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Award winning car and truck equipped with Continental tires

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 11, 2005) - This week, the Chrysler 300/300c was named the North American Car of the Year and the Ford Escape Hybrid the Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Both vehicles are original equipped with Continental tires.

Each year automotive journalists honor a new car and a new truck that set the standard in their segments in areas including innovation, value, safety, ride and handling.

Continental Tire has been the primary tire supplier for the Ford's Escape Hybrid. The ContiTrac Eco Plus tire was designed and engineered for that vehicle. The tire's low rolling resistance (LRR) compound and unique belt contour improve the vehicle's fuel efficiency and increase responsiveness and handling.

The Chrysler 300/300c has been named North American International Auto Show Car of Year and is another vehicle equipped with Continental tires. In addition, the Chrysler 300/300c has been awarded "The Car of the Year 2005" by Motor Trend, "Best Sedan" by Autoweek, and received the five star government test rating. Continental Tire supplies the 300/300c with various Continental tires including Continental's self-sealant design, ContiSeal. The unique tire sizes and their low profile and large rim diameter improve the vehicle's responsiveness and handling.

"We are proud of our association with these companies and award winning vehicles," said Christian Koetz, vice president original equipment North America, CTNA, "And we are looking forward to a continued strong business relationship."

About Continental Tire North America, Inc.

Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.continentaltire.com), based in Charlotte, is a group company of Germany-based Continental AG, a leading systems supplier to the automotive industry.  Continental Tire North America, Inc. has almost 6,500 employees and operates 6 plants in North America.  It is a major supplier to the original equipment and replacement tire markets, selling Continental, General, Euzkadi and private brands.



Katharina Konowalski
Phone: 704-583-8924
Email:
katharina.konowalski@conti-na.com
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