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ANA Group former SAAB-ANA in Trollhättan cuts workforce with 40 people

February 10, 2015 in ANA, News

EDIT: SU have been informed that ANA Group AB will continue to do SAAB repairs but not at the old classic facility in Trollhättan, that unit will focus primarily on BMW and Mini sales and service. They will have a shop in the Överby industrial area. SU where only quoting other most often reliable media www.ttela.se and Swedish Radio P4 Väst.

It is sad news we can read in www.ttela.se and with P4 Radio West today. Once one of the largest Saab dealerships and an important hub for buyers of new Saabs in Trollhättan has now decided to let around 40 people leave the business.

-It was a hard blow for us when Saab went bankrupt in 2011. I can honestly say that the SAAB part of ANA since that day have been in the process of phasing out. The “suit” became way to big when there was no new Saabs and gradually the size of the amount of Saabs rolling on the roads needing service has declined as well. – Joachim Lind CEO Ana Bil AB

This is of course sad news for the Saab owners in the Trollhättan larger regin since ANA has operation and presence in Vänersborg, Strömstad, Uddevalla, Lysekil, Lidköping and Strömstad. ANA is now focusing on other brands like BMW , Mini, Fiat and Hyundai (The New Car).

Only one person in that sales floor is willing to talk to Chrisoffer Sjölin of Ttela and that is Maj Karlsson
- Really sad, but it does not come as a surprise. It a company is not making profit it is hard to just go on. For me personal it is fine now and I have only one year to retirement. – Maj Karlsson, Sales Representative

My Editorial:
The present situation for us Saab owners and enthusiasts seams to get harder every day, now more and more service providers are leaving Saab and starts to work with other profitable brands. ANA in Trollhättan sells BMW like hotcakes and are profitable. It is increasingly harder to find spare spare parts for new Saabs. Many vital parts can no longer be found and need to be found if possible in junk yards. Saabs united has tried to get a comment on this from ORIO but the new leadership with them refuses to talk to us. Not a good sign, old management invited us to meetings. So today the ANA Group´s connection to SAAB is over. Maybe it is time to change name to something that has no relation to SAAB just like what ORIO did when the changed name from Saab parts. It is truly a sad situation we have and are facing, with rapid depreciation and value of the brand SAAB cars as well as the cars we drive. The whole situation is getting more and more complicated for Saab owners by the day. I see SAAB of today purely as an enthusiast and hobby car, not a car to have as a daily drive. Most people want to have a reliable service network and a supply of ALL parts if needed. The 9-3 and 9-5 OG (and to some extent even the 9-5 NG) are antiquated even if SAAB was around the spare parts would have come to an end in 4 years most probably. No car manufacturer (besides MB and BMW) keeps old spare parts. They want You to buy a new car. That is their line of business. Finally I hope that the skilled and nice people of ANA who has to seek other opportunities find new places to work soon. Best of luck and thanks to all of You what You have done for us SAAB people over the years. Thank You All!

Historic trivia.
The name ANA comes from the other SAAB town in Sweden Nyköping where SAAB for many years had the communication, PR and spare parts center. ANA stands for Aktiebolaget Nyköpings Automobilfabrik, (Limited stock company Nyköpings Car factory). They assembled brand like Chrysler, Plymouth, Skoda, Standard, Lagonda, Goliath and Simca.
In 1960 Saab bought the company and formed Saab-Ana. With well over 100 distributor in the network they had a wide product portfolio, Saabs of course, but also Plymouth, Dodge and later Lancia and Opel + other GM brands.

SAAB 18″ Claw, one year of waiting… was worth it!

April 4, 2013 in ANA, Fan Stuff, Hirsch, MapTun, SAAB 9-5

IMG_3123One year and three months ago I made an article about the Saab 18″ Claw rims, that they were something rare and not easy to find. Back then I really wanted to buy them, unfortunately they were not within the margins of my budget and shortly afterwards ANA started its huge sale of ALU90 Turbine rims, which I bought instead.

A few weeks after I made that article those rims were left the shop, I thought they had been sold but instead had been tucked away somewhere in the back of ANA’s huge warehouse until about three months ago when I once again noticed that they were for sale on ANA’s spare-parts website. I quickly made a call to Andreas who works there and told him that I wanted to purchase them. I managed to sell my ALU 90 Turbine rims to a friend and could thus afford the wheels I wanted from the start. And so a few days ago along with a brand new set of GoodYear Exellence tires they finally ended up on my 9-5 SC Griffin.

I’ve been craving for these rims for more than a year and even though I was happy with the ALU90 rims they were a pain to clean and they covered up too much of the brakes. Those brakes are specially made black Maptun 336 mm brakes that I ordered as a xmas present for my car. Highly recommended to anyone who wants some serious stopping power!

These rims have a very special history since they were used as the mould for Hirsch rims as explained in this post here: http://www.saabsunited.com/2012/01/18-claw-hirsch.html

For anyone who can get hold of a pair I suggest that you do so since these rims are no longer made and are pretty hard to come by.

Hope you like them just as I do! =)

What a dealer thinks about NEVS?

March 19, 2013 in ANA

Last week I had the opportunity to chat a bit with the CEO of ANA, Joachim Lind. ANA has been covered a lot here on SU for the amazing things they’ve done for both Saab owners and Saab Automobile AB and Joachim is probably as big of a Saab fan that one can become. Here is what he thinks about an introduction of both gasoline driven 9-3 and an electric 9-3 and his current relationship with NEVS.

No, ANA didn’t close down!

September 10, 2012 in ANA

One of the last 9-3 convertibles: A sky blue griffin.

There’s been some talk on various Saab forums around the world that ANA, the biggest Saab dealer in the world had closed down after the bankruptcy of Saab. No, they didn’t close, they moved…

ANA, the main dealer in Trollhättan, which has been the face of Saab for many years, had to reconsider its position in Trollhättan after Saab declared bankruptcy. The facilities which ANA was housed in are in fact still owned by GMAC and were leased by ANA trough Saab Automobile AB.

ANA sold a number of brands most connected to GM, but losing its main brand, Saab, which was a major source of income for ANA, forced ANA to cut back on expenses. Negotiations regarding the facilities were on-going with GMAC (now known as Ally) during most of the spring, did however not result in an agreement over costs of leasing the facilities. GMAC kept its position and ANA decided to move out, which left GMAC with a huge costly empty building which really can’t be used for anything else than selling cars. To my knowledge GMAC has failed to find a new client for the facilities.

The move took place during and shortly after the delivery of the last 9-3 to the Saab Cars Museum in May. Its kind of ironic that the last car was also one of the last deliveries made out of that amazing building.

BUT, ANA is certainly not gone and and actually, its not too far away from where they used to be. The main maintenance and parts facilities are now located just a few hundred meters from the old facilities, in a building where Saab’s company cars used to be delivered. ANA in fact was the company who handled that for Saab as well and it was only logical for them to move there. It is a very nice facility having a great number of lifts and work-stations, this is in fact where the last Saab’s of the PRE-NEVS era were built. I had a chance to visit the facility last week and I must say that it looks very inviting. The car sales are now done out of ANA’s beautiful facilities in Vänersborg, which used to be a dealership that ANA acquired a few years ago.

ANA used parts sales (SDCC as it was called before) is also still up and running like never before in the same facilities as they’ve always been housed. Special cars and police cars are still being built by ANA.

For all of you who will visit us at the Octoberfest you’ll get to visit all of ANA’s facilities as ANA is one of the main contributors of the event, more details coming soon! =)

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Hirsch Carbon-Leather Dash for United Kingdom

September 7, 2012 in ANA, SU Shop

ANA and SaabsUnited have started working together with a few special items and the first offer was for the Right-hand drive (RHD) Hirsch Carbon Leather dash panels for the United Kingdom. The instrument panel was intended for the Independence edition 9-3 and the parts were acquired by ANA from Saabs bankruptcy.

The panel will fit all 9-3′s from 2007-2012. This is an SU Exclusive offer and the amount available is very limited.

There are a few still available now via SaabsUnited for a price of 300 GBP* (2995 SEK) which is exactly the same price that ANA is offering the LHD version for in Sweden.

If you are interested in buying a right hand drive instrument panel, send us an order and once we have received payment, we will send you the instrument panel.

Send your order to shop@saabsunited.se

*Price is depending on the exchange rate. Shipment within the UK is not included in the price!

SU / ANA-Shop now open

June 1, 2012 in ANA

As we told you about a few weeks ago, SU and ANA have entered a partnership where SU acts as a distributor for international sales of ANA. This because of ANA’s current limited capability to manage the huge amount of orders coming in which have cause some delays in some cases. The prices are exactly the same as ANA charges. This online store is managed by RobinM in the United Kingdom.

The list of products right now is not extensive but it will grow so make sure to have a look there from time to time. Customers in Sweden are to order their parts directly from ANA.

Have a look at the top right corner of SU for the ANA-Shop!

Hirsch Carbon-Leather Panel for United Kingdom (RHD)

May 28, 2012 in ANA

RHD Hirsch Carbon-Leather instrument panel

ANA and SaabsUnited have started working together with international parts distribution and the first offer we’re making is for Right-hand drive (RHD) Hirsch Carbon Leather panels for the United Kingdom. The instrument panel was intended for the Independence edition 9-3 and the parts were acquired by ANA from Saabs bankruptcy.

The panel will fit all 9-3′s from 2007-2012. This is an SU Exclusive offer and the amount available is very limited.

They are available for pre-order via SaabsUnited for a price of 270 GBP* (2995 SEK) which is exactly the same price that ANA is offering the LHD version for in Sweden.

If you are interested in buying a right hand drive instrument panel, send us an order and once we have received payment, we will send you the instrument panel. The whole sale is managed by our UK resident Robin Morley.

Send your order to ana@saabsunited.se

*Price is depending on the exchange rate. Shipment within the UK is not included in the price!