Victor Muller says he picked up the biggest bargain in the business this year when his company acquired Saab.
Now the question is: What can he do with it? Muller used to run a little Dutch sports car company. Now he runs Spyker Cars NV and Saab.
When Spyker bought Saab in February, Muller inherited a legendary Swedish brand that got lost in General Motors Co.'s product portfolio. With Saab freed from GM, Muller promises to return the automaker to the good old days of devoted owners driving unique products.
That means the likely return of a 92 -- not a GM and Subaru fusion called the 9-2X -- and expansion into other areas where Saab can be uniquely Saab again. Muller will share his vision for Saab's future at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Bilbao, Spain, on June 22-23.
Muller will join a long list of high-profile industry speakers to address the theme "Solutions After a Crisis: Navigating out of a European Downturn."
Nick Reilly, CEO of Opel/Vauxhall and president of General Motors Europe, will open the Congress as the dinner keynote speaker June 22.
John Fleming, CEO of Ford of Europe, will start the all-day Congress session the next morning.
Discussion topics include finding solutions through technological advances and environmental alternatives; making the right decisions after a crisis, including capacity adjustments and competition; and opportunities for automakers and suppliers through collaboration.