General Motors and Koenigsegg Reach Tentative Agreement on Saab
The ultra-small volume super car|
for which Koenigsegg is best known.
16th June, 2009
• GM sell-off continues (GM Europe sold, Saturn sold,
Hummer sold, Pontiac axed and now Saab sold)
General Motors Corp. and Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, today
(local time) confirmed the details of a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of Saab
Automobile AB that secures Saab’s future.
The sale, expected to close by the end of the third quarter of this year, includes an expected
$600 million funding commitment from the European Investment Bank (EIB) guaranteed by the Swedish
government. Additional support is to be provided by GM and Koenigsegg Group AB to fund Saab's
operations and product programme investments. This includes plans to launch several new products
that are in the final stages of development. Saab had filed for reorganisation under Swedish Law on
20th February, 2009. This tentative agreement is a key milestone for Saab to successfully emerge
from its reorganisation process.
“This is yet another significant step in the reinvention of GM and its European operations,”
said GM Europe President, Carl-Peter Forster. “Saab is a highly respected automotive brand with
great potential. Closing this deal represents the best chance for Saab to emerge a stronger company.
Koenigsegg Group's unique combination of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and financial strength,
combined with Koenigsegg's proven ability to create world-class Swedish performance cars in a highly
efficient manner, made it the right choice for Saab as well as for General Motors.”
As part of the proposed transaction, GM will continue to provide Saab with architecture and
powertrain technology during a defined time period. Additionally, Saab plans to produce its next
generation 9-5 models in the Saab production facility in Trollhättan, Sweden.
“The proposed agreement will enable us to maximise the brand’s potential through an exciting
new product line-up with a distinctly Swedish 'character'. Today’s announcement is great news for
Saab’s current and future customers, dealers, suppliers and employees around the globe” said
Jan Åke Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab Automobile AB.
The sale will be subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable
regulatory, governmental and court approvals. Other terms and conditions specific to the sale are
not being disclosed at this time.