Chrysler and GM were prepping for bankruptcy; now, what does the future hold?
General Motors' South Korean unit delayed a decision to file for bankruptcy protection until Monday afternoon, after the automaker failed to reach a wage deal with its labor union in time to meet a Friday deadline.
Tens of billions of dollars in liabilities.
Bankruptcy opens the door to a financial rescue from U.S.-based auto parts supplier Key Safety Systems, which Takata tapped as its preferred financial sponsor as it must keep churning out millions of replacement airbag inflators.
The patron behind the Caparo T1 supercar reportedly plummeted from a London penthouse to his death on Monday as the steel company over which he presides falls into bankruptcy administration.
Spyker has exited bankruptcy protection in the Netherlands, and is now preparing to merge with Portland-based electric aircraft manufacturer Volta Volaré.
Dutch courts have granted Spyker's petition and overturned a previous bankruptcy ruling, paving the way for the exotic automaker to get back in business - with plans to produce the B6 Venator, merge with an electric aircraft manufacturer and produce its first electric vehicle.
Earlier this month, Spyker confirmed that it had entered bankruptcy protection proceedings in the hope of restructuring its finances and getting back on its feet. But now it seems those efforts have failed and those hopes have been dashed as the Dutch automaker has officially been declared bankrupt.
When the chips were down, and looked down for the count, the Caterham F1 Team launched a crowd-funding campaign to get back on the grid in time for the season finale. And now, it seems, they have succeeded.
General Motors could face settlements totaling near $2 billion if US bankruptcy judge Robert Gerber rules that executives knew the company might be liable to owners of cars with faulty ignition switches built before its July 2009 bankruptcy. An additional $500 million, according to calculations by Bloomberg News, could be added to that total for vehicles with bad ignition switches that were built post-bankruptcy.
It looks like the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship will wrap up with two fewer teams than it started. First the Caterham F1 team declared bankruptcy amidst an ownership dispute, and now the Marussia team has gone into bankruptcy administration as well.
The saga of Wiesmann dates back to the late 1980s when a pair of German brothers set out to make retro sports cars. The first model was built in 1993 and a steady stream of new coupes and convertibles powered by a variety of BMW engines trickled out of the factory ever since until the company ran into trouble a little over a year ago. Since then Wiesmann has meandered in and out of bankruptcy, but now the founding siblings are reportedly on the verge of securing new funding to get their company
The story of Saab is practically a Greek tragedy at this point. The quirky Swedish automaker that was once known as a pioneer of affordable turbocharging has been followed by years of news that just seemed to keep getting worse. At this point, maybe the brand name should be allowed to fade away into the ether and be remembered for the good times that it gave us.
It's easy to fall in love with the Fisker Karma based on looks alone. Figure in the luxury interior, electric drivetrain, and the convenience of the extended range, and it's hard to fault anyone who took the plunge and plunked down their hard-earned dollars for this swank green machine. Things go wrong, sure, as they do with any vehicle, but when the company goes bankrupt and you can't get the parts to get your car running again, let's just hope you really like the way it looks in your garage.