If GM is really serious about buying FCA, is there even a need to sell Opel?
Under no scenarios, would I ditch Opel and end up with Fiat in Europe. That's like trading Chevy for Mazda in the US (no offense to Mazda). Not just from the brand equity perspective but also the production assets. Opel plants in Spain, Germany, and Poland are probably much better run and more efficient than Fiat plants in Italy.
If the real reason for selling Opel is preemptive balance sheet engineering to acquire FCA, then they are doing it wrong. They should be talking to PSA on a joint bid for FCA and carve it up - GM gets Jeep and perhaps Alfa/Maserati, PSA gets Chrysler, Fiat and Fiat Professional, Dodge goes to the garbage pile, and someone else can come in the bid for Ram to avoid antitrust concerns in the US.
Here are all the note worthy assets in FCA:
Production sites in NAFTA zone (8 assembly plants plus other parts plants)
Production sites in Brazil (2 assembly plants)
Production site in Argentina (1 assembly plant)
Production sites in Italy (6 under performing assembly plants plus assorted parts operations)
Production site in Poland (Fiat 500)
67% of Yugo factory (Serbia)
33% of Fiat Tofas (Turkey)
50% of GAIC Fiat/Jeep (China)
Edited by bzcat, 15 February 2017 - 06:27 PM.