A while ago ttela.se rang up BMW and VW asking if they were interested in Saab. They got more or less standard answers that said “no comment on rumors”. But they did not give up and this time they called BMW and Magna.
– We have not changed position on the matter, said Markus Sagemann, press officer at BMW’s headquarters in Munich.
But he adds that there may be an interest shown in specific things in Saab’s bankruptcy estate.
– We had an engine contract with Saab, that unfortunately could not be completed. But any interest in the brand Saab or a major part of the estate has not been relevant.
And as far as Magna repeats’s press officer Tracy Fuerst what they previously said to TTELA. First, that the company does not comment on speculation, but refers to the company’s CEO, Don Walker, who has made it clear that they do not want to acquire some brands. This is the answer to the question whether they are interested in Saab, or in any way the assets of the estate.
– We do not compete with our customers, car brands.
As I stated before if BMW is in there they will most likely not be in the driver’s seat so I do not read to much out of this. As for Magna this is the standard statement they made ever since they missed their goal to acquire Opel. But since over the years Magna have been pretty eager to buy one or another car brand I would not take this as the one and only truth. I’d never underestimate the dedication of Mr. Stronach and honestly, looking at the experience and ressources Magna has I’d like to see them in this.
When it comes to the parties we know about I can say that Mahindra & Mahindra are still in this process and pretty dedicated. To me they are a top bidder who has the ability to get Saab back on track and to stand the tough first years. Yes, they are very quiet. But as they are from India take this as a sign that they are at work.