The Great Saab Story of 2011 looks hellbent on running straight on through the new year and well into the future, despite the fact that the automaker has officially gone bankrupt and hasn't produced a vehicle in what seems like ages.

Rumor has it that Saab administrators are receiving interest from some unknown entities from Turkey (with supposed backing from the Turkish government) as well as India's Mahindra in some sort of brand-revival strategy.

As you may recall, General Motors, ex-parent of the Swedish brand, nixed any potential deal with Saab's various Chinese partners, fearing its hard-earned technology could fall into the wrong hands – which is to say, any hands other than SAIC's, GM's official Chinese partner. But that doesn't necessarily preclude Turkish or Indian ownership.

That said, reports from Sweden seem to indicate that Hans Bergqvist and Anne-Marie Pouteaux, the two administrators in charge of Saab, have turned down a request to meet with Lars Carlstrom on behalf of Mahindra. The gist of the gossip grinder is that the administrators don't want to have anything to do with Carlstrom due to his past association with Russian billionaire Vladimir Antonov.

In any case, we'd wager that neither the Turkish concern nor Mahindra would make a full-out purchase of the brand. It seems more likely that Saab's most desirable assets would be its manufacturing capabilities, tooling and in-house technology. Stay tuned for more as this story develops.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      This brand holds the record for highest number of near death experiences.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Saab's new motto.... "We don't die....we just get by on life support....some how...."
      Hellgirl
      • 3 Years Ago
      My very very favorite car was a 1967 Saab Monte Carlo: 3 cylinder 2 stroke with mohair upholstery and lots of little compartments for touring essentials. Oh, I wish I could have kept that gorgeous car!
      lpmtimeless2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my 2 Saabs. I hope the brand survives.
      zippertheslipper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in the mid 70's when looking for my first ever car, I saw a sweet sporty looking SAAB for 3K dollars, I wish now that I would have bought it. Nice orange color and looked similar to the Datsun.
        debsully69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zippertheslipper
        no such thing as a sporty looking saab
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zippertheslipper
        Sometimes memories and dreams are better that way. Had you bought the car you may have disliked it.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      As it stands right now anyone wishing to actually bring back Saab would have to go through GM first if you will (yes it sucks but hey thats life). The only way not to would be to have the brand die and well be reborn with half the amount of dealers world wide (you know many stand alone dealers will close) and come back with the Phoenix platform 9-3 since its rumored that platform is able to be configured in different proportions. The only thing as it stands right now is both parties looking for piece's of Saab be it factories, equipment, and what little IP's they have left that they own themselves. Its a shame to be honest since if Muller & Co had enough loot to last them till the new 9-3 came out Saab could of had a chance.
      alexkoolur
      • 3 Years Ago
      LET SAAB DIE ALREADY.....THERE IS NO MARKET FOR THIS CAR ANYMORE OUTSIDE OF 47 CONFUSED ENTHUSIASTS.
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      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM is going to object to any purchase of Saab. They want to protect their technology and are willing to kill a historical car brand in the process. I guess we can add Saab to the list of things GM has killed.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
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          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          Disagree. GM extracted Saab technologies and incorporated them into their other products.
      Mehul Kamdar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mahindra certainly have the money, but they also assemble cars in India for Renault. Not sure how that would go down with GM. I would like to see Saab survive. The company has too much of a reputation for it to go down like this. Here's hoping for the best!
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        @Mehul Kamdar
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          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          "The only real reason for Mahindra to buy SAAB would be to gain access to the SAAB US dealer network" Actually, no, it's the intellectual property and technology they are primarily after. Additionally, the AMD/Eagle/GEO brands do not exist in the United States of America.
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh for the love'o might.... please let it end already. These cars cannot and will not sell. Why is anyone even remotely interested at this point?
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SteveM
        I have to disagree right now they are selling like hot cakes! Then again when your knocking close to if not 40-50% off MSRP anyone is willing to take a chance.
        hgeorgech
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SteveM
        exactly ......... Saab even couldn't compete with Volvo in their own country -- that says it all
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hgeorgech
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        Soccer Mom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SteveM
        If they released the 9-5 wagon, I will be.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      zombie saab sighted again!
      RICH
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not just let it die? There's a simple reason the company failed, no one bought their cars. Bad design + crummy quality = a car no one wants.
        Bill
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RICH
        Right On Rich....Many years ago it was a brand know for european quality but that has passed. One can not float a sunken ship that has a big hole in it. Take Sabb off life support and let the patient go for good.
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