Statement from Bergqvist & Pouteaux

The receivers have issued a press release today December 30th.
They say:

” The contacts we have had has so far has been positive and gives good hope for alternatives and also combinations of solutions that could result in a continued operation to some degree. Leading to a purposeful dismantling of the bankruptcy operation.”
Hans L Bergqvist & Anne-Marie Pouteaux

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Swedish Radio reports of both swedish and foreign parties being interested in Saab.
So the big news is then who is the Swedish potential buyer?
Saab has 9999 lives.

TurboLamko
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4 years 9 months ago

GO SAAB 😀

Sergio
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4 years 9 months ago

YES! I know this is going to turn out well, it just going to take time! Get my 95 SC built please!

alwaysSaab
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4 years 9 months ago

Lets hope for the best. A positive outcome for Saab will be my only wish for 2012, think the feeling is the same for many other Saab owners and supporters.

Saablime
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4 years 9 months ago

I’m with you.

xlx
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4 years 9 months ago

hoping for the best. although continued operation to some degree sounds very careful
but GOOD LUCK SAAB

Kittciokas
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4 years 9 months ago

Though the news are very good, but this part of the sentence “could result in a continued operation TO SOME DEGREE” doesn’t sound very optimistic.

Bouwe
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4 years 9 months ago

Come on, what would you do if a company is nearly dead and some players show interest. It’s a small chance perhaps, so wake up. Even if there’s more to know, they’ll never give away the info.

MikeSf
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4 years 9 months ago

Sorry but if the company were to be sold off piecemeal that would be no good to anyone except the buyer and the bankruptcy lawyers. Operations have to restart in Trollhatan for it to be of benefit to the employees and to us, the SAAB lovers.

Mark
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4 years 9 months ago

Saab Up!

Griffin Up!

Cowboy Up!

Goedhart
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4 years 9 months ago

I believe
I SAAB

100%Saab
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4 years 9 months ago

And so, I will wait.

Ralph
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4 years 9 months ago

Yes, the ‘wait and see’ period never ended…

Wim Maes
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4 years 9 months ago

Saab Forever !!

saabserb
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4 years 9 months ago

Latest from Bloomberg:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-30/bankrupt-saab-automobile-said-to-attract-interest-from-india-s-mahindra.html

I just hope they will come to senses and appoint a new represent.

Angelo V.
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4 years 9 months ago

You beat me to this Saabserb—-was about to post the same link. I think this could be the right solution for all involved.

Troll96
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4 years 9 months ago

A potential buyer…….wonderful! A potential Swedish buyer…….even better! GO SAAB!!!!

Saablime
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4 years 9 months ago

I’m hoping for a Swedish buyer too. SAAB needs someone who will return it to its roots.

jond
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4 years 9 months ago
First, the Receivers would not issue such a statement unless they are at least 98% certain that there is sufficient interest so that operations, i.e. motor manufacturing, will be able to continue. Secondly, to some degree could equally mean that the production facilities could be adapted to produce some other vehicles until a full range of Saab cars can be developed. Or it may mean something else. Whatever, this is great news for the brand and for the creditors. It a great shame that this could not have been done in the spring to save us all the trauma over… Read more »
jond
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4 years 9 months ago
jouni72
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4 years 9 months ago

It is anyway encouraging to see new players coming first because that might arise some other companies interests too (hey, also they are interested in and see possibilities, who don´t we too?) and secondly when there is competition, then maybe in this case getting the full pakace (even with possible yes from GM) will be the solution which wins.

baas900i
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4 years 9 months ago

interesting move by the receivers, hopefully they get it done, always thought saab should build a light commercial akin to vw caddy only much better, lots of municipal governments in scandinavia need them.

golfhunter
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4 years 9 months ago

This made my happy new year 🙂

Angelo V.
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4 years 9 months ago

Like the cars, the brand is too tough to fold easily! I’ve never seen a company in any industry hang on like this.

johna
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4 years 9 months ago

It is time to re-post this classic:

Why the Saab inspires intense feelings

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3ba64a08-74ea-11de-9ed5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1i1aclwii

MikeSf
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4 years 9 months ago

OMG! What a wonderful article! Really captures the spirit of SAAB lovers. It makes very sad to have cut my visit to the plant when I was in Sweden 9 years ago.

Cheers!

Troels, Denmark
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4 years 9 months ago

I really hope the solution will include manufacturing, not solely cars, but SAAB-cars – and in Trollhättan!

CYQB
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4 years 9 months ago

Very good news. There is a positive side in this very bad situation for Saab. We are at the bottom and we can’t go further down. So, things can only improve!

Stay optimist 😉 We will see production starting again in 2012. ( I mean Saab’s car, not something else)

TurboLamko
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4 years 9 months ago

Remember that 14th and 15th of January is really important for Saab!

If YOU cannot attend, at least put a sticker on your car or print an A4 paper with the logo!

David Lawrence
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4 years 9 months ago
This is crazy. I read this and suddenly felt happy. It makes no sense A low volume manufacturer with a virtually defunct brand image, out of cash, in debt and bankrupt, in an industry with excess capacity, competing in a global economy against manufacturers with 50% or less of the production costs. Rationally and financially there is no reason for Saab to continue. That is what I keep telling myself. Truthfully though, I know I am telling myself that to get through the grieving. And despite all my attempts to be rational and realistic, here I am, a 60 year… Read more »
jond
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4 years 9 months ago

So, the brand image cannot be virtually defunct then.
p.s. I really like your motto!

David Lawrence
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4 years 9 months ago
Thank you all very much. I work in marketing for a large company and I do alot of writing as part of my job. I was sitting the other day, looking at my 9-5 fleet and wondering why, after months of looking at other cars, I chose a 4 year old 9-5 SC over BMW, Audi, etc. I test drove BMW 5’s, Audi A4, VW and Volvo. It seemed to me that despite 20-years of GM homogenizing Saab into blandness, there is still a trace of spirit in the 9-5. The 4 year old 9-5 drove better than all of… Read more »
Carlo A
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4 years 9 months ago

Fingers crossed …. !
SAAB’s legacy is too important to go wasted !
Griffin Up!!!

TonymacUK
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4 years 9 months ago

“To some degree” – what the hell does that mean?

exsaab
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4 years 9 months ago

The big advantage that Saab had 6 months + ago was that it still had a network to distribute its product. Not any longer though! My guess is that most of the UK network has either made alternative franchise arrangements or closed up all together (eg.Saab City).

Who ever took it back on would need a method of distribution along side a brand already opperating in the market place as I fear the days of being able to survive as a solus Saab dealership are long gone!

ivo 71
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4 years 9 months ago

If a financially strong, confidence-inspiring partner/owner can be found for Saab then the rebuilding of a dealer network should be viable in a reasonably short period. The dealers don’t necessarily have to be stand-alone ones, they could be combined with, I don’t know, SsangYong maybe 😉 ?

Ivo

Karl Ask
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4 years 9 months ago

YES !!!!!! GRIFFIN UP !!!!!!!!!!!!

900jubileum
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4 years 9 months ago

Little bit off topic but here is the first “real” interview with the two lawyers who handles the bankruptcy. The article is on swedish from the local newspaper TTELA: http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1481425–det-finns-flera-seriosa-intressenter-

xelav
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4 years 9 months ago

Does anybody already know who that swedish potential buyer could be? Mr Ikea ? Volvo? Getinge? Electrolux? Wasa? Vattenfal?

ReneSafan
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4 years 9 months ago

I think the brand deserves a fair chance! I’m gonna toast to that at midnight! A happy and Sabish New Year to you all Saablovers around the world and the staff in Sweden…..and brave Victor Muller! Prosit!

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