He worked for Saab and he gave us works like “Top Gun”. Tony Scott, the grand master of many action films, will remain unforgettable to us. The night of Monday committed suicide at the age of 68, but his works continue to exist. In the early 80s, in the middle of the wild “Turbo Years”, Scott worked for the cult brand from Trollhättan. “Nothing On Earth Comes Close” is the name of the Saab commercial.
And Scott was right. Saab and the turbo legend are incomparable. I still remember my first Saab contact in a Saab 900 Turbo steep-section. There was nothing comparable at the time which was even nearly as cool as this turbo from Sweden.
Born from Jets was more than a slogan from the marketing box. It was reality.
Rest in peace Tony Scott. And thanks for the movies!
Beijing car Shenbao D280
Our eyes continue to China, where the Beijing Auto Shenbao D280 is waiting to start production. D280 is the name of the production version of the C70, which is based on the old Saab 9-5 platform. No matter what the vehicle will be called, the Chinese violate existing trademark rights. BAIC annoys Volvo with the designation “C70” because the tin roof Cabriolet from Uddevalla bears the same designation. And with the name “Shenbao”, the automaker penetrates from the capital into the area of Saab AB. Because “Shenbao” is the regional translation for “Saab”.
Unpleasant in any case and it wonders why the Chinese for decades have not learned to respect Western rights. They export their products to our countries, they want to be welcomed as investors with open arms. But they are not able to accept our rules.
Series production starts on September 30 with the 2.0 liter turbo, when the 2.3 liter is coming is unclear. Actually, it doesn't matter to us, because the production version has - I say well - nothing more to do with a Saab. The Autosite "car Home”From China has published pictures of the series version, including interior pictures for the first time. The entire interior design has been completely redesigned and has become very arbitrary and without a recognizable design philosophy. The D280 or C70 has at least no optical Saab DNA far and wide and is, fortunately, not a visual clone of the brand from Sweden.
Impressions from Trollhättan
Almost no change in the situation in Saab City. Readers and Saab fan Mathias, who has recently started using a Saab Turbo X in his family, is currently on the road in Trollhättan. In a short mail he has described his impressions. He has good news from the Saab Museum. It fills, he writes, the museum shop. There is now finally and after a long time more souvenirs to buy, such as watches, posters or books. One more reason to spend the Saab collection!
At the work itself, it still looks bleak. The Saab flags, which blew proudly in the wind on our last visit, are gone and only a few prototypes are left and forgotten in the parking lot. It's a ghostly void on the grounds. Thank you Mathias for the mail!
The work is on hold and looks sad too. The lawyers have done their job as far as the factory is concerned and the site would be swept clean for a new owner who could move in at any time. Former Saab employees who work for the administrators are on vacation or have completed their assignments and are now looking for a new job.
The question that arises is the following: Who brings the work out of its sleep? And when? We will see.