Driving the Saab 9-4X

A couple of weeks ago, when I took delivery of a Saab 9-4X test car for a few days, a wistful thought arrived with the keyfob: this could well be the last new Saab I’d ever drive.

The Swedish automaker, rescued from General Motors last year by Spyker Cars of the Netherlands, is again in the 11th hour of a fight for survival. Its Trollhattan plant has been quiet since April, after unpaid suppliers stopped delivering parts. Both white- and blue-collar workers have gone unpaid, prompting unions as well as suppliers to file bankruptcy petitions. Unless a white-knight investor emerges, and quickly, Saab could be shut down.
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