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DETROIT (AP) -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group will spend an extra $250 million to promote nine new or redesigned vehicles next year, a product offensive the automaker hopes will reverse slumping sales and declining U.S. market share, Chrysler chief Dieter Zetsche said Monday.
Chrysler used Cobo Arena, site of the annual North American International Auto Show, for the debut of several new products to hit showrooms next year, including a Chrysler Crossfire roadster, a larger Jeep Wrangler and a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The smallest of Detroit's Big Three automakers also showed off three concept vehicles, two from Jeep and one from Dodge, that could become production models in coming years.

Analysts and even some dealers have said Chrysler has paid the price in recent years for an aging lineup, while Asian and European companies have pursued business with a variety of new products.

Zetsche acknowledged Monday to a group of automotive journalists that the company has acted defensively in the midst of increasing competition, cutting material costs by 15 percent and improving quality by 30 percent in the past few years.

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