It has been a tough launch for Inside Saab.
The website came online just as Saab was undergoing a liquidity issue, which in turn led to some supply chain problems. The factory here in Trollhattan has been idle for several weeks now, while executives from the company take steps to manage the issue in consultation with several government bodies here in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.
We stand ready to release a range of new vehicles in the next 18 months that will fulfill the vision outlined when Saab became an independent carmaker in February 2010. Saab sales in various countries have been consolidating upon the release of new low emissions TTID versions of the 9-3 and the pending release of the new Saab 9-3 Griffin range was a further boost to this model’s appeal. We are also about to start production of the Saab 9-4x and the Saab 9-5 SportCombi, both of which should find ready markets in various parts of the world.
With all the upcoming new models and the New York Auto Show currently in full swing, it should be a very exciting time for Saab fans. Unfortunately, that excitement has been tempered with concerns about the company’s future as management works hard to restructure our financial arrangements to better suit our short, medium and long-term goals.
Because Spyker Cars NV is a publicly listed stock, Inside Saab cannot comment on the details of ongoing negotiations that are taking place at this time.
As a Saab enthusiast site run from inside the walls of Saab, however, I can say that all the people I work with here in Trollhattan remain extremely hopeful of a resolution quite soon. Here in the offices at Saab, we are all at work, planning the rollout of these vehicles and the various events and campaigns that will support these new Saabs in the marketplace.
We believe in these vehicles. We believe in this company and its future, and whilst today is a nervous day, we think the future will provide plenty of nerve tingling experiences of a different kind.