This is maybe not the most liked cars among Saab’s fans but it still deserves its place in history and thanx to a good reader of SU we’ve gotten the official photos which were not a part of the Saab Media gallery. I first saw the launch photos of the 9-2x when I was working at Saab and it didn’t take many seconds before my printer was printing the image below which was hanging on the wall of my office until the day I left the company. One might think a lot of things about the car but I have met very few people who don’t think that the front of this car is true SAAB and looks absolutely amazing! =)
I for one love the front part of the car and the 9-2x has now been added to SaabsUnited’s Saab Original Photo gallery where it truly belongs as a part of Saab’s history
CLICK THE PHOTO TO GET TO THE PHOTO LIBRARY OF THE 9-2X
It’s done… A few weeks ago Saab’s media site was closed down to the public, but before they were able to close it down, I was able to grab all the photos, press-releases etc. It will now all be available here on SaabsUnited, preserved in time for history! So over the past weeks I have been uploading 2944 original Saab photos, including some that were only offered on GM’s media site. A lot more stuff of historical value is scheduled for upload as well including videos and historical documents.
While we wait for the court’s decision on Saab’s application for reconstruction, feel free to read it yourself. If you prefer the English translation, I’ve cleaned it up so you can read it after the break. You’ll all be very familiar with sections 1 and 2, but section 3 gives away the most concrete details of what Saab plans to do if allowed to move forward with this plan:
If Pang Da and Youngman’s 245 million Euro investment is held up for whatever reason (which Victor Muller was very eager to explain he doesn’t expect during the press conference, going so far as to say applications have been prepared), “The Company is currently negotiating even short-term funding and has met a comprehensive interest in this. If the Company does not have the necessary time, management needs to consider putting the company into bankruptcy. When and if the necessary funding to start and maintain production is secured, the Company will continue to focus on its strategy to become a profitable and independent manufacturer of niche luxury vehicles, while implementation of all elements of the business plan which is still current and revising business plans, among other things, to include the potential of cooperation with the Youngman and Pang Da will mean.”
“…the all-new 9-3 is expected to be launched in 2013.”
“As part of its long-term strategy, the Company will apply a business model which retains both technology and design capability in-house to develop 1-2 new models in each 4-6-year cycle. Company also intends to cooperate with other parties on development of certain key components and technology and to develop further models.”
“…the Company will streamline its organization by minimizing any overlap and duplication of functions, simplify work processes and the dismantling of non-necessary functions that remain from the days when General Motors organization. This will reduce costs, make the company more flexible and enable the Company to improve the organization’s potential, where it is needed.”
SWAN will undertake “a streamlining and reduction of working capital and a review of business strategy in the U.S., which does not function satisfactorily and where both revenues and earnings are adversely affected by the currently unfavorable exchange rate.” (Tim Colbeck explained nothing was changing at SCNA now in his interview with Automotive News, but this statement implies changes are definitely ahead.
We’re all pretty familiar with what’s going on in Sweden tomorrow regarding the court’s decision on reconstruction. While surely they’re under pressure, SCNA made the following statement to us and all other US media sources by email yesterday:
Today, Swedish Automobile NV (SWAN) and Saab Automobile AB in Sweden have announced an application for protective action to secure the Saab entity and enter into an official voluntary reorganization of the business. This filing does not include Saab Cars North America and our operations continue as normal. Our intention at Saab Cars North America is to continue to support our customers with premium customer service well into the future. Our focus at SAAB has never changed and will continue to be, producing world-class vehicles that reflect the SAAB brand that inspire our owners.
Indeed, in the press conference Victor Muller states that it makes no sense to drag SCNA or Saab Cars UK into this reconstruction, as they operate semi-independently. Also, Automotive News spoke with Tim Colbeck today about what reconstruction means for North America.
As you are probably all aware, Saab today filed for voluntary reorganization and creditor protection. The rules surrounding the reorganization means that we are not able to bring the four cars, two 9-5SC and two 9-4X, from Sweden to Germany as anticipated. These cars would have served as the backbone of our convoy event and we see no possibility to go ahead without them.