WILMINGTON, Del. — The Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group increased its offer for Fisker Automotive, heating up the fight for the failed electric-vehicle maker.
Wanxiang sweetened its bid by $10 million, raising what it hopes will be the starting bid in an auction to $35.7 million.
But Fisker’s attorneys are pressing a bankruptcy judge to approve a private sale to Hybrid Technology LLC, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li. Hybrid became Fisker’s senior secured lender by buying a failed Department of Energy loan for $25 million last fall. That resulted in a loss to US taxpayers of $139 million. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.