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

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by .


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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Saab Automobile Featured In Business Week’s 20 Most Important Innovations Over The Next 10 Years

Posted on 04. Jun, 2009 by .


Photo Credit: Saab History

Saab Automobile, the most innovative automobile company over the past century, has been featured in Business Week. The first pre-production Saab ever, the SAAB 92001, also known as “Ursaab” is the prominent featured photo of this article about innovation, a great start by a long and respected leader in its industry, Saab Automobile.

I encourage you to take a look at the article, although outside of the photo, no other Saab content was written. However, I do suggest taking a look at all of Saab Automobile’s legendary innovations over the years here on Saab History as well.

I am still mesmerized by the title “20 Most Important Innovations over the next 10 years”. Where do you think Saab Automobile will fall in those categories, will they have more than one? If so, what do you think they will be? Comments are open.

Innovation from Recession

BusinessWeek asked several futurists, including Futurist.com’s Glen Hiemstra, consultant David Zach, and author Howard Rheingold, to describe what they’d like to see arise from the current downturn. Notably, our experts didn’t think of innovation merely in terms of products or services. These ideas will change the way humans interact with the earth — and with each other.

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The Saab Automobile AB Management Board

Posted on 19. Feb, 2009 by .


The Saab Automobile AB Management board are deciding Saab’s future in their discussions with General Motors & the Swedish Government. I am interested in what became of the meeting because those results would presumably set the direction for Saab’s process towards financial as well as organizational independence from General Motors.

cph.jpgThe individuals that this board consist of their chairman, Carl-Peter Forster as well as the rest of the management board of Saab Automobile AB.

I am wondering if Percy Barnevik who resigned from GM’s Management board earlier this month, is a consultant to this board now or is he totally retired?

In the meantime, here is the Management Board for your reference.


Jan Ã…ke Jonsson Managing Director of Saab Automobile
Kjell Bergström Managing Director, CEO of General Motors Powertrain Sweden
Executive Director, Advanced Engineering, General Motors Powertrain Europe
Jürgen Burghardt Executive Director Manufacturing
Johan Formgren Director Saab Global Aftersales
Eric Geers Director Communications
Kristina Geers General Counsel, Saab Automobile AB
Lars Hägerborg Finance Director, Saab Automobile AB
Martin Larsson Director GME Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
Jörgen Nylén Vehicle Line Director
Simon Padian Director Design
Allan Rothlind Director Personnel
Steve Shannon General Manager of Saab USA
Jonathan Nash, Managing Director, Saab Great Britain Limited
Knut Simonsson Executive Director Global Brand & Sales Operations, Saab
HÃ¥kan Skarin CIO Information Systems & Services
Anders Svensson Vehicle Line Director

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