Trollhättan's future in the balance

GM Denies Decision on Saab’s Future

General Motors Europe dismissed as ”ludicrous” a newspaper report that the world’s biggest carmaker had already decided to build its next-generation mid-sized car at an Opel plant in Germany.

The two factories in the running for the contract -inRuesselsheim, Germany, and Trollhättan, Sweden - will present their proposals only by the close of business on Monday.

GM says it will now begin a process of evaluation towrd a decision due early next year. Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson met GM executives on Friday to lobby for the Saab plant and the some 7000 jobs it represents. His government has also drawn up a series of measures for Trollhättan to boost local infrastructure to help Saab win the car contract.

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