No surprises in the final sprint in the bidding dispute over the Swedish cult brand? Sweden radio PV4 Väst reports that in the Saab final, the last two candidates preferred by the administrators are Lotus-Youngman and Mahindra. The Indians are to be traded as favorites in the final negotiation phase. The final talks on the sale of the car company began this week.
The fight for Saab, how long will we last? Actually, we can not hear the topic anymore. We would like to see results, please. Yesterday, Lotus Youngman founder Pang Qingnian named the 15. May as the date on which everything had gone. The faster, the better. The decision lies with the administrators and not with Pang Qingnian. The sale of Saab assets and the complex issue of using trademark rights are just facts.
The complete package will include the profitable spare parts division of Saab, which is currently under state custody. Now it depends on the price that the parties are prepared to pay. For Saab it is about the future of automotive engineering, for us what brand we will drive in the next few years.
Trollhättan itself is about economic survival. Radio PV4 Väst has published a graphic with the largest companies in the municipality. The break is obvious. Saab's biggest employer is, at least for now, disappeared and also seats manufacturer Lear has made his plant in Trollhättan closed.
The start-ups, innovative as they may be, can not outweigh the loss of jobs in industrial manufacturing. At the weekend, the TTELA published a series on industrial change in the city. From the construction of steam locomotives, to turbine production, aircraft construction and automobile production. Often the change was delayed. By ordering 100 locomotives for the USSR, the locomotive was extended. By GM and the welcome losses, with which one could count on profits from other activities tax-saving, the urgent problems were not tackled at Saab. Until it was too late. Crisis was always, notes the local newspaper.
Now, once again, change and the turn of the century are announced. Even if the chimneys of the Saab factory smoke again in the Stallbacka, Saab will not be the same anymore.
Which does not have to be bad. There is a chance in every departure. For Saab and Trollhättan it could be a unique opportunity. A traditional brand, free from any balast who dares to reboot. It has never been that way.
All we need is the right buyer with a keen sense for the brand. There are exciting times.