August 26, 2009
Mandelson would support GM investment
British Business Secretary Peter Mandelson is willing to sink public funds into General Motors to ensure the survival of its Vauxhall subsidiary, sources say.
Without naming its sources, The Times of London reported Wednesday Mandelson would look favorably on committing British taxpayer funds to GM if it appeared Vauxhall would be best off if the reconstituted U.S. automaker kept its European subsidiary instead of seeking a buyer.
Sources told the newspaper the newer board members favor selling off the subsidiaries while the others fear that Opel could compete against its former parent.
Mandelson is determined to ensure that only the owner who commits to a long-term plan to preserve Vauxhall's workforce will receive taxpayer funds, The Times reported.