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Post time 2008-12-4 02:47:49 |Display all floors
American car companies are receiving financial help from their government for restructuring and retooling.  This type of reorganization will make them perfect co-partners for Chinese companies like Chery Automobiles.  The question is, what American companies would be a good choice for a car maker like Chery?  

A stong west-coast presence, so the transporatation economics work well with the dealer locations?

A strong American-brand image, so the addition of Chery would be by a 100% patriotic firm?

A strong service history, so any service problem with Chery could be managed within existing norms?

A weak balance sheet, so the intoduction of Chery will be its sink or swim deal.  Then, if sink, Chery graciously takes over dealer real estate and get their stand-alone showroom next door to the Hyundai and Nissan dealers.

So many choices, when buy good American companies these days.


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Post time 2008-12-4 03:06:47 |Display all floors

Giorgetto Giugiaro...

i'd say John deLorean, which his company was bye bye long time ago, but his main automobile designer is GG which such exotic car models might able & capable to bring back the thrill of drivin' american's sports car  

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Post time 2008-12-4 03:37:14 |Display all floors
Originally posted by chairman at 2008-12-4 05:16
hello matt605 ...

all of them...




None of them, I say.

I saw a news report where GM said, as part of its restructuring, that it was going to downsize its SAAB division (as well as some other interesting brands) and concentrate on the same old crap models they've been doing for years!
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Post time 2008-12-4 07:04:14 |Display all floors

America could use the investment

Outiside firms that keep the lines running even as demand tapers, and that supports parts for the dying brand are appreciated.  The effort to keep a USA firm alive and selling wins support from the American employees and American consumers.  So when the day comes, the 100% Chinese shift is easier.  There will be an existing business familiar with the product line and the distribution channels and market distribution channels will be known.

GM says there's no money left.  It's all gone at the end of the month.  Too bad they didn't reach out earlier.
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Post time 2008-12-4 09:05:52 |Display all floors

None!

The 3 CEOs spoke before Congress late this afternoon, after NYSE closed for the day. They said to the effect that if one goes down, all three will go down because of the supply chain problem and that would bring about a depression. Yes, the dreaded "d" word was mentioned before Congress to scared the politicians.

GM needs to get rid of the employee pension fund, which is a terrible thing because they would lose everything.

GM needs to shred all current contracts with UAW, which is a prickly thing since UAW would obviously fight that.

GM already said they will shelve a few brand.

GM's per unit labour cost is higher than competitors like Toyota (USA), it will take GM a couple of years to reach that level of cost effectiveness, assuming they survive.

Ford does not need a bailout, it has enough operational reserve to last for a year.

Chrysler is privately owned and is in not much better shape than GM.

You will have no end of trouble from all quarters.

If CIC won't invest in an American bank at this price... look at the fundamentals for the long term.
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