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    Report: More Americans paying their car loans on time
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    Nearly everyone in America with a car loan is making the payment on time, the Detroit Free Press is reporting. A scant .36 percent of people with a car loan are 60 or more days behind on making their payment, according to a TransUnion report looking at the January through March quarter of auto ...

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    Official: DOE rejects $310M loan for Carbon Motors to build advanced police cars
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    Carbon Motors, maker of the purpose-built E7 police car, won't receive the $310 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program that it applied for almost three years ago, and said that it's a victim of politics. "We are ...

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    Report: Analyst predicts Fisker's demise; spokesman says that's premature
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    Hiccup or death knell? That's what watchers of California-based automaker Fisker Automotive are trying to figure out after the maker of the Karma plug-in luxury sedan laid off about 65 workers and contractors in Delaware and California while renegotiating loan details with the U.S. Department of ...

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    Report: Fisker lays off employees, renegotiates with DOE [UPDATE]
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    This isn't good. The Associated Press is reporting that Fisker Automotive has stopped production of the Fisker Karma (UPDATE: Not true, says Fisker PR: "We are currently producing 20-25 Karmas a day and will continue to do so.") and laid off 26 Delaware employees and 40 contractors in California. ...

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    Ratan Tata: Jaguar/Land Rover needs £500 million from the UK government to prevent layoffs
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    Ratan Tata bought Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) expecting to pick them up and help them fly. Instead, as with nearly every other car manufacturer, he's having to dig them out of a deepening hole. From last December through next month, ...

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    BREAKING: Bush greenlights $17.4 billion Auto Rescue/Bailout package
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    President George W. Bush will doubtlessly be remembered for many things things, but his parting legacy may yet be his eleventh-hour pledge of $17.4 billion in low-interest loans to General Motors and Chrysler (Ford Motor Company has said it does not require relief at this time).The funding will ...

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    UAW wants executive pay to be limited
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    The president of the United Auto Workers union, Ron Gettelfinger, said in a recent CNN interview that U.S. automakers need to tell Congress they will limit corporate pay, bonuses and severance packages in return for more government loans. Gettelfinger also said that the Detroit Three only need the ...

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    GM launches new campaign to ease credit worries
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    After announcing earlier this week that GMAC would only finance customers who hold credit scores higher than 700, General Motors has decided it would be prudent to reassure consumers that they are still in the business of securing loans and selling vehicles. Starting Friday, GM will launch a ...

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    Euro carmakers want billions in loans, too
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    This week, Detroit got its $25B bailout loan approved by Washington, and according to The Wall Street Journal, European carmakers are making like this is a game of "Simon Says." The Journal reports that Fiat has proposed the idea of hitting up the European Commission for €40 billion ($55B USD) ...

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    Toyota tops GMAC as the biggest U.S. auto lender
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    Toyota Financial Services recently leaped over GMAC Financial services to take the lead as the biggest U.S. auto lender in terms of loan and lease contract volume. The study by AutoCount (a unit of the Experian Automotive company) estimates that Toyota captured 6.35% of the market from January ...

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    Report: Owners of American cars more likely to default on loans
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    Findings from a recent study could potentially change the way banks pick interest rates for new car loans. The study, run by Penn State's Smeal College of Business professor Brent Ambrose, found the probability of car owners defaulting on their loans was actually affected by the make of the model. ...

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    Bulgaria goes into debt to buy fleet of Porsche Cayenne ambulances
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Bulgaria_goes_into_debt_to_buy_fleet_of_Porsche_Cayenne_ambulances'; There's few things that could make one turn away from the blue light at the end of the tunnel and return to the land of the living, but a ride in a Porsche Cayenne ambulance just ...

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    Riding out the storm: Ford applies for $18 billion restructuring package
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    Ford announced today that it plans to acquire a financing package worth a heady $18 billion. The extra money will ensure that Ford survives the next couple of years while Alan Mulally and company attempt to turn the automaker around and bring profits back to the Blue Oval. Automotive News reports ...

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