Chrysler bankruptcy will delay 2010 model launches

Chrysler’s manufacturing chief Frank Ewasyshyn said today that the automakers 2010 models will be delayed due to the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. He said that the current shutdown of plants may also delay the 2011 models next year.

According to Automotive News, Ewasyshyn said that once Chrysler comes back to production with an alliance with Fiat SpA, the new company will finish assembling the vehicles, engines and parts that are now partially built in Chrysler’s facilities. He said that and preparing facilities to switch over to the next-generation models will delay 2010 launches.

Ewasyshyn was testifying today in bankruptcy court in an effort to allow Chrysler to pay its suppliers nearly $1.71 billion that the company owes them for parts already shipped. He said that suppliers were angry at sending tooling and parts that needed to be validated now in order to produce 2011 models.

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– By: Omar Rana