The April issue of “Autoservicepraxis” reports on developments at Saab and Daihatsu. Under the not very fortunate heading “estate administrator” it is about the Swedes who want to start production again this year and the Japanese who have withdrawn from Germany and Europe.
We ignore Japan as there are (presumably) hardly any Daihatsu drivers among our readers. For us - from Saab's point of view - the article is exciting. Because it's about our spare parts, but not only! The product range is further developed in Eschborn. In a conversation with Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher, the managing director of Swedish Distribution Services GmbH, a subsidiary of Saab Parts AB, words like “Saab Recommended Parts” and “Classic Parts” are used. The former should round off the product line of “Original Saab Spare Parts” and make it interesting for price-sensitive Saab drivers to visit the Saab service partner. The second is a bit further in the future and is, I will finally say, an offer for the classics from Trollhättan.
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So far a market that the Swedes - for whatever reason - ignored. While German manufacturers have long been producing original parts in OEM quality and the parts are affordable for themselves, our cult brand was more than reluctant to do so. In the last 12 months, a lot has been invested in the Saab after-sales infrastructure in Germany and Austria, and the homework was completed with top marks. The exciting question now is the future of Saab and whether Germany is ready to sell new cars. The answers can be found in the article, which we have exempted from the Daihatsu Text Block, as a PDF download.
Download: Saab article car service practice