In the last GM years it was hard to be Saab fan. The bean counters from Detroit saved the Swedish company and tried us to take the fun of the brand. Who wanted to buy a Saab was opposite friends in explanation.
Now Saab builds good cars again, the products are consistent, what's in the pipeline looks good. But now there are the tapes. A fatal situation.
And stay the whole of July at a standstill. The silverware from Saab was sold today, below value as we think. A shortsighted decision that seriously jeopardizes the future of the Trollhättan site. Moreover, especially annoying, the sale solves not a single problem.
A Swedish newspaper calculated that the proceeds would be sufficient for the next two months' salary. So July and August are secured, time enough for the employees to look for a new employer.
Unfortunately, Saab communication is once again one of the reasons for all the misery. Months ago they spoke of a "morning cold" which then surprisingly wiped out the entire production. Until yesterday they wanted to hold on to a start of production in July, although the "bush drums" were already saying something else.
Now suddenly you discover the suppliers' summer holidays, a problem which IF Metal recognized last week.
Has the Saab management learned from the crises? No, you bounce off customers and dealers at regular intervals. Also today there was a low blow for all who have trusted the statements. The fans do not deserve that, we are loyal customers, some have been waiting since January for the cars ordered.
You are patient, but how much longer?
Like the suppliers. "Dagens Nyheter" published today from suppliers who last received money from Trollhättan in January. How long should this go on?
On Monday, contracts were signed with the new partners from China. These are now legally binding on board. The Chinese are - if we look at it matter-of-factly - the only straw that can guarantee a new production.
Will production be in August? If there is a financial input from China, then yes. If it stays off, we will continue to see standing bands.
Should one cancel his order now? Some readers today have vented their anger with emails to our blog. I understand that, but I'm not Saab. Nor am I Victor Muller, who tries to make fun of the brand every day. That's why I would answer that question once.
Would I order a new Saab? I think so. Am I a little crazy? Probably.