Look for DaimlerChrysler Corp. to expand its 4-spd. automatic transmission capacity in the next year or two. Although longer-term plans remain in flux, some changes are inevitable with the launch early next year of the PT Cruiser, which pairs the EATX A604 4-spd. automatic transaxle with a 2.4L engine. The automaker likely will have to at least shift or expand some production of EATX A604 in order to make some 100,000 PT Cruisers annually. The automaker also apparently is studying ways ...

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