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Chinese City Reported to Buy Stake in Saab

Jan. 8, 2013
Saab Automobile

A city in eastern China has agreed buy a stake in a consortium that plans to make electric vehicles using the Swedish carmaker Saab's name, the group announced Tuesday.

The investment arm of the city of Qingdao, Shangdong province, was initially to invest 2 billion kronor (305 million dollars), said the consortium, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS).

Qingdao was set to own a 22-per-cent stake in NEVS, which last year bought the main assets of Saab Automobile and its subsidiaries Saab Automobile Powertrain and Saab Automobile Tools. The sum has not been disclosed.

"The deal gives financial capacity, which is an important step in implementing the business plan NEVS has," NEVS board chairman Karl-Erling Trogen said.

A feasibility study was also to be launched with Qingdao, which has a strategic port and is a potential market for NEVS vehicles.

NEVS has said production of future vehicles was envisaged at Saab's main plant in Trollhattan, in south-west Sweden, with the first electric vehicles to be launched in 2014.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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