Automotive Sector: The Outlook for Credit Quality May 99

  • ID: 1710205
  • May 1999
  • Standard & Poors
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  • AB Volvo
  • Daimler AG
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
  • Peugeot S.A.
  • Tata Motors Ltd.
  • MORE

Prospects for changes in credit quality among the world's automakers are disparate. There are few situations where material improvement appears attainable within the next few years; in fact, only one company has a positive outlook-– Navistar International Corp., which is a heavy-truck producer. On the other hand, one negative CreditWatch review is pending and several other companies have negative outlooks. Among the U.S.-based players, General Motors Corp. (GM) has significantly underperformed its closest peer, Ford Motor Co., while, in Europe, France-based Peugeot S.A. has lagged Renault S.A. Ratings for GM and Peugeot assume significant improvement in profitability compared with the level of recent years; if this improvement fails to materialize, the ratings could be lowered. Volvo AB will have a...

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- Chrysler Corp.
- Ford Motor Co.
- Motors Liquidation Co. (fka General Motors Corp.)
- AB Volvo
- France (Republic of) (Unsolicited Ratings)
- Japan (Unsolicited Ratings)
- Renault S.A.
- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
- Daimler AG
- Korea (Republic of)
- Navistar International Corp.
- Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
- United States of America (Unsolicited Ratings)
- Toyota Motor Corp.
- Fiat SpA
- India (Republic of) (Unsolicited Ratings)
- Peugeot S.A.
- Volkswagen AG
- Tata Motors Ltd.
- Hyundai Motor Co.
- Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
- Suzuki Motor Corp.

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