Review. Moment of hope.

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.

Saab 9-4x and Saab 9-5 II in the morning sun
Saab 9-4x and Saab 9-5 II in the morning sun

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.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Pictures: saabblog.net

9 thoughts on "Review. Moment of hope."

  • It's really a shame ... They are such great vehicles. The LGT 265 (Sportcombi) and the GWM 850 (9-4X) now stand next to each other in the garage. A great picture.

  • Wistfulness .... and a CLASS ACTION that started 2 years ago! Certainly mobilized the last reserves, but also showed what great SAABs could come from Trollhättan ... NEVS is now (almost) everything NEW, only the weak communication remains! A future day without SAAB is only half as nice!

  • Oh yes, that was a nice afternoon in Bamberg. All still hopeful. Also remembered is the nice conversation with Mr. Schumacher.

  • When looking at the pictures you feel sad ... I had the opportunity to see the Saab convoy in Vienenburg. At the time there was still some hope in the air.
    Now it seems to be going on in a different way. Back then there was still the “Saab Spirit”. Hopefully it won't get lost at NEVS.

  • The action was good but unfortunately a little too late for Saab. One can now speculate "what if"
    Let's hope for a new beginning. (without GM)

  • Damn these are the beautiful cars. Why were they holding us out? I'm getting mad at Gangster Motors again

  • When I look at the pictures from October 28.10.11, 9 in Leipzig, what enthusiasm we had when Herr Schuhmacher jumped out of the car and announced the sale of Saab, it makes things a bit sad today. I already saw a 4-XNUMXX in my garage . Unfortunately, everything turned out differently. Your campaign was still great and mobilized the Saab fan community again!

  • Great pictures and somehow very sad! But we haven't completely given up hope of a happy ending ...

  • Hello.

    This campaign (and the presentation in Bremen) is one of the reasons why I still drive my “old” station wagon today (and love it) and can / will wait a little longer for a good replacement.
    If I hadn't been to Bremen, I might have been on the road with “something else” today.

    Congratulations again and thanks for this great action back then!

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