We just reported that a group of Chrysler employees in Toledo are crafting a proposal that would have the automaker's 50,000 UAW workers buy a controlling stake in the automaker. The proposed worker buyout offer is already stirring up a reaction among the major players involved in the potential sale of the Chrysler Group. Buzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union, told
Gajillionaire Kirk Kerkorian and his investment firm Tracinda Corp. washed their hands of General Motors yeseterday after selling off all of their remaining shares in the company. Their 19-month relationship with the automaker is marked by Kerkorian's failed attempt to get General Motors to form an alliance with Nissan/Renault, a move that he believed would hasten the automaker's turnaround and perhaps return a healthy profit on his investment.
Rick said it; General Motors does not need a partner to complete its recovery. According to an interview with Wagoner by Automotive News, the CEO of GM thinks 'It's not logical or responsible to say we must have a partner to recover.' GM is currently studying whether it will allow billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian to bring the General into a permanent alliance with Nissan and Renault. Wagoner's interest in any venture, simply put, is about selling more vehicles. A
Retired Chrysler chairman (and Snoop Dogg homey) Lee Iacocca will be releasing a book in approximately one year, tentatively titled "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?". It's said to cover several topics, among them the state of the American auto industry and the threat that the US manufacturing economy faces from China and India.
Saab and HUMMER won't be hitting the Orphan Car Show anytime soon, says Rick Wagoner. General Motors' top guy told shareholders yesterday that the company won't be taking the advice of new board member Jerry York, billionaire investor/GM stakeholder Kirk Kerkorian's right-hand man. York made waves in the industry just before he joined the board, when he gave a speech suggesting that GM axe the Saab and HUMMER brands, among other suggestions.