It’s good to see more and more of the Swedish press covering the 12-month anniversary of Saab being sold to Spyker (well, the initial deal, at least).
DI.se are the latest to join the party. They got a little poopy with my last translation, so here are some snippets only. You’ll have to hit the link and Googletrans the whole thing for yourself.
It was much harder than expected to launch the Saab Automobile after GM’s liquidation. But it worked. And doing better day by day. It says Saab President Victor Muller in an interview a year after he took over the automaker….
….”By this time last year I was in a bed at the Grand Hotel and gasping for air. I was completely exhausted after the last days of negotiations with GM, “said Muller.
How does it look now?
“We see a lot better situation in 2011 than in 2010 when we do not have supply problems during the first half of last year. I do not think 2011 will be a normal year for Saab, but it’s becoming more normal than 2010 was.”
Do you earn money on every car sold?
“No, it depends on what market it is sold on. It is particularly tough on the American market, given the weak dollar. But it’s not just Saab, but also BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen.
“The difference is that the producers have great production in the U.S. also. It is one of the reasons we are not moving production of its 9-4X to Trollhättan. ”
While remaining part to settle from the period when the Saab was in reorganization. Enforcement argues that Saab has a debt of 110 million to pay from the government wage guarantee that the company received. But Saab believes that the debt is written off in conjunction with an arrangement.
“It is a question that it is now up to the right of deciding. We believe we will win, but if we do not, we have the money to pay for it, “said Muller.
Thanks to Micke for the tip!