GM should emerge from coronavirus with permanently lower costs, says CEO

General Motors CEO has said that the coronavirus pandemic had given the company an opportunity to go through all of its line item expenses and eliminate redundant processes.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 03 Jun 2020, 10:55 AM
File photo: The US automotive industry has been ramping up after the coronavirus shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico. (AFP)
File photo: The US automotive industry has been ramping up after the coronavirus shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico. (AFP)
File photo: The US automotive industry has been ramping up after the coronavirus shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico. (AFP)
File photo: The US automotive industry has been ramping up after the coronavirus shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico.

General Motors Co should emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a permanently reduced cost base after it scrambled to reduce its cash burn to withstand a two-month shutdown in North American production as part of efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19, its top executive said on Tuesday.

"We were quickly able to take out significant costs and we are being very conservative about what costs we turn back on," Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said during an investor event with Credit Suisse. "I believe we will come out of this with a lower cost structure that is permanent."

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Barra said those permanent cost reductions could include few different vehicle platforms offered by the No. 1 U.S automaker and reducing the complexity of those platforms to be more focused on producing the versions consumers want most.

(Also read: GM, Ford turn to fast-payment programs to aid suppliers hit by shutdowns)

She said that the pandemic had given GM the opportunity to go through all of its line item expenses and eliminate redundant processes.

"We've found things that we don't need to do and things we can do more efficiently," Barra said.

The US automotive industry has been ramping up after the coronavirus shutdown, and major automakers have been keeping a close eye on suppliers in Mexico to see the pandemic disrupts the flow of parts.

Barra said on Tuesday if there are problems in GM's supply chain, the automaker will focus on diverting parts for its popular, highly-profitable pickup trucks.

First Published Date: 03 Jun 2020, 10:55 AM IST
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