Victor Muller is growing the Spyker dealer network by adding Spyker franchises at suitable Saab dealerships. The network will grow to 90 by 2011.
Victor Muller has been a very busy boy this last six months in his quest to take control of Saab. So you may be forgiven for thinking that the company that allowed Victor to make the bid for Saab – Spyker – has has to take a bit of a back seat. But you’d be wrong.
Back in February – just weeks after the signature on the Saab deal was finally on the contract – Victor was in the Midlands at Brendan O’Toole’s CPP Manufacturing together with Spyker Chairman Vladimir Antonov to celebrate Spykers coming off the line in the UK, where all Spykers are now being built.
And that production facility at CPP Manufacturing offers the ability to produce five cars a day – massively more than Spyker are currently selling. So it’s no big surprise that Victor has decided to leverage the Saab network he now has at his disposal to shift some rather more exotic metal than normal, and is signing up Saab dealerships – in appropriate locations – to offer Spykers as well.
The plan is to have 60 Spyker dealerships around the globe by the end of 2010 (up from the original 35) and to extend that to 90 by the end of 2011. You can expect a fair number of these to be in the US as it’s Spyker’s aim to see good sales increases in North America now they have a car big enough for the average American to drive – the Spyker C8 Aileron and Aileron Spyder.
Who knows, Victor’s plan to have Saab solvent by next year may well see Spyker turn a profit too.
Which won’t do CPP’s bottom line any harm either.