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Chrysler exec to meet with S. Korean ambassador

by Bill Cawthon on

The Detroit News is reporting that Mike Manley, President and CEO of Jeep Brand and Chrysler Group’s lead executive for international organization, will meet today with Han Duk-soo, South Korean ambassador to the United States. Manley, along with other executives from Chrysler and Ford, will be discussing the proposed free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea. Opening the South Korean market to American-built vehicles is paramount to two of the three American automakers (GM is staying on the sidelines because it owns Daewoo, Korea’s fourth-largest automaker). An earlier agreement created during the Bush Administration, failed to win approval because it did not address the auto 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, 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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