As Jörgen already posted earlier, Zamier Ahmed of Brightwell told di.se that they pulled out of the bidding process for Saab because they did not get as far as they wanted in the negotiations. Here’s an intresting bit:
It is the attempt to reach an agreement on the critical technology licenses, which GM owns the rights to, and production of 9-4X, which did not lead to any concrete results, according Zamier Ahmed.
When it comes to technology licenses, said GM will not say no, according Zamier Ahmed, but gave “unsatisfactory answer.”
What answer would you have wanted from GM?
“It is very simple. We would like to have the answer that they want to cooperate.”
Zamier Ahmed has previously declared that he has had discussions with GM, and that the signals are positive. According to him, he has been in contact with members of GM’s top management, which he also met in Detroit.
It was hoped to present a favorable response from GM on Thursday, along with the bid for Saab.
As you can surely imagine, there is no news from me without some additional words. So here we go.
First I don’t see a reason to believe that Brightwell did not talk to GM. Sure, our friend James Cain did state that there were no negotiations with any party about Saab. But this is the official company talk he has to obey. There are so many things going on behind closed doors he is not aware of as it simply is considered secret so he won’t get to know it until there is something to state in public.
Second I can imagine how frustrated Zamier is after they put a lot of effort in this and they did not reach their goal. Still, he stated that they did not give a satisfactory answer. Ne did not say that GM did say “no” generally. Of course GM know that there is a certain timeframe for Brightwell. They needed a postitive answer now but it seemed like they got none at all. Which brings me to my
third point. From all the dots we have collected and connected up to now it may well be that GM has found another party they’d rather see in this. If we tend to believe that Brightwell was really in talks with GM (which I do) this may explain why they changed their mind on the last meters. We got some indications that there was one party jouning the process quite recently. I’ll leave it to that as saying more would be a bit too bold in the current state of things.
So stay as sane as possible and don’t start senseless rude attacks towards GM. They won’t help but they may still hurt things. This is not over yet. Not at all.