Saab Dealership to complete production of unfinished Saabs

It seems the story of Saab, the Swedish automaker, keeps having an interesting turn or twist. Saab United, a Saab enthusiast website, has reported that unfinished Saabs left sitting on the production line have been bought and will be finished by a dealership.

In case anyone has forgotten, Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on December 19th, 2011. The company was trying to secure financing from Youngman Lotus and a Chinese bank, so it might survive. However, GM blocked the deal at the last minute. GM was able to do this since they still own some technology licenses that Saab used. GM blocked the deal, because they feared the technology would go to the Chinese. (See my editorial "GM gets Bailout, Why not Saab.")

This forced the Saab to file for bankruptcy and left many Saabs on the production line unfinished. Much to to dismay of Saab fans around the globe. There has been good news, such as the Trollhättan Saab museum that was saved by the town.


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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Saab. It's ridiculous that GM would block the sale of this quirky, reliable line of cars since GM was not able (or willing) to successfully promote or market these cars when it had full ownership. GM was happy to receive a bailout at US taxpayers' cost but won't get out of the way for Saab to do something less sinister. I guess GM is afraid of the competition Saab offers -- GM vehicles may be better than they used to be but they aren't likely to outlast a well-built Saab. I'd rather see China or India in the driver's seat if it will keep this noble car brand alive.