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Old 09-26-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Ford Not Jumping On $2.5b Volvo Offer

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Geely has offered Ford $2.5b for Volvo, making the Chinese automaker the “leading contender” for the Swedish brand.

Are there other contenders we don’t know about? According to the WSJ, “the offer is higher than Ford or outsiders had expected for a brand that has lost more than $1 billion in recent years,” and yet the latest news from China [via Xinhua] has Alan Mulally saying there’s been “no new progress” in the ongoing negotiations. Now don’t get it twisted: nobody expects Mulally to publicly accept this kind of offer within hours of being reported, but you’d think he’d at least send encouraging signs. Instead Mulally tells Xinhua “Volvo is a good brand, but Ford will sell it in order to shift its main focus on developing the Ford brand.”

Which is like someone on Craigslist talking about the sentimental value of an item with the words “or best offer” attached to the asking price. The fact that Geely has made an offer for 100 percent shows that they’re serious (that used to be a Ford negotiating point). So what’s Big Alan waiting for? Offload the money-loser, snag some cash and move on. The deal doesn’t look to be getting any sweeter.
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