Saabistas Occupy GM's Facebook Page

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Say what you want about Saab fans, the guys have some dedication. At a time when most have finally accepted the fact that Saab is at the end of the line, Saab’s hard-core “dead-enders” are taking up their social media arms to rescue their beloved brand. After all they have a perfect opportunity: after months of wading through a quagmire, uncertain whether to support Victor Muller, Vladimir Antonov, or one of Saab’s Chinese suitors, all Saab fans can now rally against their old enemy, GM. Long blamed for Saab’s decline despite the fact that the brand’s peak sales came under its ownership, GM has long been the bête noire for Saabistas. And with GM now taking the wheel of Saab’s fate, Saab’s rabid fans have taken over GM’s Facebook wall, posting images of their favorite Saabs and demanding The General “let Saab go.” Will it be enough to convince GM to go against its carefully-crafted Chinese relationships and interests by giving Saab carte blanche to ship its technology wherever its new Chinese masters want? Don’t count on it. But for the moment GM has to sit through the online equivalent of an “Occupy” protest.

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  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Nov 16, 2011

    I think there's some projection going on. The Saabistas say "Let Saab go!". It's the Saab enthusiasts that have to let it go. Accept your quirky car company's demise and start the grieving process.

    • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Nov 16, 2011

      Right on. Hell, i'm still pissed about about AMC going away when I was 3, but have accepted it.

  • DR1665 DR1665 on Nov 16, 2011

    There's something to be said about the corporate juggernaut which exists only thanks to the forced generosity of the people refusing to extend the same courtesy to others. Karma? What really bugs me about this situation is how GM could not keep Saab, unloaded Saab, yet retains any semblance of say in what happens to it. It's akin to selling your Corvette, then telling the new owner what he can and can't do with it. Let a couple-a sauced-up Sven's resurrect the badge in a shed. And, in a semi-related note, I had one of them new-fangled, born-from-jets 9-5s in my six at about 80mph all the way to the office the morning - and we passed a thankfully rare early 3rd generation Pontiac Grand Am. Thought it was ironic. Technically, GM management killed them both in the end. Feel free to discount my thoughts as those of the Mitsubishi fanboy I proudly admit to being. :P

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 17, 2011

      "It’s akin to selling your Corvette, then telling the new owner what he can and can’t do with it." Yes, but the 'Corvette' still has some of your valuables in the trunk. If you're a Mitsu fanboy... well, I really can't help you. :)

  • Vent-L-8 Vent-L-8 on Nov 16, 2011

    That blue 9-5 in the picture is lovely...just sayin'

    • EChid EChid on Nov 16, 2011

      It IS! If I could get a 9-5, that is precisely the colour/trim I'd get it in.

  • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Nov 16, 2011

    Despite my oft-mentioned hatred for GM and the automaker taxpayer bailouts, I am with the General on this one. If it wasn't for GM, SAAB would'be been dead decades ago. Just sayin'...