There are these messages, which you see as a Saab fan with a laughing and a crying eye. The Chinese - Israeli newcomer Qoros achieved top marks in the Euro NCAP crash test. With five stars, it is the best result a Chinese car has ever achieved. Former Saab engineers are also responsible.
Press officer Eric Geers, we remember him from turbulent Saab times, emphasized that it was Saab engineers who would have done most of the work. "We are the first Chinese brand with 5 stars," he said. Vehicles from competitor Geely have so far achieved a maximum of 4 stars. The former Saab engineer and current team boss at Qoros, Roger Malkusson, is mainly responsible for the good performance.
To properly classify the test and its importance, one must know that the Qoros 3 has performed better than a Mercedes A-Class or a VW Golf. Although it is quite scarce in some disciplines, it certainly hurts in Wolfsburg or in Stuttgart.
A former Saab press chief announced today that a Chinese product under the leadership of a former Saab engineer and his employees, some of whom previously worked for Saab, has won the crown in vehicle safety. In this way, Saab's knowledge will continue to help save lives somewhere in the world. That's nice. But should I laugh or cry at this announcement? Because competence has migrated from Trollhättan. And if she will come back someday, who knows ...