DaimlerChrysler Corp. maintains that its 5% price cut for supplier parts is non-negotiable, but some suppliers are successfully brokering deals, sources say. As recently as last week at the Chicago auto show, DCC President Dieter Zetsche denied that his company is softening its stance on the 5% requirement announced in early December, effective Jan. 1, 2001. If suppliers appeal to the automaker, Mr. Zetsche says, “We will talk and listen. But we have a clear program of what we want to ...

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