Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 21:37:29 -0500
From: "Tex" <texnospamm101.org>
Subject: Re: Saab looking to stay with GM


"Paul Halliday" <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote in message news:BFEDDEEF.16F3D%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk... > in article lMidnStxcrzYKFreRVn-pQnospamast.com, Tex at texnospamm101.org > wrote > on 13/01/2006 14:12: > Do we know any interested parties, for definite? I have heard that BMW and > Porsche were "interested", but I am more inclined to believe the story I > heard about Renault/Volvo being a more likely candidate. > > What have you read, or heard about, Tex? The only rumored news clips I've read recently focused only on Renault (not Volvo). But this is not a likely scenario. Saabs largest foreign market is North America...where there exists a general disdain for French cars. IMHO, a more likely scenario, albeit less appealing, is one in which GM would sell off what is left of Saab to a Chinese manufacturer. Whoever purchases Saab would have to assume the burden of actually manufacturing the cars...as they won't be able to use Russelheim, unless done under contract. I suppose Trollhatten could be used, but would most likely require revamping for the new epsilon 2 platform (the designs for which GM would most likely have to include as part of any sale). Or of course the chinese maufacturers own facility. - tex

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