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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week. This week’s stories include: Top sales for May, Presidential visit to Toledo Assembly Plant and Ram tearing up TORC.

TORC racing at  Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

Speaking of Ram‘s tearin’ up the TORC, I’ve included some photos of the RAM/MOPAR trucks in action at last week’s race at Red Bud. As always, click any of the photos to see more images of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

TORC racing at  Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

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May 25, 2011 12:13 AM- Mike Driehorst- It’s a day 23 months in the making, six years ahead of schedule, and a day during which Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke both praise and caution.

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

And, the highlight transpired at 10:13 a.m. when Marchionne received confirmation from Citigroup that company’s wire and bank transfer of payments to the U.S., Canada and Ontario governments were received and Chrysler Group’s $6.7 billion loan was paid in full, with interest.

Marchionne spoke to Chrysler Group employees at the company’s headquarters at noon (above), and then headed to the Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant for the 2 p.m. public portion of what he called the company’s “Independence Day.”

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

He was joined there by Assistant to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom, and Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department General Holiefield. Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding made opening remarks.

During his comments, Marchionne said the “joy” of June 10, 2009, when the loan were made, “was conditioned by the sense of responsibility we all shared.

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

“Not just for the privilege we had been given of helping get an American icon back on its feet, but more importantly for our moral obligation to justify the support that American and Canadian taxpayers had given us.

“We knew we had to live up to the expectations of those who had made sacrifices on our behalf.”

As he has done so in the past, Marchionne cautioned about celebrating too much:

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

“Today is a major milestone for Chrysler Group, but our work is by no means finished….

“Repayment of the government loans closes an important chapter in our history, but we still have a great deal left to accomplish before regaining our rightful place in the automotive landscape.”

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

ChryslerPayback facts

  • Chrysler Group made final payments Tuesday of $7.6 billion for the outstanding loans from U.S. and Canadian taxpayers (via their respective governments).
  • Payments consisted of $5.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury and $1.7 billion to Export Development Canada
  • In total, Chrysler Group paid U.S. Treasury $6.5 billion and the Export Development Canada $2.0 billion, including interest and additional consideration
  • Total loan pay off was $6.7 billion plus $1.8 billion of interest and other considerations. That’s a loan + interest totalling $8.5 billion.
  • U.S. and Canada governments made $1.8 billion on the deal
  • Paid in full more than six years ahead of payment schedule
  • Loans by U.S. and Canadian governments combined with strategic alliance with Fiat leads to:
  • 16 all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles currently in dealerships;
  • more than $3 billion in facility upgrades; and
  • increased employment with the hiring of 6,000 Chrysler Group employees
  • The new financing will save Chrysler Group an estimated $350 million a year in interest expenses.
  • In June 2009, Chrysler Group borrowed $5.1 billion from the U.S. Treasury and $1.6 billion from Export Development Canada.
  • $2.6 billion from the original loan facilities was undrawn and the facilities will be cancelled
Check out the videos below to see some of the speeches from yesterday. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week.

This week’s video leads off with a recap of the announcement that Chrysler Group plans to repay their $7.5 billion dollar debt to the US and Canadian governments next week; followed by the exciting news that Chrysler Brand was named “Top Popular Brand” in the 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Lenny Kravitz is starring in the all new Jeep Wrangler Broadcast Campaign; and finally, Jamawn (Jay) Woods of Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was honored for his success on the reality show “America’s Next Great Restaurant”.

Thanks again for Checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Dodge Durango Drive Away

2011 Dodge Durango Drive Away

Nearly 200 all-new, 2011 Dodge Durango SUVs — a 2011 North America Truck of the Year finalist — took to the streets of Detroit Thursday morning during a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealer event. More than 150 dealerships were represented during the Dodge meeting at the MGM Grand Hotel.

The 2011 Dodge Durango is built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Detroit.

Before the dealers took possession of their Durangos, we talked to some. See below for their reactions. Click on the photo above to see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge Durango.

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