Jakob Consortium Joins Volvo Bidding

Thor Johnsen
by Thor Johnsen
jakob consortium joins volvo bidding
As posted earlier, the American based Crown Consortium finally made an offer, said to be on par with Geely’s, perhaps calculating that Ford will prefer an American buyer to the Chinese. According to Swedish business site di.se Roger Holtback of Crown confirmed to tt.se [sub] that the Crown Consortium has made an offer on Volvo. Geely still has the edge, though: according to Ford Spokesman John Gardiner to Wall Street Journal, Geely is still the “preferred bidder.” But that doesn’t mean it’s exclusive.And now, Swedish based Jakob Consortium, initiated by Volvo’s engineering union, with Volvo’s legendary, former CEO Søren “Gyll” Gyllenhammer as advisor, are ready to make an offer as well.Jakob’s spokesperson Ola Johansson, former information director at Volvo AB, tells di.se: “we have a sustainable business plan, and we’d like to talk to Ford ASAP, but it’s Ford whom sets the pace in all this.”The outline in Jakob’s businessplan is to run Volvo Cars as an independent Swedish-based company with close ties to Ford. “Ford is an obvious partner for years to come, with technology and platform-sharing and so on. Whomever buys Volvo needs to have Ford as partners, otherwise there’s nothing to buy. It’s part of the conditions,” Johansson says. And on the size of the offer: “That’s nogotiable, when we’re in that position. All valuation depends on what’s included in the price. It all depends on what, and how much Ford releases in the deal,” he says. But Johansson is not willing to reveal who’s behind Jakob’s finances: “industrial and financial investors from Sweden, Europe, and other parts of the world,” is all he is willing to say.
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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Dec 08, 2009

    Ironically, this comes just as Volvo FINALLY introduces some cars with style - the new S60 pictured above, and the V60 CUV. Go figure.

  • Seanx37 Seanx37 on Dec 08, 2009

    Am I the only one who thinks that looks a Grand Prix and a Grand Am?

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  • Not Previous Used Car of the Day entries that spent decades in the weeds would still be a better purchase than this car. The sucker who takes on this depreciated machine will learn the hard way that a cheap German car is actually a very expensive way to drive around.
  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
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