Chrysler Competitiveness Threatened By Stalled Loan
AUBURN HILLS -- Chrysler Group LLC risks losing ground against competitors in making hybrid and electric vehicles if it doesn’t receive the U.S. Energy Department loan it applied for, two automotive analysts said.
The agency’s decision on the automaker’s request for a $3.5 billion loan has probably been held up because of a change in ownership that gave Fiat SpA a majority stake last year, said U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who helped set up the loan program.
“We’re continuing to talk,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu told reporters today before touring Chrysler’s display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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Hybrid variant of 300 would be rolled out in 2013.
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