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General Motors To Sell Saab USA Heritage Collection Cars

Posted on 19. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History 2007 (L-to-R) Peter Backstrom Saab Car Museum Sweden / Dick Balsey GM Heritage Collection

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Jalopnik has reported that the 1995 Saab 900 Pikes Peak Car, will be going up for auction at the Barret Jackson auction house early next year in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 1995 Saab 900 Pikes Peak Car is the first car in the Saab USA Heritage Collection to be auctioned off, and it may not be the last.

I have checked the Barret-Jackson website and have not seen it listed, so I’ve contacted them as well as Saab Automobile USA to confirm or deny these reports. They have confirmed this now.

I have also contacted Jan-Willem Vester at Saab Automobile USA and he has confirmed these reports as well.

In finding that these reports are true, and I am absolutely livid and floored that GM can be so short-sighted in this regard.

I have asked many people from Saab Automobile USA, to the GM Heritage Collection to the Saab Car Museum as to why this car can’t be offered to the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden! and here’s what I have understood at this time from the GM Heritage Collection as well as Saab Automobile USA, which seem to be conflicting statements:

The Saab Car Museum is not part GM, therefore we can’t send the cars to them – GM Heritage Collection

The Saab Car Museum does not have the budget in Sweden to acquire even a few cars at this time – Saab Automobile USA

No response as of the time of this posting from Peter Backstrom at the Saab Car Museum.
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GM Asks FAA To Stop Tracking Flights Of Private Jets

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Matthew Smith

Bloomberg, BBC & Aero News announces that General Motors, in an attempt to continue their isolation from the reality of the rest of the world, has instead of selling all of their private jets, have asked the FAA to stop tracking the flights of their private jets. These are the jets that GM executives fly including CEO, Rick Wagoneer as recently exhibuted during his visit to the United States Congress to beg for a no-strings handout.

General Motors and their leadership still do not get it. Why can’t they just get off of their “high horse” and they fly coach, drive or take public transportation like the rest of us? I am really starting to believe that their company is actually not in the dire straights that they are in because it takes a lot of money to fly and lease these private jets, so where is that money coming from exactly if they “don’t have any”?

Furthermore, for General Motors to request that the Federal Aviation Authority to bar the public (us & the media) from being able to track their flights is absolutely appalling and the epitome of arrogance. Message to General Motors: The 400 pound gorilla in the room is NOT that we can SEE you flying, it is the fact that you are FLYING these jets period!. Get a clue and start living a modest lifestyle so that you don’t take your company further into debt and wasting everyone’s money including, quite possibly the tax payers here in the United States!

As expected I checked to see if I could track one of their 8 jets with the registration N5116 from Aviation Air LLC in Danbury, CT and that website now shows “This flight is not available for tracking per request from the owner/operator”. No surprise! Anyone know the remaining 7 registration #’s for their private jets?

I leave you with Blogging Stocks best response to this appalling news as of late:

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) just doesn’t get it. After flying in a corporate jet to Washington last week with tin cup in hand, its executives have not wised up. Rather than flying on public airlines like the rest of us do, they want to keep flying those corporate jets. But they want to make sure nobody in the public can track their flights.

If this is not the height of arrogance I don’t know what is. Bloomberg News interviewed a GM spokesman who said, “We availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed” from a Federal Aviation Administration tracking service. But he declined to discuss why GM made the request.

GM doesn’t need to explain why it made the request. I already know — it wants its executives to be able to keep flying on corporate jets and it doesn’t want Congress or the public to know about it. I think GM executives should consider three options: flying coach, getting the boot from the executive suite, or continuing to fly in their corporate jets until they run out of money.

If they pick the third option, they should not get a penny’s worth of taxpayer money.

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