SAAB day: Bub Lutz and the bean counters and more ...

The former Saab blogger Swade, whose daily articles I still miss, not only, but over and over again in his Sweadology, writes about Saab. Currently he has bought an Alfa Romeo, which is acceptable because he has acquired a wonderful Alfa GTV. As a counter program he reads Car Guys and Beancounters by Bob Lutz. A book that also deals with the subject of Saab. No, I will not translate Lutz's work, it's not that great, but a visit to Steven's blog should be worth it.

Because Lutz provides facts on the topic in his own way “how much Opel is (unfortunately not) in a Saab ...". It is worth looking into the rather long article.

How good that at least the GM managers know how to run a successful business. With government funds afloat and running on the back of the American taxpayer that works fine.

Too bad that it didn't work out that way with state support in Germany. The consequence: Opel is dodging itself in. After a 20% drop in demand for the fascinating products with the flash since the beginning of the year, the 4-day week is now looming in Rüsselsheim. The Spiegel reports, referring to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. No good prospects for the location in Hessen!

In Rüsselsheim you have it in front of you, in Trollhättan you have the GM Nachwehen already behind, and it can not be worse. Paul Akerlund expects 1.500 new jobs in the re-start phase of the automaker. If that does not happen, then you have a plan B in your hand. Innumerable startups are currently being created around Innovatum. Much more could happen if the administrators' plan failed to sell Saab in one piece.

Tore Helmersson, CEO of Innovatums, reports prospective customers for the wind tunnel, prototype bench, production facilities and other facilities so that an automotive cluster of small and medium-sized businesses could emerge. The demand for the wind tunnel is particularly strong, but the administrators, with whom he works closely every day, have so far rejected retail sales.

For the complete sale is still considered the highest goal. Trollhättan may have a B-Plan and even drive well in the long term. For others Saab is indispensable. For the possible buyer Youngman for example. Currently, the skills are still based on the partner Lotus. But it wobbles and should have been sold or sold. Depending on the source, the messages contradict each other.

Youngman is ambitious and wants to go high. What the Chinese are currently planning, is in the next post.

Text: tom@saabblog.net


One thought on "SAAB day: Bub Lutz and the bean counters and more ..."

  • Saab has never been a strong or powerful company. An offshoot of Saab aircraft after World War II, the company built small, unusually shaped cars, initially with two-stroke engines (which trapped blue smoke and went "ring-thing" when the driver lifted the foot from the throttle) later with the European Ford V4 - a lumpy and charmless engine, but the only one that, presumably, would fit into the Saab 900 engine compartment.

    Original excerpt from Bubi Lutz's work
    If you do not have (anymore), you should know someone who knows someone who has a little bit of grasp.

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