We spoke … they listened

As of today (or yesterday: depending on your time zone), it has been a month since Saab Automobile has filed for bankruptcy.  The weeks that immediately followed that dreaded day, were absolutely painful.  What originally started as a haphazard cocktail of anger and sadness quickly turned to hopelessness and confusion.  We have just witnessed that ominous moment where Victor Muller stood before the world, announcing the bankruptcy filing, and later found ourselves enveloped in complete silence.  Indeed we may be many, but we are also among others that simply do not understand our obsession.  Yes, they may have took pity in our sorrow.  But, they also expected that we would return to our feet, dust ourselves off and move on to more fashionable pursuits.  Well that’s not what happened.  Not in the slightest.  The reality is, deep down within each of us: something snapped.

What we witnessed during those weeks would be one of the largest grass-roots movements of the automotive industry.  It all started with http://www.outside-saab.com/ and grew into a worldwide phenomenon of 100 events held in 39 countries.  How could it be that from the darkest days of Saab’s history, that the Saab community could valiantly emerge with such awesome power, united as a single voice?  You, me and everyone else here, know the answer to this question. It is the one thing that we can all agree on.  And suddenly: we no longer find ourselves trapped in confusion.  In fact, we are very sure of ourselves and our purpose.  But, do you see what we have done?  We have completely turned the tables.  I can imagine all the leading analysts of the automotive industry doing a double take after witnessing this uprising.  Suddenly, they are the ones that are confused.  In fact, make that: baffled beyond belief.

But, that’s not all.  Notice all the recent activity that we are now hearing about Youngman and Brightwell Holdings?  It is times like these that we are reminded that all of us can and do make a difference.  One does not have to have a degree in marketing to realize that such a large and active fan-base behind Saab points to a vast untapped potential.  Indeed, this has been a roller coaster of an experience, and even though we bore witness to the proverbial roller-coaster flying off its tracks, we could very well be pioneers.  That would be pioneers, leading the way towards a new future for Saab.

We are many, we have spoken and they have listened … for tomorrow: there will be Saab!

74StingSaab
Member

Cheers! Hell, I’ll drink to a article like that any day, any time!

paul
Member

I’m doing so right now!

Tilley
Member

Me too. Cheers!

Kinglake SAAB
Member

Touche 🙂

saabyurk
Member

Wonderfully written. Thanks for the lift.

100%Saab
Member

“The weeks that immediately followed that dreaded day, were absolutely painful.” You got that right!

But, I would add that my 2 Saabs are still in my garage tonight and they are still going to be there tomorrow.

So, thank you and everyone for your effort.

Griffin Up!

Baver
Member

Thanks for the well written post! Now is it too much to ask that Mahindra and/or Magna re-enter the picture?

saabtec
Member

Here’s to the worst of 2012 being behind us.

saabman
Member
The Saab spirit most certainly has been on display over the past couple weeks, and I would like to think that it is encouraging to potential buyers, seeing that there will be a strong base of support among owners. In a way, seeing how quickly the cars have been selling post-bankruptcy (with steep discounts) is a very positive sign. These buyers are still spending a good chunk of change for cars that they know are awesome. It would be interesting to know if they are repeat Saab buyers or new. Capping off this week of positive signs (and some tough… Read more »
saabman
Member

By the way, I justr on the CharlesRver Saab facebook page thatSCNA President TimColbeck will be attenngt Boston event this Saturday. It should be an awesome event, even in the snow.

JasonPowell
Member

I got an email from Tim today and he said he has really enjoyed these events. He is the type of leader we need to go forward and continues to impress me. He went to two events on Saturday, who else at any other manufacturer does that?

saabtek
Member

I still want a java ng 95 sc turbo4 xwd 6spd with parchment interior, GRIFFEN UP!!

saabtek
Member

GRIFFIN “sorry” my bad

Eric White
Member

Supporters of Saab are lucky to have such a decided team running this website. It is this site, along with Outside-Saab, that has provided a place for Saab’s supporters to gather so that the company’s struggles remain at the forefront. Although I do not own a Saab, as a car guy, I appreciate what Saab has done and hope they are able to make a triumphant return.

Steve
Member

Define tomorrow 😉

harrish dawaking
Member

top article!very well put.thanks for that one in was like music to my ears.

keep it up take care Harrish(Mauritius)

Smithy
Member

Well put! I think it’s obvious what has taken place, unique and inspiring events for the potential investors.

David-SAAB
Member
What a statement! It gave me goose bumps! Other Marques can only dream of such a supportive community. What is it about SAAB that stirs such emotion in us? Is it the quirky nature? Is it the underdog syndrome? Or is it simply that a brand with such an innovative and purist view on motoring evokes a purist point of view? Anyway we look at it, SAAB will rise (again) like a Phoenix out of the ashes and continue to offer innovation, luxury and the “night panel” with this much support from its loyal customers, lets all focus this support… Read more »
Chris Hansel
Member
What can we do now? Define tomorrow? Easy, buy a Saab! Even if it’s a used Saab. I just did, adding another 9-3 Aero to my collection. By doing this we can keep the demand and supply situation on the used Saabs stable. I will be retiring the old 9-5 to make room, but I’m not selling it at this time. In fact another way to calm the market and renew faith is, not to sell! Do not sell for any reason. Park the car if you must, but do not sell. Does this sound silly? maybe, but remember the… Read more »
David-SAAB
Member

+1

JoPlSe
Member

Griffin up!

marcus
Member

great comment, thaks a lot!

elbobo
Member

I just bought a 78 99 Turbo in honor of SAAB. My dream car! I am sure the 9-5 Aero will be jealous….

p.s. can’t wait to hear news from SAAB hopefully of a positive nature.

Troels, Denmark
Member

Very well written and encouraging ! Thanks for that! I like the use of the word “pioneers” as Saab – in my eyes – have always been a pioneer-innovator and -manufacturer.
If the “leading analyst of the auto-industry” will ever admit that they are the ones being confused is another case…. I have my doubts … 😉

900 classic cab
Guest

Although this is a very encouraging article, I’ll prefer to patiently wait for the press conference tomorrow.
We’ve had to many disappointments so far…

OH
Member
Daniel B
Member

GM is not only stan. They are ignorant beyond repair…
So by stating that it is in the interest of their shareholders (aka the American citizens) that the 9-5 ever will be licenced to any buyer of Saab, that can only meam that GM themselves are actively seeking to badge engineer the cars as something else and sell them in China or elsewhere.

So, with this statement from GM, I can only say:
RACHEL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

900jubileum
Member

Not a suprising statement. GM does not want that Saab will survive. It is with this kind of statements that they want to kill Saab. Let us hope for Youngmans solution.

till72
Member

Wonderful statement Ryan. You express my feelings exactly.

nixschel
Member
It isn’t often that I step out of the limelight this way. But having had the now famous cup of coffee here at my place, where Stephan and Roger came to discuss a feeling we three shared, I will never ever forget what you ALL as Saab drivers did. We have not had a chance to work since that memorable evening on December the 29th. Yes, we threw a mere pebble in a pond, but got hit by a very Tsunami of Saabs. We had never ever imagined that the spirit of us all would be that strong. We had… Read more »
Katka
Member
“What we witnessed during those weeks would be one of the largest grass-roots movements of the automotive industry. It all started with http://www.outside-saab.com/ and grew into a worldwide phenomenon of 100 events held in 39 countries. ” …With all due respect, boys, I dare say these amazing events we witnessed in the past weeks did not start with Outside Saab. They very well started through Saabs United when run by SWADE back in 2009. I certainly acknowledge that teh first idea for a Saab Support Convoy came from the Netherlands and they also had one of the largest convoys then,… Read more »
aZuL2001
Member

You are correct on certain things, and wrong on other, but the people involved know who did what part, and that will do. It’s is not about us, Swade, or who has the longest.

It’s about the community, and all those people who did their part to make it a huge success.
That includes the local clubs, but more important the individual Saab enthousiast who joined in. They made the statement, we’ve just set the wheels in motion. Be it quite effectively.

phermansson
Member

Very well written! This text really started my day in a good way =)

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