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You know it’s been a bad season for auto sales when the Chief Executive of Ford personally calls you up when you buy a car. Michael Snapper, a lawyer from Grand Rapids Michigan, received such a call from Ford Chief Exec Alan Mulally to thank him for choosing a 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid over rival Toyota Motor Corp.’s wildly popular Prius. Snapper was quoted as saying that Mulally’s actions “reflect a new attitude and a real commitment” to improving the company. Given that US auto sales plunged 38 % in January and Ford’s sales fell 39 %, Mulally is going to have to make a lot more calls if he hopes to save the company.
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Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next…” As General Motors representatives prepare for the February 17 discussion with the Treasury Department on viability plans, they shall be under some pressure to illustrate how they plan to pull the company of its $44 billion dollar rabbit-hole of debt and re-emerge into the sunny wonderland where selling cars actually generates profit. The company is expected to show progress on negotiations with its creditors and must have firm commitments by end-March, else it could be forced to pay back the $13.5 billion loaned by the Treasury thus far. Given GM’s current liquidity crisis, a misstep on February 17 could plunge it into bankruptcy.
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