DaimlerChrysler Corp. says it is counting on efficiency improvements in product development and production — rather than new vehicle program cutbacks — to trim more than $1.5 billion in annual costs over the next few years. DCC provided some details of its efforts to streamline the new vehicle process in separate meetings with reporters and Wall Street analysts last week, amplifying on its previously announced cost-cutting campaign (see Ward's Automotive Reports — July 17, '00, p.5). The ...

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