Because of an approaching merger with the vehicle manufacturer Saab, the Swedish truck producer "AB Scania Vabis" decides to transfer Volkswagen's import and sales dealings to a subsidiary. After considering its options, Volkswagen acquires a one-third interest in "Svenska Volkswagen AB" in Södertälje, and so maintains access to the dealership network of the authorized Swedish importer. This involvement in conjunction with a 10-year consortium contract, serves to protect Volkswagen against its direct competitor, Saab. Svenska Volkswagen AB assumes responsibility for the sales of Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles on the Swedish market. During the following year, it acquires "Volkswagen i Stockholm AB", which runs the retail business in the Stockholm area.