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  • AutoStick
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jun 2011
    • 768

    SAAB Bankrupt.

    As from today the SAAB Motor company is officially bankrup. The Chinese put up a buyout/rescue package , but a previous owner ( GM ) will not allow the Chniese to use GM engines, underpinings or designs .....So the Chinese told the Americans/SAAB to get stuffed.....Bye Bye SAAB!!
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  • nJayM
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    • Jun 2008
    • 1687

    #2
    The problems at SAAB are huge and have been for some time

    The problems at SAAB are huge and have been for some time.

    Some of it stems from ultra unionised attitudes in many Swedish companies.

    I cannot blame the US for blocking the GM engine going Chinese, but on the other hand how long would a competent modern lab take to re-engineer the engines. It then becomes an Intellectual Property battle on a no win result.
    Jay

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    • kenjohan
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2004
      • 117

      #3
      SAAB

      Please note that this has nothing to do with the aircraft manufacturer SAAB. It's the automobile manufacturer SAAB which is in dire straits. And it has nothing to do with the engine, but rather the "chassis."
      Ken

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      • Lincoln 7
        Better than Rank 1 user
        • Jun 2010
        • 8403

        #4
        I may well be wrong, but isnt the floorpan etc made by Vauxhall, as used on the Vectra,and also used for the same SAAB cars?.
        Jim.

        Lincoln .7
        There is no such thing as a problem, just a solution!!

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        • AutoStick
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jun 2011
          • 768

          #5
          Yes !! in the end it was the worse case of Badge engineering --latter SAABs were Vauxhall ( GM ) Vectras with different bodies , some engine modifications & adorned with SAAB badges ....A shadow of their early rally winning days .

          Dutch Spyker cars along with a financial house , poked their noses in for some time , but like GM they also gave up .......
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          • paul178
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2011
            • 2925

            #6
            I wonder what Erik Carlsson, aka ("Carlsson on the roof") thinks about all this.

            I used to follow his exploits as a kid. Great Driver!
            I have kleptomania,But when it gets bad
            I take something for it.

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            • AutoStick
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jun 2011
              • 768

              #7
              Yea paul..the days of proper rally cars ...Sad !!
              Last edited by AutoStick; 10th July 2012, 10:06.
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              • benyboy
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Sep 2004
                • 1973

                #8
                They aint rally cars, this is http://www.topspeed.com/cars/ford/19...tion-ar513.htm, and I`d give a b....k for one
                http://www.mainlymilitary.co.uk/

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                • J Boyle
                  With malice towards none
                  • Oct 2004
                  • 9806

                  #9
                  The fact remains, it's very hard for a small to mid-sized independent automaker to survive.
                  It's been that way since then end of WWII, and we've seen the ranks of automakers shrink accordingly. The UK used to have several, but one-by-one they were either swallowed or folded. At least you still have Morgan.


                  Porsche only survived because of high prices and fanatics who are willing to pay them.
                  There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                  • paul178
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2011
                    • 2925

                    #10
                    Originally posted by benyboy View Post
                    They aint rally cars, this is http://www.topspeed.com/cars/ford/19...tion-ar513.htm, and I`d give a b....k for one
                    All very nice but what did it win as a rally car apart for a reputation of killing people?
                    I have kleptomania,But when it gets bad
                    I take something for it.

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                    • tornado64
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2010
                      • 1353

                      #11
                      Originally posted by paul178 View Post
                      All very nice but what did it win as a rally car apart for a reputation of killing people?
                      yep pretty much simmilar to the metro 6r4 very high performance go cart with little more than a one layer fibre glass shell

                      http://youtu.be/4sj9yTWP1fA

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                      • tornado64
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Apr 2010
                        • 1353

                        #12
                        nicest saab our family has ever had was a white with bottle green interior saab 96 v4 (realy nice car ) that used the ford v4 engine ( tricky to work on sometimes as you had to remove the rally bracing bars to effect some jobs )we also had a few 99s i blew a starter motor once ( again a nightmare to replace as i needed to strip all the surrounding engine parts )

                        the biggest trouble for saabs market place sales was getting involved with other car companies

                        i personaly feel once saab departed from its individual marketing base evolved from aircraft manufacture to mass car manufacture it killed thier traditional market

                        after all why pay a premium for what is basicaly a vectra

                        as a traditional saab family none of us would buy the newest sh*te !!
                        Last edited by tornado64; 20th December 2011, 01:29.

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                        • tornado64
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Apr 2010
                          • 1353

                          #13
                          travelled many a mile in one of these , if i remember correctly it was also columb change , have to say it was one of the very few cars that as a kid left a lasting impression !!

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