UPDATE 1-US autos task force rejects GM, Chrysler plans

lunes 30 de marzo de 2009 06:32 CEST

* GM gets 60 days to develop more sweeping restructuring

* Chrysler plans "unrealistic or overly optimistic"

* Chrysler gets 30 days to complete revised Fiat tie-up

* GM President, COO Fritz Henderson replaces ousted Wagoner (Adds detail, background, byline)

By Kevin Krolicki

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) - The Obama administration autos task force on Monday rejected the turnaround plans of General Motors Corp (GM.N: Cotización) and Chrysler LLC and warned both could be put through bankruptcy to slash debts.

The announcement by the White House autos panel headed by former investment banker Steve Rattner marked a stunning reversal for management at both automakers and for GM investors and creditors who had bet on a softer line.

"We have unfortunately concluded that neither plan submitted by either company represents viability and therefore does not warrant the substantial additional investments that they requested," said a senior administration official, who asked not to be named.

Instead of granting GM's request for up to $30 billion in loans, the administration only pledged to fund GM's operations for the next 60 days while the top U.S. automaker develops an even more sweeping restructuring plan under new leadership.   Continuación...