Troubled General Motors and Chrysler turned to the US government Tuesday, asking for nearly 22 billion dollars in extra loans, and promising long-term viability plans. In GM’s case this includes cutting 47,000 jobs around the world, closing plants, killing brands, and slashing production.
More importantly for Sweden, the GM wants to spin off Swedish-based SAAB by the beginning of next year. But, in presenting the proposal GM’s Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said he wants immediate financial support from the Swedish government, before a sell-off. Otherwise, he told a press conference, he could have SAAB declare bankruptcy.