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GM and Toyota?

Here's one blogger adding speculation to the fire (speculation is a very flammable fuel, if you didn't know). I find this line amusing:

we have a hard enough time imagining an alliance between GM and
Nissan/Renault. Our brains hurt trying to imagine the mega corporation that
would be comprised of GM and Toyota.

Of course there is one major problem with all of this. GM doesn't need to “block” Renault. They have expressed no interest in a hostile invasion of the stock. If it isn't welcome, they don't want the deal.

Here's my prediction (like I have any business offering one): GM and Renault will just be silent about it. GM don't decline the deal, but they also won't accept it. Eventually, people will realize that the only source of news about the subject is other news and they'll stop talking about it. Then a year later some schmuck will write a book about it.

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

  1. curiouscat says

    There is a huge amount of news on the idea of Toyota getting involved with GM:

    I still think it is a bad idea for Toyota.

    This type of purchase (GM’s investment in Fuji Motors in Oct 2005) might make sense:

    where Toyota buys some piece (lets say buying out NUMMI, or something) (or an investment of GM). But I still see no benefit to getting involved with GM in any significant way.

    Having discussions within Toyota makes sense. The changes in the near future may be huge – it makes sense to look at the possibilities. I can’t imagine any benefit from leaking the story though – but maybe there is something I can’t see (that is easy to believe)?

  2. Mark Graban says

    The WSJ today says that Toyota “yesterday dismissed speculation that their companymight make a pre-emptive play for GM.”

  3. Mark Graban says

    Tom Peters says:

    “Sluggish + Obese + Unimaginative + More Sluggish + More Obese + More Unimaginative + Even More Sluggish + Even More Obese + Even More Unimaginative = Nissan + Renault + GM = Innovative Challenger for Toyota???? “


    “Crappy Management (GM) + Arrogant-Overstretched Management (Carlos G) = Great Management”

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