Bård Eker, the Norwegian partner in Koenigsegg Automotive, and Koenigsegg Group, appeared as one of the guests on Friday night’s regular Swedish/Norwegian talk show “Skavland” this weekend (the following, translated conversation starts at 27:09). Mr Skavland, first talking a bit about Eker’s feelings about the broken deal, and how he felt visiting Trollhättan talking to Saab employees after the deal broke, he then asked Eker: “Is there a tiny chance you’ll try again? Saab isn’t sold yet…!” Eker smiles and answers “…we’ll see. Maybe!” laughing, shrugging his shoulders, audience cheering. Skavland: “how would you wanna do it?” Eker: “I don’t know…Seriously – we haven’t given it much thought. We’ll see…perhaps there’s a new opportunity. Maybe someone’ll give us a phonecall” Skavland: “So it’s not definitive that you’re out of the game?” Eker – laughing, glancing at his watch – “..err..how long is this show?” Skavland says: “So, you’ll still want a Saab?”, Eker: “yeah, sure” Skavland: “Alright….?” and shifts to another subject. All the while Eker has a cunning smile on his face.
Now, what does this mean? Was the entire plug-pulling just another negotiations poker-play from KG? A way of getting the Swedish Government more involved? They’ve been quite ambivalent up until KG broke the deal, now they’ve sent representatives to meet with GM and plead for their precious Saab. Even though, as some in comments earlier mentioned, the “Scandinavian way” is not to save the business, but rather save the employees – no government likes watching a small community loosing their corner stone business. Or maybe Eker just loved the attention and the opportunity to make himself interesting. Which I doubt. I think they’re up to something.