Originally Posted by AL P
I really hate to point out the obvious but maybe the bankruptcy works as long as the government money is there right after they file.
I agree with that. Without help, it goes from chap 11 to chap 7 in a few months.
My only question is, what will survive? The following is speculation on my part..
Jeep - obviously that survives
Dodge - I think its the odd man out
Chrysler - Either Chrysler goes or Buick does. I can't see justification in keeping both
On the GM side
Saturn, Saab, and Hummer all go away as planned. I think Saturn will be sold to a Chinese company.
Buick - either kill Chrysler, sell it to the Chinese, or kill it off in North America only. I prefer keeping Buick.
Caddy - obviously stays
Chevy - obviously stays
GMC - It stays but I disagree with GM's reasoning
Pontiac - Stays. I'm intrigued with GM's idea to make this into a Niche brand. How about just keeping the G8 and Solstice?
As a result of a merger and Chap 11, I think GM will close down a lot of their own plants. Chrysler actually as newer manufacturing plants out there.
I think the next Gen Chrysler 300 / Dodge Charger platform can be the basis for a new large Buick and an Impala.
The Ram truck would definitely die. GM could integrate some of that manufacturing for their pickups. Dodge has a deal with Nissan to build their fullsize pickup. I see no reason why GM can't take that deal over. The Ram is a newer platform than the GMT-700, I could see GM putting out a new Silverado sooner than expected if they used the RAM platform...
The Chrysler minivans become Buick and/or Chevy products. They are guaranteed to stick around. Considering GM's improved design prowess, the next gen minivans could be pretty damn good..
Sadly, the Viper dies. I think there is a chance that GM could sell the factory and brand off to a third party (an American version of Ferrari?) There is no way GM would allow direct competition with the 'Vette...
If the Chrysler and Dodge names die, then so does the Challenger. If you've got one, you're going to have a real collector car... If Dodge goes but Chrysler stays, then the Challenger might be kept for a few years or rebadged (Barracuda?) Maybe it could be re-badged as a Pontiac for a few years since that is the niche brand...
Unless the Chrysler Pheonix engine project can walk on water, it dies. The 3.6 liter DI V6 is a damn good engine...
What do you guys think would happen...