It was exactly 2 years ago! The sun set off on its daily path, obviously laborious. Because the approaching winter could already be felt, and so on this Sunday morning she was still standing quite low above the Saab plant and drew a beautiful, soft autumn light. In the Stallbacka industrial area there was weekend silence, only accentuated by the low background hum of the car factory.
That, however, hadn't been allowed to build cars for months and was waiting for the future in standby mode. Four visitors from Germany had arrived in Trollhättan the night before, coming from Frankfurt. Now they were at the main portal. The reason for their presence, two Saab 9-5 II sports suits and two 9-4x, parked - covered by morning dew - in the visitor parking lots. The Swedish employees had kept their word. The vehicles were ready. But nothing more. Because the Germans were ignored. No handover, no thumbs up, no good wishes on the way.
The keys of the vehicles were at the security guard at the gate. No papers, no receipt. Saab was in the fight for survival, the times were tough. And yet full of hope. Relief when all vehicles were running. Because the sports and the two SUVs came directly from the trial, everything was possible. Quick another photo shoot in front of the main portal and in front of the big Saab pylon with the griffin.
Then in the direction of Smaland and continue to the south. Hamburg was waiting in the evening, the schedule was tight. The dealer tour for the German market, one last dedicated Aufbäumen, had begun. The rest is known and history.