Sweden's Saab Automobile, owned by ailing U.S. auto maker General Motors , would welcome talks with Italy's Fiat about a takeover, the company said on Wednesday.

Fiat, not among the 10 suitors currently in the race for Saab, has however not been in contact with Saab's management, Saab spokesman Eric Geers told Reuters.

But we are open for discussions. If Fiat comes in the picture, we would welcome a dialogue, Geers said.

The Swedish carmaker, currently under reorganization, aims to win court approval for an extended period of creditor protection on May 20.