DaimlerChrysler Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber last week refused to rule out the sale or spinoff of the company's unprofitable Chrysler group.
"We don't exclude anything here," including structural changes, Uebber said during a third-quarter earnings teleconference. "We will do our analysis. Second, we will talk about measures. And third, we will draw our conclusions."
D/C later said there are no plans to divest Chrysler, but the comments generated renewed speculation that D/C is again embarking on a strategic review of its operations.
"Every CEO has to do that," said an analyst who declined to be identified. "Shareholders want you to do that."
Chrysler losses dragged down D/C's third-quarter results. The US car brand, which posted a quarterly loss of $1.47 billion (1.16 billion), is set to lose $1.2 billion in 2006.
A team of senior D/C executives has been tasked with improving on Chrysler margins by $1,000 per vehicle.
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