Today, there is a lot to say about Saab. Since I have a job that requires time and commitment, I try to summarize the situation in a compact way and start with the positive messages for the brand. As we know, Kent Hägglung has been appointed as the third administrator for our brand, his specialty is trademark law.
Hägglung is now trying to pave the way for a complete sale of Saab to an investor. Not an easy way, because for this he needs the approval of both Saab AB and Scania. The sounding is underway, and Hans-Ake Danielsson, Scania's press officer, said a nice sentence about it, which I really like. “Man ville inte att den fina symbols skulle hamna i orätta händer…“, with which he wants to say that he wants to prevent our design icon from falling into the wrong hands.
Not so good for the Saab Museum. The sum of the individual bids should be higher than the complete offer of the municipality Trollhättan. A development that was predictable, but which is still very regrettable. Clarity comes in the course of the week and then we will see where the collection goes. German friends with Saab background have bid on part of the collection. However, not for personal reasons, but as an aid to the brand and to secure the heritage for the community.
Even from China come Saab messages, which, however, have something speculative. BAIC, the owner of the old Saab 9-5 and 9-3 platform, wants to acquire the Saab e-power technology. This reports today Dagens Industri. According to information from Saab insiders, the e-power Saab should be ready for series production and would probably have rolled off the belts in model year 2012. Whether the message is correct, is questionable. BAIC itself has been running prototypes with electric drive on Saab basis for one year in trial. The BAIC types themselves are expected to be ready for series production.
Other rumors, also unconfirmed, come independently from different sources and affect the area of Saab Parts AB. It should be sold to an investor in the next few weeks. A scenario that I can not imagine, because the spare parts subsidiary should be sold in a complete package. There are no confirmations from Saab, and since such rumors are spread quickly in the press, now comes a clear denial.
There is sad news for Saab in the USA. Saab North America is to be liquidated, which is not a happy ending for Tim Colbeck and his team. Since the 13. January, most of the employees are terminated, the remaining staff Stamm handles the business. In the background are activities to secure the supply of the American Saab drivers with spare parts also in the future. Tim Colbeck resisted the downfall and did a lot for Saab. He certainly has our respect.
The news is mixed. The activities are running for a full sale and the Saab AB and Scania are open to suggestions. Nothing works without their consent. We always, we wait, hope for good news. We have been practicing this for months.