Ford Will Likely Benefit From Bailout


DETROIT -- As the lone Big Three auto maker passing on a federal bailout, Ford Motor Co. won't have to undergo an intrusive government review of its books and its business plans to become a viable company in order to qualify for --and keep -- the low-interest loans authorized by the Bush Administration Friday.

At the same time, the Dearborn, Mich. car company is likely to benefit from many of the concessions that General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC exact from the suppliers, unions, dealers and debt holders shared by all three companies.

"The clear winner in this game is Ford," Kimberly Rodriguez, a principal at Grant Thornton consulting firm and an adviser to Ford senior management, said in an interview Friday.

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Date published: Dec 19, 2008


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