GM ending NUMMI partnership with Toyota

UPDATE UPDATE: I went down to NUMMI and stood at the edge of the property with several tv guys trying to flag down workers for a comment. Had I known this morning that I’d be trying to get blue collar guys to talk to me, I probably wouldn’t have worn my bell bottom pants.

Not much to report. One worker said GM rapes people and that he had confidence in Toyota. Another said he was scared, and a third just put is faith in G-d.  Most just sped past us in their cars. I was surprised how many NUMMI employees wear “NUMMI” related t-shirts to work. I only wear my Argus shirt to the gym or painting parties.


UPDATE: A more thorough story from the LA Times.

From Associated Press.

GM ending Nummi joint venture with Toyota

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Corp. says it is ending its joint venture with Toyota at a Fremont, Calif., manufacturing plant after the two automakers failed to reach an agreement on a new product there.

New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., or Nummi, produces the Pontiac Vibe for GM and the Corolla and Tacoma for Toyota. But GM is phasing out Pontiac and had been in discussions with Toyota about the plant’s future.

GM says it was unable to reach an agreement with Toyota on a new product for the plant and says its stake in Nummi will become part of the “Old GM” that will be sold off during its bankruptcy process.

A bankruptcy court is scheduled to rule Tuesday on GM’s proposed sale to a new company majority-owned by the U.S. government.

Matt Artz