Chrysler Corp. President Tom Stallkamp was interviewed by Keith Crain, Peter Brown and Ralph Kisiel of Automotve News Europe
How much can you integrate your supplier body with someone else's supplier body?
The only function that's envisioned in the (Daimler-Benz merger) announcement to be integrated from the start is the global purchasing function. I think it shows a lot of potential for applying the Chrysler techniques to our new partner.
Techniques as opposed to integrating the suppliers themselves?
Techniques (means) integrating the supplier into the company, the SCORE program (where suppliers share cost savings with Chrysler), working closer with suppliers, leveraging r&d, giving up front, all the stuff that's the hallmark of our program. I think you'll see that continue in the new company.
How do you view the emerging sport-wagon segment?
I don't know. It hasn't been defined yet. But clearly you have to look for new segments. In general, it has some type of four-wheel-drive capability, not necessarily off-road. It has some better package than a car, but clearly not a minivan.