Uncategorized text, anyone? March 22, 2007 8 Comments If anyone’s got access to this article at Automotive News, I’d sure love to read it….. UPDATE: Received via email and as I type this I notice it’s popped up comments, too. Share this post, bro:TweetEmailPrint Troll stuff Previous Post Next Post You may also like October 27, 2007 TS Map goes kaput June 13, 2005 Long weekend musings March 3, 2006 The Un-Truth About Cars 8 Comments I tried to log-in using BugMeNot, but the woman whose password is used by BugMeNot is not a paying subscriber, and the article requires a “premium” (paid) subscription to the site… Reply This time of year is full of bright expectations. Spring is officially here, the sun’s warmth is returning to the Northern Hemisphere, and opening day of the baseball season is just days away. And it’s always just about this time of year that someone from Saab stands up and says, “We’re going to be profitable … soon.” As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, I understand the bright promise of opening day — as well as the dejection of a late-summer swoon and the incantation: “Wait ’til next year.” There is always reason for hope, whether it’s a strong, young arm in the farm system or a big-bucks slugger signed as a free agent or even a new manager who has won the World Series with other teams. But it has been 99 years since the Cubs won the World Series. In that time, countless thousands of the devoted have been born, cheered passionately for the Cubs, led otherwise full, productive lives, then died before seeing the Promised Land. Heck, the last time the Cubs were even in the World Series was the year World War II ended. That was before I was born, by the way. Fourth Great Lie Forgive me if I think of the Promise of Saab Profitability in the same terms. It’s just that I’ve heard it for so long I’m ready to nominate it as the Fourth Great Lie. I remember when the 9-7X, the dressed-up Chevy TrailBlazer, was just what Saab needed to turn the corner. And I heard the same bright hopes for the Saabaru, also known as the 9-2X, which is a version of the Subaru Impreza. But I’m still waiting. Since General Motors acquired Saab in 1999, it’s estimated that the quirky Swedish automaker has lost some 750 million euros, which is about $1 billion at current exchange rates. But two weeks ago in Geneva, Carl-Peter Forster, who is chairman of Saab — and President of GM Europe — told a reporter from Automotive News Europe that Saab will be profitable by the end of the decade. Why? A new park Sales are growing at a clip of about 10 percent a year. The Saab lineup will get a new 9-3 and a refreshed 9-5 in the next year and a half. But the cleanup hitter — the slugger — will be a “tailor-made” SUV. And by the end of the decade, they will be playing in a new park: Saabs will be built in Germany, not Sweden. There is always reason for hope. I wonder how you say, “Wait ’til next year” in Swedish? ********************* I wonder how you say “get %#$!^& in Swedish? Reply I wonder how you say ‘#$%^ &##’ in swedish. Reply I don’t know how influential this “magazine” is, but it’s telling that they choose to print a commentary piece based on no “news” on their front page. What exacerbated this opinion piece, a statement from SAAB two weeks ago? Must be a slow news day. Further, I see on their webpage the following headline, “Gore: don’t single-out cars and trucks to solve global warming”. So they’re apparently trying to let automobiles off the hook for their global warming contributions? Out of what was a long hearing in Congress today they chose to hone-in on this point? Reply What drivel. Even if true, it’s a non-story in the face of GM, Ford, DCX problems. Ditto the past troubles of Jaguar, Mini, Audi, Nissan, Daewoo, etc. This is simply someone who needed to fill his column and he chose to do so with glib generalities. Nothing more. Sort of a literary bowl of plain oatmeal — filling, but doesn’t taste like much. Reply I can tell you Automotive news is a major automotive publication in the USA and Europe. They are own ed by the same parent company that publishs Autoweek. Ed Lapham is a well respected journalist. He does make some valid points. Saab has never been profitable under GM, despite claims they “will be”. I think this is more of a knock on GM than Saab. Reply “I wonder how you say ‘#$%^ &##’ in swedish.” It goes like this: “Vänta tills nästa år”… Reply What utter drivel and hogwash! Perhaps he should go and speak to Carl Ghosn and figure out why journalists have even penned a book titled: Turn Around, to understand the nuances of the automotive industry. What a moron. In my local language (Otjiherero) we would have said “twende ku kamusatana.” Literally translated – “go to hell.” Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.