Not too long ago, a whole bunch of you good people offered comments here on a post I called "Tell GM About It", which I printed and sent off to Detroit. What have we heard so far?
Zero. Nada. Nix. Nothing.
They say change management, or even just effective management, has to come from the top-down. It’s a little hard to believe that Saab are an important part of GM’s future when Bob, the main product guy, hasn’t even paid us the courtesy of a thankyou letter for the effort and the time taken by all commenters. And what’s more, in his latest "look how wonderful our products are" post at the Fastlane weblog, guess which member of GM’s Nortamericano product portfolio doesn’t get a mention……
Bob, you gotta show us some love. You keep saying we’re an important component in the GM global strategy, but you don’t show it. I see you coming out to bat for every other make in the stable, but where’s your enthusiasm for Saab?
We have the 9-7x that’s selling when it can be found at a dealership – you’re even starting to export them overseas. We’ve got the apparently preordered-into-oblivion 9-3 SportCombi just released to an enthusiastic welcome. We’ve got the 2.8l V6 engine coming out in the Aero 9-3. So it’s not like there was nothing you could write about as a small addition to your post on Fastlane.
You gotta walk the walk, Bob. People are watching.
On to other things…..if you ever visit Sweden and don’t undersand the locals, don’t worry about it. Swedish is yet to be confirmed as the official language of Sweden, so it’s not like you’re asking them to do anything unpatriotic by asking them to converse in English.
Thanks to Jochen in comments, there’s this link to an article in Auto-Motor-Sport (in German) about the proposed sonett concept showing at Geneva in March. Any of you German-speakers are welcome to leave a translation in comments, though it’s fairly short and I’d guess is just re-stating what we know already.
Interestingly, they post this little picture with it, which to me looks like a Porsche 944 with 9x nose on the front. Sonett with a retractable hardtop maybe???
The latest Astra concept at Frankfurt earlier this year did include a retractble roof if I remember correctly, so this may not be so much of a stretch as it seems.