By on August 14, 2008

It\'s simple really... first GM needs to manipulate the quark structure, then....Struggling Malaysian automaker Proton has been hunting for a major OEM partnership for some time. Rumors have linked the company to PSA and VW. GM snuggled-up to Proton last year, meeting with management and shareholders. According to The Motor Authority, GM's recent financial "challenges" haven't discouraged the The General's Prez for S.E. Asian Ops from continuing to play footsie. "If Proton wants to talk," Stephen K. Carlisle announced. "We are ready as we are always interested about collaborating with them." GM may be hunting for [another] low-cost, entry-level car for emerging markets. As Proton also holds a majority share of Lotus, Hethelmania may also be taking hold. But c'mon. Another brand? And what about the money question? "GM would be able to make a financial commitment for a collaboration with Proton," Carlisle told The Star. "If it made business sense now."  Yeah, sure.

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6 Comments on “GM And Proton Sitting In A Tree...”


  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    I’m not quite sure what this partnership could bring.

    GM already have access to a low cost manufacturer (Daewoo) and Proton (ideally) want a partner with deep pockets and a long term future.

    There’s little or no synergy to be gain here.

    Maybe GM are fed up of bailing out American companies and fancied a change….?

  • avatar
    Cicero

    Titanic survivor gets rescued by the Lusitania.

  • avatar
    SAAB95JD

    Is it just me, or didn’t GM at one time own Lotus?

  • avatar
    shaker

    And I thought that a proton was just 3 quarks, held together by gluons; boy, am *I* behind the times…

    (I have to renew my subscription to Scientific American! ;-)

    GM’s got more feelers than a bucket full of centipedes – makes the impression that they lack a plan.

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    SAAB95JD,
    You are correct. Of course, Lotus has gotten passed around so many times,…

    Speaking of which, hearing that Proton and GM are looking to hook up sounds a lot like hearing that Dennis Rodman and Britney are engaged.

    Anyhoo, it would be nice if as a result of this, Lotus were set free, or at least sold to a firm that would actually do something with it. VW comes to mind — even though Lotus would compete with Porsche, I like what VW has done with Bentley, Lambo and Bugatti.

  • avatar
    capeplates

    GM grasping at straws again


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