Saab delay submission to creditors in order to continue negotiations

Re-posted As the day in question is tomorrow and there are still a few headlines going around about this, I thought it wise to bring it back to the top of the page. —— Despite the sound of the headline, this is not a press release. The purpose of this posting is two-fold: to talk of the delay in the submission to creditors that was planned for November 22, and to clarify what was going to happen on that date. As has been mentioned in the media already, Saab/Swan and Guy Lofalk have taken a decision to delay submitting their […]

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Inside Saab Q&A – The Answers (part 1)

Earlier this week, we invited readers and Facebook fans to submit questions to Saab for responses. We now have responses for most of those questions, provided below. NOTES: A big proportion of Saab’s future is contingent upon an approval process currently underway in China. Our Chinese partners, Pang Da and Youngman, are seeking approval for their proposed investments into Saab Automobile. The process is going very well and we remain very confident of a positive outcome, however the decision is not final until it is made by the NDRC and other agencies involved. This Q&A has been prepared with a […]

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Inside Saab Q&A – the questions

My thanks to everyone for sending in your questions for our Q&A offering. It’s been great to see what’s weighing on people’s minds right now and we want to do what we feasibly can to provide answers for you. I’ve gone through the questions submitted through various channels – here at IS, on Facebook and through one of our enthusiast websites, Saab Actu – and have summarised the questions into the list below. Please understand that in order to get responses in a timely manner, I can’t comment on opinions expressed, nor on questions that were very specific (e.g. questions […]

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Project Cheetah – Your say……

One thing I know about running a Saab community website is that everyone’s got something to say if you give them the opportunity 🙂 Saab are running an efficiency program at the moment called Project Cheetah. We’re aiming to increase our competitiveness wherever we can inside the company. I thought it might be interesting to get your thoughts on where we could do less, or more importantly, do better. Remember: Cheetah is about increasing efficiency and reducing cost, it’s not directly related to increasing revenues (though that’s a desired result, too, from doing things better). This is a cost-side program, […]

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Project Cheetah

The Cheetah is the world’s fastest land-based animal and right now, Saab is looking to employ some speed when dealing with reorganising its business. We are aiming to make substantial efficiency gains and cost savings as we become more competitive for the future. Work began on Project Cheetah on the strategic level even before the reorganisation decision came through. Today, just days after the reorganisation decision, meetings are already taking place around the company with individual sections of the business looking at how they can do things smarter, leaner and meaner. Saab has a well-ingrained culture of consultation, seeking suggestions […]

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In Saab’s Corner – Overview.

Below you’ll find a five-part series of articles called ‘In Saab’s Corner’. Right now there is a lot of talk going on about the financial side of this company. We’ve been beaten from pillar to post in certain markets and whilst some of that is warranted – we don’t shy away from our current problems – much of it not and it loses sight of why this company exists in the first place. We are distressed at the moment and we are trying to take measures to protect ourselves for the future. As the rest of the world speculates as […]

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In Saab’s Corner – Our vehicles

In the car industry, it all comes down to product. The cars you’re offering to your customers. We currently have the biggest range of Saab vehicles we’ve ever had – and that range is getting better every year. Since being sold from General Motors, we have built and released the all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan. We’ve improved the Saab 9-3 with a range of low-emissions diesels and then with the introduction of the Griffin range of vehicles with the new 2.0T direct injection engine as well as other enhancements. Production and sales of the Saab 9-4x have commenced and as soon […]

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In Saab's Corner – Our Brand

Much has been made of the damage done to our brand in recent years and there’s no denying that some of this is true, especially in recent months. In Scandinavia, the spotlight has been on this company in a way that I think it unprecedented for a car company and quite possibly for just about any company in Sweden. Amongst all the hysteria, it’s easy for people to translate “brand damage” into meaning “no brand value at all” and nothing could be further from the truth. Saab is quite literally the last of the independent premium European brands and for […]

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In Saab’s Corner – Technology

This is a tricky one to tackle. How do you cover technology without covering stuff that you’re not actually allowed to talk about that much – future stuff? Nevertheless, I’ll give it a try. Saab have always had a good record of punching above their weight when it comes to innovation. Whether it’s early developments like heated seats, headlamp washers or dual-circuit braking systems, or the latest in vehicle safety or all-wheel-drive systems (Saab pioneered the XWD system from Haldex that’s now used in a range of vehicles around the world) – Saab has a great record for such a […]

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In Saab’s Corner – Factory and People

They say that the biggest asset any company has is its people and Saab are no different in this respect. I’ve been connected to Saab people for a number of years now and it never ceases to amaze me, how such a small niche player in a little town in western Sweden can have such an attraction for supremely talented individuals. But it does. The first week I started working here in Sweden, I was researching a story in our Technical Development Center. In one of the lunchrooms at TDC I met one of our more senior workers, a man […]

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