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Lawmakers ask Chrysler to halt new franchise awards

by Bill Cawthon on

Two Republican Congressmen have asked Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne to hold off on awarding new franchises in areas where a previous franchise was terminated. Citing the possibility that a dealer could win reinstatement through arbitration, Representatives Steven LaTourette of Ohio and Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, who is running for the state’s governorship, said, “We are concerned about your treatment of the loyal Chrysler dealerships that have stood by your brand for decades.”

Chrysler had no comment on the issue.

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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