General Motors’ (GM) and Chrysler’s mass closure of auto dealerships last year may not have helped the Detroit companies and likely was an unnecessary burden on the fragile U.S. economy, according to a government report that examined how the U.S. Treasury Department handled the automaker restructurings.

The report, published on July 19, examined the closure of dealerships by the two auto makers and how the Detroit companies actually chose which dealers would be shuttered. Also, the report noted that not one of the professionals on the auto task force had actual experience in the auto industry. The task force relied on restructuring advice from a consulting firm and Wall Street banks which suggested emulating foreign auto manufacturers.

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