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Lost in the General Motors sale of Saab to Spyker cars was OnStar's future with the brand. Any uncertainty about whether future Saabs would carry the system was settled on Friday when GM announced that an agreement has been reached that will allow Saab to continue offering OnStar.
Starting with the 2010 model year, the agreement will apply to all Saabs sold in the U.S. OnStar is standard on the 9-3 Aero and 9-5.
This may not seem like major news, but it does matter, as it makes the transition from GM ownership to Spyker ownership that much smoother for Saab. GM benefits by not losing Saab as a carrier for OnStar, and Spyker benefits by keeping an appealing feature available to Saab buyers. And of course, Saab benefits for the same reason as Spyker. Not to mention that buyers might find comfort in familiar features during a time of major change for the brand, as it comes under Spyker ownership.
For those that don't know, OnStar allows drivers to get help when they need directions, have been locked out, or have been in an accident. OnStar can also assist vehicle owners in other scenarios. OnStar service is free for one year for Saab buyers.