After the confused news of the last days it was a bit quieter throughout the day in Sweden. After all, there were no new rumors about the sale of SAAB. Today the visit of the AMI in Leipzig was on the program.
A trade fair visit to the press days is always something special. The number of visitors is manageable. You have plenty of time and space to take your time to study the exhibited studies and series-ready new developments. In the last few years I was in 2009 in Frankfurt at the presentation of the sedan of the new 9-5 II and in March 2010 in Geneva for the presentation of the 9-5 II sport-combo and the 9-4X. In addition, I was able to experience the unveiling of the Phoenix Concept live. But although Saab was not represented as an exhibitor at this year's AMI, today should be a special one.
I had arranged to meet Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher around noon. I also wanted to visit a friend who works at the Nissan stand during the fair and, last but not least, take a short detour to the Jaguar / Land Rover stand to get a picture of the new XF sports suit. But one after anonther.
Thanks to the pre-accreditation and the professional team of Messe Leipzig, the registration procedure went very quickly and after only a few minutes I was in the exhibition halls. My first way led me directly to Sonnet II from the Mobile Forum Dresden, A beautiful testimony to the skills of Saab. The sonnet stands right next to a Willys Jeep and is so not only by their bright red color to advantage. The location in the glass hall is excellent. Lots of space and a lot of light. Many of the passing journalists and trade visitors stop and read the brief information about the car. Photos are taken. Obviously also from a gentleman of the Star, Thank you Alexandros for the link.
The Saab Parts Germany team is in a very good mood. You are present on site. This is important, even if Saab does not have its own stand at the fair. You are seen, talks to other exhibitors. Networking ... We are sharing the latest information and opinions on the (hopefully soon) upcoming sale of Saab Automobile. I am asked how things are when my wife's 9-3 is being repaired and can proudly and happily report that everything is in order and done. The car has been rolling again since Tuesday. The farewell is warm. We all hope that the thriller about the sale will get a good deal as soon as possible. Have fun on the AMI and have a good trip home to Eschborn.
So now quickly to Jaguar. The stand is beautiful and spacious. The vehicles are presented properly. Not nearly as arrogant and ostentatious as with other manufacturers (I won't mention any names at this point). The XF Sportkombi is the heart of the exhibition area and is shown on a raised round podium. You have to say to the Jaguar people without envy: “You did a lot of things right with this car.” When it comes to many details, the 9-5 sports suit comes to mind immediately. It's a shame that we will (probably) never see this car on the road again.
A visit to the AMI, which is open from today until June 10, is definitely worth it. Many exhibitors are represented again after years of abstinence. Especially since with the Sonett II a vehicle of “our” brand with the griffin also lives in the exhibition halls. So off to the AMI in Leipzig.