If a “car czar” is appointed to oversee federal bridge loans to struggling Detroit auto makers, he or she will be met with open arms and a steep learning curve, industry insiders say. David Cole, chairman of the Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research, suggests Detroit can only gain if an outsider becomes privy to the inner workings of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC. That will allow the financial-aid discussion to “get past the hype and get into the serious ...

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