Earlier this week, I hinted that an interview with Trollhattan’s local newspaper, TTELA,, would be forthcoming soon. The interview has been published today and as I’ve received a few concerned emails from friends about it, there are a few things I’d like to clarify.
First, the headline.
‘I have given up hope’
This is not referring to Saab. People who read further into the article will see that I personally do not hold any great hopes of working for Saab again myself, which is the situation the headline should refer to. It’s not that I have given up hope for Saab. I certainly think the future for a potential buyer would be a difficult one given the loss of people, distribution networks and the apparent lack of cooperation being shown by GM. I do maintain hope, however, that Saab can survive with at least some resemblance to the Saab we know.
Second, my flat and my car.
Apparently the Swedish text reads like these were given to me, or provided for me. This was not the case. I bought my own car (a 1991 Saab 900) and I paid my own rent (6700SEK per month, if you’re interested).
I think Anna-Karin did a great job with the interview and I enjoyed speaking with her. I can’t accurately translate the Swedish text for myself but these potential misunderstandings, and that’s all they are, were brought to my attention so I figured I should address them straight away.
Greetings from Landvetter!