Struggling manufacturer axes plan to attend Frankfurt motor show
17 August 2011

Struggling Saab will not attend this year’s Frankfurt motor show.

The Swedish manufacturer, which is struggling financially, said it would not attend next month’s event because it wants to focus its resources on trying to restart car production at its Trollhätten plant.

Read more about Saab's ongoing production problems

In recent months Saab has been struggling to pay its staff and suppliers. Car production was halted in April, briefly restarted in June but promptly shut down again and has yet to resume.

Read more Saab's failure to pay its workers

A statement on Saab’s blog website said, “Presence at the show requires resources that Saab are currently allocating towards the restart of production in Trollhättan.

“Whilst it would be desirable to be at the show to help further Saab’s global presence, it is not considered an appropriate use of resources at this time.”

“Right now, though, an exhibition at Frankfurt is just not doable and out of respect for our various stakeholders, it would have been very irresponsible to allocate resources in this direction at this particular time.”

Saab has not revealed a date when it plans to restart production.

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