Finally, after months of negotiations, the deal between General Motors and Spyker is done and Spyker now owns Saab. While deals of the transition period have yet to be revealed, at least Saab fans around the world can breath a sigh of relief knowing that their brand will live on.
GM press release after the break
DETROIT Ã¢â‚¬â€œ General Motors and Spyker Cars NV today announced that they have finalized the deal for Spyker to purchase Saab Automobile AB.
Going forward, Saab and Spyker will operate under the Spyker (AMS:SPYKR) umbrella, and Spyker will assume responsibility for Saab operations. The previously announced wind down of Saab operations has ended.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This transaction represents the successful outcome of months of hard work and intense negotiations, all aimed at securing a sustainable future for this unique brand, and we are pleased with the positive outcome,Ã¢â‚¬Â said John Smith, GM vice president for corporate planning and alliances. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a great day for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, and a great day for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Throughout negotiations over the past year, GM has worked with many parties, including governments and investors, to find a solution for Saab,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Nick Reilly, president, GM Europe. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very pleased that we could come to a positive conclusion, one that presents a viable future for Saab and preserves jobs in Sweden and elsewhere.Ã¢â‚¬Â