Everybody and their mothers seem to have been bitten by the timepiece bug these days, and by ’everybody’, we mean auto manufacturers. It seems that the way of thinking with these people is that if you’re making cars, why not make watches to go along with them?
The latest - and surely, won’t be the last - auto brand that’s set to release an exclusive line of timepieces is Spyker , which announced that it has partnered with Expressions d’Artistes International for an exclusive line of watches that is sure to be on par with what those rival automakers have come out with recently.
Details are still sketchy at this point although it’s been rumored that these Spyker watches will be crafted out of steel and will come with some serious bling in the form of white gold and rose gold. In addition to that, the watches are also expected to be styled similar to how Spyker styles their vehicles, including the use of the same materials found on the cars.
The official unveiling of these rare watches is expected to commence at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, at which point we’ll all have a clearer understanding of what makes these timepieces unique to Spyker. Prices for the watches have been listed at around €8,000 ($10,700) for the "base" steel model and jumping all the way up to €20,000 ($27,000) for the blinged-up rose gold model.
Spyker’s supposed super sports utility vehicle has been kept under wraps for quite a while now. Fortunately, the sleuthing skills of of the boys from Auto Informatied paid big dividends after they were able to scoop up a shot of what looks to be a clay model of the Spyker’s D12 SSUV during a company presentation.
Judging from what we’re looking at, this Spyker SUV is a little tamer than the pretty outlandish Spyker Peking-to-Paris SUV we’ve seen in the past. There’s not a lot of details to be had seeing that this is merely a clay model of the car.
What we do know - or at least, what everybody’s been talking about - is that the new Spyker SUV will come with a pretty monstrous engine with some even speculating that it could very well have a Ferrari or AMG engine under its hood.
Again, that’s all based on speculation so we’re going to hold back on drawing conclusions - for now, at least.
It seems like it was only yesterday when General Motors had little interest in keeping Saab on its roster resulting in the Swedish brand being primed to get the proverbial ax of the guillotine.
But thanks to a last-ditch effort by Spyker , Saab lived to see another day.
And that another day has finally come after the first Saab cars produced under Spyker finally rolled out of the Trollhättan production facility.
Saab Automobile CEO Jan Jonsson was present at the plant with his Spyker counterpart, CEO Victor Mullen and plant director Gunnar Brunius to welcome the first Saab to roll off of production – a new 9-5 sedan, which was then followed by a 9-3 Convertible.
When Spyker bought Saab from General Motors early this year, a lot of people in the industry became convinced that, sooner or later, Spyker would release a concept car that has both elements Saab and Spyker infused into one awesome piece of machine.
One of those people – a Dutch industrial designer, Eduard Gray – believed it so much that he actually designed one his own take of what the Saab/Spyker concept could look like.
Taking particular and critical elements from both brands, which, in this case is Spyker’s chassis and its mid-mounted engine and low down aerodynamics and Saab’s innate ability in building cars whose physical aesthetics have become head-turners in recent time.
Combining both elements from Saab and Spyker, Gray was able to render the “Saab Spyker 9+ Tribute”, his own unique interpretation of what happens when Saab and Spyker team up to create a once-in-a-lifetime concept car.
Check out the photos and tell us what you think of Eduard Gray’s work of art.
The inclusion of Spyker into the fleet of brand’s under Galpin’s dealerships makes it the latest in a long line of car brands that have tapped the services of Galpin to sell their vehicles. Among the other brands that Galpin sells in the Van Nuys, California dealership includes Ford , Jaguar , Aston Martin , and Lotus .
While Galpin has a pretty strong track record of selling more than its fair share of vehicles, the expectations for Spyker are somewhat tempered because, as history has shown, the brand has yet to establish a footing in this part of the world as evidenced by Spyker selling only around 20 cars in the US last year.
Nevertheless, Galpin President Beau Boeckmann has said that the goal for their dealership is to maintain about 10% of the market shares in North America, which isn’t saying much given that Spyker is far from a household name in this part of the world.
Then again, unless Spyker has something in store for customers that we don’t know about, we don’t expect it to take the US by storm; at least not yet.
With Saab finally being welcomed by Spyker with open arms, the months-long drama surrounding the beleaguered Swedish brand has finally come to an end.
Naturally, the deal is still subject to the approval of a European Commission regarding the €400 million loan Spyker is seeking from the European Investment Bank but barring any unexpected snags, Spyker’s acquisition of Saab is expected to be finalized anytime soon.
With Saab finally out of GM’s hands, the two protagonists behind the deal – Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile and Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars – sat down and gave their insights regarding final details between the two brands and Saab’s future now that they’re in the hands of Spyker.
As far as we’re concerned, we’re just relieved that Saab has finally freed themselves from the chopping block and now we can look forward knowing that a once-proud car manufacturer has lived to see another day.
After a lengthy back and forth between the American automotive giant General Motors and the Dutch based super car builder Spyker , the pair have finally entered into a binding contract regarding the sale of the Swedish automaker SAAB . According to GM vice president for corporate planning and alliances, John Smith, "Today’s announcement is great news for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, great news for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide, and great news for GM.”
So despite GM having to drastically downsize their production lineup around the world due to the recent credit crunch, this agreement means that Viggen fans around the world will be able to look forward to future models for quite some time to come because “General Motors, Spyker Cars, and the Swedish government worked very hard and creatively for a deal that would secure a sustainable future for this unique and iconic brand” with the newly formed Saab Spyker Automobiles corporation.
While SAABs are born from jets, Spykers are clearly inspired by them and all that is left for the two automakers to do is dot the “i”s cross the “t”s and file the last of the official paperwork in order to complete the transaction, something that is expected for mid February, and while this is good news for auto workers overseas as well as dealers here in the U.S. We can’t help but think about how the move will strengthen both brands, with Spyker adding a line of more affordable vehicles to its current exclusive super car lineup and a plethora of new high performance possibilities for the Swedish automaker, we are mainly looking forward to seeing a production version of the sweet looking SAAB Aero-X concept.
Days after we learned that General Motors has decided to throw the Swedish brand into the guillotine , Spyker has made a last ditch effort to keep Saab from shutting down when it submitted a new 11-point proposal to GM.
Apparently, Spyker has tied together a lot of the loose ends that resulted in the collapse of the initial negotiations done by the niche supercar makers and General Motors.
The company’s new offer was revealed by Spkyer CEO Victor R. Muller, who seems to be optimistic that a deal could take place in the near future.
"We are very confident that our renewed offer will remove the impasse that was standing in the way of an agreement on Friday, and this would still allow us to conclude the deal prior to the expiry of the deadline originally set by GM of December 31st", he said.
At the same time, Spyker has issued a December 21, 5pm EST deadline for their new proposal, something that GM would have to take a serious look at if it still has any hopes in salvaging Saab.
We don’t know how this whole soap opera is going to play out, but we’re still hoping that something gets worked out before the end of the year.
Nobody wants to see an auto brand fade into obscurity, least of all a brand that has given us a lot of premium-quality cars like Saab.
After months and months of negotiations to sell Saab - including a failed Koenigsegg purchase and a successful partial purchase of the 9-3 and 9-5 sedans by BAIC – it’s finally come down to just one bidder: Spyker .
According to GM head honcho Ed Whitacre, a deal with Spyker remains a distinct ‘possibility’, but given the relatively tight time frame – GM plans to close Saab if no deal happens by December 31 – the future of Saab is clearly headed for a down-to-the-wire decision.
Selfishly speaking, we don’t want Saab to suffer the same fate as Pontiac but if we’re being realistic about the whole situation, we don’t know how the Swedish brand can keep its head above water in the event that Spyker – a brand that hasn’t turned in a profit since God-knows-when – does end up buying it.
Either way, it’s going to be a pretty tight and busy holiday season for GM, Saab and Spyker.
Koenigsegg’s sudden decision to drop out of purchasing Saab from General Motors has opened the doors for at least four different investment groups to purchase the floundering Swedish brand, which, incidentally, has not posted a profit for the past seven years. One of the potential buyers of Saab is the Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker , which, together with its parent company, Converse Bank of Russia, has posted a bid to purchase Saab.
Unlike Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co – who only seems interested in Saab’s 9-3 and 9-5 sedans – Spyker is looking at purchasing the whole Saab brand with an eye towards further developing the 9-4X crossover, as well a using Saab’s technology to further develop its own crossover, the D12 Peking-to-Paris .
In addition to Spyker and BAIH, Merbanco Inc. and Renco Group Inc. are also in the running to purchase Saab from General Motors.