Perhaps GM has a penchant for selling car companies to small sportscar makers?
This is unconfirmed information that’s been reported at The Auto Channel:
Later that day, Victor Muller, owner and CEO of Spyker Cars, got a phone call from GM, telling him the General wanted to proceed with the bid of the Dutch based exotic car manufacturer…..
At the LA Auto Show, I spoke with Victor Muller about his ideas and feelings about the possible upcoming deal.
Muller said that he was pleasantly surprised to get GM call and honored that GM choose Spyker to try and make a deal to save Saab. ” But the time span is very short,” says Muller, ” we will have to come to terms, before the end of this month.”
Muller is an admirer of the Swedish brand and personally would be really sad, if it would not survice. ” It is a good company, with good and honest people, and most important the new 9-5 is a gorgeous car.”
He says he has no information on any new model, except for what was published in the media. Upon an earlier question of a TV-host, if he would have been interested is the car manufacturer was an Italian or French company, his answer was a quick: “Most probably not. We are northern Europeans and we have the same characters, life styles and feelings. There definitely is a match between the Dutch and Scandinavian people.”
Upon my question if he is talking to the Swedish government, he said that would be eminent. But the Swedes have already announced that they will not bail out Saab with tax payer money. ” That is something we do not need,” Muller says, “but of course there are issues that we will have to address together.”
Whether this means that Spyker have been chosed as the preferred bidder, or whether they’re one of several companies to proceed remains to be seen.
I still have my reservations about the group, but am open to being convinced.
Well spotted by Leinad in comments