Interviews with GM press officer James Cain about Saab are always somehow boring. The answers are predictable and not worth the effort to report. Almost ... because yesterday the GM man said some interesting things. The TT news agency conducted an interview and the right questions were asked.
On Brightwell Holding and the alleged negotiations with GM, Cain made it clear that there had never been any negotiations. GM received letters from Brightwell asking for talks. GM was never interested in talking to Brightwell. This is statement against statement. Everyone can decide for themselves whether he wants to believe Ahmed Zamier or James Cain.
No one will receive GM licenses to produce the new Saab models. Whether or not everything was just a matter of money, James Cain was asked. Everything has its price. Not in this case, so Cain.
With Antonov, however, one would have had an agreement that would have made possible the entry of the investor. An interesting statement. Antonov was worthy of joining Saab in GM's eyes. However, only after GM and the FBI had made the money laundering suspects suspicious and damaged Antonov's reputation in Europe as well.
GM sometimes has a weird view of things, and hopefully it was the last, Saab-relevant interview by James Cain. Actually, I do not want to hear from Mr. Cain anymore!
What we hear from Sweden is a loud tick ...
The clock is awfully loud and she may be ticking against us. Is she really doing that? Martin Larsson, former Saab CEO and Muller successor, founded his own company. He remains in the car business, his company NIO Technology wants to sell engineering services. Semcon, too, is chasing well-trained Saab engineers and taking over 25 engineers from Saab Powertrain AB. This is good for the Trollhättan location, because competence remains on site for the long term. For all investors a good signal, the location remains the Troll Valley of the auto industry.
Everything is not as it seems spontaneously. Maybe the clock in Sweden is not quite as loud, maybe not against the Saab future.
In the US, Saab is dead. At least, the Saab headquarters no longer exist, although they have resisted so long against the end. Even a heroic fight comes to an end sometime when you are on your own without help. On Jalopnik There are pictures of the Saab sale, the end of an era. Sad !
Youngman has increased its offer to 2 billion crowns. This was reported yesterday by the Swedish TV stations. Youngman wants Saab and almost at any price. It is currently entering the mandatory phase, and from now on it will be even more difficult to get up-to-date, reliable news. Mahindra masonry yesterday and no more current comments. The European interested party, yes still in it, but perhaps in a different role, is silent as well. And the new, additional prospects are completely anonymous.
Our automotive hearts want positive news from Sweden, but currently there are none. Not yet. We will not give up. We hold on!