Despite reports to the contrary, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson says he has no plans to jump ship and join Volvo.
This month a Swedish newspaper said Jonsson was a candidate for the top job at Volvo Car Corp., which Ford Motor Co. is selling to Zhejiang Geely, China's largest private carmaker.
"I am honored to be mentioned in connection with Volvo, a fine brand and a fine Swedish company," Jonsson told Automotive News in an e-mail. "However, I have no other plans but to stay at Saab."
Jonsson's response should be a big relief for Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV. In February, the Dutch maker of sports cars acquired Saab from General Motors. During an interview this month in Trollhattan, Sweden, Muller had nothing but praise for Jonsson.
"You could very easily argue that without the great chemistry between Jan Ake and myself, there would probably be no new Saab today," Muller said.
He said the two men hit it off from the start, "basically joining each other at the hip to make it happen, trusting each other blindly."
He added: "This is something that you cannot buy. This is something that you cannot create. You just look at each other in the eye and think 'OK, this guy is for real.' "