Selling Opel: Common Sense Prevails at General Motors.

In this post, Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, rationalizes why GM’s consideration to sell its Opel unit is both pragmatic and overdue. Maryann explains that Europe suffers from “excess capacity, tough regulations, and high fixed labor costs.” She further adds that “the auto industry is in the process of redefining ‘what is a car’ as well as the purpose of automakers in the car’s evolutionary future. This paradigm shift will require automakers to seek significant capital to fund future acquisitions and investments.”
You can view Maryann’s post by clicking the link below:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/selling-opel-common-sense-prevails-general-motors-maryann-keller

 

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Bloomberg: Peugeot Bargains Over GM’s $9 Billion Pension Gap in Europe

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Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, was quoted in Bloomberg on the potential sale of GM’s Opel unit to PSA Group (Peugeot’s owner): “If PSA is going to take responsibility for job loss and consolidation costs, then it makes sense for GM,” Keller said.

The article can be read by clicking the link below:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-22/gm-psa-said-haggling-over-9-billion-pension-gap-in-sale-talks

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Opinion: Musk’s Facts Are Wrong Regarding the Termination of the NUMMI Joint Venture

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In this post, Maryann Keller, principal of MK&A, addresses remarks made by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. In her post, Maryann explains that UAW workers were not responsible for a California-based assembly plant’s closure, and the closure was caused by other factors.
You can view Maryann’s post by clicking the link below:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/musks-facts-wrong-regarding-termination-nummi-joint-venture-keller

 

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CNET: Is Acura’s NSX hybrid supercar struggling amid slow early sales?

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Ken Elias, partner of MK&A, was quoted in CNET on Acura’s reintroduction of the NSX model: “The simple fact is that the exotic space has gotten crowded… with lots of choices from a variety of manufacturers. Back in the early 1990s, the NSX was somewhat more unique… and the Acura brand was on the upswing.”

The article can be read by clicking the link below:

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/acuras-nsx-hybrid-supercar-struggling-amidst-slow-early-sales/

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