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GM in Talks to Buy Chrysler?

I wonder what this means to Mercedes short & long term?

I guess the merger wasn't what people hoped it would be.

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DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is in talks to buy the Chrysler Group in its entirety, Automotive News reported Friday, citing unnamed sources in Germany and the United States.

The automotive trade publication reported on its Web site that high-level talks were talking place between GM and Chrysler Group parent DaimlerChrysler AG.

The potential deal between the two automakers could go beyond cooperation on joint development of a large sport utility vehicle, the magazine said.

A General Motors Corp. spokesman said the company routinely has discussions with other automakers but declined to comment on the Automotive News report.

"We often have discussions with automakers routinely. We don't comment on speculation regarding discussions," GM spokesman Tony Cervone said.

Meanwhile, various newspapers reported earlier Friday that Chrysler and GM have held discussions for about six months about a possible alliance related to large sport utility vehicles.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter that it didn’t name, said the automakers had preliminary discussions to jointly develop a large SUV such as the Chevrolet Suburban, which Chrysler doesn’t have in its lineup.

The New York Times, citing people with direct knowledge of the talks that it didn’t name, said the companies are holding discussions about a project that would provide Chrysler with a version of the Chevrolet Tahoe large SUV.

GM and Chrysler also are looking at sharing small cars developed by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology, a unit of GM in South Korea that builds the Chevrolet Aveo compact car for GM, the Journal reported.

The automakers declined to comment on reports of these talks.

Chrysler already has alliances with GM, including one to develop gasoline-electric hybrid engine technology.

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Last year, GM was in talks with Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA on creating an automaking alliance, but those were called off in October. Those talks have nothing to do with the Chrysler talks, the Times reported.

DaimlerChrysler said Wednesday in announcing Chrysler’s restructuring that it was exploring all options for Chrysler, including strategic partners. DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche would not rule out selling the troubled U.S. operation.

On Thursday, Chrysler Chief Executive Tom LaSorda told the Journal in an interview that he hopes uncertainty about whether Chrysler will remain part of the German automaker is resolved “sooner rather than later.”

As part of the restructuring, Chrysler plans to eliminate 13,000 positions, including 11,000 production jobs and 2,000 white-collar posts, as it seeks to cut costs and return to profitability in 2008
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You might want to consider joining in on the chat in the apparently more established thread here. But the sentiment so far seems similar.
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gm should buy chrysler, then theyd be two peas in the same pod. Both of them are losing to foreign competition such as toyota and honda. Let GM be like ford buying jaguar and aston martin, turning what used to be good cars into overpriced junk. I just say that mb should stay out of this one and look out for their shareholders like a good company should.
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why the fcuk is GM even remotely considering buying chrysler?? they aren't losing enough money with their own brands already..??

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Just saw the subject discussed on TV:
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why the **** is GM even remotely considering buying chrysler?? they aren't losing enough money with their own brands already..??
Dood, this isn't OT, please watch the profanity, even masked. It would be appreciated.

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