The vernacular seems to know exactly. Where there is smoke, there has to be a fire, or - applied to our situation - where there are many rumors, there will also be a truth somewhere. The BMW - Saab rumor has been around for a long time in Trollhättan, and probably there will be one or the other exciting truth about it in the next few years. Less spectacular, but for some Swedes exciting in the literal sense, are the current events, which are based on facts.
The Bavarians are coming - from October at the ANA roundabout
The best place to sell cars in Trollhättan and to show your flag is the famous ANA roundabout. Once upon a time, ANA, historically a Saab daughter, was the largest Saab dealer in the world. A few months ago, they moved out of the striking E45 building. The rent claims of the GMAC Bank, here too, the Americans have done a great job in the past and real estate received down to the smallest detail, were simply too high.
Now ANA is coming back without Saab. From October 1st, BMW and Mini will be sold and serviced here. Apparently, BMW Sweden and ANA have a knack for drama. Because while the city in Trollhättan filled with Saab fans on May 31st, the first BMWs stood behind the mirrored windows and political celebrities from Trollhättan paid their respects to the BMW managers. Paul Akerlund, the mayor of the municipality, spoke of a “symbolism” and he is probably right. Even if I see his symbolism differently than he does.
In the city itself, there are certain emotions compared to the BMW presence, which is understandable and on the Internet, there were few friendly, slightly nationally inspired comments. But times are changing, ANA and Saab 2.0 have nothing in common anymore. The only question is, who in Trollhättan will sell the products from the Saab production in the future. A new showroom would be built quickly, there are still plenty of open spaces around the plant. Because the ANA roundabout is occupied by BMW and Mini and thus falls well. Unless what happened here is more than a coincidence. Because BMW feels in Trollhättan seemingly at home.
SÄPO and police drive - BMW
On the 31. May let it really crack BMW. In the future ANA Specialbilar will not only convert Bavarian motorcycles for police use. The Swedish police and the security police, Called Säpo, can in future rely on Munich technology. BMW of the 5er and 7er series as well as BMW X5 are converted in Trollhättan. After the abolition of Saab, the authorities had the choice between Volvo and Volkswagen. Only a few BMW are on the road in Sweden for the Säpo, including a X5 to protect the royal family.
This will change for the police now, but also casts a strange light on the future of Saab. The start of production is (seemingly) within reach, but you do not want to plan it with ANA. Or is it all part of a long-term plan? A friend said seriously that we will buy our next Saabs from the BMW dealer. I do not think so.