With General Motors announcing recently that it would drop Saab’s December 31st deadline and continue to search for a capable buyer for the Swedish brand, enthusiasts of the Swedish brand are banding together in an effort to save Saab.
In a post on enthusiast site SaabHistory, a blog post urges owners to join in a convoy to General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit on January 7th, arriving just a few hours prior to a board meeting that is rumored to decide the fate of Saab. “If we get enough Saab owners and enthusiasts parked outside of the GM Renaissance center in Detroit, perhaps we could really show them how serious we are in wanting Saab Automobile to have a bright future and be sold,” reads the post.
The news of a planned rally comes just days after Saab clubs in Sweden planned a similar action, at Saab headquarters in Trollhatten.
Upon exiting bankruptcy during the summer, GM announced it would sell-off Saab, a move which has so far been unsuccessful. A deal to buy the automaker by a group led by Sweidsh supercar maker Koenigsegg recently fell through, as did a deal by Dutch exotic car maker Spyker. GM then announced Saab would be shuttered, but then decided to give the brand a second chance at life by once again talking to potential buyers, including examining a new proposal by Spyker. Recently GM did reach a deal with China’s Beijing Auto, which purchased the tooling and rights to Saab’s old 9-3 and 9-5 models in order to build them in China.
[Photo Credit: SaabHistory]