A letter to GM Management from Saab Employees

I received the following via email. The source is genuine. I have not altered it other than the sections in parenthesis.

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Letter to GM’s management

There are many Saab Employees who want to do what they can to influence the emerging situation in which it finds itself in. Today will be a letter sent to GM’s management from employees who want to channel their energy and demonstrate their commitment and their willingness to save Saab. Below is a translation of the message:

[the following section was originally written in English]

To our owners, General Motors

We at Saab have lived with our brand and our cars for more than 60 years. It is a brand that accommodates great passion. Ever since the beginning in 1947, when engineers from the aircraft industry were lying on the floor outlining the body lines of the first prototype, we have been bearing the stamp of new thinking, desire for continuous improvement, willpower and commitment.

We call that “the Saab Spirit”, and during the last year it has been more evident than ever. We have not given up. In times of extreme uncertainty we have delivered and created new prerequisites for our company, and we have built a new vision where to bring our brand and our products. We believe in our future. We know we have the ability.

Trust us. Don’t count Saab out. Allow us to bring our roots into the future. It is not only important to us, but also to our 1.5 million customers around the world and all of those people passionate about our cars and our brand.

[the following section has been electronically translated from Swedish prior to being sent to me]

There are more than a trace

Now it has gone a few days ago Koenigsegg Group announced that they withdraw from Saab purchase. The first disappointment and shock has subsided and now work hard to find new solutions. Time is limited, but it is true that a number of interested parties have made contact.

“I want all employees to feel that we are doing our utmost to row ashore with this. We are very aware that time is limited. Over the weekend, we will continue to work intensively to create the best conditions. We expect clearance from GM next week, “says Saab’s CEO Jan Ake Jonsson.

This was also something he brokered the Future Forum, in Trollhattan last night, when he spoke to about 300 people from industry in Trollhättan and the surrounding area.
During the week, a number of Saab Managers pooled their organizations, to provide a progress report and comment on the situation.

EIB Eva Srejber clarifies the site realtid.se the EIB loan is targeted to Saab and not to the Koenigsegg Group. Therefore, freezing is not included because of the defection. The article on realtid.se says Eva Srejber: “The ownership change is not unusual for us, when we make such an analysis of the new owners”, and believes that the bank will do a new analysis of the future owners when the picture becomes clearer.

Saab Enthusiasts around the world are now showing their support for Saab. Site www.rescue-saab.com has 17,066 supporters signed up and now calls on all those who figured to send a picture of themselves to make a giant photo mosaic to show GM how many people are behind Saab.

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