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“Save Saab” Rally Fizzles, Paints Realistic Picture of Public Sentiment

Posted in auto industry, Cars, GM, Luxury Cars, Newsworthy, Politics, Saab by Suzanne Denbow | January 6th, 2010 | 11 Responses |

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Despite RideLust’s blatant and ardent affection for Volvo, it is with solemn respect that this grim story is approached. I jest, of course.

As many are well aware, Saab’s dysfunctional, 21-year relationship with General Motors has taken an even more tumultuous turn as of late thanks to Koenigsegg’s abrupt resignation from the purchase procedure and The General’s subsequent decision to wind down operations. Since GM’s announcement that Saab would be grounded for eternity (aviation reference, get it? No? Philistines), Dutch supercar maker Spyker has expressed a renewed interest in acquiring the brand and is currently GM’s preferred bidder, but the future still looks bleak. For some undisclosed reason, GM has managed to sour literally every potential sale that they’ve entertained and at this point, Saab is about as likely to escape their death sentence as Ed Whitacre is to grow a pair of large, supple breasts.

In protest of this eventuality, Saab owners across the globe were called to rally in front of GM’s headquarters in Detroit in a show of support for the ailing Swedish subsidiary. The result was mediocre at best. Based purely on reports and the handful of rather depressing photos, a total of maybe 30 Saab fans turned out to show their support, indicating that many owners have taken a page from Volvo loyalists’ book and already come to terms with the unpleasant reality.

Spyker is expected to formally submit their bid by Friday, January 7, 2010, and as per tradition, Saab will likely be dead by the following week. On the bright side, this means Geely has less competition for their Volvo-badged crap traps.

Source: Boston Globe
Image cred: AP Photo

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11 Responses

  1. Dustin May says:

    Ed Whitacre would be much more interesting with a pair of large, supple breasts.

    GM is showing the idiotic business decisions that got them in the situation they were in last year in the first place. If you’re planning on getting rid of the brand, why not get what you can for it? I guess when you know you are “too big to fail” and will get government handouts smart business decisions no longer matter.

  2. Ryan Emge says:

    Suzanne Denbow,

    Absolutely deplorable coverage for Saab as usual. This event was organized in 2 days, just after the holidays in January in Detroit with snow forecast. This was a phenomenal event all things considered and the press besides this here showed up in full force with great coverage that was positive!

    I’m really surprised you failed to look at the reality of the situation and how it came together in a grassroots fashion as it did. Why not a thank you instead of a slap in the face? Every other reported that covered it saw differently. Are you reporting this way just to be “different” for different sake?

    Ryan Emge, Editor, Historian & Promoter

    Saab History – Past, Present & Future

    E-mail: info@saabhistory.com

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    Saab History and the site http://www.saabhistory.com, are owned and operated independently from Saab
    Automobile, GM and any other affiliates

  3. Tony Romo says:

    …This is spot on, one of you better write-ups.

  4. Mike the Dog says:

    So what you’re saying, Ryan, is that the press contingent were more numerous than the rally participants and they were kind enough not to point this out?

    Face reality, man. Your website’s URL is now more accurate than it was before. Saab is history.

  5. Dustin May says:

    Mr. Emge,

    From listening to the local (Detroit) news, they made it sound like thousands of people showed up for this. Thousands didn’t show up. Tens did. So, should we attack someone for writing a truthful article just because it doesn’t fit our biases? As Suzanne pointed out, a majority of Saab owners have probably already come to terms with Saab’s demise, or don’t care enough to brave the cold and snow to come out in support of Saab.

    Maybe it’s time you come to terms with the fact that nobody really seems to care about Saab except a handful of people, and a company — no matter how much you love it — can’t survive if only 30 people buy it’s product.

  6. El Doctor De Peligro says:


  7. Jon says:

    To Dustin May:
    Read Mr Emge’s post more carefully. Their was short notice and terrible weather. How many people showed up for the potential demise of Pontiac? Saturn? …and plenty more than thirty purchased Pontiacs.
    SAAB was a Niche brand that GM destroyed with poor practice in management and marketing. Just because “the masses” don’t understand the brand, doesn’t mean that 1)it can’t be successful and 2)people have to cheer on its demise. (but that’s human nature)
    …Even if you view SAAB as some obsolete dinosaur (you shouldn’t if you drive a turbocharged car of any kind… …SAAB’s gift to you) look at it this way:

    BMW sold Rover for TEN POUNDS STERLING… to off-load it. GM is just being reckless with taxpayer dollars.

    To Ms. Denbrow:
    Not all car makes are rolling appliances yet. You write about the automobile, yet seem to sardonically delight in the demise of a special manufacturer (and innovator) that brings variety and passion to the car world. Just don’t get it.

  8. Mike the Dog says:

    @Jon: If (as you observe in your second paragraph) GM hadn’t destroyed almost every last shred of what made Saab unique (quirky looks being the sole survivor) the rest of your arguments might hold water. Granted, GM could have sold the brand for a fire-sale price, but they chose not to. Thirty people amassed on short notice wouldn’t change that, hell, a hundred times that probably wouldn’t change anything.

    In your note to Suzanne you chastise her for “sardonically delight[ing] in the demise of a special manufacturer (and innovator) that brings variety and passion to the car world.” I submit that due to its association with GM, Saab ceased to be all of those things long long ago and had simply become a boutique brand of GM (and, oddly enough, Subaru) vehicles, aimed at people who had money for a status symbol, but not enough sense to understand that they were buying the same old crap with an oddball nose and slightly upscale interior. I personally feel that this mercy killing is several years too late, and should be followed closely by GMC’s return to manufacture of commercial trucks only, instead of pimped-out Chevrolets.

  9. Tossed Biotech Salad Eggwich xB Face says:

    I miss teh Saab already. I even like saying teh Saab.

  10. Simon says:

    I just googled Save Saab and found your site. You were pretty massively wrong with your prediction. Saab is now once again wholly Scandinavian-owned, as I’m sure you’re aware. I would have thought anyone who professes to give the tiniest damn about cars might think more of Saab than you obviously do. Cunt.

  11. Simon says:

    Sorry I said ‘cunt’. I meant to say ‘stupid cunt’. Hope that clears it up.