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    Report: Move over Audi, now Chrysler has a beef with Tesla's claims
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    In the same week that Audi said "not so fast" to some claims from Tesla, Chrysler has responded to a new press release from the California-based EV-maker by saying "not exactly, Tesla." The statement, released through the company's blog, comes in response to Tesla claiming it was "the only ...

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    Report: Tesla asks for another loan from the Feds
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    We haven't heard much from Tesla of late, but that may be because the upstart electric car maker is hard at work getting the Model S to market, as promised, before the end of 2012. The Model S itself is the product of a $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, but that's not the last ...

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    Report: Chrysler repays last of TARP loans six years ahead of schedule
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    Chrysler has taken the final step towards freedom from Uncle Sam by paying off the rest of its government loans. USA Today reports that Chrysler and Fiat paid the Treasury Department $500 million for 98,461 shares and $60 million for shares from a pact with the United Auto Workers' VEBA ...

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    Report: Federal auto bailout losses estimated at $14 billion
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    The federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $80 billion back in 2009, but only two years later, it appears Uncle Sam will get most of its money back. The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration now estimates that the bailout will "only" cost ...

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    Breaking: Chrysler repays the rest of its federal loans... are SUVs to thank?
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    It's Official: Chrysler has announced that it has repaid its multi-billion dollar obligations owed to both the United States and Canadian governments. Adding up both loans plus interest, Chrysler has just shelled out a tidy $7.6 billion. The U.S. receives $5.9 billion and Canada will get $1.7 ...

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    Report: Saab deal with Chinese partner collapses
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    This is very bad. Remember the deal between Hawtai Motors and Saab? Collapsed. According to The Detroit News, the deal, which involved a 29.9 percent stake in Saab in exchange for $172 million, fell apart early Thursday morning. The problem was reportedly that Hawtai wasn't able to obtain all the ...

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    Chrysler announces plan to repay government loans
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    Remember a few months back when Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne complained about the terms of the loans received from the government? "Shyster loans" is what he deemed them, a term for which he later had to apologize. But the answer was clear: if Marchionne and his compatriots don't like the ...

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    Report: Fiat looking to up Chrysler stake to 46% by June
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    Fiat has been in a big, fat hurry to increase its stake in Chrysler, as the Italian automaker has managed to increase ownership from 20 percent to 30 percent so far this year. A report out of Automotive News Europe (via Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera) shows that the stakes may raise once ...

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    Report: Marchionne apologizes for refering to gov't bailout as 'shyster loans'
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    We've all been there: uttering words you almost immediately regret. You feel like an absolute idiot. But the next time that kind of situation comes up – and come up it will – know that you're not alone. Because Sergio Marchionne has had a bit of backtracking to do himself. The ...

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    Obama working to pitch success of auto bailouts to American public
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    You don't have to be a pollster to know that for the most part, the American public remains none too happy about the federal government handing over the people's hard-earned tax dollars to pull General Motors and Chrysler out of the fires of insolvency. Despite the fact that both companies have ...

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    GM CEO Whitacre paid for own charter flight to D.C.
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    Wednesday was a busy day for General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre by anyone's definition. He started the day with a trip to The General's Fairfax plant in Kansas to tell the world that GM was paying off the remaining $5.8 billion in government loans five years ahead of schedule and to announce a $257 ...

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    GM begins repayment to U.S. and Canadian governments
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    Good news, the check is in the mail! General Motors issued a (very) brief press release this afternoon stating that the automaker had delivered on its promise to issue its first reimbursement checks to the U.S. and Canadian governments by the end of the year. GM sent $1 billion to the feds and ...

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    REPORT: Old Carco (read: "Bad Chrysler") to not repay $4B in TARP loans
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    Before Fiat and prior to bankruptcy, the old Chrysler, LLC needed $4 billion just to keep the doors open. The Bush Administration came through with the company-saving cash at the 11th hour, keeping the Pentastar solvent long enough to make it to bankruptcy court. Chrysler was reportedly given $15 ...

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    REPORT: GMAC likely to get more cash soon from federal government
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    GMAC has received $12.5 billion in U.S. Treasury loans since last December, but that sizable amount of cash may not be the last of government assistance. The Detroit News is reporting that General Motors' finance arm could receive between $4 billion to $5.6 billion by November 9 in order to satisfy ...

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    REPORT: Porsche facing dire times, actually skirted bankruptcy in March
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    These are some confusing times in the automotive world. For the past few years, it seemed as though Porsche was primed to rule the world. It was selling plenty of product, and more importantly, it was quickly gobbling up shares of German juggernaut Volkswagen. Dried-up credit markets and slow sales ...

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    REPORT: Unsigned waivers to blame for Chrysler Financial rejection of gov't cash
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    Over the past two days, we've told you what we've heard about the latest short-term federal aid coming to Chrysler and GM. According to the latest reports, it will be $5B to the latter and $500M to the former. We also mentioned it had been reported that Chrysler Financial had inexplicably turned ...

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    GM Bondholders not digging restructuring plan
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    General Motors submitted a restructuring plan on February 17 that included 47,000 job cuts, 14 plant closings by 2012 and the sale, dismantling, or shrinking of four brands. It sounds like a big remodeling job, unless you're a GM bondholder. In a letter sent to President Obama's automotive task ...

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    Fiat CEO tells U.S. Treasury it can help Chrysler repay loans
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    General Motors and Chrysler have been in meetings with the U.S. Treasury this week to discuss how and when the Detroit automakers can again become viable. Both companies are asking for additional billions to fund their perspective turnarounds, but Chrysler is also defending a proposed partnership ...

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    Big Shift: Poll says just 25% of Americans now favor automaker aid
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    During his state of the economy speech on Capitol Hill, President Obama was passionate in stating his commitment to saving the domestic auto industry. While domestic automakers have the President's support, the general public may be less receptive to more government loans. A recent USA Today poll ...

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    Chrysler still thinks merging with GM a good idea
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    General Motors may have put a merger with Chrysler in its rear view mirror, but the Pentastar apparently thinks a tie-up might still be a good idea. Chrysler called a potential pairing with the General the "best option" for the Auburn Hills, MI-based automaker, saying that it would reap five times ...

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