Up to 100 cars will be crushed over the next 48 hours as part of the company's receivership process
12 January 2012

Unconfirmed, but local, reports from Saab’s Trollhattan HQ say that up to 100 cars will be crushed over the next 48 hours as part of the receivership process. All the cars that had been completed before Saab folded will be cubed, say the sources, including pre-production examples of the Saab 9-5 estate as well as the handful of the Mexican-built 9-4x SUV that found their way to Sweden.

Reports suggest that a single 9-5 estate will be preserved for the Saab museum, whose future is also uncertain. The museum is currently closed, but moves are being made in Trollhattan to preserve it and its contents once the receivership process is over.

Enthusiast website Saabs United are also reporting that a new company has been formed in the UK for the distribution of Saab parts. It will be headed up former Saab UK managing director, Charles Toosey, according to the sources. It is said that there are 190,000 Saabs still on UK roads and that there are also 200 new Saab models still being held in the dealer network by the administrators.

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13 January 2012

The sad fact of it is, this is probably the most economical way to deal with the cars because of all of the bureaucracy involved.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]The sad fact of it is, this is probably the most economical way to deal with the cars because of all of the bureaucracy involved.[/quote]

It's still awful Teg. What a waste.

13 January 2012

They should offer them to the ex Saab employees for the scrap value. Seems wrong to destroy a perfectly good car

13 January 2012

Hideous waste, those cars would sell at much more than scrap value to Saab enthusiasts, to some of whom these were cars on order for which they are waiting since April! Madness.

13 January 2012

Standard practise and similar to way all pre-production cars are handled.

Dissapointing all the same.

13 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]The sad fact of it is, this is probably the most economical way to deal with the cars because of all of the bureaucracy involved.[/quote] it just highlights the parasitic nature of the receivers/administrators business. they never look at the bigger picture.

my company has had many dealings with them, take a company that folded owing us £25k, plus another £1.5m to other businesses. The receivers managed to re-coup £1.2m in unpaid debts owed. once the banks had been paid for the £400k overdraft which had been outstanding, that left a theoretical £800k to pay out to suppliers at roughly 50p in the pound.

do you know how much we got? ZILCH! not a blinkin penny. why?? well the 7 partners of the administrators each took £85k in fees!!! oh yes. their services were charged out at over £500/hour...then the rest went on their expenses and their other employees, including PAs and secretaries at over £50/hour!!!

13 January 2012

[quote Autocar]Unconfirmed, but local, reports from Saab’s Trollhattan HQ say that up to 100 cars will be crushed over the next 48 hours as part of the receivership process. All the cars that had been completed before Saab folded will be cubed, say the sources, including pre-production examples of the Saab 9-5 estate as well as the handful of the Mexican-built 9-4x SUV that found their way to Sweden[/quote] Good bye. You are the weakest link

13 January 2012

I may be wrong but of those 100 cars, many were in the construction phase. So picture it, you receive a 3/4 built car for a nominal 1p. It'd still cost you twice (if not more) the price of a new car to rebuild the remaining quarter.

Scrap value - well yes. My option would have been to give the car to charity, have someone dismantle them and use the proceeds for charity. Cost would be less than having them crushed.

Saab 9-5SC? Well I suppose a museum is the only place for this. As I understand it, the car still had to go thru some type of European roadworthyness before it could be driven legally - the cost for any one individual to have that signed off would be prohibitive. I think the few cars that had already been built were on driven on a special manufacturer 'test' licence.

9-4x? Madness. Can't for the life of me think why a perfectly good car would be sent to the crusher. I find that hard to believe. It's an asset which could be written off and given to a local charity - it'd cost more to send it to the crusher. Does Sweden have the equivalent of meals-on-wheels?

13 January 2012

well nobody bought em brand new and completed, whos going to want a half built one?

13 January 2012

[quote supermanuel]It's still awful Teg. What a waste.[/quote]

In the UK the tax laws mean that the prototypes have to be crushed too. So you've got some very historic cars, ones which show the design and engineering process, being junked just because of tax. I've never liked the thought of that.

But, Teg is probably right.

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