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Dana Corporation Supplying Drivetrain Components, Modules for 2007 Dodge Nitro Review

January 2007
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2007 Dodge Nitro

TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dana Corporation announced today that it has begun supplying Spicer(R) drivetrain products - including front and rear propshafts and front suspension modules - to Chrysler Group for the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro.

"Dana is pleased to provide these core technologies for such an exciting vehicle - the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro," said Michael J. Burns, Dana chairman and CEO. "Through this modules program, we are able to increase customer throughput and reduce part complexity."
Dana's Spicer(R) Life Series(R) front and rear propshafts reduce noise, vibration, and harshness and help to improve crash performance. The steel front propshaft utilizes magnetic-arc welding and staked-and-centered cardan universal joints. The friction-welded aluminum rear propshaft features a splined-tube design and includes staked-and-centered cardan universal joints at both ends.

The welding technologies ensure precise component orientation, substantially improving initial propshaft balance characteristics. Staked- and-centered universal joints eliminate unwanted looseness and provide a smoother, high-speed dynamic performance.

The launch of Spicer Life Series propshafts in an automotive platform represents a global extension of this product line from Dana's commercial- vehicle product offering. Within the next year, Dana plans to offer Spicer Life Series propshafts to four automotive customers in six countries (Australia, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States) on four continents.

The front suspension modules feature Dana's Spicer(R) axle technology and will be assembled at Dana's Toledo, Ohio, facility.

The front modules for the 2007 Dodge Nitro are assembled in various configurations - two-wheel or all-wheel drive, gasoline or diesel - and are line-sequenced, along with dressed rear axles and Dana's front and rear propshafts, for just-in-time delivery. Chrysler Group receives one part number representing components from 19 suppliers.

The modules are assembled within a one-minute cycle time to meet the just- in-time delivery requirements based on schedules that are communicated to Dana's Lean ERP system from the Chrysler Group plant just one mile away.

In addition to these drivetrain products, Dana also supplies exhaust- manifold gaskets, bushings, and washers for the standard 4.0-liter engine and cylinder-head cover assemblies and top and second compression rings for the 2007 Dodge Nitro's optional 3.7-liter engine.

About Dana Corporation

Dana is a leading supplier of drivetrain, chassis, structural, and engine technologies. Dana people design and manufacture products for every major vehicle and engine producer in the world. Based in Toledo, Ohio, with operations throughout the world, Dana is focused on being an essential partner to automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle customers, which collectively produce more than 60 million vehicles annually. The company's continuing operations reported sales of $8.6 billion in 2005. Dana' Internet address is .

Dana and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries are operating under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as debtors in possession. Information about the bankruptcy proceedings can be found at While Dana continues its reorganization under Chapter 11, investments in its securities are highly speculative. Although shares of Dana common stock continue to trade on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) under the symbol "DCNAQ," the trading prices of the shares may have little or no relationship to the actual recovery, if any, by the holders under any eventual court-approved reorganization plan. The opportunity for any recovery by holders of Dana common stock under such reorganization plan is uncertain and shares of Dana common stock may be cancelled without any compensation pursuant to such plan.

Source: Dana Corporation

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