According to the sleuths at Autoblog.nl, Saab will not be in attendance at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. As anyone paying an ounce of attention would know, this news is anything but surprising.

Naturally, it costs money to host a display at a major auto show... and money is something Saab has been had in extremely short supply over the last several months. We have a feeling that, if Saab had a bank account flush enough to travel to Frankfurt and put on a good show, that money would be much better spent paying off suppliers and employees.

With all of this in mind, we thought it would be a nice gesture to remind you of Saab's last concept car. Have a look at the Phoenix Concept in our attached gallery, and read all about it right here.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will one of the European carmakers just buy up SAAB already and be done with it? It would make a good addition to the BMW stable... slot them between the smaller Minis and the (mostly) RWD BMWs.
        CarSnaab
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I think BMW would be one of the few companies that could pull it off. Others have mentioned that Saab competes (rightfully or not) with BMW, therefore, BMW would not buy them. On the other hand, I feel Saab should fit the VW niche high quality cars at a minor premium. It would be a good mid level brand between Mini and BMW. There's already been talks about using BMW components in future Saabs. Personally, I'd like an independent Saab, but I'll take an enslaved one over a dead Saab.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        That would make sense, and would be a much better use of their upcoming FWD platform than using it for their own BMW branded cars. Even something like the 5GT would make more sense as a Saab. Sadly, i don't think any European or Asian manufacturers are going anywhere near Saab. Also, i wish they hadn't spent the money developing the Phoenix. Horrible little thing.
      Inside Saab
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sleuths at Autoblog.nl actually got it from the source - inside.saab.com (official insider blog at Saab Automobile). And Jonnybimmer, We're on record saying that the front end of the new Saab 9-3 will bear a strong resemblance to PhoeniX, so your wish may come pretty close to being granted.
        CarSnaab
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Inside Saab
        Swade, it's great to see your presence here. It's also great to see that Autoblog takes the objective approach to reporting the news. A bit of both sides are presented but balanced unlike some less than truthful blogs have done with Saab. I understand the reason for not offering manuals in the US. I hope that Saab eventually bucks the trend. Rather than take the historic bean counter approach, tell the customer what they want. Remember, if Henry Ford asked people what they wanted, they'd ask for a faster horse. It's about time a manufacturer actively marketed manual transmissions and driver involvement rather than automated everything. Yes, I know it's risky, but I can dream.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Inside Saab
        That's good to hear! Are there any known plans on getting involved with any motorsports, such as rallying or hillclimbing, with the upcoming 9-3? I understand that's a lot to ask for from a company that just barely scrapped death and is trying to get back on its feet, but nothing fuels passion for a brand like cheering them on in a race.
          Inside Saab
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Personally speaking, nothing would make me happier. But I have a feeling the 9-3 will be physically a bit too big for WRC competition. That would take a smaller Saab, which would be further down the track. And of course, it'd take bucketloads of money. As you note, we're more focused on getting our ship straight right now.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hang in there Saab!
      Tyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      :(((((
      rr
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like the bad guy from 5th element
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Saab won't make it to Frankfurt" When is Frankfurt? September 15th? Yea, I think it's safe to say Saab won't make it that long.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab definitely won't make Frankfurt, and may not even make it to next week..
      Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just traded in my 9-3 convertible on a Volvo S60 - mainly because I didn't want my car to be worth $600.00 after the parent company goes belly-up. Truth is, 9-3 owners will be able to get parts because the cars were unchanged for 6 or 8 years. Pity the buyers of the beautiful new 9-5, a breathtaking car that is bound to be a low-volume orphan. I hope I'm wrong!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab....where do I start? Nah, I wont kick them while they are down. Spyker should have THOROUGHLY looked at Saab before buying the GM owned company. GM pretty much killed Saab with their Caviler parts. If Spyker comes out of this, I hope they do a better job of building the brand. They have a long climb ahead
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Saab, Please incorporate that front end design in future models. Your current cars just look like really clean designs from 2000. This is a day and age when even Kia has daring designs, so if you keep making your cars look like updated versions of the cars from the GM era, no one is going to remember you except for the fanboys.
      DarkKnight67
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, the next batmobile.
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