New comes. Proven remains.

In December 2016 - almost exactly 5 years, after the departure of Saab from the circle of active manufacturers - disappear in the Stallbacka the last leftovers of a large brand. The Saab logotype was dismantled on the northern driveway last week.

The last day..

A ceremony at the end of an epoch

At a small ceremony, Jonas Hernqvist, previously at Saab Automobile and now Director Sales and Marketing at NEVS, handed the famous signature to the curator of the Saab Museum. Peter Backström was on hand with a converted Saab 9000 van to transport the shield into the museum with helpers.

There it will find its new location on the outdoor area. The Swedish press noted the event as the day the last Saab lettering disappeared from the factory premises. And had smoothly overlooked the second driveway, where an identical sign welcomes the visitors. It's still standing, but not for long. It will also be dismantled this coming Wednesday.

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NEVS had called on the Saab fans Instagram to post her memory of the globally popular motif - as a well-intentioned, friendly gesture and as a little bow to history. Peter Backström got a collage of pictures from Jonas Hernqvist, two more collages were raffled among the senders.

And now? The fact that you have not dismantled the logos, put them on a flatbed truck and just driven away, speaks for a sensitive handling of the past. The new brand name stands for the dawn of a new era. The lettering on the driveway is both technically cool and valuable. It is compatible with the claim that NEVS places on itself. At the same time, it is a clear cut with the past. For now.

In the future, products for NEVS and the announced preservation and transcription of the Saab heritage must speak. We will see.

Saab is surprisingly durable

When a brand leaves the stage, it is usually quickly forgotten. We remember Rover, the brand no one remembers. Or Lancia, another big old name. Saab is different! Again! The brand stays, and it turns out to be surprisingly durable. Which is not just about the announced return of Saab AB to the auto industry.

In Sweden, a strong, annual decline in Saab sales was predicted for the German market from 2012 onwards. And was wrong! The sales of original Saab parts during the last 5 years can be called stable, the decline is in a low, single-digit range. That in turn is amazing.

Germany is thus a very strong market for Saab. And also Austria. There, the small Swedish cult brand celebrates a revival this year with a rising sales of original parts. These gratifying developments are also due to the continuity in Eschborn, where reliability and long-term planning pay off.

Saab built long-term cars, Saab drivers like their vehicles. It also has something to do with sustainability and the knowledge that there will be no more supplies. Maybe you use your Saab more consciously and responsibly than it was years ago. With which Saab people would once again be trendsetters for an incipient rethinking.

However, the proven remains, the new is coming.

20 thoughts too "New comes. Proven remains."

  • This speaks very well for the good work with Orio! And, yes, nice that at least in the future a SAAB sign will be found in Trolhättan!

  • and yet a little sadness comes up .... the stilled snowflakes do the rest

  • In addition to the SAAB fans who cherish and care for their cars and ORIO do a good job, the Saabblog plays an important role.
    He keeps the interest in the brand awake and he also enthuses one or two new SAAB fans.

  • Very fittingly, Tom's thoughts on the development of the spare parts business.

    I am also more willing to invest in a good state of preservation. For another brand, I would probably take a more sober look at the relationship between market value and investment ...

    But SAAB is SAAB and there is no supply of new cars anymore. That's what makes all SAABs, regardless of age, feel classics. And if it is only (m) chrome glasses SC.

    And apparently SAAB drivers have always been long-term owners. I've talked to several older gentlemen in the last few months. All first owner, of which unfortunately no one wanted to sell his SAAB. Understandable, if you have grown together and satisfied with your 20 since 9000 years ...

    • In addition to the spare parts business you have to see other actions to preserve value. Rust prevention and sealing was 2016 a big issue in the workshops that live Saab. The trend will continue.
      And yes, the old men with the 9k are already tough and hanging on their cars. Hangar 2 are first-hand, absolutely great Saabs!

    • The cars are just too good. The pressure to change the vehicle was not high enough. Maybe also a reason why SAAB is received.

      • In addition, SAAB had always made model changes very sparingly. The cars were never artificially aged as it is the case with other brands.

  • One should not exaggerate with the Orio praise now. The majority of spare parts are for the youngest generation of vehicles and even there is not everything. Wear parts are still best to get. In older vehicles, on the other hand, it looks quite mau. Partly still remainders that are sold off, other parts are not even for money to get and nachproduziert there is nothing. Not worth it.

    • Is it really like that? If so, it would be terrible for our well-preserved 9-3 I Convertible (2001) - a few hundred thousand vehicles of this type will surely be driven worldwide.

      Why should the re-production of parts not be worthwhile here? In addition, the useful life of the vehicles extended, as is mainly driven only in the summer - the production of parts would thus still continue to be lucrative for many years.

      • Of course, Orio also produces older parts, but not everything. Sometimes tools or suppliers no longer exist or the minimum quantity is just too big. You should be careful with allegations and please do not sweep anything @Daniel

        There are also more and more third party replicas. The house brands of Skandix, Skanimport and Swedish parts only once taken as an example.

        • I can not see that I've made a flat rate and I'm not reading your answer now so that you can not criticize blog supporters ...
          But just a few examples: Two-part servo pressure cable for the 9-3I original not available anymore. Exhaust original with the oval chrome trim no longer available. Emblems for 901 and others partly no longer available (Hirsch could not get me the lettering "SAAB" after an accident or was it "9-3"? For the CV no longer to get pressure line for 9k automatic, not even as reproduction 901k, no chance, interior parts also very, very difficult, eg seat heating mats - these are just my personal experiences.

          As for the reproductions: The parts are partially not worth the unpacking. Chassis bushings as reproduction can be changed with every oil change because the quality is underground. I do not want to accuse the companies because the economic constraints do not stop at Orio and the other companies you mentioned. If the parts had the original quality, the 15 would last for years or more. It's not worth it to get 500 to produce something that will be on the shelves for the next twenty years.

      • I also drive the same guy (BJ 2000). Great car!
        Last year, I was in trouble with leaking hydraulic cylinders on the soft top. All 4 cylinders leak. The former supplier does not exist anymore. I had then found a company in Lübeck who have overhauled my cylinder. So far, everything is tight.
        In the US I had worried about Ebay an original SAAB drink holder which was installed in the radio shaft. This part was also no longer available.
        What I mean by that: It can also be considered as a challenge to get parts that can no longer be ordered in other ways. Personally, this is great fun.

  • Sadness is still coming ..., I almost want to say: I just do not want to believe it!
    The Orio paragraphs are stable or even rising, certainly has something to do with the blog. Positive news is reported and a SAAB in front of the door is still desirable for many (?). OK then. SAAB should stay long lasting!
    From Orio I personally wish a wiring harness ..., then the SAAB world would be rosier again!

  • Is already sad to look at. I'm glad to have made a great photo with my 9.3 sedan right on this sign. That will never happen again.

  • Last weekend, when my brother presented his new Renault Zoe, he parked next to my 9k. I took the speech and praised the 9k because of its longevity as "fully eco". And we want to see if the Renault looks so good in 20 years ...

    • The Zoe has no chance. He has his first recycling cycle in 10 years at the latest. The 9k is still there. Also, he has a head start on 20 or 30 years, so the longevity of all the modern boxes never have in life.

  • Had the shield calculated to be mined with a VOLVO crane ....

    • I would say "After all, the sign was ..."
      But of course, you can also read the message differently ... Who has the longer breath?

  • As long as Orio supplies the necessary spare parts, I continue my great 9-5NG. My 900 convertible from 1987 and my 96-er from 1961 I continue to drive with the support of Saab clubs and suppliers where you can always find the necessary spare parts.
    So even without this lettering at the entrance where Saab has always built his cars we will drive Saab.
    But I am also very happy that this famous lettering is now going to the Saam Museum.
    Hopefully you can continue to take these beautiful pictures of the Saab before this Merkmahl.

  • Tom, you're right - the old brands ....
    Somehow I am probably infected. In addition to the 9-5 chrome goggles, last year one of the very late Lancia Y made it into our fleet. I very much hope that the supply of spare parts will be maintained for a few more years. After all, the vehicle is practically a Fiat 500 ...

    https://flic.kr/p/zkoS3N

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