An article that would fall under the rubric "Miscellaneous" if it existed on the blog ... no breaking news. It is about Saab passion, Saab service and the acquisition of a traditional manufacturer by Mahindra. But not as we thought. In principle, there is something for every taste, let's go!
On Sunday, the deadline was for ours readers action, Many fans took the opportunity - we received more than 35 items. Each of them gives 1.000 reasons to drive a Saab. Great, compliments to the sender! In the next few days, the unpublished articles go online, and then it gets difficult ...
Readers are allowed to vote on who should get our Ursaab. A decision that will not be easy, because with every article was a lot of love for the brand with the griffin in the game.
The action would have received even more letters, would not have been deadline on Sunday. There were e-mails from latecomers whose articles we unfortunately have to decline. But no reason for frustration: the next action is planned. Under other auspices, but very Saabisch and with a great incentive to participate ;-).
Saab service in a class of its own
In Sweden Orio is the focus of the press. The company restructures, becomes slimmer and more agile to compete. Praising Orio AB and Saab partners is easy. In our older cars, we do occasionally work on our own, of course, with original Saab spare parts.
The order in Nyköping is made by a dealer of our trust. The colorful package from Sweden lands directly at my address; Usually in the morning service, the courier leaves it with us. This is only possible with Saab and works great thanks to a good dealer - customer relationship.
Mahindra on a shopping spree
Mahindra has made it and actually bought into a traditional European company. Not or not yet the result is that we would rejoice about it. Instead of Sweden, the Indians were on tour in France.
Mahindra Two Wheelers acquired 51% of PMTC, Peugeot Motorcycles, in January. Mahindra has actually taken over an 116-year-old European manufacturer. Peugeot Motorcycles manufactures scooters and mopeds as well as tricycles from 50 to 400 ccm, as well as scooters with electric drive.
For 51% of the company, 28 spent millions of dollars on PSA, with another 15 millions strengthening the financial base of PMTC. Not really a big investment.
Was that what we wanted to read and hear about Mahindra? I do not think so, because in Sweden the clock is ticking. Or an explosive device. We will see the result soon.