Eräältä ulkomaiselta foorumilta poimittua:=========================================*Swedes Mulling Bid To Buy Volvo Back From FordSuper-rich Wallenberg family eye US car giant's European 'jewel in the crown'01 Jul 07, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, Tim Webb (Summary)SWEDEN / USA / UK --- Volvo could return to Swedish ownership after one of the country's wealthiest families became the Ford subsidiary's latest suitor.The Wallenberg family controls Investor AB, a publicly quoted Swedish investment conglomerate which already owns an 11 per cent stake in truck maker Scania.Investor AB is understood to be considering a bid as part of a consortium of investors for Volvo Cars, owned by the US-based Ford. Unions would welcome Swedish ownership, which could give it an advantage over other foreign-led bids.Ford is insisting that its subsidiary, which makes just under 500,000 cars each year, is not for sale. Fredrik Arp, the chief executive of Volvo, last week refused to answer questions about the company's future but did not rule out an auction.One potential sticking point over a sale of Volvo is that its operations are more closely integrated with Ford's. Other companies cited as possible bidders include the German car maker BMW.But a non-trade buyer for Volvo is thought to be more likely because of the disastrous track record of recent industry mergers. In April the private equity group Cerberus bought Chrysler from DaimlerChrysler for $7.4bn when the car group finally gave up on the merger.Paul Newton, an analyst from Global Insight, a consultancy, said: "Any new owner of Volvo would need to take the workforce with it. With the amount of stories creeping out, there is no question that [Ford's] banks are trying to sell all of the PAG brand."It's all up for sale. Ford is asking a lot of money for it - it's the real jewel in the crown."A spokesman for Investor AB said: "We do not comment about market rumours and speculation." A PAG spokesman declined to comment.=========================================
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