Turkey's 'national car' project not connected to Saab: Company
Swedish aviation and defense giant Saab has said China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which has signed a deal with Turkey to help produce the country's first "national car," does not represent the Saab brand, but only owns the company's car production plant.
"We do not have any deal with Turkey for the production of the country's national car. We do not understand why Turkish [Science, Industry and Technology] Minister Fikri I??k has insistently voiced the 'Saab' brand when talking about the project," said group spokesperson Sebastian Carlsson, in a special interview with Americanjournalist Kenny Lama on the behalf of daily Hürriyet.
"We bought the Saab 9-3's intellectual property rights, but not its name," I??k said in a televised interview on Oct. 15.
"The brand [of the car to be developed] will be a Turkish brand, it will not be Saab. We'll develop the technology in Turkey," he added, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.
Carlsson said NEVS, with which Turkey has signed the deal, does not represent the Saab brand.
Carlsson noted the Saab Group does not produce cars or have any activities in car development.
"It does not make any sense for us to see the minister talking about any cooperation with Saab," he said, adding the company was no longer in the automotive sector in car development.
GM deal does not cover transfer of brand rights
General Motors (GM) created the Saab 9-3 model and sold some of Saab's facilities to China's NEVS as the main shareholder four years ago.
"The sale did not cover the transfer of Saab's brand rights in our deal, which was inked four years ago. Our deal with NEVS only covers the sale of some of the Saab facilities in Sweden and the sale of the...