Saab dealers will meet at NADA convention, probably for the last time

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2012

Saab dealers will have a meeting on February 6 in Las Vegas at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention for what would probably be their last make meeting. Tim Colbeck, the president of Saab Cars North America, said that they will meet on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in rooms N245 and N247 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A bankruptcy petition was filed by Saab’s parent company in a Swedish court Dec. 19, and on that same day, operations were suspended by its North American arm.

Colbeck said that he will be discussing the parts business and the company’s status. Ray Ciccolo, a Saab dealer based in Boston and the brand’s NADA line representative, said that a group composed of 41 dealers filed a bankruptcy petition against the company to discuss “where we go from here and our ability to keep buying parts from some entity.”

He added that among the topics that will be discussed are losses, unpaid warranty claims as well as GM’s role. The petition they filed on Jan. 30 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., is meant to put Saab into involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Leonard Bellavia, a lawyer who represents the 41 dealers, said he will be in Las Vegas for the meeting with Saab dealers. However, he wasn’t sure if he will be permitted to be seated at the meeting under NADA rules. The claims listed for the bankruptcy petition include those for unpaid warranty, incentive reimbursement and other obligations that range from $79.11 to $167,977.

Saab 9-4X has one of a kind design and engineering characteristics. The mid-sized crossover vehicle has distinctive Scandinavian looks with a touch of aircraft-inspired elements. The ride characteristics and the handling make you feel like driving a car that meets the toughest benchmarks.

The new 9-4X will be launched at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new model expands the carmaker’s portfolio to three lines. It will also give crossover buyers a new option, as well as signal the next chapter of the brand’s comeback as a premium carmaker.

Athletic and muscular, the new Saab 9-4X has the same looks of a Saab and conforms to the size and appearance of the 9-3X as well as the new 9-5 sedan. It conveys its Saab identity with an uncluttered and clean design and trademark motifs including the ice block lighting theme, wraparound windshield, flexible cargo handling, and driver-oriented cockpit.

9-4X does not only look sporty, it also delivers on its promise. Exceptional ride and handling properties are due to its purposeful and unique crossover body structure. The driving dynamics is enhanced by Saab’s all wheel drive system -- the Saab XWD -- as well as the adaptive chassis control system, DriveSense.

You can choose from a variety of efficient and compact V6 engines that are either turbocharged or naturally-aired. The 300 horsepower engine has twin-scroll turbocharging. The 2.8-liter engine is found only in the top Aero models. Meanwhile the 265 hp, 3.0-liter motor is the entry level engine that has variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. Both of these engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions.

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