UPDATE: Saturn goes under- Penske drops bid, GM says it will not seek alternate buyer; The New GM – CNBC.com

Wow! 1992 (the album!) !? Damn am I old!

Update: 9/30 -Commenter Thomas Stewart notes GM called the end of Saturn today as Penske withdrew its bid.

CNBC:

General Motors will close Saturn and wind down its dealership network after a deal to sell the faltering brand to Penske Automotive Group collapsed, the automaker said Wednesday.The breakdown of a deal that had been widely expected to close this week will force some 350 Saturn dealerships to close and could cut thousands of auto retail jobs that would have been preserved under a plan by auto magnate Roger Penske.

Shares of Penske Automotive ..were down almost 10 percent Wednesday in aftermarket trade. The breakdown of the deal was announced after the New York Stock Exchange closed.

GM’s failure to complete the deal also adds uncertainty to the automaker’s production plans as it struggles to regain its footing following a $50-billion taxpayer funded restructuring.

“This is very disappointing news and comes after months of hard work by hundreds of dedicated employees and Saturn retailers who tried to make the new Saturn a reality,” GM Chief Executive Fritz Henderson said in a statement…

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June 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Big 3, Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 2 comments.

Update: Rick Wagoner pushed out of GM….

Update: Monday 9:00am: Market futures down…Dow 187

TOTUS to announce Auto Plan at 11:00am EST…they let Bob Nardelli keep his job can you believe that? the WOTS is that Chrysler will be filing a prepackaged bankruptcy of some sort…Nardelli was the poster child for ceo pay when he left Home Depot after mere months with mondo millions and tanked that stock before Cerberus gave him the Chrysler gig…

It’s a Hard Knock Life Baby, make that JEEP shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!!!(or Nardellis head!), I wonder if someone will cover my JEEP warranty?!

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Wow!!! This man WAS GM the past few years, he was widely viewed as the leader of the Big 3, which isn’t really fiar since Ford’s Alan Mulally is the man who pulled a miracle and kept FORD out of this Pandora’s Box that Government Help has become…

So TOTUS is announcing Rattner’s Plan manyana, and Wagoner gets dumped on Sunday night? Oh man the bond holders must be screwed…which would mean American business is screwed IMO if they screw tr

he debt holders….breaking contracts and all…I mean who is in charge of GM now? Not Rattner surely..I said dont call me shirely….lol

Courtesy of voxpopulai:

Possibly the greatest of the Brill Building classics. Someone put this up awhile back but it disappeared, so here it is again. Robert Goulet was just goofing around but Steve Allen put down rock and roll every chance he could. Well, he’s gone now and Mary Weiss is still singing. So there.

CNBC:

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner is stepping down as head of the embattled automaker CNBC has learned Sunday.

Wagoner’s resignation comes as the company awaits president Barack Obama’s reports on efforts to save GM and Chrysler

It is unclear if Wagoner’s resignation is one of the stipulations for the federal government to lend billions more to GM. But sources close to the talks say tough conditions will be attached to any future aid.

President Obama will update the public on the Treasury Department’s next step in helping GM and Chrysler on Monday afternoon.

A senior White House official did not deny to CNBC that the Obama administration influenced Wagoner’s departure.

Asked if the administration forced him out, the senior official replied, “‘forced’ is a little strong.”

Wagoner has served as CEO since 2000. Under his leadership, GM has steadily lost market share in North America while becoming the dominant automaker in China, where it is currently number one


March 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Big 3, Doo Wop, Economy, Entertainment, Motown, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. 2 comments.

Breaking: WH: TOTUS will Announce Auto Plan Monday…

thehomer

CNBC Chyron; WH announcement: Auto Task Force winding down decisions to be made on aid, announcement to be made by TOTUS Monday

This is fascinating because the debt holders have been LOUDLY complaining they don’t want a cramdown when the union isn’t cramming down to the level Steve Rattner (head of TOTUS’ Auto Task Force) is announcing as a done deal left and right for two weeks..

Also GM has been publicly stating they do not need or want anymore government money, but Rattner has been floating the idea that GM needs billions, more than tens of billions more..

Mr. Rattner dismisses the idea that his team may not have enough auto expertise to tackle the job. “We are not trying to run car companies,” he says. He compares the work to what he and others have done in the private sector. “This is the type of investment decision that many of us on this team are used to making.”

…Mr. Bloom focused on minute aspects of the business strategy, and Mr. Rattner, on how the deal would be structured. People on the Fiat team came away thinking that the task force’s questions betrayed a limited understanding of the industry. “It’s fair to say we walked out of the meeting and were a little unsettled,” says one member of the Fiat team….

…The bondholders’ attorneys laid out the details of a plan to exchange debt for equity, which would reduce pressure on GM to repay the bondholders. As the lawyers walked through a litany of potential challenges, Messrs. Rattner and Bloom took notes, offering minimal commentary, according to people who attended the meeting. Since then, the bondholders committee has had little contact with the task force. Its lawyers say they were surprised two weeks later when Mr. Rattner publicly criticized them for not being flexible enough….

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March 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Big 3, Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Wall St. Comments off.

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