Ford has warned the US government it must ensure that all car makers compete on level terms, even though it now own major shareholdings in GM and Chrysler.
"The reality is, if you're competing against a company that's majority owned by the US government, that does raise certain concerns about what the competitive dynamic will be for the industry," Ford spokesman Mark Truby told Automotive News.
"So we're hoping we can work with the administration and the task force to be heard on those issues as this progresses."
Ford leaders are reportedly worried that GM's bankruptcy protection filing could impact on its supply chains, that Chrysler and GM finance arm GMAC's access to government funds for credit means that it can borrow at a lower rate, and that government money is being used to offer better forecourt discounts by GM and Chrysler.
In addition, Ford executives are said to be concerned that some its dealers also own GM and Chrysler dealerships, and that if they are closed down it could impact on its own operations.