81 Saab Dealers Slashed

John Horner
by John Horner
81 saab dealers slashed

Automotive News [sub] has more bad news for Saab dealers and customers. Saab’s prospective new owners have put the hit out on 81 of Saab’s current 218 US dealerships. If all goes according to plan, a measly 137 US Saab dealers will remain. Saab’s thin and uneven sales and service network has been an issue for the brand forever, and this isn’t going to make it any better. “The target date to close the sale of Saab is Nov. 30, but it could take until year end, says Mike Colleran, COO of Saab Cars North America in Detroit.” Don’t count on it.

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  • Mitchim Mitchim on Nov 13, 2009

    What a cool pic. Where ever did you get it John? What is the point of this test? NASA quality heat dissipating paint. I want some.

    • John Horner John Horner on Nov 13, 2009

      I think the pic was a screen grab from some old Saab TV commercial and was posted on saabhistory.com

  • Skor Skor on Nov 13, 2009

    Saab is a very popular brand in Northern New Jersey -- popular with women, since I almost never see a man driving one.

  • R129 R129 on Nov 14, 2009

    GM just announced some new Saab incentives for employees/retirees/family. They must be desperate to get rid of them. You can now get a new 2009 9-3 starting at less than $19k. Very tempting.

  • Iamwho2k Iamwho2k on Nov 14, 2009
    Very tempting. Or not, to use the TTACism. My next-door neighbor went through two 900s, then switched to Mercedes. He was getting a good deal from his friend, a Saab dealer, but said the quality problems was just too much. Ironically, though, I see him bringing home a Mercedes C-class loaner car every now and then.