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DaimlerChrysler's main man β€” the TV star, interwebs star, commercial star and keeper of all things "Step 2" told reporters today at a Tokyo news conference that he's not in the least bit worried about a General Motors and Renault-Nissan killer combo,

"We are certainly not afraid...[it usually] takes some years to benefit from a merger..."

And we guess it makes sense he'd know β€” what with him helming the worlds first hybrid American-German automotive company. Now that we've heard Dieter's take β€” we wonder what Bill Ford has to say. We've yet to hear anything from Dearborn. Maybe he was busy spending time driving America forward over the holiday.

DaimlerChrysler chief: Unafraid of GM tie-up with Renault-Nissan [Detroit News]

More on GM-Renault-Nissan [internal]