The news from Trollhättan is sparse. At least what's coming out about Saab. Other Saab-specific things that you can not write about, or that require extra sensitivity in the formulation, are there, but I do not have the time. The community must, as always, be patient. The local newspaper fills a small piece of this vacuum today.
LeanNova: In the right direction
LeanNova, a successful Saab spin-off, is very active in Trollhättan. The young company now has 100 employees, mostly former Saab engineers, on board. The collaboration between NEVS and LeanNova is closer than ever. Outside the Chinese investors, the TTELA writes, LeanNova employees are probably the most likely to know about the chances of restarting with the Saab 9-3.
LeanNova has engineering expertise when it comes to starting production. The way there is described as a "long journey" because it is a complete restart from level zero. But it is "going in the right direction". In general, the Saab suppliers are very positive. The new Saab owners give a lot of development work to third parties. A path that more and more young manufacturers are taking. Newcomer Qoros operates this strategy very consistently. The first production vehicle of the Chinese-Israeli consortium is actually - apart from the design - a Magna construct. This strategy does not have to be wrong if the product is mainly developed in Sweden and it is undoubtedly perceptible as a Saab. More on this topic will come in the next few days.
Saab Parts AB to the Ministry of Finance
The shares of Saab Parts AB have been transferred from the national debt management to the Ministry of Finance. Following a government decision last Thursday, the Ministry of Finance is now responsible for the former Saab subsidiary. "The key words are value creation and continued positive development," said Peter Norman, the responsible minister for financial markets, in a press release.
The cult sticker
There was this story with the Saab cult sticker from Eschborn. Swedish Distribution Services, the German subsidiary of Saab Parts AB, started this campaign, but the adhesives were quickly sold out. A reproduction followed, and the “Saab - More than a car” stickers are now available in a new, larger version. Only Saab partners who participate in the actions of the Eschborn branch have access to the stickers.
A Saab dealer told me that he had received emails from Saab drivers from all over Germany who wanted to get the stickers. Hmmmmm .... are we positively infected with Saab? It seems so ! But completely normal ... would be boring too. Or?