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Chrysler’s Eagle Division to Sell Version of Diamond-Star Auto

October 4, 1988

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) _ A four-wheel drive version of the two-door sports coupe built by Diamond- Star Motors Corp. will be marketed by the Eagle Division of Chrysler Motors Corp., a Chrysler executive says.

Production of the Eagle four-wheel-drive coupe will begin at Diamond-Star in May 1989 and it will be introduced by Eagle next fall, Eagle marketing manager Michael E. Yatsko said Monday.

Diamond-Star launched production Sept. 1 on the coupe, generically called the X2S. The cars produced at the $650 million factory here will be divided evenly between Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which share ownership of Diamond-Star.

Chrysler’s Plymouth division will market its version of the Diamond-Star coupe as the Laser and Mitsubishi will sell it as the Eclipse. Eagle has not announced a name for its version of the coupe, part of Chrysler’s share of production.

The top of the Eagle line features a European sports sedan called the Premier, which is made in Canada. Next is the Eagle Medallion, which is produced by Renault in France. On Oct. 6, Eagle will introduce its new subcompact, the Summit, which in its first year will be produced by Mitsubishi in Japan.

However, Diamond-Star will begin making the Summit for Chrysler in the fall of 1989. The Summit is Eagle’s version of the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Like the X2S, Diamond-Star will make Mirages for Mitsubishi once the Illinois plant hits full production next year, said Robin Skiles, a Diamond- Star spokeswoman.

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