SU crew “a-la russe”

While TimR and Team are covering and commenting every official and not official news and snippets, I’d like to tell few words about myself!

My presence on SU is not visible for the moment but I hope to change the situation in the nearest future.

Some people may know me by my occasional comments during last two years under the nickname “svizzera”, some people have seen myself during the IntSaab2010 event at Interlaken…. Let me introduce myself.

 My name is Valeriy, I was born in St-Petersburg in 1983 , but when I was 1 year old, my family moved to Helsinki, after 4 years we moved to Moscow, than in Geneva, than back to Moscow where I’m living now!

I’m married to Marina, who’s tolerating my passion about Saabs  with great patience. Every workday I wear a suit with a tie and turn into a employee of structured finance department in a bank.

 My Saab story began at 2008 when my 9-3 SportCombi finally arrived in Moscow and I turned from a “Saab-Theorist” to “Saab-Practiciant”. It is my second car, the first was a Lada (as I’m Russian ;). My wife drives a Nissan Primera. I also have a vintage 80MY Lada in the garage.

 Since 2008 I’ve made two TransEuroTrips on board of my Saab (including Trollhattan and StGallen), attended the IntSaab 2010 event at Interlaken, made an extreme cold autorally Moscow-Stockholm in January’10.

 As my car is my passion, I try to find every possible way to pamper it. Hirsch Performance HQ at StGallen was visited twice (I hope there is more to come!!), where with Manfred’s and Marcel’s help some goodies were installed.

 I also help to run one of the Russian Saab forums. In Moscow I organized the photosession at Domodedovo Airport and Saab Support Convoy!

 I would like to apologize for my poor English in my posts – I will do my best!

 See you at SU pages and at the International Saab Meeting in Finland!!!

Belfast_Saab
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Nice combi – what engine is it? And Hirsched to what level?
Also nice Viggen in background.
enjoy!

Jarkko
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Welcome. I have to ask if you know Mr Antonov. Anyway we need to know more about him!
I am driving my first Saab, too. I hope my next is the MY 2013 9-3 and I am based in greater Helsinki area.

Pavel
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Jarkko,

As I’ve been the lucky one to introduce myself, shake hands and exchange a couple of words as Russian to Russian with Mr Antonov on 2010 Festival dinner’s porch, I felt that he’s really a good and sincere guy.

BTW, my greetings to ValS-svizzera re joining such a great team!

Pavel
Pietari 🙂

StefanH STHLM
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Brilliant, as Harry Potter would have said! 🙂
Lada Niva is the only SUV i would consider to buy. Besides 9-4X. 🙂

Question. Do You know where to find statistics for Saab sales per month for Russia?
http://www.bmsg.se/saab_sales.pdf

Andrew-V
Member
5 years 3 months ago

dear StefanH, we’ve got a distributor in Russia and…a lot of promises, for instance the first cars will appear in show rooms since May’11. But towards June no dealers – no cars and prices are not nominated yet. Pls. note sales of new cars in Russia have been stopped May 2010 and till now.

Niklas D
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Russian sales of cars and light commercial vehicles:
http://www.aebrus.ru/

Doctor Donk
Member
5 years 3 months ago

What’s up with armand? No dealers, no pre orders, no info, no B.Dmitrovka dealership, no nothing.

till72
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Welcome. Good to have you on board!

w3c validator
Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Welcome on board! Good to have you with us. If only the EIB, GM and Swedish government would be as fast as we at SU to understand the positive effects of having Russia on board. 🙂 🙂

And yes, my experiences tell me that the Lada Niva is a good car for it’s purpose. Nothing can stop it out in the terrain (at least not what I know so far).

m!ko
Member
5 years 3 months ago

cheers Vals 🙂 which bank you work for? I also work in a bank, and since I had to sell my 93SS 2003 1,8t, last september, I cannot afford to buy another one, but… there’s still more to come 🙂 good luck!

NC
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Hi Vals, great to see you in the team and many thanks for your activism. 🙂 The Russian online Saab community seems to be kind of separated from the other world and much on its own, so it is time to make bridges.

Any plans of trips for this summer? I will be starting my second Trollhattan pilgrimage this weekend from Moscow. Maybe we manage to hook up this time? A pint at the Bishops Arms?

katar1na
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Wonderful and sad is my comment on this website!

Wonderful to find SAAB-friends all over the world that has intelligence 😉 enough to see the value in this amazing car!

Sad to say that the country that gave birth to this more-than-just-an-other-car-idea just loves to hate what is successful. That´s Sweden in a nutshell 🙁

However – this is my opportunity to find friends in Russia and Finland where I have relatives and my roots.

Keep up the good work in Trollhättan and best wishes to a smart business, Antonov! Happy to se Russia drive a real car =)

TheKlox
Member
5 years 3 months ago
Greetings from Moscow:) It is very interesting to see that SU becomes more and more “united”. Congratulations ValS! Don’t you think there’s a few things on Saab 9-4x looks a bit like innovate 1976 Niva (rear lights, few form details)? I hope Armand will start the sales to the end of the summer, a lot of Russian Saab enthusiasts wanna test the all new 9-5, 9-4x and 9-3x. The last two have to be very popular, you understand it if you look at our roads (sad, but true). I’m also going to be a happy owner of 9-4 (hope they… Read more »
nichell
Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Vals your English is excellent. Wish I spoke Russian the way you speak English!
My daughter-in-law speaks Russian-Latvian.

johna
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Welcome aboard, Val.

Nice car(s)!

Is there _any_ doubt Saab will be a huge success in Russia,
thanks to Vladimir Antonov?

ummmmmm…..I don’t think so!

LarsG
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Welcome ValS. It’s nice to see Russian people on SU. We are a lot of people here not having English as our native language.

Jake
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Val-
Nice to see you on SU! Russian is one of my languages, so I don’t blame your grammar- My Russian grammar isn’t the best, either.

I like your Combi!

Procyon
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Privet!
I’m from Moscow, been monitoring Saab websites for several years, tired waiting for Russian dealers, and bought a used Ice Blue Sportcombi three days ago.

Jagannatha
Member
5 years 3 months ago

ValS,
I need your clothes, your boots and your Combi! 🙂

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