Chrysler Claims Multiple Bids for Viper
Notice the word “claims.” You see, the thing is, TTAC starts off from a cynical perspective. And then we consider past history. For example, Chrysler. And Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli. And Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli’s claim that he was misquoted when he said that his [then new] employer was “operationally bankrupt.” Followed by the “news” that the ailing American automaker was actually “profitable.” Or the hype that accompanied the pre-D.O.E. loan program introduction of three electric vehicles, “one of which is headed for production.” Or PR guy Scott Brown’s assertion earlier today that the company had “a lot” of orders for the Aspen and Durango HEMI-hybrids. Clearly, Reuters isn’t keeping score. They’re happy to repeat Chrysler’s announcement that they’ve “received multiple bids on its Viper sports car business and was reviewing the offers.” Strangely, “Chrysler… did not disclose the number of bids or the timeline of the sale.” Although “One person familiar with the process said no additional bids were likely to be considered.” One person unfamiliar with the process says they’ll take the best offer, right up to the moment they sign the contract selling now-GM Car Czar Bob Lutz’ seminal moment. So to speak.