I must admit I had given up on Saab, as much as I’ve rooted for the company over the years. It was, surely, only a few signatures from the scrapper.
But Saab has been saved at the 12th hour, sold by General Motors to Dutchman Victor Muller, who’s also the boss of Dutch supercar minnow Spyker.
I’ve just been on the phone to Saab Spyker’s Trollhatten HQ and have been told that the original product plan is back on. And Jan-Ake Jonsson – who worked incredibly hard last year to keep Saab alive, but was removed by GM two weeks ago – will get back his job as company boss.
The new 9-5 will be built at the HQ, alongside the current three-model 9-3 line-up. Saab will buy finished 9-4X SUVs from GM’s Mexico factory. All of which is assuming that the Swedish government underwrites the European Investment bank loan that will keep Saab rolling
And, as far as I can gather, the next 9-3 will be assembled from the best components that Saab engineers can assemble from global suppliers, massively reducing development costs and, possibly, ushering in the age of the ‘virtual’ car company.
But that’s for the future - today’s story is the incredible way that Saab was saved from certain death by a global alliance of enthusiasts and web site activism.