• May 12th 2010 at 6:30PM
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Saab is continuing to claw its way back from the automotive grave. The company just announced that it will once again return to the land of maple syrup and Mounties in 2011. The svelte Swedish machines will be distributed by International Fleet Sales, and both Saab North America and IFS say that so far, around 20 dealers have raised their hands to sell the cars.

Our neighbors to the north will be able to sink their teeth into a total of five models once the new dealerships get off the ground, including all of the multiple flavors of the 9-3. If all goes well, the 9-3X crossover will also touch down on Canadian soil, along with the all-new 2011 9-5.

Saab expects to be doing business in Canada by fall of this year, so if you're north of the border and hankering for a slice of Saab-Spyker goodness, you don't have long to wait. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Saab] Show full PR text
New Start for Saab in the Canadian Marketplace: 2011 Model Year Vehicles To Be Sold in Canada

-- International Fleet Sales to provide distribution services
-- Potential of 20 retail dealers to support network
-- All-new 2011 model year vehicles to land in dealership showrooms in
the fall of 2010

Saab Cars North America (SCNA) and International Fleet Sales (IFS) announced today the return of Saab to the Canadian marketplace. SCNA and IFS are developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout Canada beginning with 2011 model year vehicles.

Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.
"Saab Cars North America is proud to have successfully reached a memorandum of understanding with International Fleet Sales to begin providing high-quality, stylish and trendy Saab vehicles into the Canadian marketplace," said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.

"International Fleet Sales has experience distributing Saabs since 2005 when we exported the Saab 9-7X to Europe and the Middle East and now we look forward to working with SCNA to provide Saab vehicles to the Canadian marketplace," said Mike Libasci, President of IFS. "We also look forward to receiving new product from Sweden in the fall of this year."

An exciting line-up of Saab vehicles will arrive later this fall in dealer showrooms throughout Canada. The vehicles will maintain their rich Swedish heritage and premium engineering, styling and performance capabilities. An all-new Saab 9-3X premium cross-over has been added to the Saab line-up - the 9-3 sport sedan, 9-3 sportCombi and the 9-3 convertible as well as the all-new 9-5 sedan. Vehicle pricing will be released in the coming months. Once the Saab dealer infrastructure is finalized, warranty work will be fulfilled through this network.

For further information on Saab in Canada, please refer to saab.ca or to locate a GM dealer authorized to service your current Saab vehicle, please visit www.owners.gm.ca until the Saab dealer network is finalized this fall.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to like this car, but those overhangs are ridiculous
      • 5 Years Ago
      Odd, I didn't even know they pulled out. There are plenty of new Saabs on our roads today
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah you can still walk into a GM dealership and find a Saab 2009 model that you can get for very cheap.

        They'll definitely throw you incentives trying to get rid of their remaining fleet. I do enjoy seeing 9-3s on the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      im really praying that saab is finally getting their own personality back. after gm got their hands on saab, it seems like saab lost their personality and became just another gm product. just like ford, gm's products tend to be way to similar to each other. i miss the 60's and 70's, when cars shared platforms, but had their own unique personality. cars today still share platforms, but also share everything else as well. take the ford fusion and the mercury milan! there is really no difference between the two! you could label the merury as a ford fusion premium, and no one would notice the difference! just because a car shares a platform with another car, doesnt mean they have to be equipped the same! maybe in afew years, saab wont even share an engine with gm, since gm no longer owns saab! not that there is anything wrong with gm, its just that saab got to watered down....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the press release? :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...and out come the haters. Saab did just fine on its own before GM decided to turn it into an unsuccessful BMW competitor. There are still many Saab loyalists waiting to see what they come up with. I wish them luck. Who wants a world full of nothing but Camrys and Accords?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, to be honest, Saab was in a miserable financial state when GM acquired 50% of their shares in 1991. Not sure of the reasons. And they did develop the entirely successful 900 and 9000 series using Opel/Vauxhall platforms under GM's part-leadership. It wasn't until GM bought 100% of its shares and started forcing conservative, bean-counting GM policies down Saab's throat that the brand really began to lose it.

        GM was Saab's savior, then executioner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a good looking sedan, anyway...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you'll find Saab has just enough money to make the 9-3, 9-5 & nothing else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why? They sold about 23 cars a month.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is true. Brands like MINI and Smart have shown that you don't necessarily need huge volume to achieve comfortable profits.

        Saab needs to become that kind of brand again. They couldn't do that under General Motors--GM just doesn't know how to do business that way. They're a "stack 'em deep and sell 'em cheap" kind of company, and likely always will be.

        For Saab to be well and truly back, though, they need an all-new 9-3, yesterday. The Epsilon-based model was only marginally competitive in 2003 and has only gone downhill from there. Moreover, the company needs to get back to premium compacts, like the 99, 96, and 95 that the company's success was originally built on.

        If Spyker manages to pull off a successful A3/1-Series fighter, Saab will really back in the game.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Really not the brands to highlight achievement as a small brand. One owned by BMW and ranks the worst in reliability and quality overall out of all the brands and the other owned by Mercedes not far behind (bottom 15). As far as Saab doing well in the past, umm no, they were hurting and Gm saved them from going bye bye. I do agree that it's great to have cars that do not look like everything else on the road and while I find their styling ugly I have no problem without someone else enjoying the look. I hope they do well and find a balance between appealing to a very small group of people and making a nice profit to secure their future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why bother?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Letter in the mail I received yesterday (Turpin AutoWorld, Ottawa, ON) says 2011 9-5 and 9-3 are expected to be in the showroom in Oct 2010.

      PS - where is the Press Release?
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