Weekly Review. Saab in the heart. And in the air.

  • Lensch & Bleck. Saab in the heart.
  • Sanicole Airshow. Swedish classics in the air.
  • Automechanika. Orio celebrates its premiere.
Lensch & Bleck. Saab in the heart.
Lensch & Bleck. Saab in the heart.

Saab in the heart at Lensch & Bleck

Hamburg is and was a Saab stronghold. We bought our last brand new Saab in 2011 from Lensch & Bleck. Actually, that was my impression at the time, an Opel dealership with a little Saab in the background. But the Saab brand still matters, and advertising hit my table a few days ago.

Lensch & Bleck still has the Saab workshop team on board and continues to offer expertise for the Swedish brand. At the same time, they ask for the customer data to be updated and give away vouchers for workshop services of up to € 50,00. Saab as an economic factor, even 5 years after the end of the brand? Dedicated workshops have full order books this year too, and there are always waiting times before you get an appointment.

Saab as a business model works. However, only where the brand really lives. Because we Saab drivers are demanding in this regard.

Saab in the air.

Saab classics and youngtimers are popular. Not only when they have four wheels, but also when they fly. The Sanicole Airshow took place in Belgium from September 9th to 11th. Saab AB was there, also with flying Saab classics. The brand's roots are in aircraft construction, and until the end of the 80s automobile construction was a division of Saab AB Nyköping.

The Saab 29 Tunan could be seen in Belgium - the first Swedish jet to break the sound barrier. Also the Saab JA 37 Viggen, whose silhouette is unmistakable, and the Saab JAS 39 Viggen. Pictures of the flying Saabs and the other participants can be seen on the airshow's homepage.

Orio at the Automechanika

It was a long way from Saab Automobile Parts AB to Orio AB. Today, Orio is a modern company whose origins lie in the Saab brand, but which is expanding strongly into other markets. Orio sees itself as a modern logistician and supplier for many brands and offers a guarantee of 3 years on spare parts.

Orio Germany celebrated a premiere this week. For the first time the German branch was represented with a booth at the Automechanika. The B2B fair takes place until the 17.09 in the Frankfurt exhibition halls. The fair appearance of the Orio Germany GmbH is located in hall 4.0, booth F31.

9 thoughts on "Weekly Review. Saab in the heart. And in the air."

  • The SAAB J 29 'Tunnan' is with the 'gula R' the last airworthy specimen WORLDWIDE! There should still be several airworthy pieces of the Viggen. It was a lasting experience to be able to 'fly' them in the simulator in 1996.
    Nice to see the aerodynamically flying classics still!

  • I happened to be in Leopoldsburg on the 9. September with my 9-5 who drove this Saab JA 37 over the airfield of Sanicole.
    I'm very proud to see this Saab with its characteristic shape from my 9-5er ... and to hear!

  • The fact that SAAB AB with its marketing activities can now also be found here in the blog does not reveal itself to me - the association ultimately contributed to the fact that SAAB automobiles are no longer there - just think of the consequential sale to GM, because you was too stupid even for the auto division in the long term or the behavior regarding the SAAB trademark rights.

    Really superfluous!

    • Saab AB and planes like the Saab Tunan are among the brand's roots. The boundaries between car manufacturing and aircraft construction were fluid until the 80 years, and there were often personnel overlaps. That's why the planes are worth a note on the blog.

    • You make it too easy for yourself when you curse SAAB AB ... Think about Scania, a truck manufacturer, they were still there until the beginning of the 90s and where are they today? Right, bought up by VW ... The fact that the car division was finally completely sold to GM (which had already had shares in AB for a few years) was not only due to SAAB AB (which now went completely to the Swedish state). Incidentally, here in the blog, I think Tom once brought an article about who was ultimately interested in buying the remaining shares in the Saab car division and offered the most money?

    • Your comment, Mr Rudolf,

      I do not understand. Without Maria there would be no Jesus and without the SAAB AB there would not be a single SAAB car ...

      The story may be tainted at some point, but the birth of the SAAB car was not!

      What you here remind me of authoritarian regimes with their official histories and forgeries.

      • It always depends on what you do with a company - I haven't written about Maria with little Jesus or about the birth of the SAAB automotive division. The latter also only arose because SAAB “sagged” a bit with the aircraft division after World War II and was on the lookout for new entrepreneurial fields of activity.

        In the 80s, the auto division was no longer clear and they were looking for a buyer - where is the "writing of history" wrong here?

        What is wrong with the messed up company management by SAAB AB? Even if some don't seem to like the realization - the handling of the auto division has clearly been messed up. This already started within SAAB AB and was then, as is well known, only managed better for a short time under the aegis of GM - the ultimately bad outcome is also due to a messed up company management. To describe the whole thing with just a stain, on the other hand, I think is trivializing and therefore completely inaccurate!

  • By the way, at Airpower 2016 in Austria two weeks ago, the "flying bin" Saab 2 (Tunnan), Saab 29 (Draken), Saab 35 (Viggen), Saab 37 (Gripen) were also in action (www.airpower.gv. at)! The Saab 39 is said to have been the last still airworthy copy.

    • I was there and it was really great (with free admission!). I also believe that Viggen was the only airworthy specimen in Europe there.

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