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G.M. To Decide The Fate Of Saab Automobile Next Tuesday

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by .

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The New York Times & Bloomberg report that GM will be holding a board meeting next Tuesday, December 1st where they will ultimately decide the fate of Saab Automobile.

Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — GM’s board will review the future of the bankrupt unit at a Dec. 1 meeting, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks aren’t public. Directors could opt to keep Saab, as they did earlier this month in scrapping the sale of the Opel division in Germany, the person said.

Today’s pullout by Koenigsegg, which said it ran out of time to complete a deal, is the third brand sale to falter since GM’s July 10 bankruptcy exit. GM backed out of the Opel sale to a group led by Magna International Inc., and Penske Automotive Group Inc. withdrew in September from a plan to buy Saturn.

“What this indicates is it’s a pretty tough car market,” said Jim Hall, a principal at consultant 2953 Analytics in Birmingham, Michigan. While Detroit-based GM cut liabilities in the U.S. while in Chapter 11, “in Europe it’s a whole other story because they didn’t get this similar cleansing.”

GM began getting indications of a possible snag over the weekend, and Koenigsegg’s board decided yesterday to back away, the person said.

The Swedish company had sought to obtain in advance all 400 million euros ($600 million) of financing approved by the European Investment Bank, while the lender planned to disburse the funds in tranches, said a second person who was familiar with those negotiations.

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