Not a day for a car show at World Financial Center

Motorexpo New YorkThe timing could have been better for the luxury car show at the World Financial Center in New York, home to Merrill Lynch & Co.

The Motorexpo opened on Monday — the morning after Merrill employees were shocked to hear their company was being bought by Bank of America, marking the end of the storied name in American finance.

Nikki Gold, a promoter for the Motorexpo, handing out brochures at the entrance to Merrill’s headquarters, said “A lot of people are in a really sour mood — the people you expect to take the brochures aren’t taking them.”

Those who did take the brochures joked about it, she said.

“They say things like: ‘Good luck with the Expo!’, ‘Don’t know if I can afford this now’, ‘We’ll see if we have a job tomorrow’” she said.

The Motorexpo features Aston Martins, Bentleys and Porsches — but the luxury cars weren’t getting much attention on Monday as Merrill employees were very much focused on other things.  

Need less, want less

chrysler.jpgFresh from having announced the end of its leasing programs, Chrysler Financial’s credit line is shrinking. The 20 percent cut in its credit facilities to $24 billion makes plenty of sense, given their downsizing, and on Friday it said its lenders were happy with the move to drop leasing. But The Wall Street Journal says Chrysler couldn’t actually get the whole $30 billion. It also says the automaker is paying a far more chunky 1.1 to 2.25 percentage points over Libor on different parts of the funding, from 0.3 to 0.5 percentage point on its borrowings a year ago.

Labor issues are a whole lot more dangerous to a deal in Germany than most other Western economies. So when Volkswagen‘s senior labor leader says talks to agree on workers’ rights in Porsche‘s new holding company are in danger of collapse, it’s probably time to check the engine. Responding to accusations from his Porsche counterpart that VW labor was blocking a deal, Bernd Osterloh said Zuffenhausen-based Porsche aimed to create a two-class system in which 12,000 Porsche employees outranked VW’s massive workforce. “If the 360,000 men and women working in the Volkswagen Group were of the opinion that a labor contract has to be terminated, Porsche representatives in the holding’s works council could then prevent this, according to the plans in Zuffenhausen,” he said in comments sent to Reuters.

Other deals of the day:

* Australia’s biggest port and rail operator, Asciano, rejected an unsolicited private equity bid worth around A$2.9 billion ($2.7 billion), saying the offer undervalued its business.