Since the 31. October you can bid in Sweden on the last produced Saab. The auction will be on 6. November at 10: 00 clock end. The course so far is remarkable and manifests the status of the Saab brand for some fans. At the same time, with the distance of a few years, you can see how skinny everything ultimately went in the wrong direction.
Workshops that still earn their money with the brand can easily become melancholy when it comes to new cars. Yes, customers would if they could. No large numbers, certainly not. But the demand, it still exists. This small, fine market, resulting from the existing customer base, was to be served with the 2014 model year. Large numbers were never the plan. It was about putting the plant into production and securing the valuable base of skilled workers until the electric car came. First the sedan, then from model year 2015 the station wagon. A strategic decision that is understandable.
It never got that far, it simply lacked liquid funds, and the NEVS management had gambled on the choice of potential financiers. What came next was a bankruptcy process that brought brand-rights to NEVS and ultimately ended Saab's automobile industry.
2014: 3 years warranty, 3 years of maintenance
Too bad, because the Saab 9-3 Aero model year 2014 was a good car. Although the age was to be noted, testers also criticized the lack of modern assistance systems, but he was doing well and was a real Saab. The best 9 3 Trollhättan ever had. Yes, perhaps. In Sweden, efforts were made to market and break new ground. test drive There were in Trollhättan or at 20 bases in the country. Ordered online, 3-year guarantee, 3-year maintenance and a set of tires for the winter were also included. The collection in Trollhättan took place in the redesigned rooms of the historical design department. If you were lucky, a former Saab manager personally handed a bouquet of flowers and the car key into your hand. The price, which at that time was the equivalent of just under € 30.000, was reasonable against this background and now brings one or two tears to your eyes.
Everything done right? In principle and from the basic idea yes. The fact that the story behind it was more of a poker game for high standards, which was lost in the end, recognized as an outside observer only months later. After the definitive end of the short production, vehicles for the Chinese market were left in the dump for some time.
Current status of the auction
They were later converted to European specification and sold to the employees. About 20.000 € or a little less should have been paid then. A good deal for the one who got a vehicle. Not infrequently, the limousine was handed over immediately to a collector with a nice extra charge.
And today? A factory-fresh Saab still triggers greed. Perhaps also because a rebirth of the brand seems more devious than ever. It was on sunday current bid the auction at 400.000 crowns (37.500,00 €) and was thus 110.000 Swedish crowns above the former list price.
Is there still room for improvement? I don't venture a forecast. Is a Saab 9-3 Aero model year 2014 an item for collectors or investors who hope for further value growth? The maximum estimate is 450.000 crowns, and the hammer falls on November 6th. Exciting!