Luxembourg-based investment group Genii Capital said it will partner with Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone in a majority stake of Saab, hours before today's 5 p.m. deadline General Motors imposed to either sell or disband the Swedish brand.
In a press release, the group said Saab "has a tremendous brand value in a number of key automotive markets as well as an innovative image" and stressed the importance of "VOIP and GPS location based services" in future Saab models.
The group cites other unnamed investments in the public health, hospitality, and entertainment industries, in addition to Movit, a German brake manufacturer, and MCE-5, a French company testing the waters of variable engine compression ratios.
According to Business Week, a Genii spokesman said that the firm is modeling its business plan after Koenigsegg, which stated it would make Saab profitable by 2012 by increasing production to 105,000 vehicles a year. GM rejected the Swedish automaker's deal on Nov. 24. No other details on the Genii proposal have been disclosed.
On Dec. 17, Genii Capital bought a majority stake in the Renault F1 racing team, which was rumored to be shut down following the demise of factory teams from BMW, Toyota, and Honda.
Dutch-based Spyker Cars is reportedly still revising its offer.
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