DETROIT (Reuters) – Dan Akerson, who retired as chief executive of General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), on Wednesday, urged his replacement and others at the No.1 U.S. automaker to avoid the decades of short-term thinking that led to its 2009 bankruptcy.
Akerson, who was replaced on Wednesday by the industry’s first female CEO, Mary Barra, told a roomful of industry executives that GM was no longer “fragile” and has the strength to succeed, but needs to maintain changes such as a competitive labor cost structure as it moves forward.
DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will pay the first quarterly dividend on its common stock in almost six years, marking another step in the U.S. automaker’s recovery from its bankruptcy in 2009.
The No. 1 U.S. automaker, which last paid a dividend in June 2008 before it moved to save money during the U.S. recession, said it will pay shareholders a quarterly dividend of 30 cents a share, payable on March 28 to shareholders of record on March 18. In 2008, its quarterly dividend was 25 cents a share.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc said on Tuesday deliveries of its Model S sedan in the fourth quarter blew past what the company had forecast, sending shares up 12 percent.
Tesla delivered almost 6,900 Model S sedans in the quarter, 20 percent above what the company had forecast, Jerome Guillen, vice president of global sales and service, said at the Detroit auto show.
DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has much to celebrate at this year’s Detroit auto show, the first since 2009 that the company is not partly owned by the U.S. government.
Last month, it named its first female CEO and automotive writers on Monday voted the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado as car and truck of the year, respectively.