We are moving forward and step by step we are heading towards the future. First the dealer search was updated. Now www.saab.de has received another update. Under the motto "We take care of your Saab", the website is now adapted to the current situation. The Saab dealer network is active and motivated, the spare parts supply works. Saab lives.
More than 100 service bases are the cult brand from Trollhättan and the brand loyalty of many companies is very high. Nice way. In the next weeks we will see and hear more of Saab in Germany. Interesting activities are in the pipeline.
In Sweden, the press revolves around the subject of Saab. The tension is palpable and everyone is waiting for the decision of the administrators. But this will take some time to come and the Saab administrators will not come to the public until the ink has dried on the contracts. The most important task is to dismiss Saab into a stable and secure future. For that we like to bring a little patience.
Since the firewalls hold and nothing comes out, we rely on circumstantial evidence. Since important contracts of Saab Parts AB with the administrators expire by the end of June, this date is the only resilient one. An earlier solution is possible. Because around 100 former Saab employees keep the plant in Trollhättan in stand-by mode. That consumes large sums for electricity, heating, personnel costs. A cost factor that should change as soon as possible into other hands.
What is the press doing in the meantime. There would be - yes, exactly - our friends from GM. TTELA probably picked up the phone out of boredom and called press officer James R. Cain in Detroit. GM is currently very busy tying the rope for Opel and accordingly the mood will be in the headquarters. “We still say no…” the announcement from Detroit.
Honestly. The phone costs could have been saved that GM no longer distributed technology licenses was clear. Although there was contact with the interested parties, the attitude had not changed. I'll say it frankly. The “new” Saab 9-5 platform is no longer new. The development continues, the competitors will soon put the next generation on the road. Why do you sit on such a high horse on the Potomac River?
Anything else from Sweden? Not really. The newspapers notice that in China new vehicles built on Saab 9-5 I Bsis and of course bring the pictures of the 9-5 II to it. Otherwise silence around Saab. The insolvency administrators are busy “lighting smoke candles…” as a good friend said yesterday who is very close.
Smoke candles are fine. As long as the final result is correct we wait in peace. And, as suggested by Joachim, send a thank-you letter and a box of his favorite cigars to Hans Berqvist when selecting our favorite.