Inside Saab Redux

Hi all, As the original Inside Saab will most likely go off-air soon, I’ve created this site as an historical archive of what happened with Inside Saab during it’s short, but momentous life. Please note that this site is not open for comments. It’s just an historical record. There will be no further updates. Links to Inside Saab article contained in stories on this site refer back to the original URL (inside.saab.com). Once inside.saab.com is off the air, those links will be broken. If you want to read those stories, however, you should be able to simply replace the ‘inside.saab.com’ […]

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Goodbye from Inside Saab (for now)

Hi all, It’s been a quiet few days here on the site, basically because there’s no communications coming my way, nothing to say, and permission needed before I relate that nothingness to you anyway. All communications are now the domain of the receivers appointed by the court to determine the future of Saab and its three bankrupt entities. I heard a few days ago that my employment with Saab Australia will technically finish at the end of this month, which is totally understandable. As such, my stint here at Inside Saab and with this wonderful company called Saab, comes to […]

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Quick thoughts on an ending

Apparently if I wait a few hours to write this, as I’d like to, then it would have to be approved first by whoever the court appoints as the bankruptcy administrator. Screw that. Like many of you, I’m going through a whole range of dark emotions right now. There are several individuals and several companies that I’d like to have experience the sort of pain I’m sure all of my colleagues at Saab are experiencing at this moment. That’ll pass, though. More than that, I’m just feeling a very simple and profound sadness. Saab is a great company, full of […]

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D-Day?

It’s Monday here in Australia as I write this. Later today, in Sweden, there will be a court hearing to determine whether Saab’s reorganisation should continue. To say there’s a lot hanging in the balance would be the understatement of the year. Here’s the scenario, as seen from someone on the other side of the world and somewhat out of the loop*: The outcome of that hearing will depend largely on the future plan that Saab has developed to carry the business forward. Details about that plan will no doubt be forthcoming at the time, but all indications are that […]

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Watching the Saab reorganisation reports

Tis the season to be jolly nervous….. The Examiner is posing some Dear Santa questions from various stakeholders in the car industry: Saab Owners: A glimmer of hope for the future of their beloved, quirky sport sedan. Actually, I think most people are wishing for a future hatchback, but that aside…. Yes, people are indeed looking for hope for Saab Automobile. This weekend’s going to be a crucial one as we have a very important court hearing on Monday afternoon and some key events leading up to that hearing will go a long way in determining the short term future […]

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Why do you want Saab to survive?

I re-tweeted a message from Ben Pulman, the road-test editor of CAR Magazine, earlier today: The picture he links to is one of UrSaab, from the 1997 50th Anniversary photoshoot. I’ve written before about how, generally speaking, motoring media professionals want to see Saab survive and succeed. There is some hope pinned to this company; perhaps the notion that some sort of different thinking still exists in a world of car design that’s getting smaller and smaller every year. Of course, even Saab vehicles have become a bit more homogenised in the last 10 or so years, which made Saab’s […]

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Waiting (again, still)

People are still working. People are still getting incredibly frustrated. I’m one of them. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts here, there seem to be so many big personalities involved in this affair and the focus is well and truly on them and the various perspectives they embody. All of these players have an angle, have something they’re trying to protect and a good dose of spin they’re using to put it out there in the public domain. Some of it is genuine. In my humble (and very personal) opinion, some of it is camouflage. For the […]

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Waiting (still….)

Thoughts for a new week……. A lot of people are writing to me, asking if we’re going to hear something soon about the sale (or otherwise) of Saab Automobile. Let me answer all of you at once: I’m waiting just like the rest of you. Sorry, but I’ve got no magic answers or insights for you. This is a corporate page and we can’t give a running commentary on these constantly changing events. We can’t say anything about what’s going to happen, until it happens. As I’m sure you’ve come to understand by now, this whole process is extremely delicate […]

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The ‘why?’ of Saab staying alive

We’ve all been hanging on the ‘what?’ for so long. We’re all fatigued due to the lack of visible, tangible progress in the potential sale of Saab Automobile. I’d like to take a moment and think again about the ‘why?’ Why should the sale of Saab be allowed to proceed? Why doesn’t the company, like so many analysts out there, acknowledge that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually a train coming at 200mph? Why do we want to live, rather than pack our collective bags and move on? Because we have a valid place in this […]

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How did you end up buying your first Saab?

Something to pass the time…… A story from earlier in the week prompted a few Saab purchase stories from the pre-internet days. Forgetting the internet for a moment, it’s always interesting to hear how people first get into Saabs. I received one such story via email but I haven’t sought permission to share it here as yet. I’ll do that shortly. In the meantime, I thought I’d reminisce a little…… —— The archives of my first Saab website, Trollhattan Saab, are out of action at the moment. If they were operating, you’d be able to read about my first Saab […]

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