Is it pure speculation, out of thin air, the fixed idea of the editor of a regional newspaper who - tired yesterday at 22 p.m. - published an article? The short contribution comes from Osnabrück, the location of Karmann. Karmann, a traditional car smithy of yesteryear, was only recently saved from the “end” by the Wolfsburgers. Fascinating cars like the Karmann Ghia were designed and built in Osnabrück.
Is Saab the next brand of Wolfsburg? The new Osnabrücker Zeitung, OZ, writes a short article about our favorite Swedes. The last sentence, however, has it all.
New OZ: Comment on Sweden
Osnabrück (ots) - The danger lurks in Asia
Now it gets really serious. The current crisis at Saab is about much more than the wages of one of Europe's smallest automakers. In Sweden, the battle for the European car market could begin. With sales of General Motors in the US and Volkswagen in Europe seemingly reaching the limits of growth, all major automakers are looking to Asia. Not only are new sales records being reported there. In Asia, new auto giants are also emerging, which could become a serious threat to Volkswagen.
Previously almost completely unknown automakers such as Zheijang Youngman Lotus have in recent years of the economic boom in China almost unnoticed to financially strong corporations developed that want to finally secure a piece of the high-revenue European car market. This knowledge should have driven Volkswagen to think during the constant Gezerres at Opel about a participation in the Russelsheimern. VW obviously feared the entry of the Chinese.
The crisis in the sleazy Sweden opens up a new opportunity for Asians to gain a foothold in Europe and become a threat to Volkswagen. This can only prevent VW, if the Wolfsburg Saab help with their own money, surprisingly, that would not happen.
Speculation? Wishful thinking? Is the editor about to drive Saab? Or do you have information in Osnabrück which we do not know? Who likes can call in the OZ Radaktion: Phone: 0541 / 310 207.