Five months after becoming an independent car manufacturer, Saab Automobile’s restructuring of its sales operations is firmly on track. With representation in 53 countries around the world, Saab is now operating through a mix of National Sales Companies, Importers and a new Direct-Dealer concept.
Saab's new design director was behind some pretty controversial designs during his time at Pininfarina and Bertone. Will he stay true to Saab's airplane-inspired designs, or will he carry on drawing spaceships?
The all-new Saab 9-5 goes on sale this summer and the first arrivals here in the US will be 9-5 Aero models packing a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 and Haldex XWD. See pricing here.
March 29, 2010
Saab to Build Cars in Russia
Former Spyker shareholder and Russian banker Vladimir Antonov has stated that a deal is in the works to build Saabs in a new plant in Kaliningrad in Russia. With an output of only around 10,000 cars a year, it's likely those cars will be intended for the Russian home market only. More details at TheLocal.se.
It's no surprise the first Saab to roll down the Trollhattan assembly line under new ownership is the all-new 9-5. As the newest model in the company's lineup, it symbolizes the re-birth of the company. Video after the jump...
March 17, 2010
Saab Moving to Royal Oak After All
Last fall Saab negotiated with the upscale Detroit suburb of Royal Oak to have its tax burden forgiven in exchange for locating its North American headquarters there. That was before the deal to sell it to Koenigsegg fell apart. Now it looks like all is good, according to the Detroit Free Press.
December 31, 2009
Saab Owners to Convoy to Detroit
In the spirit of the Saab Support Convoys being held in Europe to protest GM's elimination of Saab, Ryan at Saab History is proposing a Stateside convoy to Detroit. The proposed date of the march on Detroit is January 7th.
Spyker isn't content to let GM kill off Saab just yet. Despite the fact GM said the deal was off last Friday, Spyker put together a new proposal that supposedly eliminates the objections of the last go-around. The clock is still ticking...
Saab will officially cease to exist, as a result of General Motors' inability to secure a new buyer for the beleaguered but much-loved brand. In a conference call held this morning, the first nail was hammered into the coffin, as GM Vice President John Smith announced that no deal could be reached with Spyker.
December 10, 2009
Spyker Preferred Bidder for Saab
While several consortiums and companies have come forward to show interest in purchasing Saab now that Koenigsegg Group has fallen through, apparently General Motors is leaning heavily toward working a deal with Spyker. This, according to AutoCar.co.uk.
With the pullout of Koenigsegg Group from the purchase of Saab, a couple of new suitors have stepped forward. One of those is the Dutch exotic car maker Spkyer, who confirmed last week that the small company was negotiating with General Motors for the opportunity to become Saab's new owner.
It's too perfect--perhaps it's a good thing the Koenigsegg deal feel through because, while that brand does share Saab's Swedish motherland, it a lowly supercar builder wasn't ready for brand "Born from Jets." Spyker, the Dutch builder of equally outrageous boutique sports cars, got its start as both a automobile and aircraft company just as both industries were beginning to take shape. Saab too got its start with airplanes as everyone knows from that terrible GM ad campaign (who can find similarity between the 9-7X and an airplane, other than mass?)
After months of intense dealings and arrangements, the Koenigsegg Group has reportedly pulled out of the deal to buy Saab Automobile from General Motors. That leaves the Chinese firm Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation (BAIC) as the only active buyer at the moment.