Some weeks ago the amount of bad news on Saab reached a level where many used this platform for venting their frustration. It felt just right that people used different targets for their frustration. Some used the Swedish government, others the EIB, and some the Saab management, specially Victor Muller.
But the weeks have passed by, and the situation at Saab hasn’t changed that much, so I thought that most of the readers here at SaabsUnited had understood the situation at Saab, that they had learned which constraints are keeping Saab in the current situation, and that the management are working to get things sorted out.
But this is not the case, people keep repeating their assumptions ignoring what is happening and what not. People keep blaming other people or institutions for the current situation at Saab. It can’t be frustration any more. Anyone learns sooner or later that things might be moving slower than expected, but things are moving in the right direction, so what do I think is the reason for the current negativism?
I don’t know why, but people seem to be angry versus Saab. I don’t know what Saab has done to some people, but it is clear to me that some people are concentrating all their anger towards Saab. It is really sad, as the world would be much nicer without anger. I still don’t know why people go to enthusiast sites like this just to try to convince other people that they should stop being interested in Saab.
For me it is very frustrating having to write about this instead of writing about the really interesting and very competitive Saab products, but I know that some of our readers are too angry and some others are to anxious to know the outcome of the whole affair that articles on the product tend to become ignored.
But for the small pack that is still interested in Saab as a car manufacturer, here is a nice picture of the first Saab prototype I saw life in a auto show. It was the IAA in Frankfurt in 2001, and Michael Maurer was presenting how far he thought the Saab brand could reach in terms of design.
This car, the 9x, was way off from the Saab cars in 2001, and some people thought it was not a real Saab, but now 10 years later it feels as Saaby as the 99Turbo.
I think it will be a history repeating with the PhoeniX concept.