IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Saab car museum saved

The Saab car museum has been saved. Trollhättan municipality together with the Wallenberg Foundation and Saab AB have raised SEK 28 million to buy the complete collection of cars.

The municipality pays SEK 14 million, Saab AB pays SEK 8 million and the Wallenberg Foundation the remaining SEK 6 million. The Wallenberg family was earlier owner of Saab Automobile through their investment company Investor and is still large owner of the defense and aerospace company Saab AB. Now they have thankfully decided to help save the heritage of Saab.

"This means a lot, and one should not forget how important the museum is also for tourism. Tourists from all around the world come to watch the Ur-Saab and the other cars," said Paul Åkerlund, who is Mayor of Trollhättan and former labor union boss at Saab.

"We consider it very important to preserve the Swedish industrial history. Making sure that the collection stays in Sweden and Trollhättan is important to us, the cars are also part of our company's heritage," said Carina Brorman, head of communications at Saab AB.

It is however uncertain when the museum will open to the public again.

"First this must be approved by the Municipal Board of Trollhättan, but I expect that to be merely a formality. We have of course clarified this with all the political parties already," Trollhättan Mayor Åkerlund said.

The approval from the Municipal Board is likely to be made at an extraordinary meeting on Monday or Tuesday at the beginning of next week.