SAAB News: Tata or not Tata, that's the question ...

Did Tata bid for Saab or did not Tata bid for Saab? Last night, the message went through the Indian media and today, at my very early start to the south, the mailbox was full of Tata messages. The Indian company would easily fit Saab, or vice versa. The classic Saab models 900 and 9000 always had something wonderful British anyway. The cult brand from Sweden could round off the Jaguar range down.

But probably the desire father of my thoughts, because Tata has the construction site Land Rover / Jaguar, where billions of investments flow. Yet another construction site could quickly overwhelm resources, and so came a clear denial from India during the day.

In this situation alone denials do not say much, and we should not lose sight of Tata. Because, as I said, in the current range of Indians Saab would happen to damn well. Nobody can say whether and what is going on, because in Stockholm, no message goes outside unchecked. The bankruptcy trustees had the weekly press show today, and as expected, there was not really much new. Saab as a complete group with the profitable Saab Parts AB is to be sold in one piece. Thoughtful makes a statement of the administrators. The Saab sale should be completed in the spring. Spring. Hmm. Is not it more concrete?

How do Swedes define spring? Bankruptcy proceedings are scheduled for 16. April, which corresponds to the spring in my latitudes. But in Stockholm there is almost winter. Well, I also saw running around in the T-shirt in March in the capital Sweden or driving in an open convertible. Maybe every temperature is above freezing spring.

The investor from China, Youngman, is really active and hard to stop. After visiting all suppliers, the Chinese charm offensive hits the politicians in Sweden with full force. Stefan Löfven, former chairman of IF Metal and now head of the opposition Social Democrats, was visited today by the Youngman delegation. There was also a conversation with State Secretary Hans Lindblad.

One may think of the Youngman plans as one wants. The plan to build China cars in Sweden shocked me yesterday. Today, I see the idea as totally unrealistic, because these cars will not be cost-covering in 90 years Japan design with technology from yesterday in the high-wage country Sweden. Apart from this point, one goes consistently to the realization of his ideas and establishes its own network in politics and business. Apparently, one is already sure about Youngman. But maybe one is happy too soon, because nothing is decided yet.

I would like to add a message from Sweden. Saab Parts AB has taken over 50 employees of Saab Automobile AB, which now takes care of the technical infrastructure for dealerships in Trollhättan. In England, Parts AB now has its own subsidiary to secure the supply of spare parts on the island. The message is not new and was so some time ago on the blog.

In addition, the following is added. In the meantime, Saab Parts AB has taken over employees of Automobile AB in almost all markets, including here in Germany, who secure our spare parts supply. Saab Country Director Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher and his team are active in the German market and Stefan Mladek is responsible for Austria. The future has already begun in the area of ​​Saab Parts AB. I think, soon we will see the first new activities in the markets.

The Saab structures are intact, and we're just waiting for the right buyer. Whatever country our investor will come from is unclear, we all have our personal favorites. Anyway. It remains exciting.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

8 thoughts too "SAAB News: Tata or not Tata, that's the question ..."

  • "We all have our personal favorite" - mine is not from China!

  • ... mine too, not from India

  • hie,
    if the Saab Parts AB "in almost all markets, here in Germany, employees of Saab Automobile AB" take over, then this is due to a positive trend in terms of Saab prospects. It is only set if the market allows it. As for the potential buyer, we have Hollywood capitalism (GM) behind us and maybe Bollywood capitalism (Mahindra / Tata Motors) ahead of us. Of course, that with TATA would be a nice thing. In the post by red99 (previous article) a cute denial is quoted by Ratan Tata, according to which the Indian press probably confused the two companies Mahindra and Tata. That would be as if one would confuse Mercedes and VW here ...... Tssssssssssssss!
    Greetings from Koblenz.
    Peter.

  • Is "SAAB Parts" responsible for the spare parts? Then maybe I'll get my climate cooler soon, I'm already waiting a few months. Lt. my SAAB service is not available and for an alternative product, I could not come through yet. 😉

    Greetings from Bad Salzdetfurth
    Ulrich

  • Hallo,

    Does the "legal successor" (whoever that is) then enter the now-defunct factory warranty (9-5 II)?
    Greetings from Hamburg

  • a spring can be long. It's nice to see the insolvency administrators taking the time to do it all so well that Saab can look to a secure future, but I think 3 months are long enough. I'm sure in Germany that would have gone faster. I wish a good new mother for Saab on the soon to come again new Saabs from Sweden. The managers should now finally make a button on the matter and let the cat (maybe a Jaguar) out of the bag. I can not hear the G-word anymore

  • Meanwhile Ebay offers new remote controls for 9-3er at "moon prices" of 190 or 200 €. I hope for a comprehensive supply of spare parts through SAAB-Parts.

  • It looks like everything is going to Youngman Lotus.

    The other candidates are also somehow in the race - more extensive activities such as Youngman lotus (contact with government agencies, suppliers, etc.), there were not yet in the competition.

    Youngman-Lotus shows a busy and positive attitude to SAAB - this behavior could give them extra points for both the trio of trustees and the general public.

    If the thing with the production of Youngman lotus vehicles in Trollhättan come to the course, I go with the sales of these vehicles from genuine "fight prices" out. Due to the weakening economy in Sweden and elsewhere in neighboring Aisland, I could imagine selling in larger quantities. In this context, it would still be worthwhile to know whether the 9-3 production would actually start as planned (as originally planned). This would be in my eyes for SAAB of great importance - information on this important topic will certainly not only desired by me. What does Radio Stockholm say about that?

    Greetings from Hamburg

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