Shopping tour, service, passion

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!

Saab plant Trollhattan
Saab plant Trollhattan

Saab passion

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 In the next few days, the unpublished articles go online, and then it gets difficult ...

Ursaab - will soon be in new hands.
Ursaab - will soon be in new hands.

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 ;-).

Orio package with original parts for maintenance
Orio package with original parts for maintenance

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.

Peugeot scooter. Now Indian. To 51%.
Peugeot scooter. Now Indian. To 51%.

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.

5 thoughts too "Shopping tour, service, passion"

  • 19. February 2015 at 11: 29 AM
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    After all, the scooters Mahindra was successful. Maybe it works well at SAAB 😉

  • 19. February 2015 at 11: 33 AM
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    Scooters instead of Saab or something? After all, Peugeot is one of the oldest addresses. Wait curious what happens in Trolltown.

  • 19. February 2015 at 12: 02 PM
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    There was an article last summer about possible plans by Mahindra to work with Dongfeng and the PSA group to jointly develop new models for Peugeot, Citroen and Saab. If one thinks now optimistically, the purchase of the 2 Rad division of PSA by Mahindra might be a sign of future cooperation on the axis France, China, India and Sweden. Hope dies last and maybe it is still a dream and it is just on this axis forged the big hit. From Sweden one hears not only the name Mahindra but also from time to time the name Dongfeng who also bought at PSA.

  • 19. February 2015 at 12: 33 PM
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    How long has Mahindra needed for the deal? 2 years? How many scooters do you have to sell until 15 Mio are clean again. For the money you could easily revive MZ.

    • 19. February 2015 at 3: 28 PM
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      After global big investor, that really does not look like it.

      But perhaps the big surprise comes after all and Mahindra turns out to be an investor in format SAAB - this would certainly be for the group itself, after the unsuccessful negotiations for Jaguar and Aston Martin, sometimes a greater sense of achievement.

      However, should Mahindra submerge again, one can only hope that NEVS has an alternative (of course except the notorious Plan B) in store.

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