Saab Automobile Plans To Double Dealerships In China

Posted on 23. Sep, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Dealerships

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According to the Trading Markets website, Saab Automobile is evidently planning on doubling their dealerships in China/

This news comes after learning that the old Saab 9-5 production will be continued in China, for China, after the BAIC announcement made earlier.

At this time, there are 16 Saab dealerships in China, so I guess that would bring it to 32?

BEIJING, Sep 23, 2009

Beijing Automotive Industry
Holding Co., Ltd. (BAIC) is considering the local production of Saab brand in China, according to an insider of the leading Chinese automaker, saying that the final result depends on bilateral negotiations.

A consortium headed by Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg is buying Saab from General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), while BAIC has inked an agreement with Koenigsegg on the purchase of the latter’s minority stake.

Saab Managing Director Jan-Ake Jonsson has also disclosed the intention to have local production in China, saying that the company plans to double its dealer number in the country.

Currently, Saab cars are imported into China and sold through the sales network of Shanghai General Motors Co. Ltd. (Shanghai GM), the joint venture between Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (Group) (SAIC) and GM.

As the agreement with SAIC will gradually expire, Saab is looking for new partners in China. BAIC General Manager Wang Dazong reveals that his company hopes to form an alliance with Saab just like Renault-Nissan.

Source: www.nbd.com.cn (September 23, 2009

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