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Government stake
Government stake
Chrysler: If Chrysler exits bankruptcy, the U.S. Treasury will maintain a 10% stake in the new company, presumably too little to seriously influence its operations.
Grade: B

Ford: Assuming it can keep from tapping the federal till, it won't have any government ownership at all.
Grade: A

General Motors: With all the money the government has invested, it will own 55% of the company, and GM is already worried that Uncle Sam's interests "may differ from those of our other shareholders." The UAW is already complaining about a GM plan to increase imports from Korea, China, and Mexico and close more U.S. plants; whose side will the government take?
Grade: D

NEXT: Future products

Last updated May 22 2009: 1:50 PM ET
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