Bailout Watch 166: Germany to GM: "Up Yours"
Bertel Schmitt on Nov 12, 2008
@germanguy: Richtig! My bad. Demant mustabeen too close to dementia for my keyboard. Anyway, shall be fixed as soon as our Dear Leader awakes. There is still a Ramsauer/Röttgen boo-boo, shall be cleaned-up also. Hectic news night yesterday. @tom: Spot-on as always. I would venture the guess that many Germans don't even realize that Opel is being owned by GM. Opel is viewed as a purely German brand - as they were. The Police in Opel's state Hessen proudly (or maybe not) drives Opel. GM's attempts to introduce other more 'merican brands to Germany were a dud. Ford is likewise regarded as a local. Hey, there's ample history. Other than with Opel, people know that Ford is American, but it didn't hurt them. Ford and Opel were always members in the German auto club. It was the Japanese and later the Koreans they tried to keep out - to no avail. German automakers are a incestuous breed. Folks wander from Volkswagen to BMW, to Mercedes, and back. If you go work for Toyota, don't even think of applying for a job with "the family" again. (Well, maybe in QA.) When I started working for (not at) VW in 1973, they just had assimilated a whole gang from Ford Germany who had left in protest when their powers were curtailed. They were long called the "Ford Mafia" in Wolfsburg. Piech's activities in hiring talent and know-how from GM/Opel are legend and notorious. Garcia Sanz, who started his career at Opel and was an understudy of Lopez, sits on the BOD of Volkswagen AG.
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