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AM General, looking for friends

by David Zatz on

AM General, once the military-production arm of AMC, wants to work with startup automakers, now that their commercial vehicles are going out of production — according to executive vice president Kevin Rahrig, quoted in Automotive News.

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With Tesla’s growing pains as a backdrop, Rahrig told an audience in Traverse City that AM General could supply “expertise and resources” to new startups.

AM General is selling its Indiana commercial-vehicles plant to the Chinese company SF Motors for $110 million; the 400 workers at the plant are expected to be kept on.  AM General, whose best-known product was the “Humvee” and related Hummer H1, still has a military vehicle plant and is still in the running to build vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service.

At the time Renault invested in AMC, major military suppliers could not be partly owned by foreign countries (France was a partial owner of Renault); so AM General was created to hold AMC’s military-production assets.

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