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Old 12-05-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Chrysler LLC CEO Bob Nardelli told a U.S. Senate committee today he would support a merger with General Motors if it became a condition for government support of the Detroit 3 automakers.



GM CEO Rick Wagoner said GM would seriously consider such a condition but that he would prefer such an arrangement be negotiated with the UAW

A GM-Chrysler merger would save $8 billion to $10 billion a year in a combined company, Nardelli said.
Top GM and Chrysler executives negotiated a possible merger for several weeks this fall, but the talks collapsed Nov. 7 after vehicle sales plunged and the prospects for funding a merger faded.


Responding to questions from Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, Nardelli said the money would be saved through job reductions, plant consolidation and the combining of vehicle development and purchasing.
Nardelli said bringing together vehicle platform development would save $1 billion to $1.3 billion annually. Combining purchasing would save another $3 billion to $4 billion, he said.


Bennett said that the government should consider requiring the merger as a condition of loaning money to the companies. The Detroit 3 CEOs and UAW President Ron Gettelfinger testified before the Senate Banking Committee today for government loans and credit lines to the automakers totaling $34 billion.


Gettelfinger opposed the merger idea because a GM-Chrysler marriage would cost tens of thousands of hourly jobs.
He said Daimler AG's acquisition of Chrysler a decade ago came with similar promises of synergies but failed to produce them.
Nardelli said that if such a deal were made, "The first job to go would be mine."
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big 3 should all just merge into 1 already... call it American Motors... lets kick some toyota and honda asses.
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big 3 should all just merge into 1 already... call it American Motors... lets kick some toyota and honda asses.
Should be called Merikan motors.
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