The business news. Pang Qingnian, founder of Lotus Youngman, gave an interview to the local newspaper on Saturday, leaving plenty of room for misinterpretation and misinterpretation. Therefore, we should stay calm as we read these lines and wait. In it we are now world champion.
"We will build Lotus in Trollhättan while waiting for the new PhoeniX platformWas the key message of the weekend interview with TTELA. By this, Pang Quingnian probably (unfortunately) does not mean the cars Youngman imports into China. He means these products, which were designed with technical assistance from Lotus. Hmm.
At first glance, there are products that neither Sweden nor Europe are urgently waiting for. Emotionslos, any, a car from the People's Republic just. Of course, the question arises as to what the market opportunities for these products in Europe are. Developed with help from England, built in Sweden, an unknown brand. Youngman would definitely have a production base in the heart of the continent that is invading. If I were a member of a European car company, I would not like it.
Somehow I'm split on this. Youngman lifted the curtain a little. It's not just about Saab, it's also about a factory for a Chinese brand in Sweden. Everything that benefits the Trollhättan location, secures jobs and keeps local skills is good. Globalization is on its way and does not stop at our cult brand. But these cars from Saab Bänder - are my personal nightmare.
Anyway, we are not economics and so another question concerns us. What about the Saab 9-3 that Youngman wanted to hibernate with. No word, no hint in today's interview. That leaves two possibilities.
A: The Saab 9-3 comes, freed from GM DNA, and runs together with the Youngman Lotus types in the band's work. The factory in the Stallbacka is considered highly flexible, technically it would be possible. The Saab dealer network and customers overwinter for 24 to 36 months with the 9-3, then comes the successor.
B: The 9-3 does not come for licensing reasons. Maybe it's not that easy with GM DNA, maybe it's too expensive to convert the 9-3. Small quantities, short term. To keep competencies, the factory runs in the "Lotus Youngman mode”Until the 9-3 successor appears. The question is how the brand will last 24 months. What about the dealer network?
Saab's value also lies, above all, in the existing structures. A global dealer network that is still functional is considered an asset. The network could not survive a waiting period of 24 to 36 months. The managers at Youngman know that. GM is not considered “big obstacle”Said Youngman lawyer Johan Nylèn today. "When the transaction will be completed we do not know. But the bankruptcy trustees work fast and well".
We wait, as always. As I said, the interview could be misunderstood. There may be translation errors, as it was recorded at the Gothenburg train station shortly before the departure to Stockholm. Important details may not have been mentioned in the near future. And it could be that another party wins the contract.