The unfunded staff healthcare obligations that Chrysler will take over when DaimlerChrysler sells the division amounted to $US17.5bn at the end of last year, chief financial officer Bodo Uebber reportedly told a quarterly results conference call on Tuesday.

Cerberus Capital Management is buying a majority stake in Chrysler, which will keep the healthcare liability, Reuters noted.

According to its report, Uebber also said DaimlerChrysler was looking at selling real estate worth EUR3bn ($US4.06bn) to EUR4bn but had not made any decisions yet.