• Cbascue Posted: 12/18/2009 6:11am PST

    I will never purchase another GM product, nor should any other SAAB owner.

  • Stan Posted: 12/18/2009 7:24am PST

    The 9-4X may have been based on the SRX; but the upgraded SRX engine is the turbo 6 from the 2008 Saab Turbo X. So many manufacturers (GM, Ford, BMW, etc) are making a big deal about introducing turbos, while Saab has been making them forever. Saab balanced performance and efficiency long before any else cared about it, and GM managed to find a way to kill it off through uninspired marketing and a gradual loss of its unique identity. Now BMW has the 5 Series GT, sort of reminds me of the 9000 that Saab had in 1985.

  • Toaster Posted: 12/18/2009 8:02am PST

    "Saab balanced performance and efficiency"
    Really? Any hard numbers to back that claim?
    As far as I remember Saab was around mid-pack and below (including that 08 Turbo X). That's why there was no reason to buy one in recent years.

  • R2Dad Posted: 12/18/2009 8:46am PST

    GM has become an equity-killing machine over the past 10 years. It's amazing how efficiently they've squandered market share, brand value and consumer good will.

  • sed Posted: 12/18/2009 12:49pm PST

    Maybe the Swedes should buy it back, its their economy that will take the biggest hit.

  • Jim Beaker Posted: 12/18/2009 12:55pm PST

    Sad story... I liked their cars and I guess GM did all the mistake they could on this great brand.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 12/18/2009 1:09pm PST

    @Sed: Alas, the Swedes already said "Nej" to Saab: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/23/world/europe/23saab.html
    Amid all the eulogizing that's going on today, no one wants to bring up the fact that Saab hasn't turned a profit in (at least) 20 years.

  • AutoBoy Posted: 12/18/2009 1:38pm PST

    Always sad to see layoffs and the failure notwithstanding terrific efforts. If ever it was time to call it quits, feels like this is one of those moments. Brand was simply not "premium" enough to extract high prices and certainly there as no "volume" play here either.

  • Edward Posted: 12/18/2009 3:37pm PST

    The latest 9-5 looks good, but it doesn't look like a Saab anyway. Why doesn't GM take it at this point and sell it as a Buick? Or at the very least as an Opel?

  • Fizz Posted: 12/18/2009 4:36pm PST

    The SAAB was a quirky small brand and it always remained somewhat distinctive looking. SAD about SAAB but I guess something had to go.

  • Whøs Crying Nøw Posted: 12/19/2009 7:19am PST

    Not a Buick - it's a LaCrosse, for Freya's sake. How about a mid-size Cadillac? Much closer to the target, Caddy needs volume--and needs a front-drive lineup like Lexus has for the fuddys.

  • Nø LøssBy Nøw Posted: 12/20/2009 12:20am PST

    Saab's been a dead brand for years. This is just recognizing reality. Its niche--good performance in snowy areas, odd but clever engineering, spartan but durable cars--was taken over in the mid-1990s by Subaru, who have done well by it and sold 6x the number of cars.

  • Glenn Posted: 12/20/2009 7:37am PST

    A GM Executive said "...no shortage of effort in the past 20 years to put SAAB on solid footing". More like no shortage of effort to remove all brand identity and desirability (albeit niche), and blend it into oblivion. What was the reason behind the purchase of SAAB in the first place? Oh yeah, that was because Ford was buying up everything in sight and GM was feeling intimidated. I'm all for free market, but clearly capitalism does not discriminate against idiots; everyone involved in GM's acquisition and branding decisions has been excused from their position with a payout bigger than most of us will earn in a lifetime.

  • Jack Posted: 12/21/2009 7:12am PST

    http://tictacdo.com/ttd/Comfort-Someone-Who-Is-Sad - This is for all the shareholders that have lost money due to GM's destruction of Saab. This has mismanagement written all over it as in 2006 Saab was enjoying record sales. GM threw out the innovative and truly energy-saving Saab guts and replaced them with cheaper Opals (also going under, as I understand). Anyone know what actually happened over there? Smells like politics to me. Was the Swedish gov stepping on GM's toes? What a waste – what a shame.

  • Jack Posted: 12/22/2009 6:27am PST

    I recently learned that Saab engineers jets for the Swedish Air Force- are they still doing that? Does anyone know?

  • karen.stanley Posted: 12/26/2009 2:31pm PST

    Saab was the best car that I have ever had. Now you are telling me that I will now have problems getting parts and repair work done on my car not to mention no trade in value. I am very disappointed and will never buy a GM product again.

  • Cato Posted: 1/10/2010 12:21pm PST

    Why have no one started a campaign and debate, via internet preferably, to boycott all GM.s cars, this as a result of GM.s unacceptable handling of the SAAB.
    We have to show that there can also be negative consequences if companies like SAAB are treated the way GM is treating SAAB.
    Don’t forget that there are many SAAB owners and supporters all around the world, not only in Sweden. Furthermore SAAB has the support of all the people that are against the consequences of the globalization.
    Personally I will never by a GM car or product in the future.