• Nov 24th 2011 at 3:00PM
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Remember back in your college days when the more extreme among the student activists would stage sit-ins to protest this issue or that? Well, the practice has jumped from the university administration building to cyberspace, and in the process, it's made its way into the automotive sphere.

The development centers around Saab, its loyal followers and General Motors' Facebook page. You see, fans of the Swedish automaker are a little upset that GM is standing in the way of Trollhättan's potential salvation at the hands of the Chinese. As such, they've taken en masse to The General's social media presence to post messages like "Let Saab Go!"

We can almost hear Moses petitioning Pharoah, or the distant rumble of the Occupy Wall Street movement applauding in the background. Whether it will be enough to make Detroit relent remains to be seen, but we wouldn't begrudge the faithful from making their stand.


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      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder how many are doing it 'just because'
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's very easy to say something on the internet. It is entirely something different to let your actions speak for themselves. If each one of these "occupyers" actually bought a Saab then the company might not be in the mess that's its in.
      aacfx09
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do hope Saab pulls through. I may not have a Saab at the moment but I am sitting in an office chair I made from the original Saab 900 :)
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aacfx09
        My first saab was a DKW two stroke...LOL...I guess closer to an Audi. An 84 900T 2.0 SOHC w/o intercooler was my favorite, especially after an intercooler kit and boost controller. The 87 900T was a disaster but I loved it for 15 years... They got me through MANY midwest snowstorms after the Interstates were closed...the Saabs just soldiered on with snow tires and front wheel drive. Who needs AWD!
      Unknown
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab vehicles have been staging an "occupy mechanic's garage" for decades now.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did GM ruin Saab? Sure. Do I want the Chinese getting ahold of GM technology so they can steal it just like they steal everything else? Hell no. Suck it up. Saab-ers. Too little, too late.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
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          RJC
          • 3 Years Ago
          I don't think I remember the history quite like this. I remember Saab pushing turbocharged and inter cooled 16-valve engines in their cars, when GM's offerings were closer in design and feel to tractor or farm equipment engines.
          Tweaker
          • 3 Years Ago
          Saab could have been pushing Formula 1 product, it doesn't matter if nobody was buying them. Saab would have been dead in the ground without GM.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blaming GM for what is Saab's main problem (lack of sales) is silly. GM has every right to protect their IP, especially when they already have a joint venture in the Chinese market.
        sinistro79
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        These "occupyers" are probably the same people who are also complaining that all of our jobs are going to China. They are only applauding for Saab because they look at Saab as "the little fish" trying to succeed on his own in a sea of larger ones. Saab, despite its difficulties, needs to have some dignity about itself and not be willing to let itself go to highest bidder. When Alfa Romeo went up for sale in the late 1980's, Ford was the highest bidder by far but the Italian government wouldn't let them go to Ford because they perceived that as a move that would be bad for the company. Why can't the Swedish government do the same?
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sinistro79
          See what happens when Goverment doesn`t lend a helping hand to its countries industry. Glad the US government put my tax dollars to good use for once and helped out our home team for a change.
      Sir Shagsalot
      • 3 Years Ago
      let SAAB go ... under!
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard about this (two days ago) and its rather foolish. Sadly GM has a legit reason to block this sale. It is after all their IP not Saab's. If I remember part of the deal of the sale to Spyker was that GM would produce the 9-4X and they would license their GM tech to Spyker to use for X-amount of years till new platforms could be created or leased via other manufacturers. Sadly Spyker (now Swedish Automotive) is looking to sell to a competitor of a Chinese car company that GM already has a working deal with. If the sale goes through GM and its partner will be competing with themselves with their own technology in other cars. This time around I really can't blame GM at all. Back when they screwed VonKoenigsegg over yes I blamed GM and still do but this you can't. Sucks I know but crap happens :(
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        Unrealistic back lash I've heard from people is as follows: "I'd like the Chinese Government to step in and make GM go through with the sale or threaten to kick 'em out." "I hear some dealers are calling up people in Washington to force GM to go through with the sale."
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kevsflanagan
          [blocked]
      mustsvt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if all these Saab fans bought some instead of driving their clapped out 900s, they wouln't be in this position.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      They aren't being fair to GM. They can't just let Saab go with all the GM tech in their cars.
        Bull
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        What you say? GM had all important things from Saab engineers. You are wrong here.Saab has be used to claim .....
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bull
          Sure they don't. Any technology developed by a subsidiary of any corporation, with the parent company's $$$ belongs to the parent company. BTW: Saab did not develop anything in a vacuum, they developed with input from other GM subs like Opel, Holden, Chevy, Pontiac etc. Saab engineers couldn't develop a proper car in the last 15 years. They might have styled their new cars, much of the engineering is Opel, which is GM Germany.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bull
          [blocked]
      Bull
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM likes protect its all IP which got from Saab. It doesn't be true. Don't worry be happy :).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bull
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bull
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          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          GM spending money wisely? I don't know about that. I'm pretty sure if GM didn't buy Saab, GM execs would have gotten even bigger bonus checks.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab actually still has fans? I don't think I have seen a new Saab in close to 10 years. With that said, the only thing that is going to "save" Saab is sales, not these so-called fans occupying GM's Facebook page.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
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