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Car czars

By Paul Ingrassia
June 29, 2012

This piece originally appeared in Reuters Magazine.

Henry Ford had to fight to build the Model T, even within the company that bore his name. The Russian immigrant engineer who saved the Chevy Corvette bucked the General Motors brass to do it. Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich built the minivan at Chrysler only after the vehicle—and they—had been rejected at Ford.

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Chrysler makes a comeback, again

By Paul Ingrassia
May 26, 2011

By Paul Ingrassia
The opinions expressed are his own.

History repeated itself this week, more or less. Back in 1983 Chrysler, recovering from virtual bankruptcy three years earlier, paid off $1.2 billion in government-guaranteed loans seven years before they were due. On Tuesday Chrysler, recovering from actual bankruptcy in 2009, repaid $7.6 billion in loans made directly by the U.S. government six years before the due date. Chrysler refinanced its debt with private money.

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Fiat’s over-ambitious expansion strategy

By Paul Taylor
April 24, 2009

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-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Could Italy's cash-strapped Fiat, Europe's sixth auto maker, build a workable alliance with Chrysler and Opel to become be a profitable global player? Or would it be a marriage of losers, doomed to fail?

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Revival of U.S. automaking awaits if UAW will follow Toyota

January 14, 2009

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The views expressed are his own. --

from The Great Debate:

Bush’s auto plan will test Obama’s union loyalties

December 22, 2008

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  The opinions expressed are his own. --

from Ask...:

Money, money everywhere …except in your pocket?

December 16, 2008

There's lots of money sloshing around the financial system these days. The Federal Reserve has established a target range of 0-0.25 percent for its key rate, bringing it closer to unconventional action to lift the economy out of a year-long recession.