News of September 21, 1999
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Java Design Study Introduces "Passenger Priority Design"
|Frankfurt, September 14, 1999 - DaimlerChrysler today took the wraps off a
design study, the Chrysler Java*, at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in
"Conveying American optimism, the Chrysler Java show car
represents a fresh design approach to an important European market segment. With its
clean, yet refined and elegant "one box" profile, Java's "Passenger
Priority Design" makes maximum use of its exterior dimensions.
Java's interior package is actually comparable to that of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, yet is
50 centimeters (20 inches) shorter at only 3,77 meters (148 inches). "Taking cues
from DaimlerChrysler's signature MPV and sport-utility vehicle design, this moves
cab-forward design to the next level," said Tom Gale, Executive Vice President
Chrysler Product Development, Design and Passenger Car Operations. "This show car
features what we call 'Passenger Priority Design' with tall architecture and Panoramic
Seating for driver and passengers, allowing higher H-points to give them more of an
in-control feeling compared to other small cars. In fact, the rear passengers are sitting
higher than the front passengers, creating an automotive form of theater seating."
unique Panoramic Seating with high H-points enhances visibility, comfort, space and ease
of entry and exit for both driver and passengers. Additional interior space was achieved
by moving the windshield forward and keeping the car's front and rear overhang to a
minimum. Java's interior is practical and flexible yet decidedly upscale and comfortable.
Said Gale: "This being the first time we created a distinct Chrysler-branded design
study for Europe, we had to make sure that Java conveys a sense of solidity and looks and
feels like a Chrysler."
The design of the Chrysler Java is almost architectural, rather than automotive. Its
classic architectural proportions are complemented by dynamic contemporary character
lines. A single low egg crate grille conveys Chrysler's sophisticated lineage and
performance character. Its chiseled compact body lends substance and visual weight,
suggesting a low center of gravity and stable stance with a long wheelbase (2,49
meters/98.3 inches) and wide track (1,50 meters/59.1 inches front, 1,49 meters/58.7 inches
rear). Tall upright tail lamps provide a unique rear signature and maximum visibility in
congested European city traffic. Java's athletic exterior design is rounded off by
prominent, detailed head lamps, taut body side surfacing and large, mechanically inspired
18-inch wheels. The show car features a new light green silver metallic finish. "As
small as it is, Java looks substantial, grown-up and sophisticated," said Gale.
This visual language is carried on in the interior. Inspired by Swedish furniture
showrooms, Java's spacious interior sports a lighter palate in colors and materials.
Featured are brushed aluminum, chrome, cream and light green leather and curly maple wood.
Enhancing Java's performance character, the gauge cluster has a unique three-dimensional
"The design was completed just before the DaimlerChrysler merger was announced. In
the fabrication phase, in which we actually start the construction of the show car, we
were able to include our merger partner and achieve substantial synergies by using their
knowledge and resources," Verduyn added. "Since this is a design study, we had
the freedom to use European-based DaimlerChrysler components such as the powertrain,
transaxle and suspension on the Java. By working together on the components, the result
was a much faster completion of the show car."
Java is powered by a 60 kW (80 bhp)/130 Nm (95 lb.-ft.) 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
coupled to a five-speed manual transaxle. The front suspension incorporates wishbones,
MacPherson struts, double-tube shock absorbers and a torsion-bar stabilizer. Trailing
links with coil springs with single-tube shock absorbers and a torsion-bar stabilizer make
up the rear suspension. Java rolls on P185/50R18 tires on 18"x6" wheels.
* Java is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and
other countries. Sun Microsystems, Inc. did not participate in the design or development
of this DaimlerChrysler vehicle, nor does the vehicle contain any software or hardware
manufactured or sold by Sun Microsystems.
£700,000 Training Centre Opens At Ford Transit Plant, Southampton
|BRENTWOOD -- 16
September, 1999 - Local Members of Parliament John Denham and Alan Whitehead will today
formally open a new training centre at Ford Motor Company's Southampton Transit Plant.
Partnership Training Centre, at Wide Lane, Swaythling, represents an Investment of more
than £700,000 by Ford, Hampshire Training and Enterprise Council and a group of major
suppliers of high-tech robotic equipment and computer hardware and software companies.
The project is unique in Southern England with the facilities being made widely
available to members of the local community in the Eastleigh and Southampton areas. This
means that engineering training in robotics and courses on information technology will be
on offer to members of the general public in addition to university students and
schoolchildren. And local businesses will also have access to the centre for staff
Ford's usage of the Partnership Centre - which was formerly a warehouse for tyres and
Transit seats - will be as the headquarters of Southampton Plant's Education and
Development Department, which is responsible for additional skills training for a
workforce of 1,700 employees who manufacture Britain's top-selling Transit van.
The centre is expected to play a role in the Government's 'New Start' programme which
provides facilities and encouragement for people to re-train in preparation for returning
With funding from Hampshire Training and Enterprise Council through Eastleigh
Action for Skills - the Centre has the services of a resident teacher, Pat Brady. She took
up the appointment earlier this month, on secondment from Wyvern Community School,
Fairoak, a local secondary school which has long-established links with the Ford
The Partnership Training Centre comprises of a 12-station Open Learning Unit, a Robotic
Manufacturing Cell, a Multi-purpose Presentation Room and a large Partnership Room,
containing seating for 30 people and 10 personal computers. Two smaller classrooms are
also on the site. The Partnership Room is dedicated for use by educational establishments
and community groups. The opening will be performed jointly by John Denham, MP for
Southampton Itchen, and Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test. They will cut a
ceremonial ribbon in the centre's reception area.
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