In the latest twist to the Saab saga, a Swedish workers union, IF Metall, has send a letter to the United States president, Barack Obama, requesting for help in order to save the once proud Swedish marque.
Most people might think that they are requesting for a bailout, like what happened to Chrysler. Instead, they want the United States government to pressure General Motors into releasing access to some of the technology licenses which are necessary to build the Saab 9-4X (pictured above) and the 9-5. By doing so, the Swedish automaker's new owners would be able to build Saabs once again providing salvation for over 4000 of Saab’s former workers.
General Motors has blocked the sale of Saab repeatedly due to these licensing issues. This is because the company fears that Saab's technologies could end up in the hands of a competitor, especially a Chinese rival.
The letter sent to Obama mentioned about this issue. The union wants General Motors to release the basic licenses, and the union assured that Saab will never be a threat to General Motors.
A spokesperson for the union explained that the letter shows the Swedish government and parliament that it is possible to contact the United States president. The US president has not responded to the letter and General Motors has not reacted to it publicly.