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December 21st, 2009
11:33 AM ET

Let Saab keep following its own road

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/BUSINESS/02/20/saab.reorganization/art.saab.afp.gi.jpg caption="With a deadline to sell Saab by December 31, General Motors ended negotiations with a potential buyer Friday. "]

Steven Wade
Special to CNN

My name is Steven Wade and I'm a Saaboholic.

I own three of them, though that's not many by Saab collector standards. I write about Saabs daily on a Web site that I've been running for close to five years now. I've traveled to Sweden twice to look at them, as well as to the Detroit and Frankfurt auto shows. Did I mention that I live in Hobart, Australia, which is almost as far away from Sweden as you can get.

Tens of thousands of people visit my Web site, viewing almost 400,000 pages during November 2009. Many of them contributed articles and news tips. And all of them are in mourning today.

With a deadline to sell Saab by December 31, General Motors ended negotiations with a potential buyer Friday and said it will begin an orderly windup of Saab early in 2010 unless another buyer emerges. (Spyker, a Dutch carmaker, said Sunday that it made a new offer to buy Saab from GM.)

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