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BAIC Visits Saab Factory To See Technology & Engineering

Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by .

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Trollhattan’s TTELA indicates that BAIC‘s CEO, Wang Dazong has visited the Saab Factory this week to see the technology and the engineering.

During this visit, Dazong has indicated that his company wants something in return for their investment stake with Koenigsegg Group. This “something in return”, now appears to be technology, engineering and intellectual property rights.

So the question here is how will this interest in Saab technology & engineering differ from the program that Saab had with GM? Why can’t BAIC just get a tiny fraction of all car sales in return for their financial support?

Below is the TTELA report loosely translated from Google Translate.

BAIC examines Saab Technology
Trollhättan Employees from China Beijing Auto has been at Saab in Trollhattan in once a week. On Thursday was CEO there.
Purpose: See if there is technology to buy the company’s manufacturing operations in China.

– They are so far very pleased with what they’ve seen, “says Kjell ac Bergstrom, CEO of Saab’s subsidiary Powertrain Sweden, to TT.

Beijing Automotive Industry, which shortened BAIC, the Chinese company to invest money, probably billions, of Koenigsegg Group is to buy the Saab Automobile from General Motors.

The company has promised a minority stake in Koenigsegg Group, but to get the letter of intent to mature into a definitive agreement with spices Koenigsegg Saab Technologies.

– BAIC is prepared to invest what is needed, but want to get something in return. They have not gone into this just because it’s fun to support Trollhättan, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

Want to buy everything

He confirms that BAIC, Geely Automobile and Chinese, were among the 20 different stakeholders in the spring, wanted to buy the entire Saab. The first time the company representatives were visiting in April.

This time, BAIC employee looked closely at what makes Powertrain, namely powertrains including engines, but they have also been examined including the production and marketing department.

– Most interested are the intellectual property rights. They want to see what Saab has for technology that can be used in their own production, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

CEO Visit

On the way home from the Motor Show in Frankfurt was CEO Wang Dazong to Trollhattan on Thursday to coordinate how the work goes.

BAIC, which is owned by Beijing Municipality, currently produces primarily vehicles on behalf of established brands as Hyundai and Mercedes. The goal is to grow significantly.

– In order to be able to develop its own brand, the access rights from a manufacturer like Saab, who can sell the licenses, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

GM and Saab are still negotiating about the technology Saab owns. It’s just that the Chinese will see. In addition, Saab has taken a lot of precautions.

– They may not take any photos, nor make any copies, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

He is, like, the management of Saab and Koenigsegg Group, warmly welcoming BAIC.

– The company feels very stable, with a leadership that has experience in Western automotive businesses, “he says.

TT

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Saab History Interviews Mats Hilmersson, Director of Hybrid Engineering At Saab Automobile AB

Posted on 24. Mar, 2009 by .

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I have recently interviewed Mats Hilmersson, Director of Hybrid Engineering at Saab Automobile AB with some quick questions about what he does and what’s going on within the hybrid engineering department.

His succinct response about the future of hybrid engineering at Saab Automobile helps us think about the future, following the previous information from the former director Mats Reimark.

A thank you to Mats Hilmersson for his time in sharing a bit about his role and the future of Hybrid Engineering at Saab Automobile AB.

Saab History: How and when did you start working at Saab Automobile AB?

Mats Hilmersson: January 1998. Engine development.

Saab History: What you currently do for Saab Automobile AB when it comes to Hybrid Development & Engineering?

Mats Hilmersson: I’m the department manager for Hybrid Engineering at GM Powertrain Sweden AB.

Saab History: What hybrid projects are you working on, what and when would we expect to see them?

Mats Hilmersson: We do Pre-Development engineering activities within GM Powertrain’s hybrid pre-development projects. We work with different variants of GM’s exisiting technology and the next generation of hybrid systems. Concerning expectations regarding projects to the market I have to refer to the GM Information department.

Saab History: What kind of inspiration and positive news can you provide my readers about the future of Saab Hybrid products?

Mats Hilmersson: Saab will meet customer expectations regarding the future hybrid roll out. Saab is dedicated to the Responsible Performance statement and that includes a clear step towards next generation powertrains where the hybrid variants are vital. I’m confident that Saab will convince, I know it, since I’m in the middle of the technology development.

Saab History: Anything else you would like to share with the readers on Saab History?

Mats Hilmersson:
It’s interesting to see the trends in the industry slowly turning towards the traditional Saab value down-sized engines with supercharging in order to reduce engine friction losses and thus reduce fuel consumption. It’s good to be able to stay on a winning path rather than having to change to it. The downsizing and hybridization works very well together, good for us!

I look forward to your response and thank you for your responses.

Mvh,

Regards
/Mats

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