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Scania sells shareholding in Svenska Volkswagen

Effective from 1 January 2002, Scania sold its 50% shareholding in Svenska Volkswagen AB to Volkswagen AG of Germany. Established in 1948, Svenska Volkswagen is the importer of Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda, as well as Porsche, cars in Sweden. Its market share 2001 was 18.7%.

The decision results from the disappearance of the historic synergies between car and truck manufacture – cars are consumer products, while trucks are now investment products. The task of splitting the formerly common sales and service networks in Sweden, which was commenced a couple of years ago, is now largely complete.

The decision by the Scania board was subject to a ‘financial fairness opinion’ delivered by ABN-Amro Bank.

The purchase price is SEK 870 million. Estimated at approximately SEK 250 million, the profit from the sale will be reported in Scania’s results for the first quarter of 2002.

For further information, please contact Magnus Hahn, tel. +46-8-553 835 10, mobile +46-70-551 7903, or Hans-Åke Danielsson, tel. +46-8-553 856 62, mobile +46-70-346 8811