Consider the following:
- Opel may end up part of a US/Canadian/Russian consortium
- Volvo may well end up in Beijing
- Porsche are going to need a bailout by Qatar
- Saturn lives in name only.
- Hummer has gone to an unknown machinery firm in China.
- Many of Chrysler’s nameplates will disappear.
- Pontiac is flat out dead (the last sign of life, the Vibe, was snuffed out today).
….and there’s probably more that I can’t think of as I write this.
Out of all the car companies being affected by the Carpocalypse (copyright, Jalopnik), could Saab be considered the biggest beneficiary?
It was a good article at Examiner.com that prompted this question.
……if Koenigsegg injects some of its own remarkable automotive insight and engineering prowess into Saab, then I truly believe we will see one of the greatest resurgences of intelligent and progressive automobile manufacturing of the 21st century.
Of course, the big IF there is largely dependent upon Saab’s ability to turn their sales around with new models, and the Koenigsegg Group’s ability to invest in developing all-new models, particularly a new 9-3, in the future.
Saab grew an awesome reputation from the 60’s through the early 90’s, only to lose it to a large degree in the last 15 years (despite what were still some pretty good cars).
It’s not often that a company goes through that and had a chance to genuinely return to it’s geographical and technological roots.
Saab could well be the biggest automotive winner in this current crisis.