Robert Nardelli

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Treasury Pushed Reluctant Chrysler Into Fiat Deal

(Newser) - The Obama administration foisted the Fiat alliance on Chrysler, brushing aside its concerns about Fiat’s financial health and unwillingness to share technology, the Wall Street Journal reports. E-mails filed during Chrysler’s bankruptcy proceedings show Fiat ignoring requests for documents, reluctant to ante up funds, and attempting to change... More »

Auto Newcomer Will Head Chrysler-Fiat

Former Duracell chief sees 'exciting new era' after bankruptcy

(Newser) - Post-bankruptcy, Chrysler head Robert Nardelli will cede his position to former Duracell chief C. Robert Kidder. Kidder will run the new Chrysler-Fiat alliance being hashed out in court, the Detroit News reports. Kidder is currently lead director on the board of Morgan Stanley—one of Chrysler’s creditors—and his... More »

Chrysler Woos Current Owners With $1K Coupons

Company hopes to help sales

(Newser) - In an effort to boost sales, bankrupt Chrysler is planning to send $1,000 coupons to all its current customers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The certificates, good toward the purchase of any new Chrysler vehicle, will be mailed in the next month or so with a letter from CEO... More »

Bankruptcy 'New Lease on Life' for Chrysler: Obama

(Newser) - President Obama said today that Chrysler’s impending bankruptcy is “not a sign of weakness but one more step” towards recovery, the Washington Post reports. The 1-to-2 month “surgical” bankruptcy—a time frame met with skepticism by experts—will give the automaker a “new lease on life,... More »

Chrysler, Merrill CEOs Passed Houses to Wives, Too

Fuld not the only one hiding assets

(Newser) - Dick Fuld’s wife isn’t the only one getting a discount mansion. Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli and ex-Merrill Lynch honcho Stanley O’Neal have followed Fuld’s lead, handing their multimillion-dollar homes to their spouses, according to property records obtained by the New York Post. Such deed transfers are... More »

Chrysler Hires Bankruptcy Firm

Privately owned automaker preparing for Chapter 11 should feds not help out

(Newser) - Chrysler has contracted a law firm to help it prepare for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hiring of Jones Day suggests the automaker faces immediate failure if Congress decides to deny financial assistance to Detroit automakers. Jones Day has experience in automotive matters and has represented the United... More »

Detroit Paper to Congress: You Cannot Turn Away

(Newser) - In an open letter to members of Congress, the Detroit Free Press insists that the government cannot turn its back on the auto industry. If it does, "there will be economic hell to pay—not just in Detroit, but all across America, including in your state, in your district.... More »

Big 3 CEOs Head Back to DC—This Time by Car

CEOs of America's automakers will renew plea for bailout today

(Newser) - The Big Three CEOs are heading back to Washington this week, and this time two of them will be driving, the Wall Street Journal reports—Alan Mulally in a Ford Escape hybrid, and Rick Wagoner in a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid. The CEOs will attempt Thursday to persuade Congress to extend... More »

Obama Team Weighs Streamlined Auto Bankruptcy

A 'prepackaged' plan likely would include government financing, take less time

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s transition team is looking at a streamlined, “prepackaged” bankruptcy for the Big Three automakers, Bloomberg reports. In a “prepack,” the companies already would have financing lined up when they go to court, and would have to reach agreements with banks, workers, and suppliers. The... More »

Detroit's Big 3 Plead Their Case in Washington

(Newser) - The CEOs of the Big Three automakers told the Senate today that a $25 billion bailout of the industry is necessary to prevent "catastrophic" effects on the economy, the New York Times reports. “If the domestic industry were allowed to fail,” said GM's Rick Wagoner, it would... More »

Car Makers Prepare for a Crash

Big Three see sales slump ahead

(Newser) - The slumping US  economy is casting shadows over the New York Auto Show, as industry forecasters this week cut their projections for sales of new cars and light trucks in 2008 to less than 15 million, the lowest level in 14 years. Chrysler, GM, and Ford, who had been projecting... More »

Chrysler Will Shut Down for 2 Weeks

Forced July vacation part of automaker's revamping effort

(Newser) - Chrysler plans to shut down all operations for two weeks in July to save money and “accelerate Chrysler's recovery and transformation,” CEO Robert Nardelli writes in a company memo. Employees will take a forced break July 7-20 “in order to create better alignment and efficiency across organizational... More »

Chrysler Loss Deepened After Daimler Split

Filing shows a $2.9B loss in Aug.-Sept. '07, big bonus to CEO

(Newser) - Chrysler lost nearly $2.9 billion in a 2-month period last fall, after its split from Daimler, a filing by the German company shows. The filing by Daimler, which retains 19.9% of the automaker, offers a rare look at how costly the company's reorganization effort has been since it... More »

Dour Housing Market Slams Home Depot Q4 Results

Profits drop 27%, and the company says 2008 isn't looking very bright

(Newser) - Continuing US housing market woes, showing no signs of letting up, helped drag Home Depot’s fourth quarter profits down 27% over the same quarter last year, to $671 million from $925 million. The world’s largest home-improvement retailer also predicted fiscal-year earnings will drop 19% to 24%, more than... More »

Chrysler to Cut 30% of Models

Will also slash network of dealers

(Newser) - Chrysler plans to cull its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands by at least a third, and drastically reduce the network of 3,600 dealers selling its vehicles to reduce costs, reports the Wall Street Journal. Chrysler dropped three models last year, leaving it with about 30 product lines. The company... More »

Chrysler Faces Cash Crunch

Struggling automaker looks to sell assets to raise cash in a hurry

(Newser) - With an auto industry novice as CEO, a product line trailing the rest of the industry, and an inadequate cost-cutting strategy, Chrysler is scrambling to sell assets to climb out of a deep financial hole. Four months after Cerberus Capital Management took the automaker private, the Wall Street Journal finds... More »

Chrysler CEO Predicts $1.6B Loss This Year

Automaker faces second straight year in the red

(Newser) - Chrysler will be screeching toward a second consecutive year in the red, sources told the Wall Street Journal, as the automaker will lose $1.6 billion. CEO Robert Nardelli told designers and engineers this week that while the beleaguered automaker’s revenue was about $63 billion, costs exceeded $64 billion.... More »

Auto Workers Face Off With Chrysler Next

Union turns to No. 3 automaker to extend terms of GM contract

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers have decided to sit down with Chrysler next, hoping to extend the terms of the contract negotiated with GM last month, Bloomberg reports. At Chrysler, the UAW will be dealing with a CEO who's been on the job just two months—Robert Nardelli, former chief of... More »

Chrysler Pilfers Toyota's Top US Executive

Firm's highest-ranking non-Japanese ever jumps ship

(Newser) - Toyota North America's president will become the new co-president and vice chairman of Chrysler, the Detroit Free Press reports. Jim Press, the highest-ranking non-Japanese exec in Toyota's history, brings a reputation as a talented manager to Chrysler, which is in the process of transforming into a private company after being... More »

In Nardelli, Chrysler Found Its Maverick

Cerberus relying on tough-talking new CEO to cut costs

(Newser) - Former Home Depot chief Bob Nardelli has a reputation for being a brusque, hard-edged maverick, and that’s exactly what his new bosses at Chrysler want, Reuters reports. Cerberus Capital Management hopes to stem losses at the automaker by cutting costs, particularly in the delicate area of unionized workers. Nardelli’... More »

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