Following the Swedish parent firm’s split from General Motors and indepence under Spyker’s ownership, Saab Cars North America (SCNA) and International Fleet Sales (IFS) have announced the return of the brand to Canada.
In a statement, SCNA and IFS said they were “developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout Canada beginning with 2011 model year vehicles. Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.”
“Saab Cars North America is proud to have successfully reached a memorandum of understanding with International Fleet Sales to begin providing high-quality, stylish and trendy Saab vehicles into the Canadian marketplace,” said Saab Cars North America president and COO Mike Colleran.
“International Fleet Sales has experience distributing Saabs since 2005 when we exported the [US built Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV-based] Saab 9-7X to Europe and the Middle East and now we look forward to working with SCNA to provide Saab vehicles to the Canadian marketplace,” said IFS president Mike Libasci. “We also look forward to receiving new product from Sweden in [autumn] this year.”
The 2011 Canadian Saab line will include the new 9-3X ‘premium crossover’, 9-3 ‘sport’ and convertible and the redesigned 9-5 sedan brought to production readiness under the GM ownership.
Canadian pricing will be announced in coming months and once the new dealer network is finalised, they will carry out warranty work for current owners.