Spyker's association with ex-company chairman Vladimir Antonov is what almost kept the Saab deal from happening. But after a high-profile bid to clear his name (still waiting on the report, Mr. A) and the scent of euros on the table, you didn't really think Antonov was just going to walk away, did you?

The Russian said in an interview last week that Saab was looking to build a production plant in Russia and will sign a memorandum of understanding to that effect "within a month." Another report has put potential production of such a facility at 10,000 cars per year.

Spyker CEO Victor Muller has had nothing to say on the statement. Naturally, we have no idea if Saab is looking for a Russian plant, but we'd be shocked (not for the first time, we admit) to find it were doing so "within a month." We'd have a much easier time believing that Spyker wants to get the new 9-5 and 9-5 SportCombi selling briskly and a better 9-3 on the way before it makes huge increases in production capacity in Russia. But that's just us...

[Source: Moscow Times]