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Saab Automobile AB Appoints New Sales Director

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile AB has just appointed Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director of Sales.

Saab Automobile Appoints New Sales Director

* Experienced automotive senior executive joins Saab
* Responsible for Saab’s global sales operations
* Recruited to optimize sales including three new products in the next 16 months

Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

Hallmark joins Saab’s senior management team from Volkswagen, where he was Executive Director of Asia, responsible for operations in 50 markets, including China and Japan. He takes up his new position with immediate effect and will be based at Saab’s headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden, where he will report directly to Saab Automobile President and CEO, Jan Åke Jonsson.

Hallmark assumes responsibility for Saab’s global sales operations from Knut Simonsson, who retains the position of Executive Director, Brand and Marketing.

“Saab is embarking on a new era as an independent company and I am delighted to be joining the management team at such an exciting time,” said Hallmark. “With three new products about to be launched and a re-energized dealer network in place, I look forward to building sales volumes and reinforcing the brand’s presence in major markets around the world.”

Announcing the appointment, Jan Åke Jonsson said: “I am very pleased to welcome Adrian to our senior management team. His broad range of experience makes him ideally suited to this role and I am confident he will add significant value as we start to regain our position in various markets and further grow the Saab business.” He continued: “Over the next 16 months we will be launching three new products – the 9-5 Sedan, the 9-4X and the 9-5 SportCombi – Adrian’s contribution will be vital in optimizing the sales of these exciting new products.”

Hallmark is a former Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB Ltd and has also been responsible for Bentley’s global sales, marketing and PR activities. He served as Executive Vice President Volkswagen of America Inc, based in Detroit, before taking up his position as Executive Director of Asia.

Contact:
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

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"Save Saab" Event In San Francisco, California Friday

Posted on 25. Jan, 2010 by .

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There will be a “SAVE SAAB” event in San Francisco, California this Friday.

Here are the details below as e-mailed to Saab History today.

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WHAT: SAVE SAAB RALLY AT SF CITY HALL FRIDAY JANUARY 29 at NOON

The Rally consists of Saab owners circling City Hall between Noon-1pm to displaying their save saab signs and honking their SAAB horns to show solidarity with SAAB. We will also have speakers at the East City Hall entrance beginning at 12:30pm. We expect to be colorful and passionate.

WHEN: Friday January 29 NOON San Francisco City Hall

CONTACT: Bram Goodwin @ 415-505-3686, email bram@embarcaderoauto.com

LINKS WITH RALLY INFORMATION: Embarcadero Automotive Web Site: www.embarcaderoauto.com, Embarcadero Automotive on Twitter: https://twitter.com/savesaab
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Saab’s Goteborg & Stockholm Offices Consolidated

Posted on 01. Sep, 2009 by .

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TTELA reports this morning that Saab Automobile’s Göteborg & Stockholm offices are to be consolidated.

The Göteborg office for Saab Automobile AB has 125 people in it and it is near Mölnlycke/Pixbo area close to the airport. In this office, the marketing, sales and design staff are located.

Saab Automobile AB Sales, Marketing & Design – Kvarnbacken 2, 43542 Mölnlycke, Sweden‎ – 031-354 00 00‎

The Stockholm, Sweden office is basically a GM Nordic office with about 25 peolpe in it, and so that will be rightfully consolidated to Trollhattan, Sweden as well.

General Motors Norden AB Årstaängsv. 17 11743 Stockholm, Sweden 08-632 85 00

These two offices will be relocated to Trollhättan, Sweden as a continued consolidation and centralization of everything Saab to where it all began.

It’ll be nice to hear that there will be a new separate design facility in Trollhattan. I wonder if this will be utilizing the existing former site of the “Saab Advanced Concept Center” that is located near the Saab Car Museum?

Here’s the piece from TTELA.


Saab Automobile in Trollhättan only

Trollhättan Saab Automobile concentrating all its activities to Trollhättan, reported Dagens Industri.

Offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg closed, but all the staff offered to move with. In total, 150 people.

Concerned departments in the Gothenburg area is the marketing department who had an office in Gothenburg and parts of the design department in Pixbo, Mölnlycke outside.

– We will include building a separate, new capacity Design in Trollhattan, “said Eric Geers, Communications Director at Saab Autommobile.

Saab has also taken on a new charge of sales in Sweden. Former Director Patrik Riese ended a few weeks ago and went to Volkswagen. Instead, many old Saab employee Kjell-Ake Eriksson, responsible for sales in Sweden.

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Saab History Welcomes Tynan’s Saab As Sponsor

Posted on 22. Jul, 2009 by .

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It is an honor to welcome Tynan’s Saab of Fort Collins, Colorado as a sponsor of Saab History. Tynan’s Saab, dedicated and locally owned Saab dealership, also a sponsor of the 2009 Saab Owners Convention, also in Colorado is excited about the future of Saab with Koenigsegg behind the wheel.

After many years trying to acquire the Saab franchise, please give it up for Tynan’s Saab for their 10-year anniversary this month as a Saab dealership!
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Fiat Group’s President, Sergio Marchionne To Present Plan Of Large European Car Company With Chrysler, GM Europe

Posted on 03. May, 2009 by .

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The Financial Times Reports that Fiat is planning on presenting a plan to create a large european car company with Chrysler and General Motors Europe to transform the automotive landscape.

It finally looks like what I heard about a long time ago, may be going through with Fiat & General Motors Europe’s new group.

The question at this time is, what does that mean for Saab Automobile as well given that they are still currently part of General Motors Europe?

Here are some excerpts from the column.

Sergio Marchionne, Fiat chief executive, is on Monday due to outline plans to transform the global automotive landscape by spinning off Fiat’s core cars division, joining it with Chrysler and General Motors Europe, and creating a new publicly traded European car company.

Mr Marchionne wants Italy’s largest industrial group to separate Fiat Auto from its other divisions, join them with Opel / Vauxhall, Saab, and GM’s other European operations, and Fiat’s stake in Chrysler to create a company with about €80bn ($106bn) of revenues and sales of 6m-7m vehicles a year – second to Toyota, more than Renault / Nissan or Ford Motor, or GM itself, and roughly as many as Volkswagen.

Mr Marchionne had spoken of spinning off Fiat Auto from the group’s Iveco trucks, CNH farm and construction equipment, and Ferrari / Maserati luxury divisions as long ago as 2004.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Marchionne said: “From an engineering and industrial point of view, this is a marriage made in heaven”.

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What Chinese Auto Companies Are Interested in Saab?

Posted on 11. Mar, 2009 by .

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General Tso Meets Karl Gustav, Continued.

I want to take this opportunity to revisit the “what if” scenario that is to say, if Saab Automobile is considered by a Chinese Automobile company.

There has been some recent news about two of the six major players in the Chinese Auto Company, those being Dongfeng & Geely that relate to prospects other than Saab, so this could potentially reduce to candidates.

Right now, it appears that the Dongfeng Motor Company’s Chinese Defense Contractor is interested in acquiring GM’s Hummer Division and rightfully so. This defense contractor, is the same company that has been making Hummer knock-off’s for years, now they may have the opportunity to do it legitimately for once.

Geely Automotive on the other hand, also may have a chance with Ford’s Volvo car division, as they have expressed interest recently according to the Wall Street Journal and other sources.

This potentially leaves four of the six top companies that one could speculate, could put in bids for Saab Automobile AB.

These companies are Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) , Chery Automotive, Chang´an Automobile and FAW.

SAIC, who we heard about back in 2005, who have had close ties with GM partnerships over the years, interesting.

We also have Chery, who purchased rights to build Fiat Group cars back in 2007 and I could see a connection here given Saab used to work with Fiat on the 600 and 9000 models some years ago.

Then we have Chang´an Automobile who sell KIA, who was a mentioned as a potential candidate back in December.

Finally, we have FAW who has close ties with Volkswagen and Toyota, yet no connections can be made with this company at this point as it would be too much of a stretch.

While there are a number of other Chinese Automobile manufacturers in China, these are the top 4 out of 6 companies that would or could be capable of such an acquisition that I listed above, all else are small players in their home market and throughout the world.

So after visiting any of the remaining four companies websites here that I have hyperlinked here, which of these would be the best as Saab Automobile AB’s potential buyer and why?

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PSA Peugeot Citroen Is Not Merging With Fiat Nor Saab

Posted on 05. Jan, 2009 by .

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According to Sweden’s Expression Magazine,World car Fans, and Automotive News Europe, Fiat is planning on merging with PSA Peugeot & Citroen to be the 4th largest automotive company in the world alongside Renault-Nissan, behind Toyota, GM & Ford.

So why does this matter for Saab Automobile? Well, historically, FIAT was originally going to be Saab’s owner in December of 1989 before GM came in and took control of the discussions to become the new owner.

Fast forward to the future, Saab Automobile is looking for a new buyer and GM is giving them just under three months to complete this process. We were hoping that since FIAT has been looking for an automotive company partner, many were hopeful that that would be Saab Automobile. That partner is not Saab, but PSA Peugeot & Citroen

What does this mean that Saab Automobile? Do we check FIAT and PSA off the list, leaving just BMW as the remaining possibility, since TATA Motors has provided an official announcement stating they are not interested in acquiring Saab? Before we jump to these conclusions, I have sent a note to my contacts at FIAT & PSA to confirm this story and to ask again about their prospects with Saab Automobile as well, so we’ll see what they have to say, then we’ll go from there.

Update: Here are the official responses from both sides of PSA (Peugeot & Citroen) as well as Fiat shown with their permission, indicating that there is no merger with Fiat Nor with Saab taking place at all from both sides of the company:

Dear Mr Emge,

Following your email, I confirm you that PSA Peugeot Citroën has no current plan concerning any merger. The Group is focused on day-to-day business, facing in particular such important challenges as reducing inventories and keeping a solid financial situation.

Yours sincerely,

Laurent CICOLELLA
PSA Peugeot Citroën
Corporate Communications


Dear Sir,
Even if we have a long time comitment with Fiat Group on LCVs, we have no intention of merging with Fiat… or with Saab !
We are focusing on developping our two brands (Peugeot and Citroën) and adapting ourselves to leave the crisis stronger than we enter it.

Regards

Jean-Marc SARRET
PSA Peugeot Citroën
Direction de la communication

Dear Ryan,
It’s our Company’s policy not to comment rumors and speculations.
Once again, thank you for your interest in Fiat Group’s activities.
Best regards.

Gualberto Ranieri
VP, Comm’s, Int’l, FIAT GROUP
250 v. Nizza – 10126 Torino, Italy

In the meantime, here is the story from Sweden’s Expression, loosely translated:

Earlier, it has speculated that Fiat, Opel and Saab will make common cause on General Motors forced to sell both its European brands.

But this weekend revealed a business newspaper based in Milan that the Fiat looking future partners elsewhere.
Need strong partner

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne said already last week that he believes in a major restructuring of the automobile and that in the future will be only a total of six manufacturers. Marchionne sa också att Fiat behöver en stark partner för att överleva lågkonjunkturen Marchionne also said that Fiat needs a strong partner to survive the recession

Large Group

According to Milano Finanza, Italy’s president Silvio Berlusconi had discussions with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Together, Fiat / Peugeot / Citroen to become the world’s fourth-largest producer after Toyota, General Motors and Ford but ahead of Volkswagen and Renault / Nissan. On Wednesday hits Fiat’s largest shareholders, John Elkan in the company IFI, Berlusconi and under the financial magazine, a future major automotive be high on the day the order. Can Fiat together with Peugeot / Citroen leave Saab and Opel, but a major European partner.

Source: Expression

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Would Saab Automobile’s Former Owner Investor AB, Invest Again in Saab?

Posted on 08. Dec, 2008 by .

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Investor AB is the company business of the Wallenberg family that owns roughly 2/3rd of Sweden’s economy.

This company used to own Saab for years, and ended up selling half of them in December of 1989, then all of them again in 2000. Furthermore, Investor AB also recently sold their last remaining stake of SCANIA, Saab’s former partner (1969-1989) to Volkswagen in March.

Since Saab Automobile has been shopping for investors, I wonder if Investor AB would be one of those “investors” that may be interested in potentially supporting Saab?

I have gone ahead and asked Investor AB and here is their official response, unfortunately we won’t know much, but at least we have their position about not commenting.

Ryan,

Our official position is that we cannot comment on whether we are interested in becoming an owner of Saab Auto (or any other car manufacturer) or not. Our name regularly comes up in different rumors and speculations so we have to stick to this principle.

Best regards,

Fredrik

Fredrik Lindgren
Head of Corporate Communications

Investor AB
Stockholm, Sweden

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