The Great Saab Sob Story of 2011 continues unabated as Saab Great Britain has officially filed for bankruptcy protection. Saab GB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish Automobile N.V., the parent company of Saab, and has the exclusive rights to distribute Saab automobiles in the UK.

There are 58 Saab dealerships in the UK, 20 of which are standalone operations. According to Saab, court-backed protection is its best course of action in the UK, as it has yet to receive any sort of funding most of the promised funding from its supposed Chinese partners. Read the official press release after the break for all the details.
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Following months of intensive negotiations and a long period of suspended production and tight liquidity situation at Saab Automobile AB, a voluntary decision has been taken to place Saab Great Britain Ltd ("Saab GB") into administration.

With immediate effect, David Dunckley and Daniel Taylor of Grant Thornton UK LLP have been appointed joint administrators of Saab GB.

Saab GB, a 100% subsidiary of Swedish Automobile N.V. ("Swan"), has exclusive rights to distribute Saab cars and parts in the UK. It employs 55 people in Milton Keynes and distributes the cars and parts to a 58 strong dealer network across the UK of which 20 are "Saab only" sites. Saab City, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab GB employing 65 people, operates two Saab motor dealerships, one in Wapping and a smaller site in Fulham.

The board of Saab GB is of the opinion that administration gives the company and creditors the necessary legal protection until it has secured the required funding for the company. The appointment of the administrator is effected by the directors of Saab GB.

Once appointed, the administrator will take on the management powers of the directors.

Swan continues discussions with potential investors regarding the sale of Saab Automobile AB and Saab Great Britain Limited.

A Saab GB customer hotline has been set up on 0845 300 9593 or visit for more details.

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      Geraint Owen
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm, looks like a pattern here. chinese agree to take over western company. **** around interminably while company goes bust. pick up bits they want for next to nothing. a lesson to those in need - avoid the chinese
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Geraint Owen
        That's actually good business sense. It's a model EVERY business wants - buying the assets of a dead competitor company without any drawbacks of the liability, for pretty much auction prices. Reducing competition, but bolstering your own company. It's actually the US way of doing business.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        They aren't pro Geely. They're pro businesses-that-don't-flush-money-down-the-drain.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sir, that's pure BS. Not only are the salaries under protection of the Swedish Government, but the monthly salaries were delayed for a couple days for a couple of months only. Youngman has an agreement with Saab to pay this month's salaries. Do some research before you post some mindless crap.
      Sum Ting Wong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't Autoblog come up with a SAAB channel for good measure. Today they file, tomorrow GM bails them out. What is going to happen to SAAB on Thursday?
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