The new company will be owned by:
- The United States government—a 60.8 percent stake
- A trust fund (VEBA) that provides medical benefits for United Auto Workers retirees—17.5 percent
- The governments of Canada and the province of Ontario—11.7 percent
- Bondholders of the old GM—10 percent.
Objectors, who included people ranging from consumer groups to bondholders, failed to present a viable alternative to the bankruptcy, the judge said. He allowed a four day stay of the sale until Thursday afternoon for appeals. Friday, July 10, is the last day the U.S. Department of the Treasury has agreed to extend any loans to the old GM.
The new GM will include Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands, with the automaker divesting itself of Hummer, Pontiac, Saab, and Saturn. It will also include some overseas operations, including those in China and Brazil. GM continues to work with potential buyers for its European operations.
The court-approved sale leaves behind hundreds of consumers who had personal-injury claims against GM for alleged defective products. (Read: "New GM" will cover future product-liability claims, but not pending ones.")
For most consumers, however, we expect the transition to the new company to be relatively transparent. The company has said it will still back warranties on all existing cars. If you own a Saab or Saturn new ownership may bring changes at your dealership, as these brands transition under new ownership. Hummer may be sold to Chinese truck maker Tengzhong. Pontiac will be closed. Through these changes, it is expected that more dealerships will also close.
If you’re thinking of buying a GM car or truck, the company is offering great incentives right now. But it’s important to remember that any deal is only as good as the vehicle you’re buying. Consumer Reports recommends the Buick Lucerne V8, the Cadillac DTS, the Chevrolet Avalanche, HHR, Malibu, and Silverado, and the GMC Sierra.
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