To the German government authorities who think General Motors is financially sound enough to pay for Opel's restructuring without loan-guarantee assistance, Opel CEO Nick Reilly says that's not the case. "You need to remember that GM is first of all founded by U.S. taxpayers," Reilly was quoted as saying. "Frankly, GM needs the money it has got."
General Motors isn't finished with Opel, but the German government would apparently like to be finished with General Motors. Michael Fuchs, a senior member in Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party, has reportedly declared "The discussion ... about financial aid for Opel must be ended once and for all."
According to The Detroit News, General Motors will announce that it is fully repaying the federal loans it received last summer from both the United States and Canadian governments. In total, General Motors will have paid back about $6.7 billion ($2 billion of which has already been returned) of the $50 billion it received from the U.S., the majority of which was recovered by acquiring a 61-percent share of the automaker.
General Motors has just revealed its Viability Plan that was due today to the U.S. Treasury Department under the loan agreement signed back on December 31, 2008. Just like Chrysler, GM is requesting more money than it was initially loaned due to domestic and global industry sales that were historically low in December and January. Today the company received the remainder of $13.4 billion in loans it was granted earlier, but is requesting an additional $16.6 billion to bring the total amount of m
General Motors has just revealed the plan it has submitted to Congress today, and the details show just how far the largest U.S. automaker is willing to go in order to secure bridge loans from the federal government. The plan includes selling Saab, possibly killing Saturn and scaling back Pontiac, as well as reducing dealers and shedding more workers, among other things. Here's the breakdown...