SAAB Weekend: The Spring Optimism Edition

Winter is almost over, the start of the season is knocking on the door. And sometimes personal conversations say more than 1000 press releases. But in turn ... Our Saab 9000 Anniversary has left its winter residence and is back in the wild. For the next winter, he does not have to go back to an old and wet garage, our Saab hall is almost finished, and the 9000 is getting a new home. Of course the sliding gates will be in Faluröd deleted, because even a Saab wants to be kept appropriate to the species. Pictures follow when the building is finished!

Although, contrary to all rumors, I have a life on this side of the Trollhättan brand, the weekend was all about Saab. With my good friend Achim (thanks again!) I had a work assignment for the brand with the griffin, and on Saturday afternoon a delicious meal in Saabiger round (Thanks to the catering * ggg *).

As also employees of Saab were guests, the discussions were of course almost only about cars from Sweden and the brand. The past months have been crisis, but crisis is also opportunity. One learns to better assess people in these situations, many conversations are more open and direct. But a crisis must come to an end, and sometimes you recognize the change in small signs. Because on Saturday was a lot different. The situation changes.

Instead of the usual discussions about the structural preservation and spare parts assurance, it suddenly came to new topics. It was talked about the future. About action, instead of just crisis reaction. Saab is starting to act, still in the current possible frame, but already in view of a positive result in Sweden. Suddenly, optimism wafted through the rooms.

The situation is about to improve, and finally the future appears in a milder light. It's about time, because the crisis was long and tough. Not only in Germany but also among Swedish friends there was a change on the weekend. The negotiations are in our favor, and at least Youngman is really on the go. A few more weeks patience, then we will see!

Until then, we keep watching what Victor Muller does. Things are not going so well for the former Saab CEO. In the Netherlands, he struggles with shareholders and ex-business partners who accuse him of driving Saab to the wall. Pieter HeeremaEx-Spyker board member, ex-business friend and presumably ex-boyfriend, who is waiting for several million dollars, sees Victor Muller as the real problem for Saab. He does not believe in the repayment of his millions, although Muller has always promised him a "Pull the rabbit out of the hat". Did not we hear that already?

Also North Street Capital, Muller's secret weapon and possible Spyker buyer, has turned out to be a shell without content. No surprise, connoisseurs of the matter knew this already months ago. The obvious Muller announced in an interview on Friday, while he is looking for new investors to expand. Maybe he plans to buy again.

Anyway, he still has fans, at least in Holland. His Saab 9-5, which was up for sale in Uppsala, is no longer available. Sold. The buyer comes from the Netherlands.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

2 thoughts too "SAAB Weekend: The Spring Optimism Edition"

  • Tom has said everything that matters - actually, SAAB enthusiasts around the world just have to be patient.

    The long-awaited decision, whether a large Indian company or even the family company from China (possibly with one other partner on board) gets the contract, is somehow in the air! The big question right now is just who ultimately gets the contract due to better plans - sufficient funds should be unlike the investors offered by Victor Muller now lush and demonstrably available.

    What the Chinese, for example, emphasizes favorably from the rest of the circle of interested parties, is the fact that this has already been communicated with almost all SAAB suppliers with regard to future cooperation - the determination of Rachel and her father is simply impressive!

    Many greetings from Schleswig-Holstein

  • A good sign! SAAB has had enough economy now and it's time to move forward. I think that Tom has once again very well taken a current mood.

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