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Saab Automobile, Spyker & Swedish Government Surprised As To Why Talks Broke Down, GM Remains Silent

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Scanpix / Adam Ihse (From Left: Saab’s CEO Jan-Åke Jonsson, Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson (C) and Secretary of State Joran Hagglund (C)

Sweden’s E24 covers the Press Conference that took place out in front of the Saab Automobile factory today in Trollhättan, Sweden.

From the sounds of it, there appears to be some surprise by Saab Automobile, Spyker and the Swedish Government. I guess they are all surprised because GM just dumped this on them today without any prior notice, even though they actually had until December 31st.

No one is letting the reason out about why the talks broke down today at all. We need to know and the news media will get to the bottom of it.

Here’s the piece.

2009-12-18 | Posted 15:38 | Updated 17:25

“We are very disappointed by this decision. There are many of us that wear and tear in recent months. And we thought we were well under way,” says Saab Automobile Managing Director Jan-Ake Jonsson.

Saab Automobile Managing Director Jan-Ake Jonsson is both disappointed and surprised that GM so early here that has taken the decision to close Saab.

We are surprised that GM has the final decision to liquidate and close down. I think we had come a long way with Spyker Group. The Agreement with BAIC, we also strengthened our cash and would theoretically be able to operate properly for a while, “says managing director Jan-Ake Jonsson during the afternoon press conference.

– Now we await news from GM on how it sees this settlement. It is too early to say exactly what will happen. But there is no bankruptcy or liquidation, but a settlement that will take place in an orderly manner.

– We have a stock of cars and it is important that we get the revenue to pay our debts, “he says, too.

At the same time “says John Smith, chief negotiator for GM, the goal is to close down as soon as possible.

In place in Trollhättan is also Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson and press secretary Joran Hagglund. Earlier in the day, the government pursued talks with Saab’s leadership, the union and the municipality.

As late as this morning was sitting government, GM and Spyker in the negotiations in Stockholm. There was also this morning as Maud Olofsson was told that GM intends to close Saab.

– But we were already indications of the night, “she said during the press conference.

Both Jan-Ake Jonsson and Olofsson says that it is possible that certain activities within the Saab could possibly survive in Trollhättan.

– We have many assets, not least the staff expertise, “said Jan-Ake Jonsson.

Maud Olofsson also fits that target specific criticism of Saab owners of GM.

– It seems that the GM’s side could have done more for Saab over all these years. And you should not forget the GM’s responsibility in this. They must show responsibility for their employees. How it is done may be a discussion about the negotiations with union representatives, “she says.

While she can not see how the government could have acted differently.

– We have worked to strengthen the research side. We have invested in infrastructure and helped with training. Our role is to create a climate that allows automakers that want to be here. We have also assured us that the Employment Service have enough resources and given additional resources to higher education, to vocational training and to the municipality.

Saab’s closure will not only affect Saab’s approximately 3 500 employees. According to a study Growth Board has previously done, as many as 8 000 jobs in Västra Götaland disappear when Saab closure.

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Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson Responds

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson Responds to the news media today about GM closing Saab, according to TTELA.

Jonsson believed in success

Trollhättan Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson, who as far maintained their optimism, looked somewhat browbeaten out when he carried out the interview after interview.

– Of course I am very disappointed. It’s been an incredible concentration over a long period. When not in case it is not a positive situation, I will not hide from.

He was convinced that everything was going to go without a hitch.

– All this kind of negotiation goes through peaks and valleys. It succeeds in some things and some fail. We’ve made progress every day. Now we move on from here.

Saab CEO has no answer to when the plant closes or when the employee is terminated.

– We need a directive from GM. It is GM that has made its transparency and, in their way, there are no preconditions to implement this. And instead of picking up any other option decides to GM settlement.

Has the last car was built?

– GM has decided to phase out and that means not going to be built Saabs here. While we wait for precise directives so is still my opinion that the liquidation of a business man so it ends.

How lengthy decommissioning will not know Jan Åke Jonsson.

– I think it is too early to judge exactly what the final outcome will be. There are a variety of assets in the company, operations can continue in another form in order to support the automotive industry. It may evolve over the next few weeks.

What should employees do after the Christmas break?

– I do not know for sure, but we are sitting on a lot of material in the factory and it would be wrong not to build the cars, because I think they have a great value. But it is something we can analyze in the coming days.

Will someone buy the new 9-5.

– It is too early to predict. We’ve built 30-35 units in the current situation and I do not know what will happen to them.

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Saab Automobile To Unveil Another Concept Car?

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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Saab Automobile to unveil a new concept car? This is the headline that hit the news media today according to Edmunds Inside line.

Apparently, this concept, will define the new Saab. This makes me wonder though, if this new concept defines the new Saab, what are the 9-X Air, 9-X BioHybrid, 9-4x BioPower, 9-5 BioPower e100, 9-3 BioPower Hybrid Convertible and Aero-X doing? I thought all of these previous concept cars were built to define the new Saab, so the question is, how will this new edition to the concept car lineup be so significantly different that it defines the future of Saab?

Anyone want to guess at the name of the new concept car model designation?

Here’s the piece below by Edmunds Inside line.

Saab’s Next Concept Expected To Be a New Small Car

Published Nov 5, 2009t

TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden — Saab is working on a new concept car — believed to be a new small model — that will “define the new Saab,” says Director of Global Operations Knut Simonsson. “It’s going to be very important and will indicate what the Saab message is going to be.”

The concept, which will appear within the next 12 months, will take Saab into a segment in which it is not currently present, although Simonsson would not be drawn out on what that would be. However, it is thought that the company is once again considering a smaller model, positioned beneath its aging 9-3.

But a new small Saab is a long way off right now, as the company regroups following its yet-to-be finalized breakaway from General Motors. More pressing, in product terms, is the need to replace the 9-3, although that’s a good three years away. Between then and next spring’s 9-5 launch, we will see a Combi version of the 9-5 with a tailgate and the Mexican built 9-4X SUV launched.

The 9-3 replacement, which was originally to have been built on a shortened version of the GM Epsilon platform that the 9-5 rides on, may be built on a Saab-derived platform that uses the front-end structure of the Alfa Romeo 159, which at one time Saab worked on with the Italian company as part of a failed cooperative venture.

In the near future, Saab is busy consolidating its activities around its Trollhättan factory. The production line for the 9-5 is currently being lifted and shifted from Opel’s Rüsselsheim factory in Germany, where it was originally to have been built, an exercise requiring the movement of 56 truckloads of machinery, says Simonsson.

He adds that the split from GM has delayed the launch of the 9-5, “which we really had to fight for,” by six months.

The company is also transferring production of the 9-3 Cabrio, currently made by Magna in Graz, Austria, to Trollhättan as well. Further out, Simonsson talks enthusiastically about what he calls the “electrification of the turbo,” which can be interpreted as the development of a hybrid model using bespoke Saab technology.

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