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National Electric Vehicle Sweden to buy SAAB

Japanese-Chinese firm confirms Saab bid

Saab Automobile has been sold to Japanese-Chinese electric vehicle consortium National Electric Vehicle Sweden, according to Swedish media sources.

Saab Automobile's bankruptcy trustee has completed its work and come to a result, reports ttela.se. Swedish Radio West said the buyer is National Electric Vehicle Sweden.

The Japanese-Chinese joint venture is said to be prepared to pay 1.5 to 1.8 billion kronor ($210–250 million) for Saab Automobile, excluding spare parts company Saab Parts.

The Mayor of Trollhättan Annika Wenner Blom has been informed that the sale is completed.

The consortium -- consisting of has the Chinese energy corporation National Modern Energy Holdings and the Japanese risk capital firm Sun Investment -- recently registered a company in Sweden named National Electric Vehicle Sweden, NEVS.

The consortium writes on its website: "SAAB Automobile, Trollhättan and Sweden stands for innovation and technology excellence. At SAAB Automobile, the engagement for future transportation solutions is pervasive".

It's headed by former Volvo Trucks president Karl-Erling Trogen.

Saab filed for bankruptcy late last year, after struggling to secure long-term investment since it was sold off by GM in 2010.

This is not the first time that Saab has attracted bidders. However, no company has yet succeeded in winning over the Swedish belle.

 

 

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:46)

 

Comments 

 
#3 2012-06-11 16:15
Paolo...I believe the Tesla guys would have something to say about that.
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#2 2012-06-07 19:40
Not necessarily. Making a Saab a hybrid could be really great! Having that electric engine will give it an insane ammount of torque. Considering they are fast now, they will very quick then. That is if they can keep the weight down. Electric engine for up to 60 and then electric+petrol after 60. Quality may lack now because of the new owners. Only time will tell. Until then ill drive my 9-3 and enjoy every minute of it. I'm just glad to see Saab continue to live! SAAB POWER!!!
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#1 2012-06-07 10:08
depressing news. building Saab's with electric/hybrid engines will make driving them a soulless and joyless experience. Saab's were always the driver's car ...but not anymore
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