Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee A. Iacocca was presented with a Chinese-built Jeep Tuesday when he visited the Beijing Jeep Corp., now partly owned by Chrysler.
Iacocca arrived Monday on a six-day visit, which will also include a trip to the northeastern city of Changchun, home of the First Automobile Works.Chrysler and the Changchun firm signed an agreement last year to set up a new factory using an assembly line from Chrysler's Trenton, Mich., plant that will produce four-cylinder engines.
Chrysler gained a 31 percent equity interest in Beijing Jeep when it acquired American Motors Corp. last year. AMC and the Beijing Automobile Works set up the joint venture in 1983.
Beijing Jeep employs 4,300 people and this year plans to produce about 30,000 vehicles - 25,500 BJ212's and 4,000 Jeep Cherokees.
Plant officials presented Iacocca with a BJ212, a light-duty four-wheel-drive vehicle.