Press Conference by the Swedish NDO on Saab Parts AB

(Transcription of the press conference by ttela.se)

Currently the press conference of Bo Lundgren is ongoing. Mr Lundgren says it will not say anything about the deal.

– It’s been a lot of information in the media that the administrators have begun to move closer to an end, but we will not comment anything about how it goes with the deal.

He is quite ambiguous when he talks about the future of Saab Parts AB. But they are prepared for plan A and plan B.

Now he sees two possibilities. If Saab is sold as a whole, the Debt Office can raise money for the assets it owns. Would Saab however be sold in parts, planning the Debt Office is planning to take over Saab Parts by themselves and drive forward and develop the company further.

Bo Lundgren has been asked if Saab Parts AB can survive as a standalone company.

Questions about Saab Parts survival came up during the press conference and Lundgren explains that it believes in the company to survive the eight years that you otherwise think the Saab owner may need spare parts.

– If you make a sustained effort you have to think longer than eight years and that is why we must work to develop other areas, said Lundgren.

All in all it was just another press conference about Saab. There was not much information we did not know after the interview SvD did to Bo Lundgren this morning.

larssverre
Member
4 years 3 months ago

The end of Saab. 🙁

900SE
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It’s extremely frustrating to see what is now happening to Saab. The last 6 months we were mislead by the administrators to think that they actually wanted to sell Saab as a whole, but it’s pretty obvious now what their intentions were. Politics, ecology and financial interests rule the auto world. Good bye Saab ! You shall live on in our hearts…

rich
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I hear all this about parts and the company being brought but my question is does anyone think the new owner will be kind enough and loyal enough to offer a warranty on the saabs that were produced in 2008 until now especially the ones that were sold after gm ceased covering them?

Keith
Member
4 years 3 months ago

If the conjecture that NEVS is the buyer is true, it seems very unlikely. If NEVS focus is on totally different autos than in the past, they are probably not going to set up a division to support cars they don’t make.

If you purchased a Spyker era Saab I can understand you wouldn’t be happy about this. Unfortunately, your complaint would be more accurately directed at VM & Spyker, who sold cars without funding the warranty. Of course they didn’t fund their suppliers either…

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Rich; you get your spares.
Saab parts AB exists, makes spare parts available now and in the future, regardless if it gets bought with the deal or not.
If not sold in the deal, then they continue as a stand-alone company.

David-SAAB
Member
4 years 3 months ago

What a load of gobbledigoop. Gee they dont like to talk straight do they. what a waste of time!

dezzer
Member
4 years 3 months ago

yeeep……whats that all about in plain english ?

artizangbr
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Right at the very start the Option to break up saab into pieces, everyone agreed was the worst case scenario. Well that looks to be happening Volvo were interested in some test equipment (NEVS has a significant relationship with Volvo) NEVS not interested with Saab Parts or Tools. Looks increasingly like they are interested in the technology only. Building cars? Not in the next 5 + years, especially if they have no need for parts distribution. I really hope I am wrong but every day I think it moves in the wrong dirction

jond
Member
4 years 3 months ago
To be honest, I rather like the idea of Parts being held by SweGov. There is absolutely no question of SweGov reneging on debts incurred by Parts and so all suppliers will rush to continue to supply to them. If the production of only small batches of Saab dedicated parts means higher prices, then we will have to bear that ultimately, but at least we will be able to keep our cars on the road. If NEVS (or other) were to acquire Parts, then any possible eventual rumours of squeezed liquidity would mean that supplies of parts for existing cars… Read more »
bpsorrel
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Totally agree, and then, hopefully, confidence will return to the used market and potential buyers of used Saabs won’t be so worried about the future and maintaining their Saabs.

Keith
Member
4 years 3 months ago

That is an excellent point. Some stability can return to Saab auto.

bpsorrel
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Much needed here in the UK. The brand could not be regarded any lower in the motor trade if it tried. 🙁

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Indeed a good point.
Of course it was better if a buyer would buy it all but with the day it becomes more clear that production of this generation of Saab cars did come to an end and that we will have two entities soon; one delivering parts to the current Saabs in the market and another that start developing something we only can guess about. That something is hopefully a futuristic car that will be far ahead of all cars that do exist at the moment it can be launched.
Wait and see.

artizangbr
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I agree with that too, I was going to add that to my comment but clicked the post link by mistake. We as Saab orphans can help by buy geniune parts for our cars, yes they maybe more expensive but just think of it as insurance for being able to have these parts available in the future. As long as Saab Parts stays profitable as a business the more secure in the hands of the NDO.

So I applaud the NDO for the most rational and sensible decision in this whole god awful mess.

FinnFemFel
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Just to clarify… The breakup of Saab Automobile started way back in the autumn of 2009 when those parts that had some form of long-term value (like Saab Parts AB) were carved out to be held by the state as pawns for the EIB loan.

artizangbr
Member
4 years 3 months ago

and aren’t we all mighty pleased they did, otherwise we would all be needing to change our cars in a couple of years.

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Right !!

xelav
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Great pressconference ! At least they keep that tradition up. When will be the next one?

Nick Bolger
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Is it cut and dry that NEVS have bought SAAB? Or could there be a surprise announcement shortly?
Who ever has bought SAAB though I don’t think they will be honoring the 2 years left on my 95 sadly

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

You mean your two year’s warranty? Beherman in Belux still honours that warranty; no surprises at all.

Nick Bolger
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Yes, I mean I should have 2 years warranty left on the car but not only did SAAB go into receivership so did the SAAB dealer who I bought the car from! A no win situation. One good thing though I love the car

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

That,s a different story.
My dealer did take Kia as a second brand but luckily still deliver service for Saab as well.
And that runs smoothly; had two small issues which were nicely repaired under warranty.
Hope you do not face too many issues.
Take care.

wfg
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Being honest, I think all these information only indicate one fact: GAME OVER. Saab will not be reborn! Please read the words of Mr. Bo Lundgren who stated: “We will take over Saab Parts AB if a purchaser of the estate does not want it.“ No words that someone purchases Saab but Saab’s estates. Obviously NEVS plans to establish its own company in the previous buildings of the Saab manufactory, well that does not make the future company a “Saab company”. I, truly, hope very much that the new company will employ as much former Saab employees as possible and… Read more »
Peter, Sweden
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I really don’t get this anymore. How can the administrators ignore Youngman’s latest bid if their role is to find the buyer with the best offer? It seems like NEVS are not after whole of SAAB, and are no even paying that well. Am I missing something?

FinnFemFel
Member
4 years 3 months ago

How do you know that Youngman’s bid were the best offer?

Mark
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It was widely publicised that YM came in with a late $552M bid for the whole of SAAB.

FinnFemFel
Member
4 years 3 months ago
I have seen claims in media about it, but that is hardly the same as a fact. Or do you have a statement from Youngman or the lawyers? And again, putting forward a bid of X may not be the same as paying the amount of X tomorrow. Do you have any information on the bid and when/how the payment would be made and for what? And again, Youngman’s track-record on bringing the money is (as you all know) not the best, so maybe the lawyers *and* the creditors don’t care about their promises any longer. They had month after… Read more »
Marque
Member
4 years 3 months ago

This reasoning is leaking water.
Administrators can’t rely on their gut feelings about Youngman, if they made a valid bid highest of all.

Mark
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I agree it is incredible to me that a company comes in with $552M to buy the whole company including parts and that is not explored in detail. Was the YM bid a mirage?

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Would be nice to hear explanation from administrators once everything is done. I mean, what happened, who was bidders (and how big was their bid + their business plans), what administrators took in consideration and upon what they based their decissions. And back it all up with documentation. But, i highly suspec that will ever be a case. I dont think everything was “fair-play” and i think there were lot of, lets just say, influences that affected the whole process. Maybe not in begining, but later on. We will never know true indentity of “pupet-master” in background, allthough we have… Read more »
M.A.
Member
4 years 3 months ago
I don’t know what to think concerning the future of SAAB as a car manufacturer. Most of the current comments here are negative, I can understand that as the whole picture doesn’t look good at all. I’m sorry, but I can’t make any clear conclusions neither judgements as the secrecy around the whole process have created too many rumours. I would rather wait for an official statement, and I hope this will be soon. I do know that this weekend, my family and I will enjoy our 9-3, this a pleasure no one can take away from us. Enjoy your… Read more »
Olav
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Why so negative, guys and gals? We know NOTHING yet, absolutely nothing, all we know is that there is a no live and kicking SAAB at the moment. According to several sources on the net, and IF Nev will be the new owner of SAAB Automobile the same sources reports that Nevs business plan is to build an electric Saab 9-3 and then a Minimize Japanese electric vehicle might be built on license. A third step is, according to among others Svenska Dagbladet to develop the new generation of 9-3 on the unfinished Phoenix platform and as far as I… Read more »
kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I can only agree with you, and that you express this optimistic tone is helping me to pass this weekend.
Will there finally a final announcement next week?

Dave
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Top gear tested the tesla aswell, it kept breaking down, so they reported their findings: It’s rubbish.
Then they got sued by Tesla for it…

why doesn’t youngman or Mahindra just go out and buy saab parts, strike a deal with spycker for the 9-5NG License, say up yours and find a nice place somewhere to start building Spycker/YM/M&M 9-5s , meanwhile throwing the GM stuff out of the 9-3 and giving it their twist and start building those aswell, one hand in the air, middle finger displayed…

😀 i’d lol

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I realy hope there will be a market for electric 9-3 so NEVS can re-employ all of former work force that is willing to comeback, to start with. I think thats what truly matters among all those former Saab employees. The rest is easy.
Volume production=lots of employees. Some kind of half R&D + prototypes=forget about big number of employees (us, our fathers, mothers, family, friends…).
So, is there a market for volume production of e-cars? Cos, everything depends on that.
That is ONLY reason im against NEVS, based upon what we know about them today and e-cars in general.

E. Boon
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Can someone please give a down to earth translation what it means for current Saab owners? – Yes we will be able to get parts for a long time? – No there won’t be made any fossil fuel engine SAAB’s anymore? – Perhaps in the future some electrical vehicles will have a SAAB batch? If all true than they finally managed to kill SAAB cars, the dealers can finally close their doors, my SAAB will be difficult to sell, I will have to look for a different branded car (still fossil fuel because I do 220 km a day), and… Read more »
metalhead
Member
4 years 3 months ago

All I can say is, my Saab is in good nick, and should still run smoothly with regular maintenance for the next 4 years. By then, if Saabs are still around, i would get a brand new one, be it hybrid, petrol, diesel or fully electric, and i mean it.

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Youngman again on DI! -They came with a new bid on friday morning (today). -Paying 2,2 billions for Parts so swegov can get their money back directly. -Youngman has shown proof that money exists (to purchase assets). -Youngman has accelerated their ambitions to purchase assets and restart production a.s.a.p -Youngman has continuing contact with administrators and hopes to get into more intensive contract discussion. -Youngman is pretty convinced they put highest bid and cos of their proof that money acctually exists they consider them to be in good position due to fact that goal is that creditors will get back… Read more »
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