Instead of merely throwing money at the problem (and into the hands of the BoD) perhaps a complete dissolving and consolidation into one restructured company is an option worth exploring. Granted the nation and leadership that implemented this restructuring model isn't held in high regard, but keep in mind NASA's technological groundwork was formed with captured equipment and personnel. In the later years of the Great Depression the German car industry was on the brink of bankruptcy. By merging four failing companies into one, eliminating overlaps in management and production capacity, pushing forward the state of vehicle development, and by giving the new company a win-at-all-cost mission on the stage of international motor sport competition, Auto Union establshed an engineering legacy that survives to this day . http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/AutoUnionStreamliner.JPG http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/06/auto_union_d.jpg http://www.classicaldrives.com/50226711/D_racer_2.jpg The company is now known as Audi, its four ring logo symbolizes the era. http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/upload/8534/images/01AudiR8Spider.jpg In the event Congress denies the Big 3 the requested funding instead of allowing this sector to fall into the hands of foreign powers (China has an eye on them) or a disappearance outright, perhaps a government supervised consolidation is in order. One good, solvent car company is better than three struggling ones, or none at all.