2011 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD
Saab's 11th-hour rescue at the hands of Spyker recalls one of our favourite tales of redemption. Although few would call GM's stewardship of Saab excellent, it was definitely an adventure, and the parallels to the 1989 cinematic masterpiece Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure are strong. The heroes in both tales coasted for 20 years or so before being saved from the brink of catastrophe: Bill and Ted by a time-traveling rock groupie from 700 years in the future, Saab by an equally unlikely Dutch supercar maker. And forecasts for Saab's future under Spyker are dubious' Bogus Journeys may turn out to be as apt a descriptor for the follow-up to Saab's GM interlude as it was for the Bill and Ted sequel. Spyker scooped up the gasping Saab for a $74-million song, and $326 million in shares of the newly formed Saab Spyker Automobiles.