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Automakers Report No Y2K Glitches

January 1, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ Major U.S. automakers were reporting no Y2K glitches in their operations as midnight moved around the globe Friday.

General Motors Corp. spokesman John Ahearne said the company’s Asian-Pacific and European operations had reported no problems with basic utilities. The company was beginning to test its software systems in those regions while continuing to monitor its North and South American operations from a command center in Warren.

``Right now, things are looking pretty good,″ he said.

GM, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG had spent about $1.3 billion preparing themselves and their suppliers for the year 2000.

DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman Lori McTavish said the company also had no reports of problems in its plants or offices around the world.

``We still have a ways to go,″ she said. ``As the millennium rolls over to the Americas, DaimlerChrysler remains cautiously optimistic.″

A recording on Ford’s media information line said the company had not experienced any Y2K related problems. A spokeswoman was not immediately available.

U.S. auto factories are closed until Jan. 3 for the holidays, with the exception of a Chrysler plant in Detroit. To test for Y2K bugs, DaimlerChrysler will run the plant for four hours on Sunday, building 250 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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