Bailout Watch 14: "Accounts of Our Imminent Demise Are Not Only Premature, but Also Inaccurate and Unsubstantiated"

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Speaking at a now-standard new model private press preview (our invite got lost in the mail), GM Car Czar Bob Lutz tried to put the kibosh on speculation that his employer was going Tango Uniform (as above)– even as he's pimping for federal loan guarantees. Automotive News [sub] reveals that Maximum Bob reckons "I do think the American automobile business is deserving of government loan guarantees because the financial institutions in the U.S. are so stressed out right now." Lutz said that Wall Street's "stress" led to a lack of financial support, obviating "a competitiveness that we may well need." At the same time, Lutz thinks federal loan guarantees are no biggie. "We are not accepting government money," Lutz insisted. In fact, "the last time the government backed a loan for an automaker — for Chrysler Corp. in 1979 — it made millions because Chrysler paid the loan off early." Millions? Bob Lutz makes millions. (Frequently.) Meanwhile, The Detroit News reports that Republican Rep Joe Knollenberg called President Bush's top economic advisor, Keith Hennessey, urging the president to support up to $50 billion in direct loans for automakers. Bipartisan support, eh?

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  • Nevets248 Nevets248 on Aug 29, 2008

    just wait till the sales numbers come crashing in for August, and see what tune he sings. With GM factory support of leasing limited only to the following models for 2009-Malibu, Impala,G6 and Caddy-watch the market share ratchet down another notch.

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  • Conslaw Conslaw on Aug 29, 2008

    I'm not saying Lutz is insincere; but let's put it this way, I don't think the Great Pumpkin will be coming anywhere near his pumpkin patch.

  • Melllvar Melllvar on Aug 29, 2008

    blindfaith, Yes GM, Ford, and Chrysler (and AMC, Willy's, etc) once built military vehicles and weapons (mainly WWII and to a lesser extent the Cold War era). However, this is no longer the case. What's left of Ford Aerospace was sold in 1990 and is now owned by Lockheed Martin. General Dynamics bought Chrysler Defense in 1982 and GM's defense division in 2003. AM General was spun off of AMC because AMC could no longer build military vehicles with Renault (and thus the French gov't) in charge.

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