Is bankrupt Saab as good a buy as Ssangyong for Mahindra?

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  1. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    Mahindra and Mahindra is among the four companies that has shown interest in bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab. According to a Times of India report Mahindra and Mahindra has signed a confidentiality agreement with the bankrupt company and is in the process of finalizing its bid.

    Sources told Times of India that M&M is likely to tie up its bid in the next 15 days and Kotak Mahindra is also likely to be a part the Saab deal. Reportedly the top brass of M&M Auto and its mergers and acquisition team will meet later this week and take a final call on the structure of the bid.

    Pawan Goenka, president of the automotive business at Mahindra & Mahindra tells CNBC-TV 18 that they may be looking to acquire SAAB’s assets because of the R&D and tech benefits that they can derive from it.

    “SAAB can bring in some technologies that go into SUVs, it can bring in infrastructure for R&D and it also brings in the global distribution network, but we will see if this is sufficient for us to be interested,” he told CNBC TV 18.

    That M&M’s weakness lies in research and development is clear from its acquisitions in the last four to five years. Mahindra, which is on a hyper M&M drive, bought troubled Korean sports utility vehicle manufacturer Ssangyong in 2010 as well the Italian designer brand Engines Engineering. Previously it took over Kinetic, a two-wheeler company and now media reports say it is even eyeing Italian motorcycle maker Ducati.

    While Ssangyong is a good fit in the technical department for the SUV business, Saab can give M&M an established brand, a manufacturing hub in Europe as well as a technical centre. But now that Saab is bankrupt, shouldn’t Mahindra do a complete due diligence before jumping in to buy yet another foreign asset? Moreover, Mahindra may not be able to purchase a Saab license agreement from General Motors Co, which it’s seeking as part of the deal.

    SAAB filed for bankruptcy back in December last year. Since then the management and board members of SAAB are looking for a prospective buyer who will buy 100 percent of SAAB.

    http://www.firstpost.com/business/is-bankrupt-saab-as-good-a-buy-as-ssangyong-for-mahindra-215453.html

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  3. wrigsted

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    It's a non story... It is only part of the Saab Group who have declared themselves bankrupt, a portion of their automobile production. Most of Saab continues.
     
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    Saab does have very good auto tech. its cars are one of the best in engg.

    who knows Mahindra get hand on there aero tech of SAAB also in future
     
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    Which Saab car you are talking about ?
     
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    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    Well i was talking in general. but for example here it is

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    ^^ Saab 93 , 93X , 95 and a concept car in your post , if I am not wrong.

    I do not know how much they are popular in your country , but in Australia this brand is not so popular.

    Looks cool in pictures and while driving on roads, isn't it , but they are piece of shit when they come to work-shop for repairs. Even local work-shop mechanics refuse to look at it, it's a big headache when work on Saab cars.
    Saab owner have to go and see the authorised dealers only.

    There are only eight Saab authorised dealers left in Australia. Even Mahindra have much more dealers for their pick-ups here.
     
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    Saab cars are only popular in Europe most of the models are on roads. They are known for their Engg,and durability.. mahindra can only gain from them and in future may be hand on SAAB aeroplane tech...
     
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    UrSaab , the first prototype car made by Saab (after WW2).

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    Two stroke two cylinders , 750cc engine .
     
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    SAAB Automobiles and Aircrafts are 2 different companies.
     
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    i said in future
     
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    lollll my saab lolllllll

    well Saab is not owned by me what i said was mahindra can use saab's experience and tech in its own vehicles.
     

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