Dongfeng To GM: You Are Beyond Salvage

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
dongfeng to gm you are beyond salvage

For quite a while, Dongfeng, China’s third largest automaker, had been rumored to be interested in taking over GM. Now, Dongfeng has lost all interest in the deal, China’s Securities Daily reports via Gasgoo.

It’s very interesting what Xie Dashun, a publicity officer at Dongfeng has to say. Yes, there were talks. And no. Dongfeng doesn’t like what they saw, or what they were not told: “Even though Dongfeng has contacted GM, the results are not available yet. Personally I don’t think Dongfeng has the ability to save GM, a company that neither its CEO or the U.S. government is able to save.” Strong words from the usually very polite Chinese, and from a company that is mostly owned by the central government. Even Gasgoo can’t help themselves from mentioning that GM’s “problem is far beyond the money value.”

Gasgoo cites an industry analyst who said that “it’s still early to talk about the acquisition of GM by a Chinese auto company before the U.S. automaker files for bankruptcy. Almost no Chinese enterprise has the might to buy out the U.S. auto giant, and the cash flow of Dongfeng Motor is far from enough to buy an American company like GM.” Note the “before the U.S. automaker files for bankruptcy.”

It’s interesting that the publicity officer with the strong words didn’t say a single word about Volvo. Dongfeng was named as one of the parties interested in the brand. All of GM may be too big to swallow “before the U.S. automaker files for bankruptcy.” A buy of boutique Volvo at Chinese prices would be way in the realm of the possible.

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  • Porschespeed Porschespeed on Dec 16, 2008

    "You Are Beyond Salvage" ??? Oh no. They ARE salvage. Salvage value is what GM's assets will be sold for.

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Dec 16, 2008
    You Are Beyond Salvage ...and your Kung-Fu is weak!

  • Radimus Radimus on Dec 16, 2008
    ...while America’s STUPID IDIOT POLITICIANS are busy casting blame and making the CEO’s of the Big 3 look stupid. Seems to me the CEO's did a fine job of making themselves look stupid all on their own.

  • John Williams John Williams on Dec 16, 2008
    Ask a Japanese citizen how easy it is to get an American CTS in Japan…then come to America and see how easy it is to get an Accord. These days, the Accords are tailor-made for the U.S. market and built in the U.S. If you want your argument to stick, replace the US Accord with the closest Japanese-market equivalent, the Acura TSX.