saab93f
Member

Victor is such a class act! I wish nothing but the best for him whatever his future entails.

A Saab hero!!

jouni72
Member

+++++1 !!!

ng
Member

+1

M.A.
Member

+1

i. ant. kal.
Member

+1

paul
Member

+1!

Audun
Member

I wish the people in SAAB the best luck! I think the customers and fans will follow and support SAAB if the quality of the cars stay on top, the cars for the western market is developed and made in Sweden and if the SAAB people in THN are allowed to develope and make true SAABs.

goofy
Member

+1 !!

RobinM
Member

Have a good sleep Victor.

Trued
Member

The whole Saab world stand up now an rejoice in the good news.
Finally the ordeal is over! Hopefully and en to the roller-coaster ride.

Troels, Denmark
Member

A very sympathetic Victor Muller in this interview!
Thanks Victor for those amazing efforts through almost two years!
Now I long to see cars produced and developed in Trollhättan again! 🙂

Belfast_Saab
Member

+1

Audun
Member

+1 🙂

Jos
Member

It is not over, it is actually just beginning

You gotta love this man. Hat’s of for Victor!

mihow1
Member

Amazing effort by Victor, and hopefully its fruits will soon become evident.

RS
Member

Good news! But please keep the Champaign in the fridge until everything is approved.

900 classic cab
Guest

+1

hilmar
Member

Indeed. Although great success until now. 🙂

M.A.
Member

Thank you Victor Muller and your team for all their efforts in keeping SAAB alive and kicking.
We’re starting to leave behind the never- ending tunnel, a last we can see the light.

900 classic cab
Guest

Thank You Mr. Victor Muller for your titanic effort.

900 classic cab
Guest

Could someone explain me about that situation when NDRC said no more money was supposed to go to SAAB before a decision ?

skwdenyer
Member

What that means is that YM / PD can’t even come up with a few million to keep the company afloat until the deal is done, hence the GEM deal, which is just madness.

It may also mean that the whole package needs to go back to the local and then provincial DRCs before even getting to the NDRC; it could be months yet, if NDRC approve.

I’m sorry, but, apart from reconstruction not ending, I don’t see where the good news is here yet. This is just another MoU in a line of broken MoUs, surely?

Khrisdk
Member

Doom and Gloom.

I understand that people can be pessimistic, but for now Saab lives.
All other things are speculations.
I could give you another result of speculations, but I will refrain from that.
I just wish you would too.

skwdenyer
Member
I’m not speculating about anything. ALL that has happened here is that ANOTHER “binding” MoU has been signed. I truly hope, if this is the best deal Saab can get right now, that it goes through. But, after all that we’ve all witnessed, I was hoping people would be better at keeping things in perspective. I run a business; do you? If I celebrated every MoU / letter of intent / provisional order / whatever, my life would be an emotional rollercoaster, probably – by now – a wrecked one. And nobody would work for me. Even “binding” contracts are… Read more »
Khrisdk
Member
I we are pulling rank on business experiences, I am in the process of saving my workplace, which is in the same situation as Saab at the moment, with a severe liquidity crisis and deals being worked on at a lot of levels and a threatening bankruptcy in 2 months ALL that is being said all in all is that GL has withdrawn the petition to end the reconstruction. This means that there is money to go on. Everything else is MoU and speculation. My speculation is that everyting will be approved at all levels very fast, and that if… Read more »
Pedro
Member

Hope all goes well with both your businesses, guys!

moose
Member

I think that Victor Muller can be credited for

1. Saving Saab in 2010
2. Keeping the company going for 14months, and (barely) alive for 20 months
3. Letting Saab go on when he had no means to take Saab on.
4. (Probably) not losing his own money in the process?

At the beginning week it seemed that his only credit would have been Saving Saab in 2010 (and then bankcrupting it). That’s what I call an improvement!

goose
Member

4. (Probably) not losing his own money in the process?

I am not sure if this is entorely true. In the Dutch media VM is being quoted as having said that Swan will probably loose EUR 70 mio with the sale of Saab. Swan paid GM EUR 52 mio for Saab and VM estimates that Swan invested appr. EUR 120 mio in Saab. This should also affect VM as a SWAN shareholder.

Apart from that, I completely agree with your credits for Victor Muller.

skwdenyer
Member
It may be worse than that. SWAN paid 70m+ euro for Saab; the last 20m or so came in the form of a loan from Saab GB to SWAN. I don’t know if SWAN are required to repay that money to Saab GB as a part of the deal – right now, the announcement is a of a sale of the shares in Saab GB which, with no other adjustments, would leave the debt outstanding. If VM can repay Tenaci (who in turn can repay their lenders, rumoured to be / include VA), then he should be off the hook… Read more »
Piet-Hein S.
Member

oh well…the fat lady can retire, don’t you think?

hearing VM say that he remains involved with Saab means (to me) that he will n o t retire from his work as Chairman, so somehow he (must have) made a deal which includes certainty about his position in the company. nothing wrong with that, i’d say, after what he has been doing for Saab.
interesting to hear: production startup will be 8 weeks after the funds flow in. so hurry up NDRC. that way maybe production starts before the end of this year…

SAAB SAVED!

christian
Member
somehow he (must have) made a deal which includes certainty about his position in the company Well, this is one of the biggest questions for now, isn’t it? As far as I remember from the numerous rollercoaster rides we took over the last days, a 100% takeover of Saab by YM/PD wasn’t really what VM wanted. In fact, the last offer seemed to have been inacceptable at all. What has changed is mind, now? Besides, I thank him so much for keeping Saab alive – a true hero to me, indeed. However, something smells fishy in here… What happens with… Read more »
skwdenyer
Member

The Saab brand will not have a new owner; the licence will still be owned by Saab Automobile AB, just as now. That would have been different if Saab Automobile AB had gone bankrupt; the asset would not have been available to be sold-on.

Toby K
Member

Sorry-it sounds good-sort of…but I am reserving judgement until production is up and running in Sweden.
then I will open the champagne.

I do stl have long term concerns over Trollhatan’s permanence-I hope it is there for ever, and not sometime down the track moved to china.

I would not buy a chinese car (I am sorry I can’t really go into the reasons but it just would not feel right to me and I’m afraid to say I’d switch to Jaguar manufactured in the UK [even though under Indian ownership)

Saab_Lurker
Member

I don’t think too many of us here would buy a Saab made in China, for many reasons. Safety being the first.

I imagine SAAB AB would cancel licensing of the brand name the moment manufacturing left Sweden (if not sooner).

klypp
Member

Through all the turbulence VM also managed to keep the SAAB core intact, he gave us the Phoenix, and he opened up a road into the world’s biggest car market. Just to mention a few…
And he did not enter China by opening a garage in the Mongolian desert. No, he actually placed SAAB right up there on the top shelf with the biggest car dealer in the world!

Mission impossible completed, if you ask me.

WooDz
Member
This sounded like a very awkward interview. It’s like listening to 2 people how have zero respect for the other. I firmly believe the Swedish Media has behaved in very unethical manner over SAAB and Victor Muller and you could sense the dis-interest in communicating in his short answers. I’ve posted another comment on a later post, please don’t confuse my words… I am very sorry to hear that Victor will be selling SAAB to Youngman/Pang da. On the other side though. Although the new MoU has to go back through the NDRC again, it may be fast-tracked because they… Read more »
rune
Member

I would not read too much into the atmosphere of this particular interview. VM has obviously not slept much recently and the mobile phone connection seemed a bit noisy.

Other than that, I share your beliefs.

Jasper
Guest
Jasper

Good news. Since the Chinese like to streamline, watch them eventually merging SAAB with VOLVO.

klypp
Member

ROFL!

This would mean that Youngman/Pang Da bought Geely. I don’t think they would ever bother…
🙂

74StingSaab
Member

Interviewer:Um.. you sounds a little bit tired……

I wonder why, duh!

matsthn
Member

Saab ready for takeoff on runway nine-five after a short delay in the holding area…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGGhLihDmFk

Thank you Victor !

Ben
Member

A statue of Victor should be put up at the Saab factory. He will be looked back on as the man who saved Saab for generations to come. Hats of to Victor.

TurboLover
Member

+1

Tripod
Member

Stupid journalist questions; they are, as usual, not prepared one iota. So I shouldn’t be surprised.
Victor Muller, on the other hand, did very good.

phermansson
Member

The reporters first goal was to get a word from Müller at all costs. The news had been out for maybe an hour when it was recorded. They prefer to give us news fast.
I think Müller said that he slept three hours of the last 48, so I bet he has a good nap right now 🙂

EuroDriver
Member

Long live Victor Muller, the man who saved Saab!

zippy
Member

This is a MOU and we all know what happens with those. This is not a time to celebrate as nothing has changed and probably wont unitl the deal is done. GM, regretfully, has a big say in all of this remember

phermansson
Member

Please… A lot has changed today with a new Mou and bridge financing. And I can’t imagine that they all would sound so positive if they didnt believe in this. Also it would be really strange if they went this far without consulting EIB, GM and the others first.

ingvar
Member

Hopefully this is the end of a very special period for SAAB!
The future is here!
Thank you Viktor! I can understand if you are exhausted!
Thanks again!

No 9
Member

I’m not opening the Champagne bottle yet, but I bought it!
I think SAAB should think of a Victor model!

No 9
Member

Why not a Victory model!

muppen
Member

or an “Muller” Edition. Muller means “Thunder” in Swedish….can also mean rumble, but i think in this case Thunder is better

Karl Ask
Member

Victor en het hele Saab team TOP !!!! Ik ga vanavond ff een paar grolsch beugeltjes naar binnen werken !!

katar1na
Member

I like Victor – whatever they say i Swedish media.

muppen
Member

Thank you Viktor!

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