F1 patronu Bernie Ecclestone Saab'ı, GM'den 1 Dolara satın alabilir
"Bernie Ecclestone could buy Saab from GM for $1"
General Motors would be willing to sell Saab for just $1 to Bernie Ecclestone if the Formula 1 impresario can prove he has the finances in place to run it.
Nick Reilly, the recently appointed head of GM Europe, said auto-maker is much less concerned about price than not landing dealers and customers with a buyer who cannot afford to run the Swedish brand. Asked directly about market rumours that GM would sell the marque for a token price, Mr Reilly said: "That's true. We're not doing this to get money. It costs us money to keep running it, and it costs us money to close it down."
Welsh-born Mr Reilly estimated it will cost €50m-€100m to close Saab, and in spite of moving ahead with plans to wind up the business, a sale remains his preferred option.
Mr Ecclestone, who is partnering with Luxembourg-based private equity house Genii Capital, and Dutch sports car maker Spyker are both still talking to GM. Koenigsegg pulled out of a deal to buy Saab in November. Asked if he thought the Formula 1 chief had the money, Mr Reilly said: "You would think so" adding that Mr Ecclestone's consortium is examining Saab's books to see if they can run it for a profit.
Dismissing the suggestion GM may pay some form of 'dowry' to offload Saab, Mr Reilly said negotiations had tended to have collapsed over issues of financial support from the European Investment Bank and the Swedish government. "We have a large 'car park' of [Saab] owners we have to support. If a company comes along that quickly decides they can't make a go of it, then it's going to come back to us," he added.
Mr Reilly said that discussions regarding the planned restructuring GM's Opel and Vauxhall units were continuing, although he admitted that talks with European governments for €2.7bn of loan guarantees were progressing very
slowly, with the German government in particular dragging its feet.