Mike Stevens | May 14, 2009

If Swedish rag Expressen is to be believed, the upcoming 2010 Saab 9-5 is going to be such a hot seller that GM's new CEO Frederick 'Fritz' Henderson is hesitant to offload its premium European brand.

Expressen reports that a source within GM has suggested that Henderson is afraid to have Saab and its new 9-5 as a competitor. Apparently, and we're strictly in rumour territory here, the American manufacturer is fearful that the new sedan will outshine even the award-winning Opel Insignia with which it shares its platform, albeit stretched to suit.

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The story goes on to say that internal GM tests have shown the new 9-5 to be the superior car, with a supposed track test of the Opel Insignia OPC against the Saab 9-5 Aero resulting in the Swedish sedan coming out on top.

Perhaps the juiciest piece of the rumour-packed 'reportage' is that, so eager is the American manufacturer to hold onto the 9-5, the company would rather see Saab fall into bankruptcy than to sell it off and create a strong competitor for the Insignia.

It's no secret that GM is looking to divest itself of Opel, but the company reportedly intends to hold onto a small stake in the German carmaker.

[via SaabsUnited]

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