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Chrysler, Fiat boards okay alliance

by Bill Cawthon on

The boards of Chrysler LLC and Fiat SpA have given their executives the green light to proceed with the proposed alliance between the two automakers. The fate of the deal now depends on the actions of the Obama Administration’s auto task force. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has already said the final form of the alliance could change based on the conditions the federal government puts on the loans Chrysler is hoping to obtain.

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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