Yesterday evening a friend called me and asked what the Indian prospect for Saab was. Indian prospective More fun then, I told him after reading the text on Saabsunited, that was a typical Victor Muller story again.
Because these texts sounded familiar and the choice of words like “... we know it, but we are not allowed to say it ...” I had read over and over again over the past few months. I seem to have been right with my spontaneous answer. The prospect's lawyer is ex-Antonov spokesman Lars Carström. This is exactly the reason why the bankruptcy trustee canceled the meeting at short notice after making sure that it was “the Carlström”. Lars Carlström has built a certain reputation in Sweden since he leaned very far out of the window for Antonov.
If there really is a prospective customer from India who does not come from the corner of two friends Antonov and Muller, then he has chosen his lawyer very badly. More likely, however, is that in fact the new prospect comes from the supposed corner, this is also the primary communication on Saabsunited. Unfortunately, in the recent past, with all the good intentions, has become the mouthpiece of certain interests again and again. The friends on Saabsunited will hopefully forgive me for that remark.
Frankly, I've heard too many fantastic announcements in the past few months and I've gotten quite suspicious. Because sooner or later all announcements vanished into thin air, I just think of the announced liberation, also known as “The Deal”.
Good, sponge over it. I prefer to stick to facts that come firsthand. The fact that there are legitimate prospects is not the question, also that the bankruptcy trustees are now cautiously optimistic, is known.
They are European, Swedish and Asian bidders for Saab, and Trollhättan does not look that bad. Many jobs will probably be saved, and the factory halls in Stallbacka will not be empty in the future.
But that still does not mean that in the future there will be automobile construction in Trollhättan as we knew it. The Turkish prospect, for example, primarily wants to start car manufacturing in their own country and under a new name with Saab Technik. But there are also buyers who want to revive the Saab name ...
Our friends from Detroit spoke again at the end of the year. GM will check every offer, you hear from the US. Whatever that is supposed to tell us.
The cautious positive signals currently outweigh. But it's all about Trollhattan, the jobs and the future of the region. Only secondarily to the Saab brand.
Let's stay calm as usual. Let's put our expectations on a realistic, slightly lower level. Because then we can only be pleasantly surprised.