Things are moving along…..
- Saab restructuring continues with appointment of new importer in Portugal
- Lisbon-based Hipogest Group established operator in automotive sector
- Development of new Saab international sales organization on track
Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile is continuing to restructure its international sales organization with the appointment of a new importer for the Portuguese market, Hipogest Group.
Effective from 1 September, Hipogest’s automotive division will take over all marketing, sales and distribution responsibilities from General Motors Portugal, following the purchase of Saab Automobile by Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands five months ago.
Lisbon-based Hipogest is a Portuguese company with many years experience in all areas of the automotive business and will be responsible for supplying and maintaining a national network of dealers in Portugal.
Announcing the appointment, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We are delighted to welcome Hipogest to our organization. The company has a solid track record and shares our vision for success through an absolute focus on customer service and a long term approach to business partnerships.
“The Portuguese market is an important part of Saab’s representation in southern Europe and we look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful relationship with Hipogest. With the introduction of the new 9-5 sedan and other new products imminent, we are at the start of an exciting product offensive for Saab. It’s a perfect time for Hipogest to be joining our new organization.”
Hipolito Pires, Chairman of Hipogest, said: “Hipogest are delighted to represent Saab in Portugal. We are joining the sales organization at the beginning of a new chapter in Saab’s history and greatly look forward to supporting the company’s development as an independent business backed by a great brand and new products.”