Saab Automobile’s CEO Jan Åke Jonsson Held Press Conference at the Saab Factory This Morning

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Trollhättan, Sweden


Foto: Roger Larch

According to Trollhattan’s TTELA Newspaper, Saab Automobile AB’s CEO Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson Held a Press Conference At the Saab Factory this morning stating that we are on board with a plan, GM is on board with us on the plan, but we still need to convince the Swedish Government of this plan to turn us into an independent business.

Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson went as far as to say that you should probably also contact the Maud Olofsson to tell her your position as well because you are the taxpayer, referring to the people of Sweden in that regard.

I have already gone ahead and setup a contact page so that you can get your message to Maud Olofsson regardless of you are Swedish or not.

Below is a translated piece from the press conference:

Saab’s CEO Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson received the press at Saab in Trollhättan, during Wednesday morning. Photo: Roger Larch
Saab-vd: n believe in a solution

TROLLHÄTTAN Saab’s CEO Jan Ã…ke Jonsson still believe that you should find a solution to the Saab crisis. That was the message at the morning press conference at Stallbacka.

Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson wants to make Saab into a independent business.

It was a stressful and certainly tired Saab-president who received the media at Saab’s main port at 8:30 this morning.

In addition to the press is hard on him, it can be assumed that he came to the meeting with a few hours sleep in the body.

While Saab-management course had followed the night’s press conference from Detroit, where GM did announce that Saab are sorted out into a separate company.

GM made no secret of the solution requires financial support of the Swedish Government.

– Our plan was to create a more independent Saab. It is a good plan – the Saab, for GM and for Sweden, “says Jan Ã…ke Jonsson.

But still have to convince the government about it.

– We work actively with the issue of funding and close discussions with the government, “said Jonsson.

Saab considers itself to sit with a competitive business plan. The lock for about three years ago and was supposed to start giving results from this year – and with a new 9-5 model, with the new 9-4X.
But the financial crisis came together. GM is itself so hard pressed to be forced into drastic cuts in both factories brands.

That is why Saab now, with GM’s blessing, are seeking other ways to find funding that can complete the proposed business plan.

– Funding issue is about to meet this interim period, “said Jonsson, and continues:

– The government has said there is 28 billion and we expect to be a part of it. It is about three different parts, where support from the European Investment Bank is perhaps the most interesting.

Industry Minister Maud Olofsson gave on Tuesday evening different messages about whether there even was no application from Saab to consider.
But Saab CEO said at the press conference that opened a case like that already January 26, and then continuously provided the government with information.

So why put it Olofsson so?

– It may be you ask them, respond Jonsson.

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  1. Peter Gilbert

    18. Feb, 2009

    The news is coming in thick fast and sobering this morning, so I am just going to post a comment on this story.

    I feel numb, as I have been with Saab, through thick and thin, I won’t stop now. I encourage everyone to email Minister Olofsson, because the trickle down spiral, which will destroy the related industries, throughout Sweden.

    At present, I too am over qualified, and under-utilized, so I am offering Saab more free publicity, on their engineering, safety, together with there unique qualities.

    Peter Gilbert

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  2. Ryan

    18. Feb, 2009


    Thank you!


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