STOCKHOLM, March 10 Spyker Cars' SPYKR.AS Saab
unit will miss its sales target this year, the Russian
businessman set to buy Spyker's sportscar operations said in a
newspaper interview on Thursday.
Vladimir Antonov, who helped fund Spyker's acquisition of
Saab from GM (GM.N) last February and who previously had a stake
in Spyker, told Swedish daily Dagens Industri he saw Saab
selling 60,000-65,000 cars this year, short of its target.
Eric Geers, head of communication for Saab, said he could
not comment specifically on Antonov's remarks. But he said
Saab's business plan was on track and that its 80,000 sales
target was not its main goal.
"I know that at Saab we are moving ahead, we are following
the business plan," Geers said. "The sales target is not our
prime target. Our prime target is to follow our business plan
and deliver, within the financial parameters."
Spyker Chief Executive Victor Muller was not available for
Spyker faced wide scepticism when it rescued Saab from
imminent closure but has remained bullish, forecasting sales to
rise this year to 80,000 vehicles and 120,000 in 2012.
Saab sold 31,696 cars in 2010 after cutting its full-year
target in October to 30,000-35,000 vehicles from 45,000.
The Russian businessman was also quoted as saying he could
finance 500 million Swedish crowns ($79 million) of Saab's
capital needs this year and that it would be no easy task to
bring on board other investors.
Last month, loss-making Spyker said it was selling its niche
luxury car business to a Antonov's British holding company, CPP
Global Holdings, for an initial 15 million euros ($21 million)
and would focus on the Saab operation.
($1=6.343 Swedish crowns =0.7208 euro)
(Editing by Erica Billingham)