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May 14, 2007, Cerberus Capital Management announced that it would take ownership of 80% of Chrysler Group, including Chrysler Financial from DaimlerChrysler. As of August 3rd, 2007 the deal was finalized. Cerberus paid $7.4 billion, $5 billion of which goes to Chrysler Corporation LLC and $1.05 billion to Chrysler Financial Services; Daimler gets the remaining $1.35 billion, but loans back $400 million of it. Daimler retains all debt from Chrysler Group, costing Daimler a net $650 million plus prepayment compensation of $878 million and transaction costs. Cerberus has already signed on numerous ex-Chrysler people as advisers, including Tom Gale, the designer who oversaw the original LH, PT Cruiser, Ram, and Viper; Gary Dilts, the former sales chief, who is currently at J.D. Power; Jerry Farrell, former president of Chrysler Financial; Thomas Gillman, former CFO of Chrysler Financial; and Wolfgang Bernhard, who was imported from Mercedes.

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  • Cerberus Capitol Management is now engaged in contract talks with the United Auto Workers as it looks for ways to cut costs. The union is reportedly opposed to the sales for fear of job losses; the units employ roughly 1,300 unionized workers. Chrysler's four-year contract with the UAW expires on September 14. Analysts are saying that the sale of the units would allow Cerberus to focus on Chrysler's core business of making cars and trucks, and help raise much-needed cash.


  • As of August 5, 2007, it is being reported in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal that former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli will assume the leadership of Chrysler LLC, contradicting rumours that Wolfgang Bernhard has been given the top position.
  • It was announced on September 6, 2007 that Jim Press, the man who turned Toyota into an automotive powerhouse and the only American on Toyota's board of Directors, has just signed on to work side by side Tom LaSorda as Vice Chairman and President of Chrysler LLC. Press will be in charge of North American Sales, International Sales, Global Marketing, Product Strategy, and Service and Parts ,while LaSorda is still responsible for manufacturing, purchasing, labor and Global Business Development and Alliances.[1]

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