Dagens Industri reported recently that Geely have had a tour of the Saab facility in the last few weeks. They also claim that some US investors have stuck their heads in for a look around.
Today, via Reuters, they’re also reporting that out of the 27 parties that originally signed confidentiality agreements, Saab have asked 10 of these parties for more details about their intentions and plans for Saab.
STOCKHOLM, April 27 (Reuters) – Chinese auto group Geely has visited Saab Automobile, the Swedish carmaker put up for sale by General Motors, a Swedish business newspaper said on Monday.
Citing a source close to the situation, Dagens Industri also said 10 potential suitors from the group of 27 parties Saab said earlier this month it had signed confidentiality agreements with had been asked to provide more details of their intentions.
“Representatives for Geely were at Saab for an entire day,” the source was quoted as saying. A number U.S.-based investment firms had also visited the carmaker for presentations.
Saab was not immediately available for comment.
I’m not happy about the focus on Geely, but I think that’s only because it’s one of the few concrete, identified parties we’ve got, I don’t think they’re a serious contender.
Right now, if I was a betting man, I’d place my money on whoever Vattenfall are tied up with, which I think might be the Norwegians. I get the feeling that we’re going to see a Saab/Think! tie-up of sorts.
And that may not be a bad thing.
I have no info to support any of that, by the way, it’s just my own hunch.