Sweden’s Aftonbladet reports that Victor Muller filed for bankruptcy of Saab this morning at the court in Vänersborg.
Dagens Industri writes that with Saab having declared bankruptcy itself, the matter will be resolved quickly. A bankruptcy order is expected during the day.
The actual verdict had been handed down by GM over the weekend. GM refused to agree to any of the deals presented.
Today, the court in Vänersborg was scheduled to decide whether to lift creditors protection, which would have opened the doors to much messier bankruptcy proceedings. Over the weekend, Muller was in closed session with Rachel Pang of Youngman to hammer out yat another last minute deal. At one point, Rachel Pang became gravely ill, and unable to attend the court proceedings. After a little while and more talk, she regained her health. Now, any court appearances are no longer necessary.
Youngman had no other choice than to realize that without the cooperation of GM, the matter was way beyond salvage. This morning, Victor Muller reached into his hat, found it devoid of bunny-rabbits, and did what he should have done much earlier.
Both dealer group Pang Da and Youngman have sunk considerable amounts of money into keeping zombie Saab at least clinically alive. Wasting your own money is seen as a grave sin in China, and the disastrous end of the Saab adventure most likely will negatively influence foreign asset purchases by Chinese entities for a while.
Muller, his out-on-bail friend Antonov, and any Chinese suitors should have realized much earlier that GM had no interest in Saab’s survival if it would be at the expense of GM’s sizable activities in China. GM agreed to sell Saab to Muller because that spared GM the messy and expensive business to shut down Saab themselves.
As expected, Saabinistas vent their anger on GM’s Facebook page. Many vow to never buy a GM product. A hollow threat: Most of them are used-car drivers anyway. Case in point: Saab’s über-flagwaver Steven Wade. Before he sold Saabsunited to take on a (shortlived) PR job at Saab, he drove a 1999 Saab 9-3, canary-yellow. Wade is already bac k in Australia, looking for a job.