Ford, the only major U.S. automaker not to take a government bailout,
has reported a loss of $1.4 billion for the first three months of 2009
and says sales fell 43 percent.
Shares in the company gained in
value after the results were released Friday, because the company
showed less of a loss than analysts had predicted. Ford predicts
efforts to slash expenses and produce new cars will help the company
break even in 2011.
Meanwhile, Chrysler is making some progress
as it approaches an April 30 deadline to restructure or lose any future
government financial help.
Officials say the number-three U.S.
automaker may be nearing an agreement with creditors to forgive nearly
half of the company's debt. And the union representing Chrysler's
Canadian workers says it has reached a tentative agreement to help cut
Earlier Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department gave General
Motors another $2 billion in low interest loans as the auto giant
struggles to restructure.
GM faces a possible bankruptcy if it fails to revamp the company by a June 1 deadline set by the Obama administration.
reports Friday said the top U.S. automaker will eliminate its Pontiac
brand, known for making sporty "muscle cars," next week.
GM, Chrysler is in danger of bankruptcy and has been told by the U.S.
government to form an alliance with Italian carmaker Fiat.
Officials have been preparing for a possible Chrysler bankruptcy as soon as next week in case a deal with Fiat falls through.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.