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'We can bounce back': Trollhättan politician

TT/The Local/rm · 19 Dec 2011, 12:08

Published: 19 Dec 2011 12:08 GMT+01:00

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"This is a very unfortunate situation about which I am devastated. But Trollhättan has managed a difficult situation before and I am certain we can bounce back," local council head for Trollhättan, Paul Åkerlund, said in a statement.

However, he refused to despair of the city's automotive industry, despite Monday's announcement.

”I know that there are those interested in buying the whole of Saab and to continue operations from Trollhättan”, said Åkerlund.

Åkerlund, who used to be the chairman of the IF Metall union at Saab, is planning to contact the bankruptcy administrator, still to be elected, in order to get more information.

However, the governing body of Trollhättan is officially ”distraught” over the announcement of Saab's demise.

The municipality has previously been in talks with the government about what could be done to combat the situation in the area in case of a Saab bankruptcy.

”We have conveyed several points which we believe are imperative and decisive for Trollhättan's ability to bounce back. As soon as the government come up with answers we will be presenting these together,” said Åkerlund.

At the Swedish Saab dealership association, however, they believe that the bankruptcy notice won't make a huge change for dealers or Saab-owners.

”Saab owners today have no reason to worry. They are our customers and we will continue to make sure that they are happy, both in the car they are currently driving and when buying something new,” said CEO Peter Hallberg.

”We haven't been selling cars recently so there is no difference there. Instead we hope and believe that the supply of spare parts will be better after the bankruptcy, as some of the suppliers have been holding the auto parts company hostage and perhaps not been delivering the way they should,” he continued.

According to Hallberg, the recent developments did not come as a complete surprise and they are feeling secure with the guarantees and the spare parts they have.

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News of Saab's bankruptcy filing left shares in parent company Swedish Automobile battered.

The company's stock price plummeted by about 66 percent on the Amsterdam exchange in morning trading following the announcement.

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Your comments about this article

13:36 December 19, 2011 by spy
Thanks for your help Victor, I think it is safe to say you, GM and the Swedish Government have royally F!@#ed a great brand. I suspect that you will have to forgo the entrepreneur award this year.
13:53 December 19, 2011 by Eagle63
Without Saab, Sweden will be a lot less interesting that's for sure. Knowing Victor Muller maybe he will start up something new, who knows....

I feel sad for all the good Saab people that are losing their jobs. They have GM and the Swedish government to thank for their predicament.

My advice; emigrate to Canada 'The True North Strong and Free'...

I myself am realy glad I traded in my Gm-era Saab for an older Saab 9000, not yet infested with GM crap. In hindsight this was essentially the last 100% true Saab..., back in 1997/1998, before GM started to screw things up..
14:11 December 19, 2011 by jackgranville
Yet another greedy, overbearing and arrogant representative of American industry has its way with a European company. It would be interesting to know the details of the SAAB technology licences GM says it does not want leaked to Chinese interests. Would these perhaps be licences that have more to do with SAAB automotive technology research handed over lock stock and barrel to GM for exploitation by the American giant which is now benefiting from the demise of a Swedish firm it incompetently (or maybe on purpose) ran into the ground? We shall never know, I suppose. What a scandal! Such are the rewards(?) we reap from globalisation on American terms.
14:44 December 19, 2011 by skogsbo
so the union cheif doesn't want folk to cancel their membership just yet then, what a suprise.

The only thing bouncing here will be saab cheques, bank tranfers and it's pay run!
18:39 December 19, 2011 by nmian
sad to hear that, SAAB should have not associated with GM, to move forward make alliances with a good Japanese car co.not only they be successful they would rehire the good people that SAAB had to layoff.i used to own a SAAB 99 i was very happy with it.
18:30 December 20, 2011 by Dave2020
I hope you will bounce back.

If there is any prospect of Saab arising from the ashes, this British inventor can offer the new company a selection of unique vehicles (not only cars), that will become icons of 21st. century design. The rights are my property. The mainstream design would be the most aerodynamic car in the world, in fine Saab tradition. Write to me to find out how.

Many of the world's foremost carmakers have snubbed my approach without even looking at what I have to offer. This merely reflects the industry's complacency and arrogance.

I simply say to the 3,700 workers and the people of Trollhättan, don't let Swedish Automobile make the same mistake as Honda, Ford, MGRover, Williams F1, MacLaren Applied Technologies and Marussia Virgin, to name but a few.

Just make sure that they look at my designs and proof of concept model. What have they got to lose? They might like what they see. All these new vehicles share the same, unique passive chassis dynamics, which suffers from none of the incurable compromises of conventional design.

I am absolutely objective and sincere in this. I have recently put more information into the public domain on The Guardian website:


Or go here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/automakers-new-renewable-energy-investors-sustainable-cars?commentpage=1#start-of-comments

Sorry I don't speak Swedish, but I can be contacted by e-mail: davesmart@greenbee.net

Merry Christmas and a happy and more prosperous New Year. Dave
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