Posts Tagged ‘DaimlerChrysler’

Mergers Redux

Friday, March 9th, 2001

It's been a year and a half since my last merger article (October,1999) and things seem to have settled down for a bit. Now then is a good time to review the state of play and see where things may go from here.

BMW

BMW finally threw up its hands and practically gave away the Rover Group, but first re-organized the more attractive assets into different sections of BMW (UK) Holdings and sold Land Rover to Ford. In addition to the new Mini produced by BMW (UK) Manufacturing, BMW also kept the re-organized Riley and Triumph, British Motor Heritage (producing parts for older English cars) and other businesses such as Midland Powertrain. (more…)

Online Car Buying in the Third Millenium

Thursday, June 8th, 2000

DaimlerChrysler, Ford and GM have each sent dealers letters recently regarding their dealings with online sales outlets. Each has reminded dealers that franchise agreements do not allow dealers to sell cars to third parties for resale. What is unstated is that such deals will probably mean there is no valid factory warranty on vehicles sold by these third parties. They may technically be second-hand cars, even with very low delivery mileage. All three manufacturers make the point, however, that sites which act as a referral service, or presumably as an “agent,” for the dealer are fine. Since dealers will almost certainly be delivering and providing service for the cars they provide, there is, operationally, not a great difference between the business models. The key sticking point is who books the final sale. (more…)