Thursday Snippets

It’s with a tinge of sadness and no small amount of fanfare that I have to acknowledge the conclusion to Etienne’s work over at Saablog-in.

Etienne started his blog around the same time that I started Trollhattan Saab, maybe even a little earlier. Either way, we’ve been at this caper around the same amount of time. All that time, he’s been keeping an exhausting schedule of attending Saab events all over Europe from his base in Huy, Belgium.

Saab fans all over the continent would be familiar with the flamboyant and always-smiling Belgian, who’s now chosen to take some time off and leave Golfhunter in charge of the Saablog-in website.

Etienne will still be attending events, which is great to hear.

Congratulations, mate, on a wonderful blogging enterprise full of encouragement and great fun for Saab enthusiasts in Europe. And good luck to Golfhunter as he carries the torch forward.

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Pierre Belperron, service manager at Charles River Saab, shares some reflections on his 10 years in the job at the CRS blog.

It’s great reading and gives a great perspective on the challenges of being in the dealership business right now. It’s a tough business, especially when cars are more reliable than ever. Dealers used to rely on service and parts for their cashflow and profits, but that revenue stream has thinned over the last few years and dealers really need to be on top of their game to have a healthy business.

As Matthias Siedl pointed out a few days ago, Saab needs a healthy and profitable dealer network, which to my mind means that all dealers who want to stay part of it will have to offer the best service and facilities they possibly can.

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For Saab historians, the former Saab-Valmet plant at Uusikaupunki that made Saabs for many years (including my old Viggen) produced the Fisker Karma shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Fisker has a contract with Valmet for another 6 years.

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Word has just filtered through via email from SUHRT’s Jorgen Trued that Vladimir Antonov has purchase Bowler Offroad.

If you’re not familiar with Bowler Offroad, they currently make the Nemisis. A rather extreme offroader….this should be a decent intro:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Ismn3IWck

I haven’t seen any official news on this, but it’s interesting to say the least.

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Here’s a great Geneva graphic, found at Autoblog. Head there for a link to a giant full-res version.

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And on a totally unSaaby note – Chuck Norris has just turned 71 (inside out with fear)

He’s currently assembling 71 nuclear reactors on a cake, which he will proceed to blow out like candles with nothing but the wind generated from his lightning fists.

Ying
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Ying
5 years 6 months ago

Swade is not the Chuck Norris of auto-blogger, Chuck Norris is the Swade of Actor. 🙂

OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 6 months ago

+ 1

OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 6 months ago

About the Geneva Graphic – No Green cars? I thought they all where.

Beren Erchamion
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5 years 6 months ago

Dommage – J’ai apprécié la lecture de son blog. Je peux suivre mes compétences en lecture sur les français aussi.

I’ve liked reading his blog. It also keeps my French reading skills up to date.

Golfhunter
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5 years 6 months ago

Hi Beren , Saablog-in is not dead . We’ll still have the pleasure to welcome you and you will still have la joie d’entretenir ton français .
Merci
Jeff.

Johan
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Johan
5 years 6 months ago

All over the news i Sweden that Antonov don’t belive in SAAB!!
http://di.se/Default.aspx?sr=6&tr=285504&rlt=0&pid=229732__ArticlePageProvider&epslanguage=sv

If he want to invest in SAAB why can’t he just shut the f**k up!! Does he really have that big ego that he have to talk to the press all the time!! It’s not go for us that are trying to sell the cars!!! We need peace and quite. VM and Antonov need to shut up!!

Golfhunter
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5 years 6 months ago

Thank you Swade !
Hey RedJ , we have to share our emails , we both have in charge our new Saab blogger way of life .Let’s be friends ! I’m very glad we met at Geneva , it was the perfect timing and opportunity .
I keep hoping that Etienne will be back from time to time .

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 6 months ago

Not only Bowler…
Look at the Coventry outfit for SAAB Spyker what can not be made there… a SAAB Sonett Supercar.
http://www.cpp-uk.com/index.html
According to their web site they made a Bentley Brooklands in 5 weeks……..!!!!!!!

Markac
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Markac
5 years 6 months ago

9-3 Monte Carlos were built by Valmet at Uusikaupunki too. I believe they were a trial run for the Viggens.

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