It's exactly 2 years ago! The sun, noticeably laborious, set out on its daily journey. Because the approaching winter was already palpable, and so it was this Sunday morning still quite low above the Saab factory and drew a beautiful, soft autumn light. In the Stallbacka industrial area there was weekend silence, only underscored by the deep background of the auto plant.
However, since months no cars could build and was waiting in standby mode for the future. Four visitors from Germany had arrived in Trollhättan the evening before, coming from Frankfurt. Now they stood at the main portal. The reason for their presence, two Saab 9-5 II sports trunks and two 9-4x, parked in the visitors' car parks, covered in morning dew. The Swedish employees had kept their word. The vehicles were ready. But not 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.