Either way, BusinessWeek magazine learned from an unnamed source that
at a few recent meetings, unammed General Motors executives shared
their thoughts about the possibility of a merger with arch American
rival, Ford Motor Company.
However, some narrow minded fellow execs (before you start commenting,
were being sarcastic now ) dismissed the idea as they believed a
merger with a company that has even worse problems than GM would be a
huge distraction at a time when management needs to focus on a
Commenting on the report, David Cole, chairman of the Center for
Automotive Research said, "I don't think a merger is likely. But
you'll see a lot of options considered if they think bigger problems
will come by."
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.
Moderation is for monks."
That would be akin to the merger between Eastern
Airlines and National Airlines. No survivors.
Just sorting out the logistic systems in a
Ford-GM merger would be a big black hole in
which to dump money.
Toyota and Nissan each have is a minimal number
of brands and franchise systems--makes for a
less costly marketing system. With Hummer gone,
GM will still have six marques.
When Waggoner was at the Arlington plant last
week the media addressed the costs of dropping a
Getting rid of the 'badge cars' would be costly.
The expenses in dropping Oldsmobile were
minimized by offering other products to Olds
dealers. If Pontiac or Buick were to go, there
aren't feasible alternatives to offer and the
franchise buy-outs would be fierce.
Choices are limited.
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