SOTW, Jerry taking The Wild Route in his 9-5

This weeks SOTW is from Jerry in Ireland.

Hello SU,
Please find attached photos of my 9-5.
We were the first car on the, just launched, “Wild Atlantic Way”.
I’ve also included some local shots in Cork and the 13th century Augustinian Ballybeg Abbey.
Most of the photo’s were taken on the Ring of Kerry here in Southern Ireland which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2400klm driving route on Irelands west coast, said to be the longest in the world.
What a place for a Saab Run!

Regards, Jerry.

You will find a few more pictures of this beautiful 9-5 on my flickr page.
Thank you for sharing.

Troels, Denmark
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Beautiful car. landscape, pictures… 🙂

Joe
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

Where is the sunroof?

Duško Mašković
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Congrats, Jerry, for choosing such a beautiful car.
I saw other pictures on the flickr page and enjoyed in each of one.
Those gave inspiration for the photo sesssion of my 9-3 Sport Sedan Hirsch edition, MY 2010, which I`ll send to SU one day.
I hope that I`ll see more pictures of your car in close future, too.

2T
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Fabulous piece of design. This car remains a thing of beauty and ages so unbelievably…not. Great color. Great pics.

Martin T16s
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Beautiful car and stunning landscape! Do I feel some sort of Saab gathering coming on at this wonderful location?…………..

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

This is all great.
SU: Anything new regarding NEVS/ MAHINDRA??

Galway-Saab
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Beautiful Saab and beautiful part of the country.

Bullnose
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Nice car and views.
Anyone else feeling that this is really the end for Saab? No news, and saabsunited has become a site for vintage events and cars of the week………

2T
Member
2 years 2 months ago
Victor Muller isn’t and never was a car company CEO…..But more importantly he never had, doesn’t nor will he ever have the money required to run a car company. Spyker (yes the company still exists) managed to scramble some dollars recently to make their latest concept Coupe. Admittedly a good looking car. Then about 6 months later, they actually chopped the roof off and resprayed the car and…voilà ! ..a convertible concept (seriously ?). And since he hasn’t got the money to build the car for his customers, he’s selling convertible bonds (and not convertible cars) to keep the company… Read more »
3cyl
Member
2 years 2 months ago

When Spyker owned SAAB, I recall VM describing himself as someone who raises money rather than an auto executive. Based on your comments he hasn’t changed his job title.

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago
Even the real car guys pros screwed up SAAB. First there was the whole Baron von Koenigsegg farce. Followed up a little over a year ago when three former Saab Automobile executives, including former Chief Executive Officer Jan-Aake Jonsson and Chief Financial Officer Karl-Gustav Lindstroem, were arrested by Swedish prosecutors in an accounting-fraud probe. They were questioned on suspicion of “grave attempts to complicate tax controls” during 2010 and 2011, Olof Sahlgren, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority’s chief prosecutor at the time declined to give the names of the arrested. Howsomever Court documents filed in Vaenersborg indicated Jonsson, Lindstroem and… Read more »
rune
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Jasper… That investigation seemed a bit amateurish to say the least. They still haven’t been charged with anything. AFAICT the whole thing turned out to be a technicality — one that had been cleared with the tax authorities in advance. You make it sound like they are hardened criminals, but that is hardly the reality, now is it?

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

I just reported the facts. Period.
The “harden criminal” tag is from youand not me.
Don’t put words in my mouth.

rune
Member
2 years 2 months ago

The way you portrayed it made it sound like the management team had done something wrong. As the case stands now, it rather looks like the prosecutors did something wrong.

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

Oh.
Glad that is the case. Especially since I admired Jan-Aake Jonsson at the time he was in charge.

Chris Hansel
Member
2 years 2 months ago
So why the sour grapes? The moderators on this board have since the beginning, including the previous two owners, been very supportive of any ownership that would keep the factory open. Even the worst critics on this blog, in theory supported this position. What was the alternative? No Saab? Yes, I agree, a lot of the comments from the moderators of this blog, have suppressed any criticism by anyone, about any ownership of the Corporation. However, at the end the day, what else could they have done? The fact that Victor, was communicating with apparent Russian criminals blew right past… Read more »
rune
Member
2 years 2 months ago
Antonov is yet to be convicted of anything. Personally I do not care much about how any given person managed to get rich, but I do mind if they waste it all on booze, hookers and drugs. Given that Antonov’s investment would have saved thousands of jobs — no, I would not have minded that at all. Money well spent! If it were up to me, I would have awarded him a medal, and worried about the fallout later. But yeah, I am sure some leading swedish politicians could have faced some music in case Antonov was allowed part-ownership and… Read more »
sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

The silence from NEVS is deafening, not golden.

baas900i
Member
2 years 2 months ago

thought this thread was supposed to be about SOTW…

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

It may be more than a SOTW thread considering that most of the responders spoke to other issues.

Martin T16s
Member
2 years 2 months ago
For those who have not heard the last known NEVS position here is an extract from Wikipedia to enlighten you. I know most will be well aware but there may also be a lot who have not read this. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Status update from Nevs National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is preparing an extensive investment to develop a new platform on the Phoenix architecture, which will be the base for future car models. This development will be done in cooperation with other global OEMs. These collaborations involve sharing cost of development and reduced costs of components through significantly… Read more »
3cyl
Member
2 years 2 months ago

I assume some censoring has taken place, the result being that it appears that Rune is engaged in an ongoing conversation with his alter ego.

sandycapp
Member
2 years 2 months ago

It’s really sad to see a SOTW high jacked for all this misery. What used to be a site full of joy and enthusiasm about all things Saab has deteriorated into a constant stream of bile and criticism. Have you all sold your Saabs and bought a Vauxhall. Or a Fiat. Or a bicycle? Is your Saab less of a joy to drive these days? Come on – if someone posts a nice SOTW, then celebrate it rather than descend into the slough of despond. Or people won’t bother posting nice pics any more. Rant over.

saabtek
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Oh-hum!

aeroo
Member
2 years 2 months ago

A really nice Saab , but certainly not the longest route in the world?????

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

….and even “The Truth About Cars” is not bothering offering up cheap shots against the brand anymore…now that is scary….

Joe
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

Watch, it Mick…I’ve been roundly chastised for anything I’ve said about “Saint Victor”, relative to my comments about his competence or motivation, here on Saabsunted.com.

I suspect you’ll have the same experience.

sandborg
Guest
2 years 2 months ago

Haven’t you all heard?
Rumor has it Saint V. changed wine into water (or something likened to water).

2T
Member
2 years 2 months ago
I agree with Mick. If there was anything to salvage, a Western car maker would have shown up three years ago. None did. Neither did one back in 2009 when GM went Chapter 11, nor does one today. Not that there wasn’t anything worth saving but I think the spectre of GM scared all the serious buyers away (rightfully). VM thought he was smarter than GM and industry leaders. Turns out he isn’t. Today the spectre of GM is all but gone, but with time passing, I fear this time there is nothing worth salvaging – for a Western car… Read more »
rune
Member
2 years 2 months ago

What I’ve heard is that there has been considerable interest in the factory, both back in 2009 as well as after the bankruptcy.

GM seemed reluctant to sell to any competitors (including any Chinese car manufacturors) and later, the Swedish bankruptcy receivers seemed reluctant to do anything at all (famously shooing away Mahindra&Mahindra).

2T
Member
2 years 2 months ago
Unfortunately I agree that Saab should have gone bankrupt earlier, or even better, GM should have proceeded with its ‘orderly wind down’ as intended. That’s the sad economic truth. Dont get me wrong, I weep Saab’s dissapearance too, and we still have both Saab’s at home and plan to keep them. And yes a lot of workers lost their job, and would only have lost it earlier. But also keep in mind that many many players lost out in Spyker’s debacle, and the longer it lasted, the more they lost. Dealers, distributors, shareholders probably all wish that the whole affair… Read more »
rune
Member
2 years 2 months ago
The west part of Sweden is not spoiled with a blossoming job market. Business owners waving the white flag early doesn’t help the situation. I do not see what good would have come from letting GM finish the liquidation back in January 2010. As for M&M, they were initially represented by Lars Carlström. As reported by TTela, the receivers “reserved the right to prioritize those who contacts us” (http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2011/12/saabs-receivers-meets-with-ttela.html). GM did not, initially, mind part Chinese ownership or partnership. They did not mind BAIC buying the old 9-5 as part of the Koenigsegg deal and they did not object to… Read more »
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