China to back Geely purchase of Volvo
AFP/The Local · 31 Dec 2009, 10:25
Published: 31 Dec 2009 10:25 GMT+01:00
- Geely to run Volvo as an independent brand (26 Dec 09)
- Swedish media sceptical over Volvo sale to Geely (25 Dec 09)
- Cross-party support for Volvo deal (23 Dec 09)
He said Geely will look at ways to collaborate with Volvo once its parent group completes the acquisition of the loss-making Swedish brand from US auto giant Ford.
"But when the timing is right, we will find a suitable point of collaboration," he said during a press conference in Hong Kong.
Gui said the acquisition had the backing of the Chinese government and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2010.
Injecting the Volvo operation into Geely Automobile remains parent Geely Group's ultimate goal, Dow Jones Newswires quoted Gui as saying.
Geely Automobile would consider supporting Volvo on strategic development and financing, he also said.
Zhejiang-based Geely Group, one of China's largest private carmakers, and Ford announced last week they had agreed on the main terms of Volvo's sale.
Overseas demand would support the long-term growth of China's auto industry, Gui said.
"The automobile industry in the domestic market will continue to grow in the next two years. After that, its growth will mainly come from its overseas markets."