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Update: Chrysler to exit bankruptcy on Friday

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler has asked Judge Arthur Gonzalez to waive an automatic ten-day waiting period to allow the sale of its assets to NewCarCo Acquistions to proceed as quickly as possible and allow the new Fiat-led Chrysler Group LLC to commence operations.

“We are filing a request this afternoon to close the sale as early as Thursday afternoon,” said Chrysler spokeswoman Shawn Morgan. She added the company hopes to get a hearing “between now and Wednesday.”

Judge Gonzalez approved the sale on Sunday and there would normally be a statutory ten-day period between the approval and the actual sale. The waiver was granted on June 2 and Chrysler will exit bankruptcy on Friday.

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, 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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