The mood in the Saab community has seen better times. The crisis in Trollhättan continues unabated, the comments on the blog are evidence of frustration; Members of the Saabsunited crew sell some of their Saabs and turn to other makes. Time to catch the Saab flag? Not at all - there are good reasons to relax.
In the last few days it has been discussed in forums and blogs whether you can be a Saab fan, but at the same time use another make as a daily, mobile vehicle? The discussion ignores reality. Because in reality, readers who are not necessarily and not currently driving Saab have been reading and discussing here for a long time. You have some kind of relationship with the brand from Trollhättan, have had a Saab, are looking for a Saab or just like the brand. Or just like cars. On the other hand, there was always a Mercedes, a BMW or an Opel in our parking lots. Because the situation required it or because Saab did not have the right product. They were always good cars, but in the automotive part of the heart there was only room for Saab.
Admittedly, NEVS expects a lot from brand fans, so the misery is understandable. The 2011 crisis was enough for all of us, and what is happening in Trollhättan now hurts and is a portion of misery too much. Still, this is not the time to feel sorry for yourself. 3 reasons:
Reason number 1: Because the NEVS story is not yet fully told. Despite the crisis, NEVS remains remarkably professional. Readers who have sent inquiries to Sweden in the last few days received mail immediately. Representatives of the German motor press have an appointment at the plant today, the NEVS Instagram page is regularly filled with pictures from Trollhättan.
This is unusual behavior for a company whose departure is already a done deal in our opinion. Possibly, written without any evaluation, the future will come from a different direction than previously assumed. A different manufacturer than previously discussed could join NEVS or take over completely. The name of the company is only traded behind closed doors and has not appeared on any of the usually well-informed blogs or in the Swedish press.
Reason number 2: What is changing for us through the NEVS crisis and the uncertain future? Our vehicles continue to age, that's true. If you want, you can still keep them on the street. But otherwise everything stays as before. The supply of spare parts is in state custody, in addition more and more new providers come and fill in the gaps that Nyköping does not want to see or see.
The new car supply is, if we are honest to us, already 2009 / 2010 dried up. What came next, that was hardly measurable, and little more than a handful of new cars. The difficulties of finding a newer vehicle have been known for many years. Conversely, the prices for used cars have risen. The 9-3 convertibles after the facelift have become a safe bank, the Turbo X models as well. And who today closed an 900 Turbo or open, offers a 9-3 series 1 Aero or Viggen in good condition, which achieves a better price than a year ago.
Reason number 3: In the meantime, instead of complaining, we can focus on what we have. Our vehicles ! Saab is that, I repeat what is at our door. Or could also stand ...
I can think of some Saab that would be desirable. A few days ago I was in Kiel - ours Instagram Page followed, was informed. On this occasion I had time to drive two fascinating Saabs from different eras. A Saab 99 Turbo, completely restored, and a Saab 9-3 Viggen. It is also an exceptional model, both vehicles, as different as they are, are more exciting today than ever. If you don't know these Saabs yet, you can read turbo fascination “Made by Trollhättan” on the blog soon.
Because we can not let go of the Saab saga. With Blogger Mark planning a Saab acquisition, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for everything to work as hoped, and the blog is plunging into a new, exciting Saab project. This time, a premiere with community involvement, an exciting story that is set to pick up speed in the coming weeks.
Beyond the bloggers who are completely infected with the Saab virus, report daily about the brand, there are completely normal people. They do not dream of catching the Saab flag just because it does not go well in Sweden.
We are going to publish two articles that show that we are not alone in our passion. This week, for example, a Saab driver who drives hundreds of kilometers to the workshop he trusts tells us about his Saab enthusiasm, and next Saturday we will report on our Saab youngtimer blog about a person who really lives Saab. Catching up the hangover or the Saab flag - not an issue for us!
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