So, What’s Up with Saab?
Are Saab cars still sold in the U.S.? Where did Saab go?
The answers are no and nowhere.
As we’ve discussed before in outlining the auction of the last unsold production Saab, a 2013 9-3 Aero, Saab faced final bankruptcy in 2012. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) bought the assets but soon ran into their own financial trouble. They were bailed out by a Chinese energy vehicle leasing firm, Panda New Energy, that began building 9-3s in Tianjin, China. Along the way though, rights to the Saab name were lost and those vehicles will be sold as NEVS cars.
So, no, there are no new Saab cars being sold.
But, Saab is certainly rolling along just fine, thank you very much. The company remains closely tied to its defense and security roots. Saab began in 1937 as an airplane manufacturer for the Swedish Air Force in response to German aggression in the run-up to WWII. The full name of the fledgling firm was Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, forming the acronym SAAB. Cars didn’t start rolling off Saab production lines until after the war.
What Does That Mean For Saab?
Despite the end of production of Saab automobiles, Saab employs more than 16,500 people with annual sales equal to well over $3 billion. Some of its most well-known current products include the Gripen fighter plane, the Saab Kockums Gotland Class submarine, the C41 tank, and the weapon system Carl-Gustaf. Though Saab is out of the car business, they are certainly not out of business! While there are no Saab dealerships to take your car to, EuroCar Service in Seattle has decades of experience working on your vehicle. In fact, your high-performing vehicle deserves our highly trained ASE Certified Master mechanics and top-rated customer service. Bring your Mercedes, MINI, Volkswagen, Smart car, Saab, or other European vehicles to our state-of-the-art facility. To schedule an appointment with the most dependable, accurate, and honest European vehicle service in Seattle, contact us online or call 206-527-8828 today!