It all started with a small article in the TTELA. The new owner of the Saab plant in Trollhättan and licensee of the brand name is testing whether it is possible to re-produce the Saab 2013-9 as of summer 3. Several other national newspapers took up the subject, and that could have been it. Then came the famous Östlund interview at Swade, and the Chinese saw that a media storm broke loose.
Swade found himself in the Swedish Auto-Motor Sport Edition the next day, and by now you will have noticed which egg you put in the nest. The press department of NEVS must have launched a counter-attack at this time. With success ! Last Sunday, you were with Cars UK in the UK press, on Monday in Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday on Automotive News Europe, Leftlane News, Just car, Economic Times India and the list got longer and longer ... The Östlund offensive rolled on and the avalanche got bigger ...
With a delay, as always, Östlund also arrived in Germany with his good news. The portal of T-Online brought the Saab comeback as news of the day, only to relativize it later with question marks. And our favorite brand even made it into the Autobild. If you take a closer look at the topic, you realize what nonsense - I can't think of a better word - sometimes gets through the press.
Example car picture. "... but a new 9-3 with a conventional combustion engine ... in summer 2013"So we already get our new 2013-9 in 3, then we breathe easy,"... but the 9-3 should not only come as a sedan, but also as a convertible and station wagon ... Both of them should be fully developed with petrol and diesel engines within 18 months. The platform could come from the Phoenix study that was held in Geneva in 2011”Should not only come as a sedan, but also in other variants. Here Autobild finally messes everything up.
The story of the court decision is no longer noticeable. "The new models will roll off the line in the future with the name Saab, but no longer bear the classic Saab-Greif in the coat of arms. After a court ruling, only the truck farmer, Scania, is allowed to claim it.What judgment? Did we miss something? The story with the judgment, which must have been preceded by a trial, is not only found at Autobild. Everyone copies from everyone, nobody checks sources, and so this story has established itself. The truth is: Scania only prohibited the Chinese from using the coat of arms.
Quality journalism doesn't look like that, but can this nonsense bother us? No, because it has advantages. Saab is on everyone's lips, and at the latest now - thanks to dear Autobild - it is also clear at the regulars' tables in the country that the lines will be running again in Sweden from summer. The people who can't do much with Saab believe it, and we have our peace of mind. Saab dead or bankrupt? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that ! No more strange looks from neighbors, no more whispering about the automotive eccentric from work colleagues.
Östlund and its press offensive have done a great job. The Swade Interview is forgotten. This is how press work works.
Picture: Götz for saabblog.net