On Friday I was with friend Marco in Mainz to pick up his new Saab 9-3 Aero Coupe at the Saab center. The handover was, as might be expected, professional and cordial. The 9-3 was ready for us in the showroom. A bouquet of flowers for the new owner, Saab talks and Mainz has (again) left a very good impression.
Saab Zentrum Mainz is bustling with activity, the yard is full of Saabs and business is going well. A nice 9-5 Griffin in very good equipment, which was still for sale a few days ago, seems to have found a fan and the demand for used Saabs is high. In the showroom there is a new Saab 9-3 Cabriolet from the rare 2011 vintage. Black with light leather - beautiful - and waiting for a buyer. It is probably one of the last 2011 convertibles in Germany.
A detailed report with many pictures of the Saab 9-3 Aero Coupe will follow in the next few days.
Saab designers among themselves ...
Einar Hareide shaped Saab Design like only Sixten Sason before him. The Saab 900 II is one of the cars he designed. He has been running his own company in Gothenburg and Oslo for over 10 years. Hareide Design is a fixture, the work has received many awards. After Saab designer Anders Gustafsson, Saab design director Simon Padian came to Gothenburg. Simon Padian designed the Saab 9-5 II, the 9-3 II and many studies. He developed the direction of Saab Design until 2020 and his team came up with the much-noticed alternative design to Castriota's Saab 9-3 successor.
Not only in Saab circles was the proposal from the studio in Trollhättan as the better. However, the administrators seem to prefer the disappointing Castriota design. So there is now a contract which Castriota license money suits for every car from 2014 / 15 roll off the line. Whether the design of Castriota like or not but could not be up to this point my problem. For even bloggers will be re-sorting, depending on how the sales negotiations go out.
The situation in Sweden remains confused ...
The situation in Sweden is complicated and the commentators of the newspapers are like the blogger. The articles of the press are getting shorter and the helplessness rises. Because what goes on in the details behind the scenes does not fit into what is targeted to the public. It has been established that the file Saab can become a political time bomb.
The statement by Bo Lundgren not to sell Saab Parts AB and to want to earn the taxpayer's money in the next seven years is scornfully commented on. How would you like to draw water from “a well that is getting emptier” asks Svenska Dagbladet. A friend from Stockholm also doubts the professionalism of Lotus-Youngman. Instead of constantly writing new letters to the administrators, one should get in direct contact with the National Debt Administration, he says. “Call Bo Lundgren, put 2.2 billion crowns on the table, buy Saab Tools AB and Parts AB”. Facts produce instead of announcements and hot air.
There would be something there. However, the question arises whether the fronts are really as hard as it seems now or whether we are experiencing great theater. However, one thing is clear. The Saab Parts AB, you hear from Nyköping, will not assume a victim role. The management at the historic Saab headquarters is professional and sales-oriented. You will hardly wait until the 1.200 global partners have oriented themselves to other manufacturers. Spare parts sales for other brands and - speculatively - the distribution of another car brand over the network are possible. Plan B is already in the drawer there.
There are many new car brands. In addition to countless unknown manufacturers from China there are Tesla, Fisker and Qoros working on a network.