Currently Saab lives in different worlds. Here, the preparations for the IAA are in full swing and we have activated a small, fine network through the European clubs, so that Saab fans across Europe will notice in the next few days what's going on for the brand. Maybe even the press that absorbs bad Saab News like a dry sponge soaks up the water.
Thanks again to Andreas, the President of 1. German Saab clubsWithout the close cooperation with him and his reputation in the scene, only half of what would have been possible in a short time would have been possible.
In Sweden, the air is burning and speculations about the possible Saab end are increasing daily. This is now going too far for the foreign - not the Swedish - media. It seems to be read that for some in Sweden things cannot go fast enough and they cannot wait for the end of the automaker.
Unfortunately, these messages also came to Germany and were taken over by one or the other scribe without being checked. Poor research, and "wrong" bad news that drives readership up. Man oh man.
Consequence - my mailbox overflows on this subject because everyone who has read something in a third-class leaflet believes that this is the truth. Sorry guys, I respect every opinion and every fact if it is well founded. Saab has expressly contradicted the speculation about the reconstruction on Friday, the explanation from the Saab owner, Swedish Automobile:
Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 26 August 2011 - Swedish Automobile NV (Swan) is aware of certain reports in Swedish media related to a possible filing by Saab Automobile AB for a voluntary reorganization under Swedish law.
Swan confirms it's early announcements that it is in the process of solving the short and medium term funding of Saab Automobile to restart and sustain production. In order to secure the continuity of Saab Automobile, Swan and Saab automobiles are evaluating all available options. Swan wants to update the market in case of new developments.
Another issue that kept some of us busy over the weekend is the concern that our brand could end up in China as a cheap sell-off. The good news came today, exceptionally, from Dagens Industri. The newspaper has been speculating for days on the end of Saab, but has today found that the trademark rights are protected.
Only with the approval of Saab AB, that are those who build airplanes, rockets and satellites and, in a fit of humor, name portable rocket systems after Swedish kings, and trademark rights can be transferred from Scania - the truck builder. Saab AB has already determined that the brand is tied to Trollhättan and Saab Automobile AB. Incidentally, Scania belongs more or less to the Wolfsburg group.
And as Ferdinand Piech said a while ago at a lecture in Chemnitz. "Saab would fit well into the group." Well then.