The Saab auction in Sweden is a topic in fan circles, and there is great interest from Germany. The auction will run with German participation, that is now certain, and it is exciting to see how the prices will develop.
Especially with the Saab 9-5 sportswear you have to think about the motivation. Who offers a car that, contrary to all dreams, is not suitable for everyday use? Are they just collectors and museums, or are behind the bidding ambitious manufacturers from the Far East, who would like to have the latest state of Saab technology on the dissecting table? To know the answer to this question would be interesting.
Free ride to Trollhättan
There was the “Trollhättan Package” that GM had squeezed out of the Swedish government. In return for the long-term safeguarding of Saab jobs, the state invested many millions in an improved infrastructure. An expansion of the rail network, new modern train stations and a new construction of the E45 from Gothenburg to Trollhättan. GM has not kept its promises, the jobs that were guaranteed to be gone have disappeared.
For Trollhättan has from Saturday an improved connection to the Swedish west coast. The route, partially blown into the rock, will shorten the journey time. A lot of political celebrities are on site to put the building into operation. For us as fans a small advantage, because the new E45 saves when visiting the Saab city the detour via Uddevalla.
Matthias Seidl to Opel
He worked closely with Victor Muller, and he was one of the strongest personalities in the battle for the cult manufacturer from Sweden. Matthias Seidl, most recently as Vice President Global Sales & Aftersales at Saab Automobile, will be the new head of sales for Opel from January 1, 2013. Before that, he worked for the Volkswagen Group for 20 years, including as COO at Volkswagen of America, Executive Director Sales American Region for VW and Audi, Managing Director of Audi Australia and Director Asia-Pacific and Regional Manager Western Europe at Audi.
As a Saab blogger, you have a slightly split relationship with the Rüsselsheimers and see the change with a laughing and a crying eye. One thing is certain - Opel is getting an excellent sales manager! Our congratulations to Matthias Seidl.
- Photo: Roger Larch