Changes…

2.135! That's how many articles have appeared on the blog in the past 43 months. Incredible ! And it was always about Saab. The blog - it was originally a joint project with a good friend - was not planned to this extent.

Coffee and Saab blog. Still secured?
Coffee and Saab blog. Still secured?

Especially not with economic articles, which dominated the reporting for many weeks. It was originally intended to go to our cars with a handful of items per month. The hobby in which we invest a lot of time, money and passion. Saabblog.net should become a source of information for everyone who has the Saab heart in the right place or who are interested in the brand. And, as a result, make the purchase decision for a new Saab easier.

The tragedy of the whole story: Saabblog.net, my first social media project, has become a success story. Although the brand no longer exists as usual, more and more people are reading this blog month by month. Which is difficult to explain. Or not at all.

On the other hand, we lost the company that we wanted to support in the beginning, in December 2011. Since then we have been waiting for good news - what feels like 100 years now. We endure the opaque history of NEVS, and still cringe when the brand suffers another blow. For example, if Saab AB collects the license to use the brand name, NEVS does reconstruction, layoffs are pending.

For several quarters I have been telling readers something about "patience"; a discipline that is not one of my strengths itself. Which brings us to the core of the article to keep the text compact and crisp. I'm loyal to the brand, as 43 months of blog prove, but I'm also impatient. Standing still or moving sideways, standing still, I can't stand that.

Seriously - what perspective does the brand have? People who are on wages and bread at NEVS see a future for the brand. Quite concrete, not that far away. With a new owner, no longer with the previous structures. Well, but with every meter that I move away from the Stallbacka site, the perception of the Saab future changes.

In southern Germany, with 1.200 kilometers away from Trollhättan, I only see the Saab future as an option among many. Possible, intangible, only proven by circumstantial evidence, with a certain temporary distance. Equally possible is the dismantling of the plant and the future of Trollhättan as a large open-air museum. Perhaps I am wrong, which I hope, but I do not expect the great dramatic output that will change everything for Saab, either from NEVS or in the near future.

Which brings me further to the Saab blog and its future. How should it go on? Blogging is hard but unpaid work, month after month. The constant hunt for topics and facts, all in a certain quality. A mission to keep the brand talking… but for what and why?

For a long time, regardless of the disaster at NEVS, I've been thinking about the possible perspective of saabblog.net, consulting with friends. The result of the talks allows two possibilities:

- It would be logical, given the current circumstances, to let the project fall asleep in peace. Many blogs that accompanied us in 2011 are now a thing of the past, but the world is still turning. Plus, all the great Saabs that I wanted to own have already rolled off the production line. And a part is in my garage.

What an option, and for me the most convenient solution would be. But there is still, with some blurring, a second possibility:

- The start of a new era. Quite drastic changes that would bring fresh ideas to everyday blog life after 43 months go through my head. A daring experiment, a new experience for the Saab blog team and readers. Also a risk because it doesn't have to work. After all, the morning espresso or cappuccino and the beloved daily Saab reading between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. would still be safe for readers.

Okay, what I'm doing now is called "building an arc of tension". Not entirely fair, but at this point I'll interrupt my thoughts. What conversations and reflections have brought, what changes are coming, and whether the espresso and whatever is still possible with Saab reading…. ? I leave the readers with unanswered questions into the weekend. It continues on Monday ...

35 thoughts on "Changes…"

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    Dear Tom,

    Many thanks also from me for all the wonderful contributions about Saab (and also for the "Limited Edition" 🙂)
    It would be a shame if you quit, but the decision, especially after the more than borderline Chinese anecdotes in recent months, unfortunately understandable.

    Love greeting

    Martin (of course hoping for option 2)

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    I hope the decision is proBlog, whereby the other possibility would also be really understandable. But the blog was / is something like the rock in the surf for us "Saabgestranden"
    So first of all many thanks for your work and maybe it will continue

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    Hi Tom,

    First: Thank you for what you do for us.
    Your job is, at least for me, a Gund continue to drive my SAAB. There are just a lot of information that is useful for me and if the registration numbers in Germany are slowly sinking, that is also with your merit. I just hope that is also the right estimate, who have to earn their money with SAAB in this difficult time.
    Please continue!!!!!!!!

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    First of all, thank you very much for always keeping us on the ball - even if it looks right again at the moment!
    I wish you a lot of energy to continue logging on - I'm not giving up my belief in a happy ending for our favorite brand yet! Greetings from Lago di Garda, where we can enjoy the sun again with our 2002 Aero Cabrio!

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    A “weekly blog” would be enough for me, a lot of the news of the last time were rather frustrating for the Saab fan and unfortunately I have not believed in a future of the brand for a long time. What matters is what happens on the street, at meetings and in the garages. Unfortunately, we cannot change the things and the future of the brand, we have to accept that, even though we are fans. In addition to the multitude of worldwide negative news, I also have no desire to read bad Saab news (permanently) - and there will not be much positive news from NEVS and Saab either, unfortunately.

    But if I'm honest, I also believe that you can't quite "stop" ...

    Best regards!

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      Otherwise there's a rally from NM-R-KEH-MAI to AB
      Right Hias?

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        Have a look ... a little tour near Munich is planned soon. Where are you from?

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          Orphaned Hallertau SAAB freak

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    One opinion on the side: in the current situation the number of Bloqs has really decreased. Competent and good sites like these will be in demand all the more in the future. I can only hope you don't shut down the Bloq entirely… Thanks again for all the great contributions!

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    Hey, if it helps, every 2 is enough. Day a message. Why does not one of the established manufacturers see the potential in the Saab brand! When you walk through the museum in Trollhättan, it makes you want to cry, so many beautiful cars and now it should be over.

    Best wishes to all Saabgetreuen, Jens Lübberstedt

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    Apologies, I have to write in English, I translate saabblog.net regularly and like to read your great words. I also run a Saab blog, Saab vs.. Skepticism, I have the future of my blog, I love Saab, love taking photos and love writing, but have already decided.

    The current situation is pretty bleak and people are moving on, I still have 3 Saabs, but also a brand new Lexus GS300h F Sport, it answers a need for something other than BMW, Mercedes and Audi, it gives a feeling of exclusivity and prestige I only experience in a Saab, the build quality is exceptional and the heated seats are wonderfully comfortable, it isn't a Saab, but it is a seriously good car.

    I hope you continue running your great Saab blog, as I truly believe we'll have plenty to write about for many years to come, we just need to look at thing slightly differently.

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      Dear "elevencreative"

      But since we have absolutely the same taste in terms of the (few) possible alternatives to Saab ... 😉

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    Hello Tom. I'm Markus from Zurich. First of all, many thanks for the always knowledgeable, interesting and exciting reports, experiences and hopes about the history of Saab Cars. My relationship with Saab started in 1967 in Zurich. I was born in a white Saab 99 on the way to the university hospital. My parents had a BMW Isetta. He was too small because of my impending birth. My father chose a Saab because his doctor also drove a Saab. Until 11 years ago, when my father left this world, he always only bought Saab, from 96, 99, 90, 900-1. 9000-1, 9000-2, 9-5 1. each well over 400km per vehicle. My heart has always been beating exclusively for Saab. It doesn't matter if Saab ever builds vehicles again. The Spirit of Saab is always in my heart. My current 000-9 II, 3 × 4, 4 V2,8 is no longer a real Saab, technically speaking. However, I always feel the "Spirit of Saab" with every kilometer driven. Get the "spirit" in your sensational blog. You will receive the confirmation every day with the reader's replies. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow, what there is probably exciting to read from you. Thank you very much from Switzerland.

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    Also a big thank you from Switzerland! A really great blog and also the really only good SAAB blog! Your contribution to SAAB is more important and valuable than NEVS could ever have been! SAAB was a good story and now SAAB needs to maintain what is left of it! In many Steven King novels, by the way, a SAAB appears every now and then. These cars from Trollhättan will haunt the world for a long time and you will never forget them! We now had seven SAABs in the family from the 99 to the new models and we drove them with passion! Even if I switch to another brand at some point, I will always remain a SAAB fan and collect everything from the brand that I can get my hands on! I now enjoy my last SAAB all the more and listen to the hissing of the turbo until it stops one day ...

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    Hello Tom.
    I allow myself that even though we have never met. I've always wondered if you're doing another job or have a private life. It is always difficult when one engrossed in one thing. I have said several times that Saab, as we have come to know and appreciate, has long ceased to exist.
    If you continue this blog, you should just over
    "Our Saabs" make you worry. Everything that has been speculated in the last 2 years just sucks. All this latent half-knowledge of what is being communicated on the subject is ridiculous. I always say: keep your Saabs, enjoy them and take good care of them. Do not invest thoughts in "what if". We all have no control over the future at Saab or NEVS. You Tom prefer to report more about meetings, trips or the like. That is the positive thing that remains for us about Saab. And I think that's how we want to keep Saab in mind.

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    I am a reader of the blog since 08 / 2011 and that several times a day.
    At that time I was concerned with the purchase of a 9-5 II SC. Story.
    Since then I hope, I am happy and in despair. Like all of us.
    Please, Tom, I need my daily coverage of Saab.
    I also do not give up the hope that things will continue in Sweden! I am convinced it will, even if it lasts.
    So please have Tom hold something!

    Greetings and THANKS for the last 43 months and 2.135 reports !!!

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    In fact, the SAAB drivers greet each other again ... the community is alive - what more could you want - except new SAAB vehicles? SAAB has long been a legend, which you will never be able to say about other mainstream mass products in this form ... I love this brand!

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      That's how I see it too, the SAAB community is more current than it was before 5 years ago. Even 901 drivers greet my 9-3 II, something never happened before. When Tom leaves, I fall away from faith. Everything will be fine, a nice weekend and until Monday!

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    Hi Tom,

    we too, high in the north of the republic, are very excited about future blog activities.

    If we are lucky, the negotiating parties in Trollhättan but agree sooner than expected and there are even in a timely manner again SAAB cars from the band (E-SAAB?).

    Hopefully there will be some more accurate information from SAAB City on the 08.10.2014 (submission of the prepared recovery plan) from NEVS.

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    I've only been reading the blog entries every day for 1-2 months and take my hat off to Tom! Almost every day this ups and downs of Saab (or NEVS) hits the mind. We're just reading it - Tom spends a lot of time writing these entries. I, for myself, would choose option 1. But you have to note that there will probably never be such a nicely-maintained German Saab blog again and a small success story will be crushed.

    In the last few weeks, the pessism has been read out more and more, it was clear to me that it would come to this point at some point. I've finally ticked Saab off for a few weeks now and don't want half Saabs in the future! I have come to terms with the "end" - think that is how it is for most of the people, including Tom.

    I wish good thoughts and only the best !!

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      Imho is the Saabgeist from the Stallbacka in Trollhättan. It is important to differentiate, because in our minds he lives on.

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    "... Not quite fair ..." is good 🙂
    I'm excited.

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    Of course, what a pity what you announced today. To understand it is from my side in any case. The last two years have taken a situation development that was unclear at the beginning.
    My thanks go first and foremost to you, but also to your wife and children. The latter certainly had to stand back one time or another so that we could be provided with the latest information.
    Now is the time to reposition values. "Thank you" again for the work you have done.

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    Tom!
    ... please stay true to us !!

    LG in the round, Cabriote

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    For months, read the blog when I come home every day after work. Of course, having proudly passed my CV with the knowledge that we drive unique vehicles and that nobody can take us. Whatever you have in mind, it will be the right one. Thank you for what you have done for us, do it for us and do it in the future. May you succeed.

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    What happens (or does not happen) in Trollhättan is sad.
    But does that change anything of the passion of a true Saab enthusiast?
    I currently own 8 Saab and will remain loyal to Saab, regardless of whether new Saabs will be produced in the future or not.
    So why should a blog fall asleep just because some business leaders do not get things done? In 10 years I will also have a chat about Saab. And you, Tom, as I judge you too!
    So what?

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    Tom, do not shit ;-)) !! Seriously, first of all a big thank you for the work done so far, which were provided with a lot of energy and attention to detail !!! I think there is hardly anything comparable among the blogs! I would be happy if it would continue and I would not mind if the blog would have an extension to another Swedish manufacturer? Maybe the expansion is going in a completely different direction, I'm curious !!

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    I'm curious.

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    Hello.

    I hope that October brings many positive surprises ...
    Some announces for me:
    Musically speaking, my 3 favorite bands happen to be releasing new albums. The special thing about it is that the last "new" albums actually came in the 1990s:
    Pink Floyed, Queen and Inspiral Carpets! Of all three bands, I had always hoped for something new, but did not believe it anymore! Now even after 20 years all 3 release new albums with new songs at the same time.
    Our SAAB 9-3 gets a new central release (probably with new clutch) at 120.000km and hopefully only for 120.000km breakdown-free

    And NEVs with their production facilities in Sweden?
    There should be an important date for NEVs on October 08th or so ...
    In addition, there will probably be changes in the blog next week.

    I can only hope
    That everything is going well,
    That finally comes out of NEVs and
    that Tom also continues the blog in a different form.

    Hope dies last.

    Best regards

    Andre

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    Please continue even if currently no Saab in the fleet, this blog has convinced me to have a Greetings from Austria

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    i am dahoam in my Saab energy
    I enjoy "myself" in my sixth, now 2009 93SCXWD Aero what more could I want.
    I don't need more anyway. If I want to keep the pleasure for as long as possible, I am grateful that SAAB-ENERGIE existed and that I have part of it for myself.
    Greetings from Salzburg, and enjoyable ride for ALL

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    Thank goodness - from the middle of the article I thought you were announcing that you were planning to go over to the Franks 🙂

    Then I'll be patient - it should only take one day. I know long dry spells 🙂

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      Probably to the Bavarians with the white / blue propeller. I do not think so. that will be a weekend

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      Well, it's been a little more than a day! But we already know the "magic word" ...

      I can fully understand Tom's remarks. I find his perseverance and commitment admirable. I don't know where he gets all of this from, personally I would most likely have thrown in the towel. What has been happening in Trollhättan lately is something tragic, especially in relation to the people who still stand behind the brand with heart and soul and hope that tears will come to me sometimes. If you will allow me, I would like to express my full solidarity with all honest and committed workers there!

      And to Tom again my respect for the work done here!

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