Chrysler CEO Nardelli: We've Lost $400m So Far This Year

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
chrysler ceo nardelli weve lost 400m so far this year

After revealing JIT bailout bait (i.e. three potential electric vehicles), Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli had a “confidential” chin wag with his dealers. Needless to say, the bottom line was the bottom line. According to sources blabbing to The Wall Street Journal [via Reuters], Nardelli told ChryCo store owners that the corporate mothership had lost $400m year-to-date. Boot ‘Em Bob added that sales fell 24 percent through August and Chrysler had $11 billion in cash. I’m not sure where Nardelli got his 24 percent figure from, nor the $400m red ink stain, or the $11b in cash reserves. But the fact that the official spokesman declared that Chrysler’s “not in the black on a net basis” leads me to wonder if the books have been set on low or medium heat. Just sayin’… Oh, and Chrysler owner Cerberus says it lost $1.6b so far this year. For a company generating a self-proclaimed “ $100 billion in annual revenues,” that’s chicken feed. Still, to paraphrase the old Midas Mufflers’ commercial, “How do you think a company like that got to be a company like that?”

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  • Geotpf Geotpf on Sep 24, 2008

    Maybe Chrysler is some sort of tax shelter for Cerberus, and the "only lost $400 million" included the tax benefits of such.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Sep 24, 2008

    Is the punchline the total number of cars Cerebrus sold to the poor schleps not bright enough to shop around?

  • Samir Samir on Sep 24, 2008

    Audited financial statements or it didn't happen.

  • Morbo Morbo on Sep 24, 2008

    I don't know. Since CLLC started using Play-Doh in place of the rear axle and crushed Lego's for the dash, costs are down sharply. So even with the drop in sales they might be only down $400,000,000 YTD. Or their fiscal started Sep 1. Or Both.