By on August 24, 2009

We have run out of patience. We have been calm so far, listened diligently and made comments, but that is over now. If nothing changes from General Motors’ side by the end of this week, then we will be active, and there will definitely be spectacular measures from us.

Opel Work Council (Labor Union) Boss Klaus Franz glowering on German radio (via Automotive News [sub]). Meanwhile, anonymous GM sources tell the Financial Times that “Germany have expressed interest in having Magna, but there might be other [financing] sources. This is what we are currently exploring.” It doesn’t sound like anyone is anticipating peace for our time.

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10 Comments on “Quote of the Day: Good Thing GM Isn’t Based in Poland Edition...”


  • avatar
    texlovera

    Hmm, let’s see…

    Honda, Toyota, Nissan dominating sales in the US?

    Fiat now owns Chrysler?

    Germany barking orders to GM?

    I thought we won WWII!!

  • avatar
    mikey

    @texlovera….good one. We won the battle,they won the war.

  • avatar
    Geo. Levecque

    Its quite obvious that GM wants to hang on to Opel by there Finger tips no matter what eh?

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    “there will definitely be spectacular measures from us.”

    Working with out pay they will build cars that are absolutely perfect in half the time it used to take.

    Well, that would be different wouldn’t it?

  • avatar
    lw

    Same old GM.. No guts / No glory…

    The GM CFO should build a spreadsheet. Cost to keep it running as a part of GM, cost to shut it down, cost to sell it.

    GM has zero “extra cash”…

    So which ever is cheaper they do immediately… One spreadsheet, one meeting.

  • avatar
    HEATHROI

    just one meeting
    at GM!!!!

    oh come on

  • avatar
    MikeInCanada

    I’m actually ready to give this one to GM…..

    They’ve finally realized that that politicians are pretty much spineless jellyfish – abet jellyfish with access to other people’s money. The German government does not care who owns Opel,they only want to mitigate any short term job losses.

    So, GM has figured out that if they’re ready to give Magna a billion or so Euro’s then why not just skip the whole sell the company and take the cash for themselves.

    Whoever owns Opel this time next year will be conducting massive layoffs – might as well be GM.

  • avatar
    dougjp

    That’s it, GM. Having aggravated past customers, taxpayers, HEY! THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! Who else can we aggravate! Let’s try the whole world!

    Yes, its the old GM again (still). And then they wonder why nobody wants to get anywhere close to “their kind”.

  • avatar
    Stu Sidoti

    GM will not sell Opel….bet the farm. They probably never had any intentions of selling Opel in the first place. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

  • avatar
    charly

    GM needs Opel. If GM can drag it long enough maybe a miracle happens and they will have the cash to not sell Opel. That is what they are hoping for

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