- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

AMSTERDAM — General Motors Co. said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to sell its struggling Saab Automobile arm to the small Dutch luxury carmaker Spyker Cars NV.

GM has not specified terms of the deal, but a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous sources said the sale price is roughly $74 million and GM will retain preferred shares in Saab worth $326 million.

As part of the deal, the Swedish government will guarantee a $566 million loan from the European Investment Bank to Spyker, the Journal reported.

The deal would be a coup for Spyker and a lifeline for Saab, which has about 3,500 employees in Sweden.

The sale of Saab is “great news for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, great news for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide, and great news for GM,” said John Smith, a vice president at the company.

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