Koenigsegg soon to be 45% norweigan.

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Original article here: http://www.di.se/Nyheter/?page=/Avd...onId=Ettan&menusection=Startsidan;Huvudnyhete

My translation:
Norways Branson buys half of Koenigsegg
2005-12-20: Carl Thulin
Swedish Koenigsegg, who's manufacturing the fastest car on the planet, becomes half norweigan. "Norways Richard Branson", raceboatworldchampion and industrialdesigner B?rd Eker from Fredrikstad has bought 45 percent of Koenigsegg.


?ngelholmsbased Koenigsegg is the boydream that's lead to the faster car in the world. The von Koenigsegg family now lets go of the company for an unknown amount of money. A new issue has made the norweigan millionarie and industrial designer B?rd Eker the biggest owner, with 45 percent of the shares.

B?rd Eker and VD Christian von Koenigsegg met through a chinese carbonfibremanufacturer a couple of year ago. Since two and a half year the norweigan has been involved in the design of new models and now he will become the main owner.

"Who is he? Norways Richard Branson is probably the best way of describing him. He does whatever he wants and makes it work.", says Christian von Koenigsegg.

"The investment in Koenigsegg works fine with our ideas. It's a strategic investment, we didn't do it to earn alot of money and the spend it all on the beaches of Spain. We felt that we needed something that was more international. We are good at making nicheproducts with good performance.", says B?rd Eker, who's designed everything from lawnmovers for Electrolux to projectors for Toshiba.

He owns a motorboatmanufacturer, and after buying tycoon Bj?rn Rune Gjelstens monster Spirit of Norway he has just become the world champion in offshore, class 1, with himelfs behind the wheel.

Christian von Koenigsegg also sees big syrnetic effects, but admit that there are some economical reasons as well. The company is making profit, Koenigsegg Automobile AB turned over 28,5Mkr and made a profit of 5,6Mkr after taxes.But the bar has been raised and for the next year, Christian von Koenigsegg is aiming to sell 25-30 cars, which is about as many as the company has sold since the foundation in 1993.

That goal will be reached partly after the new cars has been adapted to american requirements.

"USA constitutes about half the market for supercars - therefore we're dubeling our potential. California is the world's biggest market and we've got an enormous interest there", says Christian von Koenigsegg.

On the Ganeve car show in mars next year, Koenigsegg will present it's third model, the first that B?rd Eker has been involved in. Neither of them won't way anything about it, but Christian promises that it will be faster than the CCR, which holds the present speed record.

The new model will reach the marked at the end of 2007 or the beginning of 2008.

The price for a Koenigsegg does start at 5 Mkr, but producing luxury cars in Sweden is far from any goldmine.

"I think the really big profits lies far into the future. It's not easy producing in high-cost countrys such as Sweden and Norway.", says B?rd Eker.

Koenigsegg has a total of about 80 shareholders. The von Koenigsegg family owns after the issue about 30 percent, estimates Christian von Koenigsegg. Otherwise it's mostly swedish people who thinks it nice with a swedish car in the ownerlist. But Volvo PV is there too - Koenigsegg changed some shares for some time in a windtunnel a couple of years ago.


FACTS ABOUT KOENIGSEGG

Koenigsegg got a starting capital from Nutek in 1994. The first car was tested on the track in Anderstorp in 1996. Then they brought in the riskcapital. The von Koenigsegg family has spent about 15 Mkr i the company.


According to the 33-year old VD there's no other car in production that beats Koenigsegg in terms of performance. He's aware that Bugatti has built a faster car, but that's in a straigt line. "No one beats us around a track. That's where we're doing 388km/h."


The company has got 35 employees.


The sale capacity will be raised to 25-30 til next year. The VD hopes that all of them will be sold, but says that the company will make profit even at lower volumes.


A Koenigsegg CCR costs 458.000 euro plus local taxes, VAT, transport and extra equipment. A normally equipped costs about 5 Mkr in Sweden incl VAT. But not a single car has been sold here so far. The buyers are in Norway, Arabia, Germany, France, Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore and Russia. Most cars are sold through retailers.


Christian von Koenigsegg doesn't want to give out any names, but it is known to the public that the norweigan telecommillionarie Vidar Vollvik has bought one.


It is a pity that Koenigsegg won't remain as swedish as it is now. But the release of a new model makes me willing to forgive. At least it still scandinavian ;)
 

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A new model thats even faster than the CCR -> enjoy your title, Volkswagen, it won't last for long...

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the qquestion is.. will it run fine for 15 min without any problems?
 

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Re: Koenigsegg soon to be 45% norweigan.

vanMould said:
It is a pity that Koenigsegg won't remain as swedish as it is now. But the release of a new model makes me willing to forgive. At least it still scandinavian ;)
It's nice that it get's into Norwegian hands, now we can brag about something else than the Kewet or the Th!nk citycar... ;) And it now is in the hands of a country that has an annual income the same as Swedens debt... :p (Sorry couldn't help myself...)
 

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Some Norwegian engineers are also going to help out on the Koenigsegg. Their offices is located about a ten minute walk from my home.

Here's my very recent post from the "I saw"-thread:

Magnus said:
I saw, and sat in, a Koenigsegg this summer. Two Koenigseggs were gathered i Trondheim, Norway. The yellow one is owned by a Norwegian billionare. The red one is the official test car, the one they broke the world record in on the Nardo track. This was the first time ever two Koenigsegg were in the same town at the same time. I even got to meet the founder of Koenigsegg, Christian Von Koenigsegg :D

Same summer I spotted a silver SLR McLaren outside The Casino in Monaco, and I outran a Gallardo on a bike ;)

http://img487.imageshack.**/img487/737/dscn18373sg.th.jpg

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Re: Koenigsegg soon to be 45% norweigan.

marcos_eirik said:
vanMould said:
It is a pity that Koenigsegg won't remain as swedish as it is now. But the release of a new model makes me willing to forgive. At least it still scandinavian ;)
It's nice that it get's into Norwegian hands, now we can brag about something else than the Kewet or the Th!nk citycar... ;) And it now is in the hands of a country that has an annual income the same as Swedens debt... :p (Sorry couldn't help myself...)

isn't the aquada norwegian as well?
 

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Magnus said:
This was the first time ever two Koenigsegg were in the same town at the same time.

Surely not true, since I remember a picture (I believe its even on Koenigseggs website) where 2 are nest to each other in Dubai...
 

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Magnus said:
Some Norwegian engineers are also going to help out on the Koenigsegg. Their offices is located about a ten minute walk from my home.

Here's my very recent post from the "I saw"-thread:

Magnus said:
I saw, and sat in, a Koenigsegg this summer. Two Koenigseggs were gathered i Trondheim, Norway. The yellow one is owned by a Norwegian billionare. The red one is the official test car, the one they broke the world record in on the Nardo track. This was the first time ever two Koenigsegg were in the same town at the same time. I even got to meet the founder of Koenigsegg, Christian Von Koenigsegg :D

Same summer I spotted a silver SLR McLaren outside The Casino in Monaco, and I outran a Gallardo on a bike ;)

http://img487.imageshack.**/img487/737/dscn18373sg.th.jpg

http://img461.imageshack.**/img461/9307/dscn186115ym.th.jpg

http://img461.imageshack.**/img461/3646/dscn187114nx.th.jpg

http://img520.imageshack.**/img520/2261/dscn187613uo.th.jpg

I saw the Koenigsegg this summer too, well actually my mother did, and sent me some MMS pics to brag ... and then everyone here teased me about it :cry:

haz
 

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old news.. :D

http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?p=210683#210683

ohh and i was pased on tme motorway by a CCR the summer after it was first shown to the public...

(haz: hvis du lurer var det NTG i t?nsberg sin som n? lever i frankrike.. den som ble tatt hjem igjen av autostrada.. var p? E18 mellom t?nsberg og drammen et sted)
 

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so they are making a new model already that is promised to be faster than the CCR??? it's just gonna be another CC. why not put that time/money into improving the CCR? who's gonna want to buy the CCR now that it will already be outdone by its own brother? :|
 

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the new car is just a new CCR .. almost final edition ..
like an "CCRS" or something ..

What they need is a F430 challenger.. a "small" koenigsegg..
made with norwegian aluminium :p

vanMould said:
Christian von Koenigsegg doesn't want to give out any names, but it is known to the public that the norweigan telecommillionarie Vidar Vollvik has bought one.
Vidar Vollvik lost his driving license a few days ago for speeding :p
(not in the CCR.. in a E60 M5 :p)
 

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The new car comes out in 2 to 3 years, so I guess, it has some time left...
 

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Christian von Koenigsegg doesn't want to give out any names, but it is known to the public that the norweigan telecommillionarie Vidar Vollvik has bought one.

The yellow CCR on the pictures above is Idar Vollviks, yes, his name is IDAR Vollvik.
 

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Kebab gud said:
the new car is just a new CCR .. almost final edition ..
like an "CCRS" or something ..

What they need is a F430 challenger.. a "small" koenigsegg..
made with norwegian aluminium :p

I agree with you, but I think they'll have to stick to the hypercar-class until they've got enough money to start producing a regular supercar, since those has got to be built in much bigger numbers. However, a "small" Koenigsegg would be awesome!
 

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Hey, thats about Norweigian as I am! And im a Dane, too. :)
 

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Kebab gud said:
Kebab gud said:
they should do as ferrari does .. one "small" , one GT and one Hyper :p
(ok ok .. ferrari has 2 GTs :p)
and they should move up to a V12 for the CCR ..
but whose will they use?
 
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