Automakers defend dealership cuts

General Motors and Chrysler executives are on the defensive.

They were on Capitol Hill Friday, defending the closings of hundreds of dealerships at a house hearing.

Auto dealers say the plans will do little to cut costs but were necessary.

The house panel is reviewing this week's closing of 789 Chrysler dealerships and plans by GM to shutter more than 1,300 dealers.

Dealerships in eight Kentucky cities were among Chrysler's done dealers this week. Four of those were in southern and eastern Kentucky.

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