President Bush heeft zojuist bekend gemaakt dat de Amerikaanse autoindustrie $17,4 miljard aan steun krijgt van de overheid. Show me the money!
Bush heeft zijn toespraak net gegeven, dus alle gevens zijn nog niet bekend. Zodra we die weten zal er een update komen. Feit is wel dat de eisen voor het verkrijgen van het geld streng zijn. Zo moeten de bedrijven uiterlijk 31 maart een herstructuringsplan presenteren hoe ze denken om op korte termijn weer winstgevend te worden.
UPDATE Het geld is alleen bedoeld voor GM en Chrysler. Ford heeft zelf nog genoeg geld in kas en hoeft niet bij de overheid aan te kloppen. In eerste instantie krijgen GM en Chrysler $13,4 miljard en in februari krijgen ze nog eens $4 miljard. Hoe het geld precies verdeeld is tussen GM en Chrysler zoek ik nog ff uit ;)
Andere voorzorgsmaatregelen die The Big Three inmiddels al genomen hebben zijn:
- Corvette zou overwegen om niet te racen op Le Mans
- Ford, GM en Chrysler schroeven hun NASCAR uitgaven fors terug
- GM verkoopt (minimaal) 252 auto’s uit haar Corporate Museum
- Ford gooit tijdelijk 10 fabrieken dicht
Ook maakte Cerberus (eigenaar van Chrysler) bekend dat ze weer aan het onderhandelen waren met GM over een fusie. Maar GM ontkende dat weer net zo snel.
Maar er is gelukkig ook goed nieuws. Want GM mag dan in de VS aan de lopende band fabrieken sluiten, in China hebben ze zojuist een nieuwe fabriek geopend waar de productie van de Cruze is begonnen.
Mensen die dachten dat alleen Amerikaanse en Europese bedrijven had geraakt worden door de huidige crisis moet ik teleurstellen. Analisten hebben vandaag bekend gemaakt dat ze er vanuit gaan dat het machtige Toyota voor het eerst sinds 70(!) jaar verlies gaan maken.
In het eerste half jaar werd nog eens winst geboekt van $1,57 miljard, maar in de tweede helft van het jaar zijn de verliezen drastisch opgelopen. Mede door sterk teruglopende verkoopcijfers.
UPDATE: Reactie van Chrysler
To Chrysler employees and other stakeholders:
We have received news that U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will provide $4 billion of initial funding to Chrysler LLC from the TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) as a loan to help bridge the current financial crisis. We appreciate the Administration’s confidence in Chrysler.
As outlined in our submission to Congress, we intend to be accountable for this loan, including meeting the specific requirements set forth by the government, and will continue to implement our plan for long-term viability. The receipt of this loan means Chrysler can continue to pursue its vision to build the fuel-efficient, high-quality cars and trucks people want to buy, will enjoy driving and will want to buy again.
For Chrysler to succeed in its mission to return to profitability, we need the continued support of our many business partners. Terms associated with the bridge loan include Chrysler’s commitment to work with key constituents – including our owners, lenders, suppliers, dealers, management and employees – to identify and achieve the cost-savings concessions we need to build a long-term viable enterprise. These concessions discussions will happen quickly, as a full governmental review and approval of our plan is expected by March 31, 2009.
We are meeting with our suppliers, mindful that they are going through a difficult period as well. But we must cooperatively find ways to further reduce our costs while maintaining normal operations. We will ask our suppliers to maintain their commitment to reasonable trade terms and normal fulfillment of orders for as long as the federal loan is outstanding. This will assure that neither Chrysler, nor our suppliers would suffer the substantial losses caused by the plant/production shutdowns that result from stop shipments or other disruptions.
We will seek continued dealer cooperation to improve our cash position and consolidate our U.S. network. Project Genesis is on the path to aligning our product portfolio with a smaller, healthier tri-branded dealer network based on the realities of our business environment. Because strong, healthy dealers are essential to our success, we are also working with our dealers to keep dealer inventories in line with the marketplace, focusing on how they can support their business despite the falloff in sales through sales of used vehicles, service and parts.
As a condition of the bridge loan, we have committed to work with our lenders to seek their participation in concessions as well.
Cerberus has already agreed to forgo any benefit from the upside that would, in part, be created from the bridge loan and any other government assistance that the Company may obtain.
All employees have and will continue to help support Chrysler’s recovery. We have also partnered with the UAW to find new opportunities to increase our competitiveness. The Company has already undertaken and will continue to undertake significant cost reduction actions related to salaried workers also.
The bridge loan allows us to meet cash needs, pay our suppliers, continue developing great products and move forward with the restructuring and streamlining of our organization that we began in 2007. This restructuring will reduce the number of personnel layers while increasing managers’ span of control, enabling us to reduce costs, make faster decisions and do our jobs effectively with fewer resources.
In our drive to profitability, we will not slow down on plans to provide the cars and trucks that people in markets around the world want to buy. We have 24 major launches in our plan from 2009 through 2012, with a key feature of this future product strategy being our capability as an electric vehicle company. Building on our status as the largest producer of electric-drive vehicles in the United States today with our GEM unit, we are focusing on electric as our primary clean-vehicle technology.
Combined with our new products from our ENVI group, we expect that 500,000 Chrysler electric-drive vehicles will be on the road by 2013.
It is essential that we continue to promote our lineup of current and future products so that our customers understand the profound changes taking place at Chrysler. With that in mind, we will be revealing several important new products at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. We also sought the support of our local Detroit area dealers for the auto show, and I want to express my appreciation to all those that have provided assistance to help fund our exhibit.
While promoting our products, we will also appropriately scale back some of our presence at the auto show because of current business conditions. We have conserved costs in our press event with vehicle reveals that are product-focused and straightforward, and a simplified product display.
As we draw to the end of this very eventful and difficult year, I want to extend my thanks to all who contributed to Chrysler this year, including our many colleagues who have moved on. Against the difficult conditions of a global recession, you have once again shown the resilience that is the hallmark of Chrysler people. In recent weeks, I have received hundreds of letters of support from those in the extended Chrysler family, confirming that there is great enthusiasm to restore our company to success.
With the holidays upon us, I hope you can take time to enjoy the warmth and companionship of good friends and family. Please have a safe and joyous holiday season, and let’s all return in 2009 with a renewed commitment to making Chrysler the great company we all want it to be.
Reactie van GM
We appreciate the President extending a financial bridge at this most critical time for the U.S. auto industry and our nation’s economy. This action helps to preserve many jobs, and supports the continued operation of GM and the many suppliers, dealers and small businesses across the country that depend on us.
This will allow us to accelerate the completion of our aggressive restructuring plan for long-term, sustainable success. It will lead to a leaner, stronger General Motors, a GM that is: dedicated to great products, exciting design, and world-class quality fully committed to leading in energy-saving vehicles and technologies, responsive to the needs of our customers, our stakeholders and the communities we live in and serve.
We know we have much work in front of us to accomplish our plan. It is our intention to continue to be transparent as we execute our plan, and we will provide regular updates on our progress. We again thank the Administration for this important support of our industry at this challenging time, and we look forward to proving what American ingenuity can achieve.
Luister zelf naar de blabla van Bush ;)