Some problems are homemade. For relatively little money Saab sold the old Saab 9 5 platform, engines and transmissions to the car maker BAIC. This, according to the statement, the old Saab 9-3. So far we have assumed that an old Saab 9-3 could be a pre-facelift model, so now we have been better informed. The Chinese-owned Saab 9-3 seems to be the current 2008-built car. If that is really the case, then the matter is explosive.
For one thing, Saab would not have made a good deal and given a current license to China for a small amount of less than 200 million dollars. What is incomprehensible, because you would have completely sold the intellectual property of Saab and completely made himself the licensee of GM. Therefore, this business could become another problem in the fight for the brand.
What would have happened if one had retained the rights? Any investor could now easily run the 9-5 Classic and the complete 9-3 series off the tapes. But such mind games are not helpful. Over is over.
Now, BAIC's reservations for protecting alleged property appear in a different light. We begin to understand the position of the car maker from Beijing. It is remarkable that BAIC will build a car that is absolutely identical to the Saab 9-3 in the future, with only a different logo and the same interior.
Within 30 minutes, the BAIC's battery should be rechargeable at 80%, full capacity requires 6-8 hours. The fact that this car with the internal code Q60FB-C1 has an electric car ready for production, so that 150 can drive fully electric and reach a maximum speed of 160 Km / h, makes the matter bitter for Saab fans. Because even in Trollhättan the Saab e-Power concept was ready for the series and Sweden would have been in the race before China on the market.
The statement from BAIC in Trollhättan with partner Panasonic wants to build a new quality. In principle, all you have to do is press the red button, all tools and machines are already wonderfully designed for this model. The BAIC Saab will not appear on the market under the type designation 9-3. The Chinese will use a different name. But the launch of the BAIC brand in Europe with a “Saab” made in Trollhättan and European manufacturing quality would be an entry with thunder.
Another quick review and a "what if" was. A little less than a year ago, BAIC wanted to take over Saab completely. The contracts were almost ready for signature. The brand should continue to operate independently in Sweden. The project failed because of Muller and Antonov. Neither would have been in the game anymore. Negotiations were stopped at the last minute, BAIC was offended. This behavior left a bad impression in China and Muller's odyssey began with various interested parties. The consequences are known.
Bad for Saab's survival, bad for Youngman, bad for almost everyone interested. Let's assume that without knowing the contract, BAIC actually has the rights to the current Saab 9-3. This means that there are mines in Detroit and Beijing. Problems are there to be solved. Negotiations are one way. Politics is another. Youngman could bypass these mines if politicians want to. Problems can also be solved with money. For Mahindra and Brightwell, it could be the end of the Saab story.
Suddenly, the statement of the bankruptcy trustee of the weekend makes sense. Completely cryptic you put a hint in the world. They want to sell Saab completely, maybe to a bunch of bidders. Aha.
If we follow that thought then the solution might look like this. BAIC builds E-Mobile in Trollhättan, Semcon takes over the development facilities, SAIC supplies the parts and a Swedish investor uses the real estate for a subcontracting company. Everything would be gone and the mission fulfilled.
Hope? Still. After all, our bidder X remains as a glimmer of hope. He brings his own platform and could produce in Saab's factory and parallel models. In this case, my favorite.
Still the position of BAIC is completely unclear. Threatening gestures were only in the direction of Youngman. The bankruptcy administrators are not clear on the issue. BAIC may also want to continue the Saab brand. A possibility that so far nobody has considered.
A solution with Brightwell would be possible, they told at the weekend. The Turks have made a good impression in Sweden. The investor does not seem to care about the Asian market in a first step, which should please BAIC. Even Youngman is still there and as I said, every problem can be solved.
With politics, negotiations or with money.