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GM confirms Saab sale to Spyker

Last Updated : 27 January 2010, 06:18 IST
Last Updated : 27 January 2010, 06:18 IST

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The Swedish government welcomed the rescue, which came after a weekend of final talks between Detroit-based GM and the Dutch niche sports car group.

"Today's announcement is great news for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, great news for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide, and great news for GM," said John Smith, GM's vice president for corporate planning and alliances.
The Dutch carmaker will form a new company as a result of the deal, Saab Spyker Automobiles. GM will get $74 million dollars in cash, $326 million in preferred stock in the new company, and a "third consideration" that Smith refused to detail.

Swedish Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson told reporters that "this is the result of long, arduous work."

Olofsson said the government had been involved in the process since GM a year ago announced it wanted to shed Saab, but the government's principle was not to become owner of a car plant.

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Published 27 January 2010, 06:18 IST

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