On Monday, December 29, Chrysler and General Motors were supposed to get the first installments of its allotted funds from the $17.4 billion dollar bridge loans. On Wednesday, GM got it's $4 billion. Chrysler, on the other hand, is still "finalizing the details of our financial assistance." The U.S. Treasury – the body disbursing the funds – didn't have much to say beyond that, either, merely reiterating that it wants to get the deal done within a timeline that satisfies Chrylser's funding needs.

While we wonder what the holdup is, we have no reason to believe that Chrysler won't get its money. It is unlikely that anything has happened in the past three weeks to make the government go "On second thought..." We also wonder how Chrysler plans to meet the next deadline: by February 17, GM and Chrysler need to have submitted plans to demonstrate their long-term viability; on March 31, a putative "car czar" will decide whether those plans are actually worth anything. The idea that Chrysler can demonstrate sound health over the long-term in just 45 days is a head-scratcher, but hey, some folks didn't even think Chrysler would still be here, so that's got to count for something.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]