DETROIT -- Saab dealers will meet in Las Vegas on Monday during the National Automobile Dealers Association convention for what is likely to be their last make meeting.
The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in rooms N245 and N247 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, said Tim Colbeck, president of Saab Cars North America. Saab’s parent company filed a bankruptcy petition in a Swedish court Dec. 19, and its North American arm suspended operations the same day.
“I will talk about the parts business, status of the company,” Colbeck said. “I would hope to have as many dealers as possible there.”
Ray Ciccolo, a Boston-area Saab dealer and the NADA line representative for the brand, said: “We’ve filed a bankruptcy petition against them. We need to talk about where we go from here and our ability to keep buying parts from some entity. We need to talk about losses and unpaid warranty claims and exactly what is GM’s role in all this.”
A group of 41 Saab dealers filed a petition Jan. 30 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., to place Saab into involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Leonard Bellavia, an attorney representing the 41 dealers, said he would be in Las Vegas to meet with the Saab dealers. But he was not sure whether he would be allowed to sit in on the meeting under NADA rules.
The bankruptcy petition listed claims for unpaid warranty, incentive reimbursement and other obligations ranging from $79.11 to $167,977.
Saab Cars North America named McTevia & Associates to manage the company’s U.S. operations.
Rick Kranz contributed to this report