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Corker says Chrysler BK would boost GM

by Bill Cawthon on

Republican Senator Bob Corker, who has become an adamant foe of government aid to American automakers in spite of the fact his home state gave $577 million to Volkswagen to build a plant in Chattanooga, says a bankruptcy filing by Chrysler LLC would be helpful to General Motors.

In an interview with Dow Jones Newswire, Corker said, “With Chrysler gone, the break-even for GM is even lower – it’s more easily met.”

Corker, who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, went on to say he could see the federal government helping one of the automakers, but not both.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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