We are waiting for “Breaking News” on the Saab file, but this Saab news should not be released until September. Meanwhile my vacation (without Saab blog but with Saab) history and the Saab withdrawal without side effects is over. After 14 days without a blog there is a not so short summary of the events in the Saab world. Because a lot has happened, but nothing decisive.
International Saab 2012
Let's start with the International Saab meeting in Belgium. The atmosphere was great, the weather was fine with us. Many fans from Germany were there and Mark and I finally got to know quite a few readers in person. The Hamburg Saab faction and the Rhine-Main area, Bloggers Home-Base, were strongly represented. But also from more distant regions of the country fans came. Dirk, who has been writing a Saab blog in Berlin for a long time, was in Spa, as was Alexandros from southern Bavaria. As always, there was not enough time and I would like to have some conversation a bit longer. But even though time was tight, it was great to meet so many Saab fans! A typical Saab meeting in Belgium, in a nice atmosphere where fans from all over the world celebrate peacefully together. Those who looked more closely, but discovered the changes.
Saab meetings of this type are usually very vintage cars. The Saab 96 and Saab 900 fraction dominate, current models can only be found in passing. The majority of the 96 fans are now at an advanced age, but persevere well and long journeys on their own axis are not uncommon. The largest and most beautiful part of the parking spaces for Saab 96, Saab 900 and Saab Sonett was reserved in Spa. Saab 9-3 I and Saab 9-3 II got a small side parking lot away from the avenue and away from the public traffic. Already on the first day there were not enough parking spaces, Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 - including several Saab 9-5 II unsuccessfully made laps. The organizers reacted quickly and the current Saab already had additional parking spaces on Saturday.
Lots of Saab 9-5 of the first series and Saab 9-5 II and many Saab 9-3 from all European countries, mostly as day visitors, exceeded expectations and two trends can be seen from it. The scene is getting younger and the Saab community is moving closer together. Both direct effects of the situation of our brand, but definitely positive and good for the future. Because if you have such a strong, young and active fan base, you shouldn't have any worries about the future.
Is the question: what was missing in Spa? The Saab 9000 was with some representatives, including very beautiful specimens, at least visible. The Saab 900 II, on the other hand, was invisible, and I was hit by two copies. The scene ignores this guy and maybe we are too harsh with our judgment. Because it seems that the 900 II is on the list of endangered Saab species.
Saab 9-5 the Reliable
Our Saab 9-5 is the most trouble-free car in our fleet, just like the Saab 9-3 1.8t, which also runs, runs and runs. If you buy a Saab 9-5 of the first series, you can not go wrong. In Spa you could see how reliable a 9-5 really is.
A Saab 9-5 from 1998 has meanwhile run over 1.000.000 kilometers, which corresponds to an annual mileage of more than 70.000 kilometers. The age and mileage can not be seen in the car and Saab once again confirms its reputation as a pronounced long-term car. Fear of high mileage you have with a Saab 9-5, provided the proper care, not have.
Muller Vs. GM
Victor Muller and Spyker are suing GM and the Dutchman was assured of the applause of the Saab fans the week before last. Understandable, because what have we scrounged the last few months and hoped to ultimately fail the veto from Detroit. Balm for battered Saab souls.
But Muller is no social romantic and no modern Robin Hood. The former Saab CEO has found a financier who will pay the lawsuit in the US. For this purpose, supposedly 10% of the compensation sum to remain with the lender, is common in processes of this kind, a much higher percentage. Muller suffers a spectacular 3 billion US dollars, making him headline again for a few days.
The chances are rather bad, even if what Muller says is true. A firewall between the group parts was planned and the GM licenses would not have been affected by the Chinese entry. But being right and getting right is not always easy, especially when you fight an opponent like GM who is still partly a state company. That is also clear to Muller, because in November 2011 he said at a meeting "... life is too short to lead GM processes ..".
But Muller needs money and a few million are welcome to get Spyker afloat. For months has been the unsuccessful search for investors. Only the GEM fund is available to Muller, but would be an extremely expensive way to raise funds. Because GEM takes cheap shares, which are placed more quickly in the market with a short delay. At the current Spyker stock price a pointless story. Although the stock jumped to 80 cent in the short term, but halved the price quite quickly and bobbed on the following days at 40 cent to himself.
Muller stands with his back to the wall and uses every chance that is visible. Who hopes that Muller would save or revive the process Saab, which is in the wrong movie. Such things happen only in Hollywood stripes, but not in Swedish thrillers.
For General Motors, the lawsuit comes at an unfavorable time. Opel is getting deeper into the downward spiral, announcing short-time work and possibly an 28 hour week for a number of 1000 employees. At the same time as Spyker, hedge funds are plunging into the corporation and sueing GM for large sums from the restructuring of 2009. And Lotus Youngman, former Saab investor, considering whether one also wants to sue for damages. Hard times, but our compassion is limited.
The lawsuit will have direct effects, at least for the time being, only for Spyker. The C8 Aileron does its test laps with a more than 600 hp V8. Spyker wants to be included in the league of super sports cars. Because the Audi V8 under the Spyker hood with "only" a little more than 400 hp is not exactly suitable for the highest league. But the chances of a stronger engine are poor. The machine in the test car comes from the GM shelf. This liaison should come to a quick end.
Saab 9-7x callback
GM is calling 249.260 2006 and 2007 SUVs to the workshops in the USA. In addition to the Saab 9-7x, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy and other types are also affected. Moisture can penetrate the driver's door, which in addition to corrosion can also lead to a short circuit in the electronic components and thus to the risk of fire. German 9-7x drivers should have a precautionary check carried out, because it is uncertain whether we will be called back.
There was even more to report in the past 14 days on trademark rights, naming rights and electric cars. It all comes in the second part this afternoon.