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GM Going it Alone With Opel

Maker withdraws aid requests, will self-fund turnaround.

by on Jun.16, 2010

Opel CEO Nick Reilly will have to lead a turnaround without government aid.

After having the Berlin government reject a bailout request for its troubled Opel subsidiary, General Motors is withdrawing a bid for help from other European governments and will now seek to fund the operation’s recovery on its own.

The announcement is the latest twist in a saga that began even before GM’s own U.S. bankruptcy, last year, which triggered a $50 billion package of aid from the American Treasury.  At one point, while the giant automaker was struggling for survival, it gave serious thought to selling a majority stake in German-based Opel and its British sibling Vauxhall.

But in recent months, with its own recovery proceeding better than anticipated, GM has not only been able to hang onto Opel, but now believes it can handle the financing of the unit’s turnaround.


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“Given the need to proceed quickly,” a GM statement said, it can no longer wait while trying to negotiate assistance from various European governments.  That bid was dealt a severe blow, last week, when the administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the latest request for Opel aid.