Goodbye from Inside Saab (for now)

My hopelessly rushed and feeble closing post from Inside Saab. Done in a rush, but at least it got done.

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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 an end. It’s a sad, distressing time for everybody concerned, of course.

On a vocational level, working with an OEM automotive manufacturer and for Saab in particular has always been a dream for me. In April, that dream came true when I started at here at Saab. A few days after I started, that dream began unravelling, but that’s a story I don’t feel like re-living right here, right now.

On a personal level, I’ve made so many good friends over the years writing about Saab and it’s sad to have to say goodbye to such brilliant, classy people. It’s been nearly seven years since I first switched on the lights at Trollhattan Saab, my first Saab blog. Since then, I’ve corresponded with thousands of people and met many of them face to face at Saab events all over the world. I’ve made so many good friends amongst the excellent people who were associated with this brand.

As has been intimated in news reports, there is an opportunity under Swedish law for Saab to be sold as a whole, by the appointed receivers. I sincerely hope the right people with the right resources and the right attitude jump through this small window of opportunity. The extremely talented and dedicated people at Saab deserve it.

I’ll sign off for now. Those who are interested will probably find me on the web elsewhere. Writing about Saab and cars in general is as normal to me as breathing.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the work I’ve done over the last few years. I’ve been in touch with many of you personally already, and will continue to do so. Thanks so much to Saab for having the courage to do something like this on an official level. We never got the chance to do it for real thank to events of the last months, but we did do something good here, something that would have worked.

Have a wonderful, safe Christmas.

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