The mystery of the unknown delegation seems to have been solved. A Swedish friend said it was the Mahindra & Mahindra delegation that had been in Sweden since last week. Mahindra is one of the secret favorites in the bidding race, the company has a good reputation and excellent financial strength. For Mahindra, it's not just about buying a European automaker. It's about more, it's about the image.
Because competitor Tata had beaten Mahindra a few years ago in the final sprint for Jaguar and Land Rover. The purchase of Saab would now be the acquisition of a crown jewel for the Indian group and you could catch up with Tata. We can only be right, if Mahindra for Saab a similar good owner as it seems Tata for Jaguar and Land Rover, then our Swedes would have finally cracked the jackpot.
The press in India is following closely the development in Sweden, the publications India Business Review and The Economic Times (India) are just a small selection of Indian newspapers reporting on it.
Even the middle applicant from China brings in position. Rachel Pang and Pang Qingnian landed in Stockholm. The mere fact that the Youngman founder and father of Rachel Pang leads the delegation speaks volumes. Youngman is determined to place an offer this week, and a meeting with the bankruptcy trustees has been confirmed. The bidding duel between India and China is exciting, it's also about a possible loss of face, which should be avoided.
Saab has never given up, Saab is still alive and so slowly the press is also taking notice. At least the media in Austria understood today that there are several interested parties Standard is just one example of the print media of our neighboring country. In a few hours we will read similar news in the German press.
Even the fans did not give up the brand, at the weekend I got some emails from Saab fans who are now buying a Saab used or demonstration car. My friend Mark has also found something. And because Mark is Mark, it was not a used one - it was a brand new Saab. Today, the new Saab 9-3 sedan rolled onto the courtyard of the Mobile Forum Dresden, where the team of Tobias Kaboth makes the 9-3 ready for handover.
Mark has imported the black 9-3 1.9 TID from other European countries, but he should tell us the story himself. Mark, how about a small article?
Brand new Saabs are something wonderful, I love it. Pictures of Mark's new Saab 9-3 will be available in the next few days.