The new Saab 9-5 saloon and the proposed replacement for the 9-3 will be killed off if GM winds down its Swedish subsidiary, and not rebadged in any other markets.
Speculation had suggested the new 9-5 - a longer wheelbase version of the Opel Insignia - would be build in China and rebadged as a Buick.
But now the 9-5 is poised to go down in the annals of automotive history as an unfortunate curiosity - a design that was fully-tooled for production yet never got built.
“If Saab closes, the new 9-5 and 9-3 will go, and the cost absorbed in the winding-down charge,” says Nick Reilly, boss of GM’s new Opel/Vauxhall operation in Europe.
That charge is estimated at around 50m–100 million euros (£49-98m), Reilly says. Avoiding that charge is one of the driving forces behind continuing last-minute attempts to sell Saab.
Rumours circulating Detroit on Tuesday suggested that Saab had just 48 hours left.
Reilly also confirmed that GM isn’t looking for a payment for Saab. “We’re not trying to get any money for Saab, it’s costing us to keep it open.”