Ford CEO Alan Mulally has been saying it ever since he took over the blue oval. Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. has been backing the idea for just as long. Now we'll see if the company that got a lot of Americans hooked on SUVs (and made billions of dollars in the process) can be successful with fuel efficient cars and crossovers.
This one is for Wally Griffith. Wally was the executive producer of the "Saving GM" and "Saving GM: Inside the Crisis" documentaries. He would ask the same question time and again: Why does GM own Saab?
I can already hear the groans from fans of micro cars and the chortling from those who think the public is nuts to be excited over sub-compact cars.
Within an hour of signing the papers officially creating a new Chrysler that is out of bankruptcy and in an alliance with Fiat, Marchionne sent an e-mail to Chrysler employees.
Forty days. In the world of corporate bankruptcies, I guess you could call that a quick rinse. Now that Chrysler's balance sheet has been cleaned up (thanks in large part to billions in Federal financing), the auto maker is primed for life with Fiat.
With the Supreme Court on the cusp of deciding whether to approve or block the sale of Chrysler, the restructuring of GM's board of directors is a story that may be overlooked. That would be a mistake. The new GM board faces one of the largest challenges ever in American business.
If you've read this blog for some time you've heard me say the easiest part of GM's bankruptcy will be filing the motions to cut dealers, shed plants, erase liabilities. And as always, don't take my use of the term "easy" to mean there is not a lot of pain that goes hand in hand with severing ties with thousands of people who have been part of the GM family for decades. There is plenty of pain.
Whenever I tell people that Saturn has been a neglected, and potentially highly profitable jewel in the GM family of brands, people look at me like I've got three heads.
In an opening statement before questioning GM CEO Fritz Henderson and Chrysler President Jim Press, Sen. Haynes said, "The deal is done." It was a painfully succinct summary of why thousands of auto dealers upset about losing their affiliations with GM and Chrysler are unlikely to find relief in Washington.
Today on Capitol Hill, the Senate Commerce Committee will question GM CEO Fritz Henderson and Chrysler President Jim Press about their moves to close roughly 2000 dealerships. For all the importance that comes with a Congressional hearing, don't expect much to change after this one.
General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and all eyes are on the U.S. government's 60 percent equity stake in the auto maker. What does this bode for the stock market? Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, offered CNBC his insights.
John Wolkonowicz, senior analyst at IHS Global Insight, and Alex Taylor, senior editor at Fortune Magazine, discussed the General Motors’ bankruptcy and the future of the automobile industry.
Somewhere Walter P. Chrysler and Alfred Sloan are shaking their heads. The men who left an indelible impression on the American auto industry must be watching what will happen today and wonder, "do these guys really have a shot at making it?"
After five months and $19.4 Billion in federal aid, three restructuring plans, and the removal of one CEO, General Motors is locked, loaded, and ready to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on Monday.
It's never a wise thing to predict a smooth bankruptcy. Especially when you you are dealing with a company as large, as complex, and as loaded down with debt as General Motors.
Remember the first time you went into a dealership to buy a new car because you truly felt you could afford a new car loan? Remember the sticker shock when you ran the numbers and said to yourself, "I didn't really think it would that much." Now you know how many people feel when they see it might take $50 Billion to fix GM.
This is the day current and retired UAW members at General Motors have been fearing. In stark terms union members are finding out just how much their benefits, their jobs, and what they've come to expect will be changing as GM restructures either in or out of bankruptcy.
This week GM and Chrysler will transform the auto industry by skidding into and through bankruptcy. If they can avoid a major car wreck, perhaps Uncle Sam's "controlled bankruptcy" plan will work.
Four months into President Obama's administration and three months after he created the Auto Task Force to find a solution for an imploding auto industry, people are mad at the President.
Within two weeks expect to see GM in bankruptcy. And when the company files, whether it's late next week or Monday June 1st, the road map for a quick creation of a newer, leaner GM will be laid out for the Federal Government to follow. It's the Chrysler bankruptcy which has gone about as smoothly as the auto task force was hoping.