Saab Cars North America is mounting an ambitious effort to get back into the Canada as soon as possible.
General Motors decided to sell Saab as it emerged from bankruptcy, last year, and then, initially, began to ramp down operations when it failed to find a buyer for the Swedish brand. Saab was eventually sold, in February 2010, to Spyker Cars of the Netherlands. But in the interim, production operations were halted and GM closed all of the Saab dealerships in Canada.
Victor Mueller, Spyker chief executive officer, tells TheDetroitBureau.com there are still a lot of Saab enthusiasts in Canada and passionate dealers. Saab Cars North America (SCNA) has now reached agreement with International Fleet Sales to return Saab to the Canadian marketplace as quickly as possible.
SCNA and IFS are developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout Canada beginning with 2011 model year vehicles. The launch date for the revived operations is August 1. Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.