WITH THE SALE of Saab moving closer to completion, and a private consortium led by Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg looking likely to be the new owners, the question has been asked: just what does Koenigsegg stand to gain from the acquisition?
Reports have surfaced in Sweden today that, according to sources close to the matter, Koenigsegg is looking to Saab's production facilities to turn its Quant electric supercar concept into a showroom reality.
Swedish news service Realtid has reported that Koenigsegg is eager to get the previously concept-only electric supercar - which develops 382kW and 715Nm through its twin electric motors - into production, and the company views Saab's knowledge and facilities as the key.
Developed in partnership with Swedish company NLV Solar AG, specialists in photovoltaics and electrical power technology, the Quant began as a concept intended for nothing more than to demonstrate the energy company's vision for the supercar of the future.
Koenigsegg is expected to make the most of the government guarantees that come with the acquisition of Saab.
Along with producing the Quant in small numbers, the manufacturer reportedly aims to boost production of Saab vehicles from 130,000 to 150,000 per year by 2011.
[via Motor Authority]