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Saab History Wishes You A Happy Holidays!

Posted on 24. Dec, 2009 by .

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Credit: Classic Car Prints

I want to send a strong holiday cheer to all of the strong employees and dealers at Saab Automobile and all over the globe that have been working hard to ensure that there is a bright future for the company.

I also want to express my gratitude to all of the media that have done a stellar job at reporting on Saab over the last week, you have certainly learned a lot about this company and as you know, there is much more to learn from them in the coming years.

Lastly, I have to express my sincere appreciation to all of the Saab owners and enthusiasts out there that have gone above and beyond once again to send a message that this company must live on.

I am very thankful to be associated with such a deserved group of individuals that together, support such an impressive company over the years.

I am hopeful that the news next week about the future of the company is positive and results in many more holidays to celebrate together.

Happy Holidays,

Ryan


Happy Holidays & Gott Nytt Ar!

Saab History

Ryan Emge, Editor, Historian & Promoter

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GM Posts New Statement Regarding Saab Negotiations

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Exactly a week ago, GM released a statement regarding Saab negotiations. Today, they have posted a new statement indicating that there have been inquiries made to them expressing interest in Saab’s assets both in part and in full.

Here is their updated statement:

December 8th, 2009

As we said last week, we have and continue to receive expressions of interest in Saab since negotiations concluded with Koenigsegg Group AB. These latest inquiries range from interest in part of Saab’s assets to interest in all of Saab’s assets. Since these discussions are confidential and ongoing, we will have no further comment unless or until a decision is reached and the parties are ready to announce.

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Tom Wilkinson
Tel: 313-667-0366
Mobile: 313-378-6233
tom.wilkinson@gm.com

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Victor R. Muller, CEO Of Spyker Cars Interviewed On Video

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Victor R. Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars has been recently interviewed exclusively by the auto channel about their interest in Saab Automobile..

Here are a few pieces from their editorial about the interview they had with Mr. Muller.

Muller said that he was pleasantly surprised to get the GM call and honored that GM choose Spyker to try and make a deal to save Saab. “But the time span is very short,” says Muller, “We will have to come to terms, before the end of this month.”

Muller is an admirer of the Swedish brand and personally would be really sad, if it would not survice. “It is a good company, with good and honest people, and most important the new 9-5 is a gorgeous car.”

He says he has no information on any new model, except for what was published in the media. Upon an earlier question of a TV-host, if he would have been interested if the car manufacturer was an Italian or French company, his answer was a quick: “Most probably not. We are northern Europeans and we have the same characters, life styles and feelings. There definitely is a match between the Dutch and Scandinavian people.”

Upon my question if he is talking to the Swedish government, he said that would be eminent. But the Swedes have already announced that they will not bail out Saab with tax payer money. “That is something we do not need,” Muller says, “But of course there are issues that we will have to address together.”

Let’s wait see if a Flying Dutchman will be given a chance by the General to succeed in saving a Viking

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Spyker Cars Visits Saab Headquarters In Sweden

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Sebastian LaMotte / TTELA

Spyker Cars have been noticed visiting Saab Automobile’s headquarters in Trollhattan Sweden yesterday, according to TTELA.

It looks like the group from Spyker were getting a tour of the facilities while meeting with Saab Automobile leadership including Jörgen Nylén who drove them in a Saab 9-3x

I am really hoping that Spyker cars can seal the deal and fast.

Spyker cars visited Saab

TROLLHÄTTAN Here is picture proof that the Dutch Spyker Cars is one of the stakeholders who are still in the picture to buy Saab. Yesterday, the company was on a visit to Trollhattan to take a closer look at Saab.

It has been speculated frequently in recent days about the stakeholders who is still in discussions to buy Saab, and which ones have fallen away.

Koenigsegg Group’s defection opened for new entrants. Such is the Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker Cars, which in early December came in as a new hot candidate to take over Saab.

As TTELA said last week, Spyker has confirmed on its website that its major shareholder Convers Group in the back, negotiating with GM to buy Saab.

And Spyker Cars is demonstrably still under discussion. For last Tuesday, while the Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson (C) and Minister for Employment, Sven Otto Littorin (M) held a press conference in City Hall Trollhättan, were representatives from Spyker Cars arrive at the Saab Car Museum in conjunction with representatives from Saab’s leadership.

One of them was Hans Go, Controller and Board of Spyker, who stepped out of a car driven by Jörgen Nylen. Probably got Spyker Cars is the same review of Saab as a dozen other stakeholders, including the Koenigsegg Group, received last spring.

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Spyker Cars Official Statement On Interest In Saab

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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This press release may be about a week old, but for all intents and purposes it is important to showcase Spyker’s official interest in Saab Automobile for the record as indicated on their website.

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News Release

STATEMENT SPYKER CARS ON INTEREST IN SAAB

ZEEWOLDE, The Netherlands (December 2, 2009) – In response to market enquiries, Spyker Cars confirms that it, together with its shareholder Convers Group, has expressed
an interest in Saab Automobile AB. If and when we are able to comment further, we will do so but we are unable to provide more information at this time.

-Ends-

Note for the media, not for publication

For high resolution images please visit the gallery on our website www.spykercars.com

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Swedish Minister Maud Olofsson Visits Saab In Trollhattan

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Swedish Minister, Maud Olofsson is visiting Saab in Trollhattan today according to TTELA

The last time she visited Saab in their home town was back on February 23rd, the day after the company filed for reconstruction, which ended up lasting six-months. […]

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Saab Sighting Of The Week: Saab Enthusiast’s 9000 Aero

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

I frequently see Saabs throughout the Portland, Maine region, but this past weekend was quite a rare occurrence.

soc2008.jpgThis week’s Saab sighting of the week, is none other than a 1996 Saab 9000 Aero. This Saab sighting was not just another person’s transportation, it was clearly owned by an enthusiast. It was a nice sign to randomly see a Saab with Connecticut plates touting both a 2008 Saab Owners Convention sticker in the rear window as well as an Aero emblem on the hood.

By sharing this information here on Saab History, we can hope that the rightful owner of this car can give us some more insight into their interest and passion for the Saab Automobile brand.

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Jan-Willem Vester (1958-2009)

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Jan-Willem Vester, former Manager, Saab Automobile USA Corporate Communications has passed away today at the age of 51 after a prolonged illness.

A colleague, friend and my first contact when I started Saab History, Jan-Willem Vester has been greatly missed ever since he departed the Saab community earlier this year, and will be forever remembered by family, friends and colleagues.

Jan-Willem’s life began as a young child growing up in the Netherlands with a family that worked in the automotive industry. His Father, worked as as a teacher at a local automotive school and owned a number of family vehicles such as the Peugeot 404 and 504. It was during this time, that Jan-Willem’s interest and curiosity continued in this industry where he began visiting a local auto museum in the area. It was after a number of visits to this museum, which ran numerous films that he first encountered a Saab 96 with legendary rally champion, Erik Carlsson at the Safari Rally.

As he got older, his interest and curiosity about the Saab continued even though his region was effectively split up into only two automotive enthusiasts’ camps, the BMW or the Alfa-Romeo. It made Jan-Willem wonder if there could be something like an even smarter go-between. In his travels around his neighborhood following that first taste of a Saab on film, he began noticing more Saabs in real life such as a bright white ’72 Saab 99 and an orange ’73 Combi Coupe, owned by a local architect. And so the fascination for Saab continued. […]

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