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Saab Teases Design Concept Ahead of Geneva Auto Show

by on Feb.14, 2011

Saab is using this image to tease a new design concept at the Geneva Auto Show.

Listening to Victor Muller, last summer, it was easy to hear the car enthusiast that, at his core, he is.

He dreamed a little, while speaking at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, about building a new small Saab, returning the automaker he had just salvaged from the scrapheap of history, to its roots.

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Now, just a year after Muller’s Spyker Automobiles swallowed the much larger Saab, he might be getting his wish.

Saab Back in Business

Trollhattan plant rolling out 9-5 again.

by on Mar.23, 2010

Saved at the proverbial 11th hour, Saab is back in business, the first 2011 9-5 shown here rolling off the assembly line.

Swedish automaker Saab is back in business again – and looking to expand its line-up.

After a temnporary shutdown that many thought would become permanent, the maker’s factory in Trollhattan is rolling again, the first car down the line the new 2010 Saab 9-5 sedan.

One of four General Motors brands that the automaker had planned to shed following its bankruptcy, last year, Saab appeared doomed to a fate similar to that of Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer, all of which GM now plans to toss onto the automotive rust heap.  An initial offer from Scandinavian supercar maker Konigsegg was rejected when that company couldn’t come up with the cash.  But just as GM closed Saab’s plants and dissolved its board of directors, an alternate bid from Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker came through.

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It’s taken a month to lock everything into place and get the factories humming again.  But for now, at least, Saab is up and running again.  That’s good news for buyers around the globe who’ve been placing orders for the new 9-5 despite the uncertainty about Saab’s future.