A binding agreement that will sell Saab to the Koenigsegg Group will be in place by the end of this month, according to sources in Sweden.
The move comes in the wake of General Motors’ rapid exit from bankruptcy. With that hurdle cleared, GM — the current owner of Saab — is now able to finalise the deal with Koenigsegg Group, a conglomerate of investors working with the owners of the Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg.
The handover is expected in late summer, as Saab rushes to prepare its Trollhättan HQ for production of the all-new 9-5. The new car is expected to be unveiled in September, before going on sale in the spring of 2010.
As part of the deal, GM Europe will transfer production equipment to the Trollhättan factory to allow Saab to build the new 9-5. The 9-5 is based on GM’s Epsilon 2 platform.
Details of Saab’s ‘sensible’ business plan for the new 9-5 has also emerged. Sources say the Swedes want at least three per cent of the ‘profitable’ global large car market, which accounts for around 1.2 million cars per year.