Saab Fans Rally Across the World

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The Saab brand has historically cultivated a cult-like following, and in its troubled times, supporters are rallying. Though not much has been heard from Saab since the automaker filed for bankruptcy late last December, brand loyalists haven’t been as quiet. As the company begins to wind down and negotiate the restructuring process, enthusiasts are ramping up efforts to promote the ill-fated marque. 

Fan site SaabsUnited.com has launched a campaign called "We are Many, We are Saab" and has organized caravans and rallies across the U.S. and the world in a final show of support for the troubled company and its vehicles. It's reporting that 39 countries hosted or plan to host more than 100 events this January, many in the U.S. 

"Through getting as many people together, we want to show clearly that Saab may be bankrupt but the brand itself is very much alive. You can see this as a positive note towards those interested in helping Saab restart production. The brand simply deserves another chance," SaabsUnited said in a press release. The group organized a similar event in 2010 when the brand was once again facing troubled times.

The protests may fall on deaf ears, however, amid news that Saab has begun to liquidate its assets, including its historic museum in Trollhatten, Sweden. Consumer Reports is reporting that more than 120 vehicles housed in the museum, many of them concept cars and prototypes, are for sale and will be auctioned off next month if not sold by Friday.

Notable Saabs in the collection include the first car Saab ever made, the 1946 UrSaab, the 1976 Saab-Scania Electric Postal Van, the 1997 Saab 900 Talladega Challenge car, the 1988 Saab 9000 T16 with joystick controls, the 2006 Aero X Concept and the 2008 9-X BioHybrid Concept.

Saab bankruptcy: Museum car collection to be auctioned off on Friday (Consumer Reports)

By Jennifer Geiger | January 19, 2012 | Comments (4)
Tags: In The News, Saab

Comments 

Mike

What would be the best is for them to ban together and create a support network for parts and service issues. Saab cannot support themselves with this fanclub because they already own Saabs, keep them for years, and new customers are not plentiful enough to buy new ones and keep the company open.

Cathy Waldhauser

How about a public campaign against GM for purchasing Saab's technology and then preventing the Chinese from rescuing the company, after being bailed out by tax-paying U.S. Saab-owners? Saabs have always been a long-term investment that should have gotten more credit for being 'green' than U.S. standards gave them. Of course, that was before GM upsized the engines and body and reduced fuel efficiency on them.

chubby

No one forced saab to join gm. Stop blaming others for saab`s failure, cathy.

Bill Norris

Come on...prior to 1998, Saabs were a very quirky car. Engines mounted backwards, 2 cycle engines were still offered through the mid 70's and just too dependent on the repair shop.
Once Saab hooked up with GM, the mechanicals took on a GM flavor and were much easier to work on for Saab techs....and more reliable to own.
I have a 2008 9-3 convertible and it draws looks all the time.....a gorgeous Lynx Yellow with white interior!!!!

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