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General Motors Corp. said Friday that bankruptcy is not an option being considered despite the “unprecedented challenges” posed by a weakening economy.“Bankruptcy would not be in the interests of our employees, stockholders, suppliers or customers, and we believe speculation about a possible filing is exaggerated and nonconstructive,” a GM spokesman said.
Instead GM is in talks with Chrysler for a possible merger. General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have held preliminary talks about a merger or an acquisition of Chrysler by GM.
Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover earlier this year to Tata Motors for 1.15 billion , and according to sources Tata Motors might also be buying a stake in Mazda Motor Corp.
The auto industry has been hit hard in recent weeks by the effects of the credit crisis, prompting GM and Ford to issue statements Friday to dispel the notion that they might be headed for bankruptcy. GM and Ford shares were battered with the rest of the stock market this week, falling to lows not seen in decades.
Ford shares have plunged to a 26-year low at $1.99 and its U.S. rival General Motors Corp to a nearly 60-year low to $4.89
Auto Industry is feeling the heat from the credit crunch in the US market and is heading south
General Motors reported that sales of cars and light trucks dropped 16% compared to September a year ago. Sales at Ford tumbled 35% from last year and Toyota says September sales down 32.3%. Chrysler LLC sales are forecast to drop by 37%.
Auto industry is starting to look like the Real Estate market (though there have been no bubble , like we saw for housing ) , but analyst predict that as many as 3,800 U.S. car dealerships could fail this fall and into 2009 — nearly one in five — because of weak sales, increased operational costs and the credit crunch.
If on an average a car dealer employs around 50-60 employees , we are looking at a minimum 200,000 job losses. And if these auto giants start to go bankrupt the amount of job loss is unimaginable.