Why is Koenigsegg buying Saab?

NLV Quant – By KoenigseggThere are not many details as the sale has not been finished yet, but Koenigsegg and a group of Norwegian investors have already signed a letter of intent with Saab to take over the dying brand from GM.

Why is Koenigsegg, maker of some of the rarest supercars in the world interested in Saab?

Currently Koenigsegg makes around 20 cars a year, Saab around 100,000.

Believe it or not, but Koenigsegg is profitable while Saab is not.

So what are Koenigsegg’s real intentions?
Latest news is that behind this deal is also Swiss company NLV Solar AG, which plans to build electric cars together with Koenigsegg at Saab’s factory in Trollhattan.

We are talking about a production version of the NLV Quant concept, which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show this spring.

Owning Saab would give these companies access to a car plant to produce cars in higher numbers with government guarantees. If they wanted to start new factories it would take years and probably even more money.

In addition to electric Quant, Saab would of course continue to build 9-3, 9-4X and 9-5.

Refresher:

Quant concept is a work of Koenigsegg and NLV Solar AG, which makes photovoltaic and accumulator technologies.

This futuristic concept seats four people and uses gull-wing doors for easy entrance. There is only one door on each side of the car. Windows can be opened separately on the front and rear.

Power comes from two electrical AC induction electric motors on the rear wheels, with variable frequency drive and in-line planetary step down drive, one for each rear wheel. Brake regeneration is used on all four-wheels.

Projected weight is 1780 kg (3924 pounds) and two engines offer a total of 512 horsepower. Expected 0-100 km/h(0-62 mph) time is 5.2 seconds and top speed is 275 km/h (170 mph). Full range is up to 500 km (310 miles).

Body of the Quant is covered with thin-flm photovoltaic solar coating.

Via: SaabsUnited

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