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    Report: 72-month loans enticing consumers to buy loaded cars
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    Longer loan terms and favorable interest rates are tempting consumers into pricier and more feature-laden vehicles, consequently driving average transaction prices up about three percent since 2009, according to a new report by Automotive News. It's that first bit, about longer loan terms, that ...

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    Official: Hyundai deferring car payments for furloughed federal workers
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    Since the US government shut down early this morning, more than 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed without pay until a deal is reached to start the government back up. To help affected employees cope with the temporary layoffs, Hyundai is expanding its Assurance program to defer all of ...

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    Report: More car buyers favoring longer term loans, up to 10 years [w/poll]
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    The length of car loans in the US keeps on growing as more and more consumers look for ways to save money every month to pay off obligations and necessities. Extremely low interest rates and more durable automobiles have become key factors in driving these new longer-term car loans, which can ...

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    Report: Subprime financing on the rise in new car sales, leasing too
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    We all remember the financial crisis that began several years back. At its core was a splurge of subprime lending for housing loans. The housing bubble burst, triggering a collapse of the mortgage-backed securities market. Apparently, those types of loans still exist in the automotive industry, ...

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    Official: General Motors buys Ally Financial foreign operations
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    In a move that welcomes former pieces of General Motors back into the fold, GM Financial has reached a deal with Ally Financial, formerly GMAC, to buy a piece of the company's international operations. The $4.2 billion deal is for Ally's Latin America, Europe and China operations. "GM is ...

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    Report: Chrysler sales growth fueled by subprime loans?
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    Automotive News reports Chrysler owes some of its recent sales success to a resurgence of subprime loans. Chrysler has a history of working with customers burdened with questionable finance histories, and lenders have begun to loosen credit restrictions. As a result, 29 out of every 100 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: Chrysler abandons plan seeking more federal loans
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    The Detroit News reports Chrysler is walking away from the company's pursuit of low-interest Department of Energy loans. The automaker originally applied for an $8.55 billion loan when it was still under Cerberus Capital Management, though the figure had since shrunk to $3.5 billion. The DOE, ...

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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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    Who pays the highest auto loan interest rates in the country?
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    It's that time of the year again, kids. Manufacturers are busy trying to put people in cars in order to move leftover stock and make room for incoming models, and many are doing so with ridiculously low financing rates. But who's the fairest of them all? As it turns out, ...

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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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    Whitacre: Remaining $5.8B in gov't loans paid back 5 years ahead of schedule
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    This morning, General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre confirmed that the company has paid back a total of $5.8 billion in federal loans a full five years ahead of schedule. Whitacre attributed the company's ability to make the payment, with interest, to its new strategy and the success of new ...

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    Write-downs lead to GM loss of $4.3 billion
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    General Motors has just announced it has completed fresh-start accounting as part of its quest to return to public ownership, and the numbers don't exactly look good. GM says that it will announce a $4.3 billion loss for the fourth-quarter of 2009. Despite relatively strong sales last year, the ...

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    REPORT: 'Old' Chrysler defaulting on loan obligations
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    Before there was a Motors Liquidation Co, post-bankruptcy GM's hived-off shelter for useless assets, there was Old Carco LLC. That's the company Chrysler built to house its useless assets, and unsurprisingly, it doesn't have good news for unsecured creditors. Old Carco was left with liabilities ...

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    Tata gets private-sector loan, doesn't need UK government money
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    Tata's target was £1 billion ($1.65B U.S.) in loans to keep the JLR group going. And while Tata is in talks with the U.K government about providing a large chunk of that, some of the government's terms -- like veto power over management decisions-- prevented Tata from pulling the trigger. ...

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    Porsche loan request rejected by Germany's state bank
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    Porsche is profitable and it owns a big chunk of the far larger Volkswagen, yet cash seems to be in short supply. Automotive News is reporting that the world-renowned luxury sports car maker's 1.75 billion euro ($2.45 billion USD) loan request from German state bank KFW has been rejected, leaving ...

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    BREAKING: Chrysler lenders, U.S. Treasury reportedly agree to terms [*UPDATED]
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    Details are scarce at the moment, but word is emerging that Chrysler's lenders have reached a deal with the U.S. Treasury Department that could help stave off bankruptcy.According to a Reuters report, word is that the Pentastar's first-lien lenders have agreed to write down the $6.9 billion in ...

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    Canadian Idle: Two Chrysler plants shut down over supplier dispute
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    Chrysler has been playing hardball with the Canadian government in an effort to secure up to $3 billion in loans, as company Vice Chairman Tom Lasorda recently threatened to leave Canada if it didn't receive the necessary loons. One supplier with only 60 employees is giving the Pentastar a sneak ...

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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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    New car customers stuck with old loans when dealers don't pay off the trade-in
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    Many consumers who buy a new car still owe money on the car they're trading in. The situation is usually handled by the dealer agreeing to pay off the old loan, the cost of which might be folded into the new car price. No problem a year ago, but it's a bigger issue now. With 5,000 dealers closing ...

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