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7 For '07: Phil LeBeau, Autos

By cnbc.com staff
Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 10:52 AM ET

Phil LeBeau, Autos

Dieter Zetsche may be the Manchurian candidate: as the DaimlerChrysler CEO nears a deal to sell small Chinese-made cars under the Chrysler brand, LeBeau predicts it won't be long before those cars are available in the U.S.

Auto Industry Outlook '07
Discussing Ford's new strategy, the possibility of DaimlerChrysler selling off Chrysler and next year's hot new cars, with CNBC's Phil Lebeau.

In CNBC's "7 For '07" series, our auto-industry blogger and beat reporter also predicts that General Motors, which is finally back in the black, may find rough going – again – as Toyota Motor churns out SUVs from its new Texas plant and the posh Lexus strengthens its luxury-model position. He says Toyota will pass Ford Motor in global sales, and Ford – with its bread-and-butter truck lines losing market share – may seek an alliance, maybe even a merger. A possible partner: Chrysler. LeBeau notes industry scuttlebutt that Zetsche may seek a spinoff or sale of the U.S. arm.

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