• Nov 13, 2009
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According to Automotive News, Federal Express letters arrived at 81 of Saab's 218 dealers on Thursday stating that their franchises had not been selected to move forward and become a dealer for the post-sale entity, Saab Cars North America. The package from General Motors said that Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg, Saab's buyer, had selected only certain stores based on its business plan requiring strong, well-located dealers showing profits and high volume.

All Saab dealers signed termination agreements in June when GM entered bankruptcy. The dealers who received reject letters today will follow the terms of those agreements. Meanwhile, the remaining 137 U.S. Saab dealers will have to wait patiently until the end of November when the sale is scheduled to close (although those close to the deal say it may take longer). Current Saab dealer contracts with GM will not expire until October 2010, at which point the remaining dealers will sign new franchise agreements with Saab Cars North America.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      i will buy a saab after 2010, then i will know gm has no part in it. to me, gm degraded saab.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you really want to be an anti-GM purist, you'll have to wait longer than that- even the new 9-5 uses a GM platform, for example. But I do think that it will mean that none of your money will go to GM, if that's what you're worrying about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that Fox Saab in Grand Rapids gets the axe. They're the worst Saab dealership in the entire state.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Koenigsegg. Doesn't fit the plan let them go. Many dealers under GM were either left to waste or just run poorly....As a side note: Dealers should represent your brand, they provide the first interaction with the company. If your dealers/stores look cheap, your product will feel cheap (GM i felt had a huge problem with this). Dealers should be in good locations and provide a good service. Kinda feel like it is a no brainier but is looked over many times.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish it read:Koeniggsegg will start selling cars at Saab dealers
      :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saab dealers exist? I can't recall having ever seen one, and I live in a major metro area.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live with in 50 miles of two Saab only dealers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live within 25 miles of 6 dealers and 2 are Saab are within 5-10 miles of my house. Both showrooms sell only Saabs and have a long standing presence in the area. New England is Saab country...and maybe even parts of the Pacific Northwest. Saab sales have always been much smaller outside of those regions.

        As for recent months sales, as I understand it from speaking to salesmen, Saab dealers have been reduced to selling existing inventory for the past several months. That may have changed recently or it may be in the process of changing with the new 9-5 coming out but I wouldn't make much of last month's sales. It doesn't mean anything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen a single Saab dealership in my life and I've traveled quite a bit.
        Wait, that's not true, I think I've seen two although the other one was was 12 time zones away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing you live in Fairfield County :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be a nice car if it were so narrow. That might be ok for narrow European streets, but common, luxury car in here got to be wider a bit. (Same applies to Infinitis - they look so ridiculously disproportional)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember when GM bought a stake in Saab in 1990, it was almost dead. If GM had not bought into Saab ,it perhaps would not even have survived until now. So instead of criticizing GM, maybe Saab fans should be thankful to GM for extending Saab's life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks very modern, looks excellent (prolly only Saab car I call excellent).
      • 5 Years Ago
      List please? Three of my closest Saab dealers closed- warranty work has become a 2 day tour of driving, loaner cars and waiting to hear about out-of-stock parts and 'we couldn't duplicate the [constantly recurring] problem'. It's my third Saab 9-5 (its narrowness fits in my garage, besides other virtues) but it's definitely my worst built. Itching for Saab to survive nevertheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, 2.75 dealers per state. Obviously it doesn't break down like that but just shows how small a company they are in the auto world. I can think of two in my area. One is a stand alone dealer and the other is a Saab/Cadillac dealer. Both have been updated with in the last three years and seem to push product well. I'm guessing both will remain.
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