GM Announces Agreement With U.S. Treasury And Canadian Governments Providing Fast Track To Competitive Future For 'New GM'




    -- Warranty, service and customer support continue uninterrupted, backed
by the U.S. and Canadian governments

    -- Essential suppliers to be paid in the normal course

    -- Employees to be paid in the normal course

    -- Operations outside U.S. not included in court filing

    DETROIT, June 1, 2009 -- General Motors Corp. (NYSE:   GM) today announced
that it has reached agreements with the U.S. Treasury and the governments of
Canada and Ontario to accelerate its reinvention and create a leaner, stronger
"New GM" positioned for a profitable, self-sustaining and competitive future.

    Pending approvals, the New GM is expected to launch in about 60 to 90
days as a separate and independent company from the current GM ("GM"), with
two distinct advantages: it will be built from only GM's best brands and
operations, and it will be supported by a stronger balance sheet due to a
significantly lower debt burden and operating cost structure than before.  The
New GM will incorporate the terms of GM's recent agreements with the United
Auto Workers (UAW) and Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) unions and will be led by
GM's current management team.

    The New GM will execute the key elements of its April 27 viability plan,
along with additional initiatives, to achieve winning financial results by
putting customers first, concentrating on adding to the company's line of
award-winning cars and trucks through four core brands and continuing to
invest in green, energy-saving technologies.

    Under its plan, GM will sell substantially all of its global assets to
the New GM.  To implement the sale agreement, GM and three domestic
subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the
United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern
District of New York, and the sale is subject to the approval of the Court. 
Because GM's sale of assets to the New GM already has the support of the U.S.
Treasury, the UAW and a substantial portion of GM's unsecured bondholders, GM
expects the sale to be approved and consummated expeditiously.

    GM has asked the Court to approve a number of steps to protect current
and new GM customers, ensure that its operations will continue uninterrupted
during the court-supervised process, and provide for a smooth transition to
the New GM.

    --  GM dealers will continue to service GM vehicles and honor GM
        warranties, and U.S. and Canadian government guarantees of
        manufacturers' warranties are designed to reassure consumers.

    --  GM will use its cash-on-hand and a new Debtor-in-Possession (DIP)
        financing of approximately $33 billion to: ensure an uninterrupted
        supply of goods and services and provide for other cash requirements
        prior to closing of the asset sale; fund liabilities to secured
        lenders; and provide contingency funding to handle any potential
        unexpected needs.  Furthermore, in conjunction with the sale, the U.S.
        Treasury and the Canadian and Ontario governments will provide funds
        administer the wind down of the remaining assets and the closing of
        chapter 11 cases.

    --  GM employees worldwide will become part of the New GM.

    "Today marks a defining moment in the reinvention of GM as a leaner, more
customer-focused, and more cost-competitive company that, above all, can
quickly generate winning bottom line results," said Fritz Henderson, GM
president and CEO.  "The economic crisis has caused enormous disruption in the
auto industry, but with it has come the opportunity for us to reinvent our
business.  We are going to do it once and do it right.  The court-supervised
process we are pursuing provides us with powerful tools to accelerate and
complete our reinvention, as well as strong safeguards for our customers and
our business.  We are focused on the job at hand, for the benefit of our
customers, employees, dealers, suppliers, retirees, taxpayers, investors and
other stakeholders.

    "We recognize the sacrifices that so many have been asked to make as we
have worked to reinvent GM and the automobile," said Henderson. "GM deeply
appreciates the support and the demonstration of confidence in our future by
President Obama, the Presidential Task Force on Autos, the Canadian and
Ontario governments, American and Canadian taxpayers, the unsecured
bondholders who are supporting the proposed sale transaction, the UAW and CAW
and their leadership, and the men and women of GM, including our retirees. 
You have enabled us to carry out this vital transformation for the good of GM,
our customers and the economy, and we are working to validate your trust each

    "From day one, the New GM will be well-positioned to capitalize on the
award-winning vehicles we have developed and launched during the past few
years, and on our investments in exciting new technologies like the Chevy
Volt, so that we can build and return value to our customers and to the
millions who will have a stake in our success. The New GM will play a critical
role in the future of the automobile, and assure that the U.S. has a strong
stake in this rapidly changing global manufacturing industry," Henderson said.

    Business operations continue globally without interruption

    GM's North American manufacturing operations continues to monitor
production output to make sure it aligns with market demand, and currently
intends to ramp up manufacturing operations as market demand improves during
the latter half of the year.

    None of GM's operations outside of the U.S. are included in the U.S.
court filings or court-supervised process, and these filings have no direct
legal impact on GM's plans and operations outside the U.S.  GM confirmed that
all business operations are continuing without interruption in its Europe;
Latin America, Africa and the Middle East; and Asia Pacific regions.

    "Worldwide, GM dealers are open for business, offering competitive
financing options on our award-winning vehicles, continuing to honor our
industry-leading warranty coverage, and providing outstanding service," said
Henderson.  "Furthermore, the U.S. Treasury and the Canadian governments have
issued a strong vote of confidence by backing GM's vehicle warranties."

    GM has filed various "first day" motions with the Court to ensure the
company's continued ability to conduct normal business operations.  Upon Court
approval, GM will be expressly authorized, among other things, to:

    --  Honor all obligations to customers and continue customer programs,
        including warranties, without interruption

    --  Respect our operating and financing agreements with GMAC, supporting
        continued wholesale financing for dealers and retail financing for

    --  Pay dealers' open accounts and continue warranty and incentive

    --  Pay essential suppliers and logistics providers for goods and services
        provided before and after the company's court filings

    --  Continue pay and benefits for employees and retirees; however, the
        amount of non-qualified pension for some executive retirees may be

    The New GM

    GM's agreements with the U.S. Treasury, the Canadian and Ontario
governments and the UAW and CAW, in addition to the support of a substantial
portion of GM's unsecured bondholders, will enable the New GM to be a leaner,
faster and more customer-focused enterprise, consistent with the vision, goals
and plans of GM's enhanced operating plan announced April 27.

    The New GM will:

    --  Focus on four core brands in the U.S. - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and
        GMC - with fewer nameplates and a more competitive level of marketing
        support per brand

    --  Effectively close the competitive gap in active worker labor costs
        compared with transplant auto manufacturers

    --  More efficiently utilize U.S. capacity while increasing over time the
        percentage of U.S. sales manufactured domestically

    --  Feature lower structural costs enabling its North American region to
        break even (on an adjusted EBIT basis) at a U.S. total industry volume
        of approximately 10 million vehicles. This rate is substantially below
        the 15 to 17 million annual vehicle sales rates recorded from 1995
        through 2007

    --  Achieve its lower structural costs in part by further reducing 2009
        salaried employment in North America from its year-end total of 35,100
        to approximately 27,200, and continuing to improve its balance sheet
        reducing retiree benefits for salaried retirees and non-UAW hourly

    --  Provide a higher level of customer service through a more focused U.S.
        network of approximately 3,600 dealers

    --  Continue and increase its investment and leadership in fuel economy
        advanced propulsion technologies

    Capital Structure of the New GM

    A critical element of GM's reinvention is to achieve a significantly
stronger and healthier balance sheet.  On March 31, 2009, GM reported
consolidated debt of $54.4 billion, along with additional liabilities,
including an estimated $20 billion obligation to the UAW VEBA.

    Under GM's agreements with the U.S. Treasury, the Canadian and Ontario
governments, and the UAW and CAW, and with the support of a substantial
portion of GM's unsecured bondholders, upon closing of GM's sale of assets to
the New GM, the New GM's capital structure will be comprised of:

    --  Approximately $17 billion in total consolidated debt, including:
        --  $6.7 billion of debt owed to the U.S. Treasury
        --  $1.3 billion of debt owed to the Canadian and Ontario governments
        --  $2.5 billion of notes issued to the new Voluntary Employee
            Beneficiary Association (New VEBA)

        --  Approximately $6.8 billion of other, primarily international debt,
            but excluding Europe

    --  $9 billion of perpetual preferred stock with a 9 percent annual
        dividend, payable quarterly in cash, $2.1 billion of which will be
        issued to the U.S. Treasury, $0.4 billion of which will be issued to
        the Canadian and Ontario governments and $6.5 billion of which will be
        issued to the New VEBA

    --  Common equity, 60.8 percent of which will be owned by the U.S.
        Treasury, 11.7 percent of which will be owned by the Canadian and
        Ontario governments, 17.5 percent of which will be owned by the New
        VEBA, and 10 percent of which has been reserved for GM for the benefit
        of the unsecured bondholders and other unsecured creditors of GM

    --  Warrants granted to the New VEBA to acquire newly issued shares in the
        New GM equal to 2.5 percent of its outstanding common equity

    --  Warrants granted to GM at closing to acquire newly issued shares in
        New GM equal to 15 percent of its outstanding common equity, with
        various exercise prices and expirations

    Other than the $8 billion of debt owed to the U.S. Treasury and the
Canadian and Ontario governments by the New GM, all amounts owed by GM or the
New GM to the U.S. Treasury and Canadian and Ontario governments would be
equitized in exchange for the New GM securities described above, and no other
debt will be owed by GM to the U.S. Treasury and the Canadian and Ontario

    GM Europe Restructuring

    GM announced separately today, GM Europe has an agreement for €1.5
billion of bridge financing from the German government and a Memorandum of
Understanding to partner with Magna International Inc.  Under the agreement,
the Opel/Vauxhall assets have been pooled under Adam Opel GmbH, with the
majority of the shares of Adam Opel GmbH being put into an independent trust
(the balance to remain with General Motors), while final negotiations with
Magna proceed. Negotiations to close the agreement should take several weeks. 
 Additional details will be available at

    New products and technologies on track

    The New GM, with its strong financial base and best-in-class dealer
network, will support a portfolio of award-winning vehicles, including the
Chevy Malibu (2008 North American Car of the Year and J.D. Power and
Associates' segment leader in its 2008 Initial Quality Survey), Cadillac CTS
(Motor Trend Car of the Year) and its Buick brand (tied for 1st place in J.D.
Power and Associates' 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study).  The New GM will have
a number of key vehicle launches in 2009 and 2010, including:

    --  Chevrolet Camaro, a dramatic, moderately priced sport coupe with
        highway fuel economy of up to 29 mpg
    --  An all-new Buick LaCrosse premium midsize sedan
    --  The luxury midsize Cadillac SRX crossover and CTS Sport Wagon
    --  The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain, midsize crossovers with
        class-leading highway fuel economy of 32 mpg
    --  The Chevy Cruze, GM's new global compact car

    --  The revolutionary Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle that
        can travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone

    "Our products are our future, and our lineup of new cars and crossovers
are a great foundation for success," said Henderson.  "The New GM is here to
stay, and our brands position us to compete well in profitable segments with
vehicles that are second-to-none."

    GM also reaffirmed its commitment to improve the fuel efficiency of its
vehicle fleet, meet or exceed new federal fuel economy and emissions
regulations, and push ahead with advanced propulsion technology.  GM will
launch the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle in 2010, expects to
have 14 hybrid models in production by 2012, and will have 65 percent of
vehicles alternative-fuel capable by 2014.

    "The New GM will become a long-term global leader in the development of
fuel-efficient and advanced-technology vehicles," said Henderson.  "In doing
so, the New GM will contribute to the development of advanced engineering and
manufacturing capabilities in the United States, which are critical to the
future of the U.S. economy."

    GM's primary bankruptcy counsel is Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  GM is
also represented by Jenner & Block LLP and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
LLP as counsels.  Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP is providing legal advice to
the GM Board of Directors.  GM's restructuring advisor is AP Services LLP and
its financial advisors are Morgan Stanley, Evercore Partners and the
Blackstone Group LLP.

    More information about GM's chapter 11 cases is available at
    Court filings and claims information are available at

    About GM

    General Motors Corp. (NYSE:   GM), one of the world's largest automakers,
was founded in 1908, and today manufactures cars and trucks in 34 countries. 
With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 234,500 people in every
major region of the world, and sells and services vehicles in some 140
countries.  In 2008, GM sold 8.35 million cars and trucks globally under the
following brands:  Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Hummer,
Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market
is the U.S., followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and
Germany.  GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety,
security and information services.  More information on GM can be found at

    Forward Looking Language

    This news release and management's comments on it contain
"forward-looking statements." These statements are based on GM management's
current expectations and assumptions, and as such involve a number of risks,
uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those that we now anticipate -- both in connection with the
Chapter 11 filings we are announcing today and GM's business and financial
prospects. Those risks are described in GM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 which was filed March 5, 2009, GM's
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2009
which was filed on May 8, 2009, GM's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May
14, 2009 and other GM filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Renee Rashid-Merem
    Phone:  313-665-3128
    Cell: 313-701-8560

    Tom Wilkinson
    Phone:  313-667-0366
    Cell: 313-378-6233

    Randy Arickx
    Phone:  313-667-0006
    Cell: 313-268-7070

    For additional media information visit

    /PRNewswire -- June 1/


For further information:

For further information: Web Site:

Organization Profile

General Motors

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890