Thursday morning snippets

Some things you may have already seen, or not….
….thanks to various people for emails on some of these.
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The Wall Street Journal:

The Swedish minister for enterprise and energy, Maud Olofsson, Wednesday said the government will only guarantee a loan from the European Investment Bank, or EIB, to a potential new buyer of Saab Automobile AB if production is kept in the Nordic country.

That would seem to rule out a sale to BAIC if the people’s theory that they’ll just move everything to China has some legs in it. Maybe they don’t need the money?
It’s a good incentive to keep things Swedish, anyway, which is what we want.
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This quote shall remain un-sourced:

GM would not have re-opened negotiations with potential buyers if it were not convinced about a very high chance of success. Based on today’s call to Sweden, we expect Saab’s future to be resolved quickly, so please be patient for a little longer.

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One more reason why Saab must survive……. to stop them merely being a curiosity on Jalopnik.
Today they’re covering the Saab 92 with a GM/Saab V6 installed, a car that I photographed back at the Saab Festival in 2007.
I love the Jalops, but I don’t want Saab relegated to novelty status like old Alfas.
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Next Autos (aka Winding Road) have a list of their Top 10 Saabs, which sounds a bit like another obituary piece.
Good selections, though.
The Viggen was way too maligned. In fact, it’s could be considered as a microcosm of Saab itself. An imperfect vehicle that gets disproportionate criticism and then is missed when it’s gone due to it’s immense character.
Here’s hoping it never comes to that.
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Another journo big-notes himself with a death piece about Saab, stating that the last good Saab was the 99 Turbo, 30 years ago. My own affection for the 99T notwithstanding, I think owners of various models since (most notably the 900 and 9000Aero – even by the strictest criteria) might be forgiven for feeling slighted.
Why does he write this? The answer’s in the article itself.

….whenever I write anything about Saab, people comment with zeal

That’s Gavin Green at CAR Magazine. The article itself contains many truths, but I think Green undersells Saab’s appeal too much. It’s far easier for some of these guys to make a case for killing Saab rather than saving it.
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The Globe and Mail has an interview with prominent Canadian Saab dealer, Chris Budd.
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“I may not know much about art, but I know what I like” – John Cleese.
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