The hiring of an experienced executive with a solid reputation in China buys Chrysler LLC some insurance for its pending B-car program, a leading auto analyst says. Chrysler’s move to lure Phil Murtaugh, executive vice president of China-based Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. and former chief of General Motors Corp.’s China operations, gives the auto maker more leverage in its partnership with Chery Automobile Co. Ltd.. Under an agreement finalized earlier this summer, Chery will supply ...

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