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Struggling Saab Got Its Start In East Coast Cities Like D.C.

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General Motors is considering shutting down Saab if it can't find a buyer.
General Motors is considering shutting down Saab if it can't find a buyer.

By Mana Rabiee

General Motors may shut down its Swedish unit Saab if it can't find a buyer soon.

In the parking lot of Saab International Motors in Falls Church, Virginia, Jim Sisson and his wife, of White Plains, Maryland, shop for their sixth Saab. "My wife and I have owned, one, two, three, four, five," says Sisson.

General Manager Tim Whalen has been selling Saabs since 1971. He says the car maker made its niche in cities like Boston and D.C., where uber-educated drivers wanted a luxury car that wasn't pompous.

"The primary market for Saabs for years has been on the east coast. It's always done very well in the Washington area," says Whalen.

Whalen says he's checking Google news and fan-based sites to get info and consumer feedback about the latest news on the fate of Saab.


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