Saab and Volvo. Return of the MILFs...
The “hot dream” of those who like to kid themselves in thinking that they own an “exclusive” and “pure” Swedish car will continue to exist and to shred money and brain cells off any CEO unlucky enough to run such a company.
OK, they will be heavily competed by the Chinese from BAIC, but does that actually count for something? Things will move forward and they will be able to adopt their own Swedish philosophy of building cars, their own thoughts and innovative solutions which have lifted Saab's prestige towards the heavens.
An army of refrigerators pompously-named 9-5, 9-3, 9 dash whatever you want, will assassinate the patience of Saab faithful owners once again. Maybe some groundbreaking innovations will see the light of day, such as a two millimeter longer hood, or LED taillight (Wow!) or maybe, who knows, a complete surprise such as a six meter (twenty feet) long Saab that wants to be a “city compact”. Anything is possible.
God forbid should we dream and think about some decent engines because, you have to admit, it wouldn't be in the spirit of a Swedish brand or car. You see, for example, Volvo only uses two breathless powerplants besides the boat engine borrowed from Yamaha. OK, OK, specially created for Volvo by Yamaha...
But leaving the small engine impediment behind, since engines are an accessory to a Swedish car anyway, we will have everything. Maybe they will finally change that 1980s color for the dashboard lighting. That cheapish and 1980s-1990s USA-looking green. Maybe. Although I think it's part of Saab's heritage now.
In other words, an incredibly old car (albeit new), with extremely modest technologies although it desires to be modern, amazingly slow but “threatening” us with a revolutionary engine, etc. And big. Always bigger than the “competition”, more boat-like, more “luxurious”...
After being sodomized by GM for twenty years straight, Saab will finally be able to show the world what it can do. And how else could it do that besides partnering with another iconic brand, one which is throwing a party each time it sells a car – Spyker!
Spyker, along with the generous Swedish government, which collects taxes with the voracity of a T-Rex in full swing, thought that some of that dough might be “invested” in a local brand. Money is flowing anyway, so why not?
How else would they pay the salaries of over 3,400 people working for Saab? With the money of other people who are working to make a profit in order for Sweden to own some iconic brands in the oh-so exciting automotive world.
Either way, it will be interesting to watch the evolution of Saab, now that they can't really complain about GM's dictatorship anymore. For all that's fair, we had began to mistaken too many brands with Saab. From Opel to Subaru and a bit of Chevrolet, just about any GM car that could donate something was helping create this mutant on wheels called Saab.
Now they want to set themselves free and show us what a real Saab means. It is my right to doubt any commercial success but it's their right to try and contradict me.
And if you were wondering what's the common point between Spyker and Saab, there is actually one, just so you know. They're both selling so few cars they can actually compete each other. Even though their targets are way different. I'm actually afraid Spyker sales might actually be cannibalized by the acquisition of Saab.
Who knows? Maybe the rich and eccentric, who just wanted to feel alone on the road might switch to Saabs. I mean, they are expensive, they do break easily, so they have all the qualities of an exclusive car. Plus, you shouldn't forget the main quality: it's a Swedish car!
Now that that Saab saga is approaching a glorious ending, I'm anxiously awaiting the Volvo episode. Another soap opera that will spill a lot of tears and some Chinese capital and maybe, just maybe, another exclusive brand might also be left with an auto industry icon.
GM didn't make such a bad move after all, did it? I mean, if you buy something cheap, use it for twenty years and then sell it for good money... Doesn't sound so bad, does it?
Americans. This is why some people curse them on every occasion. They used to be beautiful, blonde, young models. Now GM and Ford are throwing them in the garbage bin and they're also getting money for it. Old, ugly and wrinkled, only the Chinese could still buy them. OK, the Dutch have never tried to have the highest morals at a given time before either...
They will find their place, probably in a Chinese village, where they are presented as Europeans in a red window display. Special, for the connoisseurs. Or together with a blue pill and a legal smoke. There. At their place. In Holland.
Say something bad about the Germans now!
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If I remember it correctly it was the American car companies that almost brought the entire US to bankruptcy with their lack of inovation and design... ;-)
you do not know what or who you are talking about!, if you did you would now be a leach on the Rear end of GM swilling down the total lies and rederrick of the company that gave us the Chevy Chevet, that is Made in Germany at the Opal plant, then snuck over here and sold and told it was built in the USA.
think again all of the last 4 Chevy Malibu have been made in Sweden or Germany Look it up, GM is a pimp Bankers of other than themselves Automobile Manufactures, look it up then say what you need to say and get your Head out of GM's colon and smell the free concept of fresh Air and non preprocessed colon juice that GM is spreading all over the place as some kind of Strange but true factoid. Grow up and smell the truth about one of the best Automobile manufactures in the world!.
where do you believe the new Malibu, Lacrosse, and most of the Caddilac 4 door automobiles come from the Car Fairy? come and put new cars in the Show rooms for GM?.
Grow up and do your over payed under utilized Brain - Job, boob!.
I might not share all your opinions but I'm not so optimistic neither about that Saab-Spiker misalliance. To me, the only result to expect is a longer lasting agony for Saab. Have mercy, just kill it now.
but car companys grow and change:the v6 is as distant from saab's original two stroke as is a ferrari v12.yet their cars are now equipped with v6 and v6turbos.translation:you have to see changes in a company's philosophy and approach,otherwise it will die.the right changes.
saab was never intended to be a car for the masses.it appeals to certain individuals who can look beyond the outer shell of a car,and focus on safety and practicality.yes a saab is somewhat more parctical than a merc or a beemer(altough not everybody appreciate mercs and beemers) on snowy and rainy surfaces,in hot weather,when you need to haul cargo with the hatchbacks 900/93,has more front end grip than most fwd cars,and when pushed hard can outperform mercs and beemers with similar or more horsepower,and offer respectable driver ergonomics.
and all what i say can be backed with my experience with saabs( i own currently a very well maintened 900 ng v6),beemers and mercs.
yes saabs are flawed,they have eccentric characteristics and weaknesses not shared with many other car brands but they are great.and you might not find a single saab owner who has not been mistreated one way or another by a saab dealer.but we all like our cars and we won't give a damn to anybody who doesn't. .and to see for yourself,check the pre 99 saabs,before GM total acquisition.
you are obviously biased against saab,and all the owners of the 1,5 million saabs on the road will disagree with you,but there is only one thing that you won't be allowed to do:MAKING FUN OF A COMPANY'S INNOVATIONS OR MAKING FUN OF A COMPANY WHO DARES TO BE DIFFERENT.
What happened? A swedish girl dumped you recently or what? Are you a virgin?? Pffffff lame man, so lame...
But seriously, have you ever driven one ?
If niche players like Mini can sell 45.000 cars a year, only in the US, I am absolutely convinced a new Saab can sell 100.000 world wide with 3+ different models.
I don't like the Spyker cars, but the synergies seem evident for both companies, IMHO.
In this case, it's my own opinion about Saab and/or Volvo, but mostly about the Saab and Volvo we know today. I realize there are a lot of hardcore Saab fans out there, but they too have to realize that liking a brand shouldn't make you blind. In the last twenty years Saab has become nothing but a milking cow for GM, with absolutely no products of their own and it's only but a shadow of what it once stood for. There are hardly any reasons for anyone to think they will return to their former glory after all these dark years.
If GM and Chrysler were left to die and not bailed out the US would have been fine. Another 50,000 employees without jobs in the US is not the big of a number. However if wal-mart goes under... houston we might have a problem. GM and Chrysler should be left to rot. Ford needs to play it careful.. and right now they are doing that quite well and alot of that is thanks to Volvo technology, Now Geely will do the same. Volvo will probably always be a niche car, and thats fine with me. You wont see me in a Toyota with everyone else -
I remember Saabs when I was younger,and always thought they were some what unusual in design,just like I thought Citeroen(sic) were unusual. The International Financial Institutions,along with credit percentages being relaxed by the fed,is what almost done the the country in,including the rest of the worlds credit rating. The auto industry damn near hung themselves with bloated lineups and redundant product,saturated with SUVs. Saab had the misfortune of being a car company that had a specific appeal and following. GM had no idea to make the brand more competitive and salable. Hopefully,they'll still be around for a while,if not,it'll be in annals of auto history.
Saabs are great cars, they have something called class. You may not understand that, especially if you have never stuck your head out of a country where mayonnaise is as white as can be, presidents can't read, and the symbol of wealth is a military vehicle painted purple with flashy chrome wheels.
Working for a swedish company in central Europe we had Saab 9000 cars and they were Great! Cruise at speeds of 220kmh where possible on the Aurobahn in Germany like you were driving 50Mph on some interstate in mass restricted America. Two Liter with Turbo = faster and cheaper and "funner" to run. That just does not exist in any American Tub.
Thanks but, that was driving that was a bit more dramatic than being in a herd of Pickups (dumpsters) or Suv's (mother-mobiles) with no possible view of the road ahead.
Saab 9000 will always be the car to remember for me. I drove them for close to ten years and had Merces and Beemers to compare them to. Easy to forget that GM or Ford even existed in compairson. GM's takover of Saab put an end to all that of course.
I have driven plenty of GM Sleds over the years but never anything to compare or even get close to the Saab 9000. Excellent for winter driving and also much better than Volvo. Love those heated seats which were always standard.
220Kmh is 135Mph for those who don't know. Try that in your GM product but be careful because their tires are not made to run that speed and may melt under you.
I am not a swede, but I tell you: swedes puts quality into whatever they do. Now wonder they are called the germans of Scandinavia.