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Tentative Deal for G.M.’s Opel Is Latest Shift for Industry

The global reordering of the auto industry took a big step forward on Friday as an unlikely alliance led by Magna International, a Canadian auto parts maker, and Sberbank of Russia tentatively agreed to buy the European operations of General Motors.
The global reordering of the auto industry took a big step forward on Friday as an unlikely alliance led by Magna International, a Canadian auto parts maker, and Sberbank of Russia tentatively agreed to buy the European operations of General Motors. The deal was brokered by the German government in Berlin, with negotiations stretching from Moscow to Washington, Detroit, Ontario and New York, where G.M.’s board gathered for a meeting ahead of an expected bankruptcy filing on Monday. With sales plunging to levels not seen in decades, auto companies are seeking refuge in mergers or bankruptcy court. Other companies, like Magna and Fiat, are seeing opportunities in beaten-down automakers, hoping to buy them or form alliances on the cheap. The deal in Germany will have ripple effects in the United States.
Fiat augusta car insurance had hoped to grow into a top-tier global company virtually overnight, with its nearly completed alliance with Chrysler and by buying G.M. home contents insurance cover of Europe, which pilates liability insurance includes Opel of Germany home equity insurance as well as the British auto company Vauxhall. Although stitching together established companies medical malpractice liability insurance on different continents is horacemann insurance challenging, Chrysler’s prospects might have improved holistic insurance as elevator insurance part of a larger company. Now, with arkansas business health insurance small Fiat lawyers professional liability insurance apparently travel insurance health problems losing out to Magna for G.M.’s European operations, prospects for international student travel insurance Chrysler’s long-term future unitedhealthcare insurance company car insurance rate canada could darken. By contrast, a deal for G.M.’s homeowners and auto insurance European operations could resolve an important issue for the beleaguered company and help speed car insurance premium its restructuring in bankruptcy court, which appears all but certain. “It’s an extremely important step forward for our company and our operations auto insurance quote canada in Europe,” said Carl-Peter Forster, the president spectra vision insurance of townhome insurance G.M. Europe, in an interview shortly after i need car insurance the talks concluded at 2 a.m. Berlin time. “We had three interested parties and it came down to one, Magna, and we hammered life insurance policy out a memorandum of understanding in what was basically 36 hours,” he said. “It’s a well-founded, pretty detailed M.O.U.” Some industry experts immediately panned the proposed Magna alliance with G.M. in carefirst insurance commercial liability insurance texas Europe, saying the motorcycle ctp insurance German government had picked the global life and accident insurance company Magna deal over the long term disability insurance lawyer rival Fiat offer to safeguard nearly 25,000 jobs e&o insurance coverage at home in an motorcycle insurance on line election compare homeowners insurance rates year, while adding business insurance agent yet title insurance marketing another player to an industry already burdened by chronic overcapacity. German labor leaders and politicians feared that Fiat would be more aggressive in renters contents insurance cutting jobs. “It nc liability insurance solves nothing in terms home insurance vancouver of the industry’s structure,” said Philippe Houchois, an analyst with UBS in London. “It’ll be detrimental to the whole industry’s pricing ability, and heartland insurance not much good will come out of this.” Losing Opel american family home insurance to Magna would donegal insurance company be a blow to Sergio Marchionne, Fiat’s chief petcare pet insurance executive, car farm insurance quote state who was initially favored to acquire Opel. After his recent deal for 20 percent of Chrysler, without landlord tenant insurance car insurance estimate having to put any of Fiat’s money down, Mr. Marchionne had hoped Opel would deliver the kind of scale he believes is crucial for survival in the global auto industry. 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By cooperating union life insurance with Gaz, the Russian automaker, fidelity national insurance Magna could sell life insurance quote canada up to 500,000 cars a year there, he said, Met life car insurance and steadily increase thereafter. At first, Fiat’s abrupt exit from the negotiations was assumed to be a bluff on the part of Mr. Marchionne. But it looks to be an exit for Fiat, which was surprised to boat owners insurance learn metlife auto and home insurance earlier in the week that Opel would lose 2 billion to 3 billion euros this year, far more than the 1.5 billion euro loss analysts had anticipated, according to officials with knowledge of the negotiations who car cheap in insurance michigan off road motorcycle insurance declined homeowners insurance hawaii to be identified because they were nj auto insurance companies not authorized to speak publicly. 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