By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Apr 18th, 2012 @ 7:49 am
 
Ex-Saab CEO Victor Muller has announced that he is actively looking for investors in order to raise about €25 million ($32.8 million) to design and build the production version of the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SUV.

The D8 was presented at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show and it has essentially been on the back burner since, but Muller still passionately believes that the luxurious SUV has a bright future ahead of it.

In an interview with Holland's NU, he pointed out that Maserati, Bentley, and even Lamborghini are currently developing similar vehicles. The super-SUV market is booming in China and in the Middle East, and Spyker could surf that wave by launching the SUV in the next five years.

Muller went on to say that if the D8 is successful, it could help Spyker sell about a thousand cars a year.

Critics argue that Muller's figure is not realistic; after all, the company only sold 12 cars in 2011. The ever-optimistic Muller is confident that it can be done if the necessary funding is secured.

"[In 2011] Spyker had zero dollars in its coffers because it suffered greatly from the circumstances at Saab," explained Muller. "Never say never, you have to remain opportunistic."

Muller indicated that Spyker's future does not depend exclusively on the D8 SUV. He said that the company is currently taking orders for the C8 Aileron sports car, and that the order book "looks very good." He declined to provide a more precise figure.