Sweden had its Saab scandal this week. Three former managers were interrogated, arrested on short notice, then released. Meanwhile, Kristina Geers, former Saab chief lawyer, commented on Saabsunited on what I believe to be the improper actions of the tax authorities. Former Saab blogger Swade wrote about “The Real Saab” on his blog. This actually says everything that could be said at the present time. Because it is not really an issue worth dealing with more.
Reviewing the past may be of interest to the tax administration and business journalists. But this is an auto blog, and I'm more interested in the future of the brand. And just there seems to be a lot to do.
If you look at the job advertisements of Saab 2.0 from time to time, you wonder how long you can still hold the lid on the famous pot in Trollhättan. 20 recruiting posts have been put out to tender over the last few days, and if I count correctly, then this year around 60 will have new jobs at Saab 2.0. You do not have to be a clairvoyant for interpretation. Most of these jobs make sense only when you are close to production and have a basically finished product in the back of your hand.
In addition, there are new positions for consultants and the orders that are now increasingly going to external service providers in Trollhättan. Yesterday it was time again. Another service provider, Techroi Fuelsystems, is developing a tank system for Saab 2.0. In addition to Bengtsfors, the company has also had a base in Trollhättan for some time and operates a prototype laboratory there. The technology itself comes from “old” Saab times, and on the Techroi homepage you can find a picture of the new tank system, published with the permission of NEVS.
Everything seems to be on the right track. It is only a matter of time before the curtain rises. It could be that NEVS will use the festival in Trollhättan as a stage for it. Because what friends say in Trollhättan ... it all sounds very good! We will probably get more facts soon and finally something to see. As a friend wrote to me yesterday, it will be “100% GM free”. I've been waiting for such an email for a long time! If that doesn't sound good!