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Old 06-16-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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It's Official! Saab sold to Koenigsegg!

http://jalopnik.com/5292362/gm-sells...for-song-dance
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:28 AM   #6
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it appears to be the best possible solution:
  • products under development WILL be produced as planned - probably the best 9-5 ever if the latest turbo x car is anything to go by
  • access to gm parts bin for future models - cheaper to buy and operate vehicles
  • government money to help with management and hopefully marketing support
  • strong swedish cultural blood enthusiastically creating products for sweden by sweden.

remains to be seen what koenigsegg envisions for the future. they could be looking to expand the koenigsegg brand - which is no guarantee for sucess. and the government money may never reach saab. or they could honestly be looking to create better mass-production models for both brands.

my gut feeling is they don't care about saab as much as the 600 million that they get for striking a deal.

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:32 AM   #7
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finally! no more speculation and finally saab has a new home.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:39 AM   #8
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remains to be seen what koenigsegg envisions for the future. they could be looking to expand the koenigsegg brand
I agree. After watching the videos of the CCX in action, that car seriously needs an all-wheel drive system--which they just bought with the Saab acquisition. They have also been developing an electric sedan. Don't be surprised if that car ends up being a Saab. Not exactly what we're drooling over. I like to believe in fairy tales too. But the notion that they are buying Saab for Swedish sentiment is naive. Still--I'm cautiously optimistic that something good will come of this union for the Saab brand.
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It's 600 million in loans -- admittedly state-guaranteed, but they will have to be paid back. They have to do something to generate revenue to pay back the loans, oh, just to pick something at random, like design and sell cars.
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It's 600 million in loans -- admittedly state-guaranteed, but they will have to be paid back. They have to do something to generate revenue to pay back the loans, oh, just to pick something at random, like design and sell cars.
if they're intentions are to do as stated, then yes. but thats a lot of scratch that can also be lost in "R&D".

in matters of money, i always trust humans to act human.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:33 PM   #13
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  • strong swedish cultural blood enthusiastically creating products for sweden by sweden.
I think this is one of the keys to success, someone who gives a crap about the brand.
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maybe we could get a production of the Aero X? or see the real thing.. running.. driving..?

maybe we finally get the small turbo hatch with AWD we have all been craving...

or maybe Koenigsegg just got a buttload of money to expand their cars and throw a saab badge on some of them...

i hope for the first...
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i've been so giddy after hearing this news. the Saab salesmen at work are extremely happy!
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maybe we could get a production of the Aero X? or see the real thing.. running.. driving..?

maybe we finally get the small turbo hatch with AWD we have all been craving...

or maybe Koenigsegg just got a buttload of money to expand their cars and throw a saab badge on some of them...

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I'd also love to see a running driving Aero X.

but a small turbo hatch with AWD would be 200 times better. and i think it might be the first new car I consider.
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I'm blown away! You know how those people at Koenigsegg think. It's not about saving a penny here and there. It's about FAST!
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Whoa! A post by Tim! Here's the article in the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/bu...al/17saab.html
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