Sunday snippets

Saab dealerships in Tennessee are on the move….

An auto dealership relocated from Bartlett more than one year ago has changed hands and again been moved. Russell Gwatney, president of Gwatney Enterprises, Inc., recently announced his company had purchased Saab of Memphis from Bud Davis and on Monday began selling the brand’s models at 2420 Covington Pike. The location had, until then, long been home to a Saturn dealership.

Apparently, it was the first Saturn dealership ever.

“Saturn is no more,” Gwatney said about the conversions. “But we are happy to be associated with Saab.”

He said he is excited to immediately showcase two new Saab models, with three more expected soon.

“Saturn had not made new products in a while,” Gwatney said.

Saab of Memphis on opening day at its new Covington Pike location had 22 new vehicles, as well as approximately 30 used vehicles, ready for sale. Gwatney said plans are to keep 50-60 vehicles in stock at all times.

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And Tennessee move #2

USI Motors Inc., a West Knoxville luxury car dealership, has acquired the Knoxville Saab franchise previously owned by the Rodgers family.

Mehdi Rahmanian, owner and president of USI Motors, said the dealership has 2010 Saabs in stock and will be offering sales and service for the brand.

“Saab is a good addition to our line,” he said. “The type of customer that we sell automobiles to, this would be a great second car for them.”

OK, so it’s kind of a backhanded compliment there, but when you look at the other cars he sells (young, second hand)….

USI regularly deals in such brands as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini and others.

Maybe his customers can drive their Saabs as primary vehicles while some of the others have their mileage preserved.

Thanks Ted!

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The dash of the Cadillac SRX

Cadillac SRX Dash

I spend so much time in and around Saabs that sometimes, I take the layout, comfort and equipment for granted.

Is it just me, or is that one busy, nasty piece of work?

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A few years ago we had a photo competition called “Saab Pride” and there was a magnificent photo of a red Viggen convertible posed in front of a giant gopher. What it made it all the more outstanding is that it was in the middle of winter, making the gopher and the red Viggen stand out even more.

It looks just good without the snow, though. From Flickr.

Rich Viggen Dry

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