The Truth About Cars » RenCen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » RenCen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com What’s Wrong With This Picture: All The World’s Saab Owners In One Place Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-all-the-worlds-saab-owners-in-one-place-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-all-the-worlds-saab-owners-in-one-place-edition/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:18:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340863 (courtesy:Jalopnik.com)

Ok, so not every Saab owner made it to the “Save Saab” rally outside of GM’s headquarters today… but local Detroit businesses did report shortages of pipe tobacco, leather elbow patches and quirk. All kidding aside though, is there a better illustration of the blind passion that automobiles so relentlessly inspire? These folks had to know that 20-odd people with signs wouldn’t make a lick of difference to Saab’s fate, but dammit, they drove to Detroit anyway. From as far away as New Jersey, Kentucky and Iowa, no less. Somehow that makes the inevitable schadenfreude seem a little less satisfying.

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GM: Give Us Tax Credits Or We’ll Lose The RenCen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/gm-give-us-tax-credits-or-well-lose-the-rencen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/gm-give-us-tax-credits-or-well-lose-the-rencen/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:18:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335908 Twilight in Valhalla (courtesy: MLive)

The Freep is reporting that GM’s Renaissance Center headquarters could be at risk if so-called “retention tax credits” aren’t amended. GM is consolidating more of its workforce at its Warren Technology Center, and 1,500 of the RenCen’s 4,000 GM workers are reportedly making the move out of downtown. The remaining 2,500 workers would stay only if a Michigan Economic Growth Authority “retention” tax credit makes it worthwhile. The necessary amendments to this tax credit have been made, but MEGA still has to approve the package. A memo to the Growth Authority reveals the stakes:

2,500 is the maximum that they can also take for this portion of the credit. General Motors has submitted an application stating that the headquarters is at risk without this credit.

GM’s CEO Fritz Henderson adds:

We’ll have some people move from the Renaissance Center to the Warren Tech Center, but the Renaissance Center will still maintain a very sizable presence and this will be our headquarters

As long as the state of Michigan makes it worth GM’s while, anyway. But Michigan is hardly united in its desire to prevent the building named for unflagging optimism in Detroit’s future from becoming an ironically-named, abandoned husk. Warren Mayor Jim Fout tells MLive:

Let them keep Fritz Henderson and his secretary and his board down at the Renaissance Center and they can call that their world headquarters. But ultimately, everything else is coming to Warren. It makes no sense for them to stay at the Ren Cen. If they are going to survive, they are going to have to consolidate.

Car czarlet Steve Rattner recently laid into GM’s culture of executive arrogance, pointing out that top executives had a private elevator that whisked them from their private garages to the top of the RenCen, insulating them from their firm’s realities. Imagine what might happen if top executives were further insulated by being the only GM employees to occupy the RenCen. The mind boggles.

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