Directors of General Motors will meet in few days to determine what to do with Saab brand, the sales were canceled because of Koenigsegg. Along with the announcement that Koenigsegg will abandon the acquisition of Saab, future of the brand became uncertain, at least, there are few potential solutions for this.
GM could close Saab the same way that they closed Pontiac and Saturn brands. The best example in this situation would be closing the Saturn brand, whose understanding of sales to Roger Penske failed because the former American pilot was not able to find viable investors.
There is still possibility for Swedish brand to be saved by a foreign investor, there are already two potential claimants to this position. More specifically, the Chinese from BAIC and Americans from Merbanco bank seriously investigating the possibility to buy Saab. Both BAIC and Merbanco were among investors interested in acquiring Saab brand this summer, when GM has preferred those from Koenigsegg.
We recently reported that Saab has given a midcycle nip-and-tuck to its bread-and-butter 9-3 lineup for 2008. The update includes a relatively thorough—if not extreme—exterior styling makeover, as well as the availability of all-wheel drive on the 9-3 Aero XWD, the latter being music to the ears of anyone who has ever tried to wrestle a front-wheel-drive turbo Saab into obedience under full throttle.
But now we have more information about Saab's first-ever all-wheel-drive 9-3. First, it comes mated to an even more powerful version of the turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 we've sampled before in front-wheel-drive versions of the 9-3 Aero. However, even more interesting are the system's standard launch setting (it sends torque to the rear during takeoff) and its available electronic rear diff, which can vary torque transfer between the rear wheels.