(Corrects to remove incorrect Reuters instrument code in first
paragraph; also repeats to additional Reuters clients)
AMSTERDAM, April 22 Volvo has had talks with the
Swedish government about possibly bidding for Saab, the Dutch
Telegraaf reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources close to
The Swedish government, which last week gave conditional
backing to free up cash for the struggling Saab business, is
reportedly talking to Volvo Cars about Volvo's possible interest
in bidding for Saab. Volvo is owned by China's Geely.
Saab has run into a cash crunch in its first year of
ownership by Dutch niche carmaker Spyker SPYKR.AS after its
2010 sales fell short of forecasts.
Geely, parent of Geely Automotive Holdings (0175.HK), took
over Ford Motor's (F.N) Volvo car unit in August 2010, in
China's largest acquisition of a foreign car maker.
Earlier this week Saab's Chief Executive Officer Victor
Muller said that the Swedish car maker is negotiating with a
wide range of Chinese car makers about a tie-up.
Spyker was unavailable for comment.
(Reporting by Roberta B. Cowan; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)