While it is still very quiet in Trolhättan, positive news is coming from Nyköping. The Saab Parts AB went today with good news by the Swedish press. The service network of Saab is growing and has gained three new operations in Malmö, Helsingborg and Mölnlycke.
Another three authorized service partners are expected to follow, meaning there are more partners in Sweden with almost 160 Saab bases than before the bankruptcy of Automobile AB. After all, 400.000 Saabs are in the Scandinavian country on the move, many times compared to Germany. The business of Saab Parts is developing well, and the Swedish state as owner seems satisfied.
Of course, it is unusual for a brand to expand its service network without production; the opposite would be normal. But what has ever been normal at Saab? A reader comment in the last few days got it right to the point. "Somehow I have the feeling that you have felt more positive spirit of Saab in the last few months than in the last ten years. ” Commentator Michael may be correct.
The service network is not only being expanded in Sweden. In Eschborn, the radio reports, there are several applications for authorization on the table. Companies that were Saab partners in the past want to be there again, and independent workshops with a focus on Saab are also interested. Talks are ongoing because there are requirements that have to be met. None of this is official and a little indiscreet from me, but it shows the unbroken attractiveness of our brand.
Perhaps some of us had a difficult day today when things didn't go as they should. Happens ! To amuse, there is the production start of Saab today. 100 cars are being built, and only the Internet magazine “The Visitor” noticed. And Victor Muller and Pang Qinghua are also there. Hmm
Okay, somehow the clocks in England are really different. "The Visitor" is only a good 24 months behind the current development. Can only get better ...