NEW YORK — DaimlerChrysler AG, the German automaker, has announced plans to establish DaimlerChrysler Bank, which is to offer customers banking services and financial products that go beyond traditional vehicle leasing and financing.

At a press conference in Berlin Friday, Klaus Mangold, member of the board of DaimlerChrysler and chairman of the board of DaimlerChrysler Services, said “the decision to establish DaimlerChrysler Bank is an exceptionally important step for us and a logical development of our activities.”

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