Jan-Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile President Speaks with Dagens Nyheter At NAIAS

Posted on 13. Jan, 2009 by in 2000-2009


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Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson, Saab Automobile President Speaks with Dagens Nyheter At NAIAS and has had some good, yet realistic things to say about Saab Automobile’s future.

Detroit. -The talks are good, they are in a constructive spirit. We have a business plan that shows how we could ultimately become a profitable company. The Government are now studying the plan in detail. The analysis is not clear, but should be there within a few months. It is quite urgent clearance, “he said in an interview with DN during the current salon in Detroit.

Earlier in the day (Sunday), he met with Fritz Henderson, who is Chief Operating Officer of GM, the second under CEO Rick Wagoner. Along with Carl-Peter Forster, head of GM Europe and Jöran Hägglund, State Secretary at the Industry Ministry, discussed the Jan-Åke Jonsson future of Saab and the type of assistance the company needs. It is not just about Swedish state aid, efforts must be coordinated with similar relief efforts in Germany and the USA. Governments are keen to tax incentives to stay in their country, but it is easier said than done because the car industry is global and activities so integrated with each other.

Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson would not disclose how much support he would like the government. It is about both rescue loan _ emergency money _ and government guarantees for loans in the European Investment Bank.

“We have a detailed business plan and I know of course how much we wish, but I can not publish it,” he said.

2008 was a particularly tough year for Saab. The number of cars sold fell by about 25 percent to 94 000 cars. No forecast for 2009, he does not want to give.

-No, no, “he said, knocking out his arms. I can not even plan for the next week or the next 14 days, who can in this market situation, “he says.

-There is a lot of psychology, customers will save. The sale is hardly any cars anymore, “he said, appealing for help from the media.

-Can you not highlight the positive as well, so people can regain confidence, “he says.

-Sure, we can talk about the new Saab 9-3x as you show in Geneva in March, I say

-No, you can not, you must write to customers to buy our existing cars. They must begin to act now, “he says.

-Joking aside, he adds. Fritz Henderson is a true Saabvän that have the greatest confidence in us. Only we can help to get us out of this extreme situation, we have a good chance to succeed and grow to become a profitable producer, says Saab chief Jan-Åke Jonsson.

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