19 August 2009

GM Sells Saab to Koenigsegg

So it looks like the quirky cars are going to be around for a while (see here and here).

There is still the matter of financing, but this is pretty close to a done deal.

Koenigsegg is a serious (the body is completely carbon fiber, it weighs less than 1300 kg, and it does 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds) supercar manufacturer (see pic), which implies that they will be doing more than just milking the brand name, and will actually look to keeping the Saab product line fairly cutting edge, perhaps migrating some of their existing tech down to Saab, which is good news.

In other Swedish car news, it looks like Ford is making some progress in selling Volvo automobile, with reports that a consortium named Konsortium Jakob AB, Volvo Trucks, and the Chinese auto companies Geely, Dongfeng, Beijing Auto, and Chongqing Changan, are all rumored to be bidding on the deal.


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