How realistic is it to hope for a future car production in Trollhättan? Swedish friends who have been blogging since February do not expect production in Saab City any more. The shock over the bankruptcy of the car maker has been overcome and the reality is gray in gray.
It is understandable, because everyone was loyal to Saab, their 9-5 or Saab 9-3 driven longer than desired and hoped for a new car from current production. At some point it comes with the patience at the end and in January and February are the long-delayed purchases. The primary focus is on a Saab year-old car, in Sweden the selection is better than in Germany. The GMAC Leasing is now collecting the Saab company cars to throw them on the market as returns.
In Germany, the selection is much narrower. My Saab 9-5 is now 5 years old and actually I wanted to drive 2011 already a new Saab. For the well-known reasons nothing came of it and only my wife luckily came to a new Saab 9-3. Now, starting in mid-January, I'm looking for a 9-5 II, but with little hope. If it does not become a new Saab, then in our fleet there will be another brand, the Saabs will hopefully forgive it.
That the Swedish friends are right with their negative assessment, you could read again at Dagens Industri. Semcon CEO Kjell Nilsson reports on a minefield of licenses GM designed around the Stallbacka plant. I could not have expressed it more beautifully and it coincides with my rudimentary insights into the production environment. Unlike Volvo, where Ford made a clean cut, Saab still has a fatal dependence on GM.
Before readers now have to scold me about GM, they should consider the following. Contracts are always closed from two sides. GM has negotiated well for its side and safeguarded its own interests. Spyker has bargained bad and yet signed.
It is also becoming increasingly clear that Saab's prospects are primarily interested in the PhoeniX platform, secondarily in terms of production facilities and virtually no location. Which unfortunately also applies to Youngman. The green light from the NDRC in Beijing exists only for the purchase of the rights to the Phoenix platform, not for the time being for the work.
For all who do not know. The Saab brand is bound to the Trollhättan site and to the use permit of Scania and Saab AB. Spyker, or Swedish Automobile, was never the owner of the trademark rights. Saabs from Turkey or from inner Mongolia will not exist without the location Trollhättan, which I find somehow reassuring.
Everything gray in gray so in the Saab land? Only almost, not quite. The local newspaper in Trollhättan reports of a car manufacturer who has emerged as a new prospect for Saab. No name, no origin, it's too early. I can add the following to that. Since the Saab bankruptcy, a car manufacturer is intensively examining the possibilities of entry. This has now been confirmed firsthand. He comes from Western Europe and now has contact with the bankruptcy trustee.
There is nothing more on my part. Because our hopes and expectations have been completely disappointed in the past few months. I would like to avoid further disappointments. Wait…