It's actually too warm to “blog”. In the Rhein-Main area it is 30 degrees today, but a few lines always go. Like the Saab 9-4 SportCombi, the Saab 9-5x received the top ratings in terms of vehicle safety a few weeks ago. Didn't we expect it that way? A Saab is just a Saab. A Saab is always safe.
The Saab Press Release:
Trollhattan, Sweden: The new Saab 9-4X crossover has earned 'Top Safety Pick', the highest rating for crashworthiness awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States. Only three weeks ago, the Saab 9-5 Sedan received the same accolade.
Head of Safety Development at Saab Automobile says Per Lenhoff, "To achieve two Top Safety Picks in three weeks is, of course, extremely gratifying. IIHS tests are a valuable guide to consumers and they are important for us to achieve good results. "
IIHS is a research and communications organization funded by auto insurers in the US. The test procedures include front impact (offset) and side impact crashes. Seat / head restraints are thus tested in a simulated rear-end impact to assess protection against whiplash injuries.
Performance is rated as 'Good', 'Acceptable', 'Marginal' or 'Poor' in each of the tests and to achieve the 'Top Safety Pick' award, cars must achieve the highest rating in all four procedures and should also be fitted with ESP®.
The real estate business
Meanwhile, we are a little further on. The National Debt Administration today made the positive recommendation to the Swedish government. It has to decide now.
Maud Olofsson wants to check very carefully and then announce the decision without time pressure. The EIB has already agreed that a rejection by its own government is unlikely.
The snow of last year
Today the Saab numbers from 2010 went through the Swedish press. “Blutrot - Blodrött” wrote the press. Okay, the numbers make my blood freeze too - for now.
But slowly, for all Saabuntergangs fetishists among the readers. It's the numbers of 2010. A standing factory was taken over, no revenue but immediately high costs of 3.500 employees. In addition, investments in infrastructure, sales, development, marketing and so on. The numbers are bad, the next few years will remain bad.
Because, before money is earned, you have to invest it. Of course, over a longer period of time. This has been recognized in Sweden and Holland and the course has been set with the new partners from China. Maybe a little late, but not too late.
In the year 2010 the loss amounted to 3 billion crowns, with a turnover of 6.3 billion crowns. There were 28.284 cars sold, after 39.745 cars in the year 2009.
The accountants report sees a lot of risks to Saab, such as currency fluctuations, against which the company is not hedged. An absurdity for a company that depends on export. So there is a lot to do in Trollhättan for Mr. Muller. For example, hiring a CFO - finally and urgently.
In this sense. Keep on Saabing!