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 sale to Spyker Cars last year an even brighter beacon for the ‘different thinkers’ out there. Victor Muller came out and said that we were going to design and build Saab Saabs again and we all took great heart from that. From what I know of the Saab 9-3 replacement that’s currently under development, he’s been true to his word, too.
Personally speaking, I want Saab to survive because I love the company. I love the history, the philosophy and of course, I drive and love the vehicles. It was an honour for me to join this company earlier this year, the culmination of 6 years work as an independent. I love working for the little car company that could and despite what appear to be dire circumstances right now, I hold on to the hope that our work may continue into the future.
We don’t get as many comments on Inside Saab as other Saab sites. That’s OK. Given that Inside Saab is a corporate site for a listed company, we’ve been limited in what we can say this year, and thus limited in the amount of discussion that we can promote.
However, I’d like to invite you to share your thoughts on why you’d like to see Saab survive and continue into the future.
Our people are extremely loyal. The few that I know who have left Saab in recent months have done so with heavy hearts. I’m sure those who remain would enjoy reading your thoughts on this subject.