Daimler-Benz wants to take over Nissan Diesel, which would give the leading truckmaker a much bigger presence in Asia.
Mercedes-Benz truck dealers will sell Dodge Ram pickup trucks in South America.
German Daimler-Benz dealers will be encouraged to invest in separate Chrysler franchises.
Daimler-Benz will rely on Chrysler and stop developing its own minivan.
Some media buying is already being consolidated.
German union IG Metall is likely to give US union United Auto Workers a seat on the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler. The unions meet this week.
Daimler-Benz and Chrysler will share parts distribution, warehousing and other backroom functions.
Chrysler vehicles may get Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.
The bylaws of the US automakers group AAMA disqualify DaimlerChrysler from membership, but Ford and General Motors can change the rules.