The National Automobile Dealers Assn. welcomesGroup LLC’s move to reinstate 50 dealers axed as part of the auto maker’s restructuring.
“views this as a good faith effort, and hopes that this carries forward in ’s continuing settlement and arbitration discussions with the other terminated dealers,” NADA Chairman Ed Tonkin says in a statement.
Chrysler cut its ties with 789 dealers in connection with the auto maker’s 2009 bankruptcy. The 50 reinstated dealers “are in locations that offer customer service benefits and will have limited adverse impact on the dealers within our current network,” Chrysler says in a statement.
Chrysler previously reached reinstatement deals with 36 dealers.
As of Feb. 28, Chrysler’s dealer network consisted of 2,334 stores.
“Discussions to find mutually beneficial alternatives to arbitration with other dealers are under way,” the auto maker adds.
Spokeswoman Kathy Graham says 337 dealers still have active arbitration claims in process.