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Fox News' Neil Cavuto just suggested that Ford and Chrysler are talking about a possible merger.

Until now, pundits have posited that GM and Chrysler would re-engage in merger talks with any bailout plan offered by the government. This morning, President Bush gave the OK for massive loans to GM and Chrysler--and not Ford--to punt the issue into next year and into the Obama Administration.

Could a Ford-Chrysler marriage work? Our plan to fix Detroit included splitting up Chrysler between GM and Ford, which still may happen. A Ford acquisition of Chrysler would give Dearborn the market share to rival GM as America's largest automaker--and give Ford the Jeep brand (replacing the Land Rover marque), the Chrysler minivans, and the Dodge Viper and Ram.

Do you think this would make any sense? Tell us in a comment below.

UPDATE: Ford says there's "absolutely no truth at all" to the report. We'll update as we learn more.

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