daimler's first high-volume lines, the A-class plant in Rastatt, Germany, is still ramping up toward a goal of 200,000 cars a year.
Two additional plants are still under construction - a second A-class factory in Brazil, and Micro Compact Car's Smart factory in Hambach, France. Those factories will give Daimler another 250,000-300,000 units of car capacity a year.
Chrysler is often perceived as a land-locked automaker with no substantial penetration of foreign markets. Yet it can count 10 additional vehicle-producing ventures around the world, including the Steyr-Daimler-Puch arrangement in Austria.
Chrysler's Beijing Jeep joint venture produces Cherokees for the Chinese market. A new Brazilian truck plant starts later this year, with a capacity of 40,000 pickup trucks a year.
The company also assembles Jeeps in Cordoba, Argentina, and Valencia, Venezuela.
At the same time, Chrysler produces low volumes from knock-down kits in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Egypt.
It also has access to 120,000 cars a year from a Japanese transplant factory in the USA, Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America in Normal, Illinois. Last year, the Mitsubishi plant supplied Chrysler with about 100,000 cars.
Daimler operates kit factories in Mexico, producing about 1,000 cars a year, and in East London, South Africa.