What Should You Know About The Reborn General Motors?

What Should You Know About The Reborn General Motors?

Cupcakes all around! Government General Motors emerged from bankruptcy today, and the shiny new version of GM is now leaner, in charge, and ready to manufacture cars that people actually want to buy. Maybe.

GM To Close Up To 1200 Dealers

GM To Close Up To 1200 Dealers

The automotive bloodbath continues today as GM plans to eliminate up to 1,200 dealerships. The dealers could start getting notification as soon as Friday.

GM: Bankruptcy Is "Probable"

GM: Bankruptcy Is "Probable"

The New York Times DealBlog liveblogged the GM conference call. We’re glad they did, because just reading their recap is depressing enough for us.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/07/hey-gm-just-lost/

Hey, GM just lost $6 B and barely has enough cash to operate. [CNN]

Bankruptcy Court To Reveal The Identities Of Investors Trying To Stop The Chrysler/Fiat Deal

Bankruptcy Court To Reveal The Identities Of Investors Trying To Stop The Chrysler/Fiat Deal

Hey, this is getting kinda dramatic. Over in bankruptcy court land, Judge Arthur Gonzalez has decided to reveal the identities of the group of investors calling themselves “Non-TARP” lenders that are seeking to stop the auction of most of Chrysler’s assets to an entity managed by Fiat SpA, says Bloomberg.

Chrysler Will Enter Bankruptcy, Partner With Fiat, Warranties Backed By US Government

Chrysler Will Enter Bankruptcy, Partner With Fiat, Warranties Backed By US Government

President Obama announced today that Chrysler would seek bankruptcy protection and enter into an alliance with Fiat. The president told reporters that a “small group of speculators” made up of hedge funds and other investors held out in the hopes that the US government would bail them out. That didn’t happen.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/30/president-obama-is-expected-to/

President Obama is expected to speak at noon to announce the fate of Chrysler. The New York Times says, “Last-minute efforts by the Treasury Department to win over recalcitrant Chrysler debtholders failed Wednesday night, according to people briefed on the talks. Barring a last-minute agreement, Chrysler was expected to seek Chapter 11 protection, most likely in New York, these people said.” [NYT]

Chrysler May Avoid Bankruptcy

Chrysler May Avoid Bankruptcy

It now seems much more likely that Chrysler will avoid bankruptcy. BusinessWeek says that Chrysler and the US Treasury have reached a deal with the banks and private equity firms that hold Chysler’s debt.

GM To Eliminate Pontiac, Give Government 50% Stake

GM To Eliminate Pontiac, Give Government 50% Stake

GM released a new plan to avoid bankruptcy today, and the cuts are deep. The U.S. Treasury would own at least 50% of the company and the failing Pontiac brand would be completely eliminated.

Time Is Running Out For Chrysler! Bankruptcy "95% Certain"

Time Is Running Out For Chrysler! Bankruptcy "95% Certain"

With a week to go before the deadline runs out on Chrysler’s bailout — it’s looking less and less likely that the automaker will be saved from liquidation.

The New Car Deals Are Piling Up — But Do You Care?

The New Car Deals Are Piling Up — But Do You Care?

BusinessWeek did a little math and discovered that if you lined up all the new financing deals, tax incentives and discounts — a new car might actually be cheaper than a late model used one. But do you care?

Obama Administration To Chrysler, GM: Sorry, You Failed.

Obama Administration To Chrysler, GM: Sorry, You Failed.

In accordance with the March 31st deadline for evaluating the restructuring plans of the bailed out automakers, President Obama is expected to address the nation today to present his administration’s findings — and the news isn’t too sunny for the automakers.

GM To Taxpayers: Bail Us Out Or We'll Liquidate

GM To Taxpayers: Bail Us Out Or We'll Liquidate

With two weeks to go before the government deadline to approve GM’s restructuring plan, the AP says that GM’s CEO Rick “The Station” Wagoner told the press that if GM is allowed to go into bankruptcy, it will simply be liquidated.

Toyota And Maybe Honda And Mazda Asking For A Bailout

Toyota And Maybe Honda And Mazda Asking For A Bailout

It’s not just US automakers that are in trouble these days. Toyota is asking its government for a bailout and now Bloomberg says that Honda and Mazda might do the same.

Sad Email From Saturn Reassuring You That GM Will Still Make Parts For Your Car

Sad Email From Saturn Reassuring You That GM Will Still Make Parts For Your Car

Reader James forwarded us a sad email he got from Saturn, in which they admit that GM is probably going to give them the ax. In it, they emphasize that their warranties feature the “industry’s best overall coverage” and that no matter what “GM will support the continued availability of Saturn parts and service as needed.”

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/17/say-goodbye-to-saturn-pontiac/

Say Goodbye To Saturn, Pontiac GM will file its restructuring plan on Tuesday, and is expected to cut its brands down to four — Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick. [NYT]

Damn, Not Even Rental Car Companies Are Buying Cars

Damn, Not Even Rental Car Companies Are Buying Cars

Here’s some depressing news — not even rental car companies — the largest purchasers of automobiles, are buying cars this year, says CNNMoney.

Chrysler Buys Ads Thanking You For Tax Money, You Get Pissed, Chrysler Censors You

Chrysler Buys Ads Thanking You For Tax Money, You Get Pissed, Chrysler Censors You

Here’s a sad little saga. After convincing our government that it was responsible enough and commercially viable enough to deserve a multi-billion-dollar bailout, Chrysler spent some of the money taking out full page ads in The Wall Street Journal and USAToday, thanking America for its money. They also posted these ads proudly on their blog. The reaction from actual Americans was, um, harsh.