Chrysler to get up to $8B from govt for bankruptcy

WASHINGTON (AP) The officials say bankruptcy is necessary after talks with some of Chrysler's holdout creditors over the company's $6.9 billion in debt fell apart last night.

The officials requested anonymity because the details have yet been released.

The nation's third-largest automaker has already received $4 billion in government loans.

The officials say they expect the bankruptcy to last only 60 days, giving Chrysler time to finalize a partnership with Italian automaker Fiat.

Chrysler will continue to make cars and honor its warranties during that time.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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