1. OUT OF GAS

    Saab Files for Bankrupcy

    Saab unveils a dynamic new concept car, the Saab 9X, at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. The photographs show how the clean lines of the 9X define a compact
and sporty shape, with strong Saab styling cues dramatically evolved. (PRNewsFoto/Saab Cars USA Inc.)

    AP Photo

    It’s a sad day for proud Saab owners. Victor Muller, the chief executive of Saab’s parent company, Swedish Automobile, announced that the carmakers were filing for bankruptcy on Monday. “There’s no doubt that this is the blackest day in my career,” Muller said during a press conference at the company’s Swedish headquarters. In February 2010, Muller rescued Saab from General Motors but “did so with overly ambitious sales expectations for the first year, which saw the company short of cashflow,” according to Ian Fletcher, an analyst at HIS Global Insight. Muller had been in talks with a Chinese company about potentially overtaking the Swedish carmaker, but General Motors—which still has licensing agreements with Saab—didn’t agree to the move. GM likely didn’t want the Swedish company competing with it in China, a fast-growing market for the U.S. car giant.

    Read it at The Telegraph