Saab dealers in the United States say they have been uninformed bystanders to General Motors Co.'s on-again, off-again negotiations to sell the Swedish premium brand.
Chris Cerrina, co-owner of Parkfield Saab in Rochelle Park, N.J., and a member of the Saab National Dealer Council, said last week that he was uncertain about the significance of GM's decision to restart some Saab production.
"We're in this kind of purgatory waiting for a decision," Cerrina said. "I don't have any details. I don't know who really knows, to be honest with you."
Last week, Reuters reported that GM extended a Thursday, Dec. 31, deadline for bids for Saab, which has drawn interest from Dutch luxury car maker Spyker Cars and others.
Cerrina said the uncertainty is hard for dealership employees and customers: "We were told on Dec. 18 we were going to be wound down, and you mentally process that. Then two days later, they are negotiating again."
Tim Kelly, owner of Kelly Saab in Chattanooga, Tenn., said he was "encouraged to see they're starting up production again." He said Saab could be successful under the right ownership: "Someone who could properly focus it could really make the most of it, particularly with fuel-efficient powertrains."