Saab Automobile AB resulted in an unquestionable financial failure for General Motors Co., but a beyond-the-balance-sheet examination of the Swedish auto maker’s contributions to its Detroit parent reveals a number of technical gems. It is questionable whether this legacy and its potential for future innovation are enough to save Saab. GM plans to shut down the brand in 2010 if it does not find a suitable new owner. And with Saab’s demise, a curious 20-year relationship would come to an ...

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