Those digging the grave for Saab might want to put their shovels down after Spyker Cars has submitted a new proposal to purchase the Swedish automaker from General Motors. On Friday GM announced that a deal could not be reached and said it would begin an orderly wind down for Saab.
According to Spyker CEO Victor Muller, his company’s new 11-point proposal would eliminate the obstacles that GM sees as making a speedy sale possible. “We are very confident that our renewed offer will remove the impasse that was standing in the way of an agreement on Friday, and this would still allow us to conclude the deal prior to the expiry of the deadline originally set by GM of December 31,” said Muller, commenting that the new proposal would eliminate the need for the European Investment Bank to get involved. Assumedly, this would mean that Dutch exotic car maker Spyker would raise funds by selling shares to its Russian backers.
General Motors has been mostly quiet on the offer, saying simply in a statement that, “Following Friday’s announcement that GM will begin the orderly wind down of Saab, GM has received inquiries from several parties. We will evaluate each inquiry.”
If a deal is reached it would not only save the jobs of 3,400 employees in Sweden, but those at the Swedish automaker’s numerous international dealerships – including 218 in the United States.
[Source: Automotive News]