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.
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TORONTO, May 11
-- 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.