The Great Debate UK

from DealZone:

‘New GM’ Gets a Visit from a Shareholder

September 15, 2009

obamalordstown1 GM's Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant has become a symbol of both GM's hard times and its best hopes for a turnaround after a $50 billion federal investment. A recent bump in sales because of the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program has allowed GM to call back more than 1,000 workers from layoff.   So it was a natural backdrop for a return visit by President Obama, who held a roundtable with workers and then gave a stump speech from the factory floor for his economic policies and health care reform.   But this is not your father's GM anymore and nothing about it as clear-cut as it seems -- even if you are the leader of the free world and head of the government that holds a controlling stake in the automaker.     At one point, Obama -- veering from his prepared remarks -- suggested that health-care reform would allow the UAW-represented workers in the audience to negotiate better wages.

from Commentaries:

Saab to Koenigsegg – another go slow GM sale

September 7, 2009

AUTOS SWEDEN KOENIGSEGGGeneral Motors doesn't do deals in a hurry -- at least when it is selling.

With the Opel sale grinding along, the U.S. automaker is also in the process of offloading its Saab brand to luxury sportscar maker Koenigsegg.

Jaguar will make it through the recession – but in what shape?

By David Bailey
July 29, 2009

dave9- Professor David Bailey works at Coventry University Business School. The views expressed are his own -

GM emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By David Bailey
July 13, 2009

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Van-ishing? Do we want to make vans in the UK?

By David Bailey
June 8, 2009

David Bailey- Professor David Bailey works at the Coventry University Business School and has written extensively on globalisation, economic restructuring and industrial policy, with particular reference to the auto industry. The opinions expressed are his own. -

GM: Chapter 11 or bust

By David Bailey
June 1, 2009

David Bailey- Professor David Bailey works at the Coventry University Business School and has written extensively on globalisation, economic restructuring and industrial policy, with particular reference to the auto industry. The opinions expressed are his own. -

German Opel rescue tests EU road rules

By Paul Taylor
May 29, 2009

paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

from The Great Debate:

Fiat’s over-ambitious expansion strategy

By Paul Taylor
April 24, 2009

paul-taylor
-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Could Italy's cash-strapped Fiat, Europe's sixth auto maker, build a workable alliance with Chrysler and Opel to become be a profitable global player? Or would it be a marriage of losers, doomed to fail?

from The Great Debate:

Revival of U.S. automaking awaits if UAW will follow Toyota

January 14, 2009

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The views expressed are his own. --

from The Great Debate:

Bush’s auto plan will test Obama’s union loyalties

December 22, 2008

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  The opinions expressed are his own. --