Automotive analysts Edmunds.com has outlined ten key points as to why General Motors' imminent IPO ought to be successful, including recent upbeat financial data and the model range.

Details on GM's widely-anticipated IPO are expected either further today or tomorrow.

"Anyone doing an IPO might want to use this as a case study - it's so well-scripted," said Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl.

"Executives Stephen Girsky and Chris Liddell know the financial market and understand what it takes to make an IPO successful. They lined up institutional investors ahead of time and began a steady drumbeat of good news about 45 days ago in order to set the stage for the big day."

Anwyl points to the following recent events that have kept GM in a favourable light during the pre-IPO period:

1. GM solidified its executive management and hired a group of respected marketing professionals to shift the company's image.

2. GM reduced its debt by US$11bn and promised on completion of its IPO, it will buy back some of the GM stock held by the US Treasury and contribute significantly to the GM pension plans.

3. GM became the first automaker to sell 2m vehicles in China.

4. GM launched advertising for the Chevy Cruze that delivered head-on comparisons against of competitors, attempting to boost consideration of GM's most important new vehicle launch of the decade. GM followed with nostalgic Chevy ads to round out the appeal of the brand.

5.       A special edition Chevy Cruze received better-than-anticipated mileage ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency.

6. GM announced it would discontinue the Mr. Goodwrench brand just like it discontinued Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer, emphasising its commitment to efficiency regardless of history.

7. GM announced impressive third-quarter results and celebrated the fact it exceeded October sales expectations.

8. GM announced General Electric will buy 12,000 Chevy Volts just as the media begin to question the Volt's significance within the larger context of the auto industry.

9. Chevy Volt was named as Motor Trend's Car of the Year and Automobile Magazine's Automobile of the Year.

10. Promising Buick product plans are under embargo until the Los Angeles Auto Show - the very day of the IPO pricing announcement.

"Given the steps GM has taken, the IPO should play out well for them despite complications such as the fact that the government is a major investor," noted Anwyl.

"Scripted or not, these messages surely paint a favourable picture of the company and offer hope for the future."

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