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Open Letters to GM from the SCNA Board
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 02:06

The Saab Club of North America would like to present several open letters from the SCNA board to GM Chairman and CEO, Ed Whitacre, regarding the possible sale of the Saab brand. Click on "Read More" below to continue past the President's letter. If you would like to write to Ed Whitacre yourself, please follow this link to SaabsUnited.com for more details on how to do so.

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Dear Mr. Whitacre,

On behalf of the many members of the Saab Club of North America I respectfully request that you push for the sale of Saab rather than allowing it to die.

GM would be better off financially with the sale of Saab. The platforms, parts and new SUVs resulting from the manufacture of the new 9-5, 9-4X and the existing 9-3 will benefit Opel, GM and their suppliers, adding to the profitability of GM. The long drawn out process and expense of liquidating an international brand with the many dealerships throughout the World will be far more expensive than selling the brand. This is a passionate plea for all my membership and the many more Saab aficionados Worldwide - please move in favor of selling the brand!

Respectfully,
Ian Glenday
President, Saab Club of North America
www.saabclub.com

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Count me as one more Saab enthusiast.  I believe GM can recover far more of their past investment in Saab through licensing fees and purchased components than by "winding down" the brand.

GM could hardly expect to capture very many of the sales that a restructured Saab Automobile AB would garner.  Indeed, for the first two or three years the vast majority of Saab sales would be to long-time Saab enthusiasts, and I dare say that GM would capture very few of those.

The near term investment in a revitalized Saab product portfolio has already been made by GM. Closing down the brand will result in none of those costs being recaptured.  Instead, those sales which might have returned funds to GM and helped create a "partner" brand will strengthen GM's competitors: VW/Audi, Peugeot/Citroen, and BMW in Europe, and Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura in North America.

Respectfully,
Stephen Goldberger
Treasurer, Saab Club of North America
14 Saabs, 10 of which were new.

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December 21, 2009

Dear Mr. Whitacre,

In the winter of 1963, my father, who was working as a salesman/mechanic at Borton Motors in Minneapolis, MN drove a SAAB 96 demonstrator vehicle down to his parents home in Meyer, Iowa and stated, "I think we should try to get the franchise for these." At this point, our family’s SAAB story began...

In April of 1964, Meyer Garage was awarded a SAAB franchise. Located in an unincorporated town of less than 40 individuals, Meyer Garage has consistently been a vital player in the SAAB market in the Midwest as a SAAB exclusive dealership. The business grew and as most family businesses go, ownership transitioned to my father in 1979 and my wife and I in 1997.

The SAAB dealership is almost one of the family. Our children as newborns all made a visit to "the shop" before they made their arrival at their new home. Celebrations big and small have revolved around and in the dealership. Disappointments, too... A fire in October 2007 destroyed two thirds of the dealership and we quickly rebuilt to maintain service to our customers. We added a second location in Iowa City in May of 2000. This meant that one of us had to live 160 miles from "home" so it could run successfully and grow to meet the needs of our customers. We’ve been doing this for over 9 years. We've weathered less than stellar factory representation, many changes of GM personnel and still have stayed faithful to SAAB and GM.

We've weathered the many twists and turns of the automotive industry. We've worried about inventory, taken vehicles to help the franchise out when needed, (even storing them in our back yard when the lot got too full in 1999), and held the course. We've been to many meetings telling us to "stay the course, the best is yet to come" -- and believed.  We talk to customers daily about how being a part of GM is a good thing, they (GM) will provided the much needed research and development monies.

We’ve watched our new SAAB product be pushed back in the flow of new vehicle brand development and witnessed the new Pontiac, Chevrolet, Buick, Saturn, and Cadillac replacements arrive on showroom floors while patiently waiting for our day to come. Then -- the new 9-5, the 9-3X, the 9-4 crossover are all poised and ready to go... the bottom falls out. We again hold the course, remaining  positive while we hope for a buyer only to have the rug pulled out from under us at the last minute in late November.

Spyker Corporation is going to the mat to accomplish a successful purchase. I ask that you consider the dealers who have maintained the course in order to bring us to this point. Our lives and families will be irrevocably changed by another "No Sale." Give SAAB it's chance at the future.

Sincerely,
Marty and Annette Adams
Meyer Garage #0308
Iowa City SAAB #2273

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Sun, Dec 20, 2009

Dear Mr. Chairman

I am writing today to ask you not to take my new SAAB 9-5 away. I am avid enthusiast and customer of SAAB auto's, presently owning 7 cars......my daily driver being a 2002 9-5 Aero Wagon. Since the news of SAAB's questionable fate last spring I've looked to see what the replacement would be. Only the Cadillac CTS Wagon comes to mind, I've gone so far as to build one online......but it's not a SAAB.

When I heard the news Friday of the wind-down after negotiations with Spyker fell through, my heart sank. Over the last 10+ years I have met some wonderful people in the SAAB community - Ralph Millett, Bob Sinclair, Jay Sprechian, John Moss, and Eric Carlsson to name just a few. The people I socialize with and whom I call friends, arund the planet, all share one common interest - SAAB. The culture of the quirky brand has been copied by many other brands - Saturn, Jeep and Mini come to mind. But no one has been able to replicate the dedication and passion that SAAB owners have. There's the SAAB wave to oncoming cars, a practice to do each and every day whether a wave is returned. The conventions, the bulletin boards and blog, the photos, the pride and the sense of driving that only SAAB has been able to deliver for me. I seek out other SAABs in parking lots, I've shared my passion with many co-workers over the years who have gone out and bought 9-3s and 9-5s and enjoyed them as much as I have. Most recently I found a note on the windshield of my 9-5 saying what a nice looking car I had.......the note was written by another 9-5 Aero Wagon owner that had I had parked next to.

Sunsetting SAAB (notice I did not say kill as the passion will live on in the hearts of many) makes no sense when you consider the new models on the horizon ready for launch. I understand the nature of the wind down and how, in the end, business transactions need to make sense for all parties involved. As an enthusiast, American taxpayer, and GM Stockholder I ask that you and the board consider the new offer from Spyker with contingencies removed. Please, do the right thing.

Thank you for consideration of my plea.

Best for a happy and safe holiday,

Daryle Powers
Charlotte, NC