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Chrysler in talks to sell assets to survive

CHRYSLER is in talks to sell key assets to Renault-Nissan and auto supplier Magna as it rushes to restructure after taking US$4 billion in United States government loans, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

The string of potential deals would deepen ties between Chrysler LLC and two of its key current partners but could also mark the end of the struggling No. 3 US auto maker as an independent venture.

Renault-Nissan and Chrysler, which is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, had some contact about a sale of all or parts of the US auto maker last year before the US government stepped in to bail out Chrysler and General Motors Corp in December.

The present round of talks with Renault-Nissan gathered momentum in recent weeks and has included discussions about a deal to sell Chrysler's iconic Jeep brand, according to three people with knowledge of the talks.

Renault-Nissan, an alliance headed by Carlos Ghosn, has been looking to clarify whether a deal to acquire assets from Chrysler would jeopardize the company's access to US government funding, one of those familiar with the talks said.

Representatives of Chrysler, Cerberus, Magna and Nissan had no comment. Renault, which owns a controlling 44-percent stake in Nissan, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Chrysler Chief Executive Bob Nardelli said this week that he was not preparing the ailing auto maker for sale.

Ghosn has repeatedly said he would not consider a deal that would involve spending cash in an uncertain market.

Chrysler has also discussed selling its assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, to Canadian auto supplier Magna in exchange for long-term output contracts, according to the three people familiar with the auto maker's talks.

In a separate set of deals, Chrysler is also looking to sell the tooling and other assets related to its PT Cruiser model, the three said.

Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican who has been one of the auto industry's most outspoken critics in Washington, said on Tuesday that Chrysler could be made more viable by merging with a larger auto maker.


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