What better time to structure a long term deal for cars than when all of the makers have an over-capacity "PROBLEM". The makers would eat any warranty and be responsible for shipping burdens parts distribution and other related expenses.
He can build a lean team at the exec level and build relationships with a dealer network that has been praying for leadership...for decades.
Somewhere in the Hedge Funds and/or the Private Equity firms is a group that would jump all over this deal and he will put together a company that has little or no debt...true dealer loyalty & a business model of how the car biz should be...in the future.
Imagine... No UAW...No Weak Dealers... No models hanging around to justify the R&D/tooling... and NO skeletons in the closet. A clean slate and pretty profits at less than a 10% market share.
How could it not work?