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With new vehicle production at a trickle, and its dealer network slashed by a third, retailers of the Saab brand are finding inventory shrinking to drought levels. Some of the remaining dealers may even run out of new vehicles before replacements arrive.

Point the blame towards the pending sale of Saab to Koenigsegg Automotive AB, and the fact that an all-new Saab 9-5 model is still sitting on the horizon. With the transaction still not complete, financial limitations have kept new vehicle production low. In addition, the Swedish assembly plant tasked to build the new 9-5 sedan is in the process of retooling. "When we close the deal and change owners we can start producing again for real as we then will have financing," Eric Geers, a Saab spokesman told Bloomberg.

Even if the deal with Koenigsegg closes as planned, the 2010 Saab 9-5 (the company's first all-new car in seven years) won't hit European showrooms until early next year. U.S. dealers will likely have to wait even longer, starving as the last of their dwindling inventory rolls away.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the look of this car. The body panels are taught and void of extra cuts, creases, vents, or chrome bits. I like how both ends look like it was designed by the same person or team. Very clean and elegant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we all know that Saab is going through some tough timesa those days, but can we say that the brand is completely dying? I run a smaill used-cars shop and Saab cars are still selling.. So i have some hope even if the current situation is difficult.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope the reason that it's taking so long to close this deal doesn't have anything to do with Koenigsegg having second thoughts or anything like that. That would be a shame cuz I am sure that would completely kill Saab for good.

      While I admittedly would probably never own one, I have always appreciated Saab's quirkiness - I have always thought of them as the European Subaru... strange little fun cars with an extremely loyal following.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The worst thing that ever happened to SAAB was trying to make it amass market product, to join the other 100's of mass market products.

      Keep it quirky, bring back the hatchback, and stop making stupid vehicles like the 97X (Just GM Crap with a SAAB Badge) and the Saabaru.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they have invested too much time and energy at this point. Theres a lot of work involved in taking over a company, especially when its being done by a smaller company who doesn't have access to huge resources. Things look promising as of now, at the very least things are looking better than before. I'd really like to see Saab become special again. I don't care if they are the it car (in fact my reason for buying them is just that, i like having something different. I loved my Viggen for that reason. Sure the chasis wasn't the greatest (far from it in fact) but it made 236whp without tuning in a ~3000 lb car, and with a 4 banger i was able to squeeze over 30 mpg on the highway (even crusing @ 75 to 80). Plus with the aftermarket parts available i was able to make it competitive handling wise. My last purchase of a 9-5 Aero in '05 was what i thought would be my last new saab as i thought things were going South quickly. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era for the brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was at my local Volvo store over the weekend and noticed the same thing. The lot was empty!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok--here's the 2.900 lb.elephant in the room;
      When do the Koenigseggs join the Saabs on the
      showroom floor?
      After all-he DOES manufacture the world's hottest alt-fueled car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Saab dealer near me has about 16 cars in inventory. This is a dealer that was NOT eliminated!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the average monthly sales for a Saab dealer? 5? He's got a few months worth of inventory left.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So much love online for an unloved brand that next to nobody actually spends their money on.

      Oh, and GM lost $5,000 on every Saab sold under their ownership. Which adds up to quite a lot of money wasted.


      So how much is Koneingonndgiosndgogsdodogndssegg willing to lose on Saab?
      • 5 Years Ago
      We are down to five or seven new 2009 SAABs depending on how a couple of pending deals went today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Many yuppies will definitely be disappointed!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have an 08 Turbo X Sportcombi. I love it, I love it, I love it. It gets more looks than my 04 Vette ever did and it is unique because it is so rare. 280 horses, all wheel drive, xenon headlights that turn with the steering wheel and raise up or down 3% depending on the grade of the road. It isn't the fastest car in it's class but it is the rarest and that I like. Way too many beemers out there. Driving a beemer is like driving a Toyota Camry, so many of them that no one cares or notices. Not that I am looking for attention but it is a great car, get's decent gas mileage. Only bad point is there is not a lot or legroom in the back seat .
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