That sounds about right Paul. But also, I believe these service centers work on other makes of vehicles, so they will gradually transition away from Saab as it becomes less profitable. The one I go to still has plenty of Saab business but they sell other used cars and they’ll also service other makes.
Muller found money:
SPYKER N.V. WINS APPEAL: BANKRUPTCY DECLARED NULL AND VOID WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT.
Back in Moratorium of Payment, Spyker expects to reach an Agreement with its Creditors and exit Moratorium in a Matter of Weeks.
Zeewolde, the Netherlands, January 29th, 2015. Spyker N.V., together with its wholly owned subsidiary…[Read more]
Well, we can buy a Volvo—-or we can try keeping our Saabs on the road until we can buy a Saab again. http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150123/RETAIL06/301249992/saab-parts-sales-thrive-without-showrooms
I have to say, the 2016 Volt looks like a big winner. I never, ever thought I would say that—-or consider one—-but I think they got the styling right this time and apparently have made numerous improvements. It’s always been infinitely more useful than Tesla or any other pure EV. It’s a car for real world driving—-but I didn’t like the…[Read more]
I like Eugene’s analogy and I’ll carry it further. Yes, GM wanted Saab dead and left them for dead. But this Saab was a fighter. Wouldn’t go quietly. GM thought their plan played out perfectly when Muller Saab drowned in red ink. “That’s that, perfect!” thought the General. But they underestimated the fighting spirit of Saab and Saab’s…[Read more]
All true, I don’t disagree with you. But if the “the little engine that couldn’t” had no chance, they needed to stay the hell away from the bankruptcy fire sale in 2012. All they did was prevent a serious company with a chance at succeeding from getting in. Then all they did was nothing for 3 years.
Obviously, we can’t know for sure because NEVS failed. But my guess is a resounding “YES.” I do believe you hit the proverbial nail on the head. Too bad Saab’s Chinese management was an epic failure.
The Chinese part content on Apple products is damn near 100% too and somehow, those are doing pretty well. Frankly, I’d love to see Saab doing “this badly” with “flimsy” parts. It would sure beat the hell out of what Saab is selling now. Good lord. I’m happy for Volvo and for the people who love Volvo—they are still in the game. I helped…[Read more]
Yeah, it’s funny. My sister and brother-in-law have bought some vehicles and ended up with a sunroof because it happened to be in the package they wanted—–and they have no interest in a sunroof. My brother-in-law says he can’t remember them ever opening the sunroof. Me? I go out of my way to find cars with a sunroof. And if I buy a used…[Read more]
I guess it’s economies of scale??? If companies develop things together or at least share the cost, it lowers the price for everyone. GM used to have an arrangement with Toyota—-they built cars side by side in the same factory. These were compacts—Corolla/Chevy Nova/GEO Prism and Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix. We know that engine development…[Read more]
Yep. You can have any interior color you want, as long as it’s grey or tan. You can have a “wide range” of exterior paints—-black, white and various greys/silvers. Oh, and maybe a red or a blue every now and then. I think back to Cadillac in the early ’70s—–they probably had at least a dozen standard exterior colors and then at least 6…[Read more]
Easy on the eyes too—-great looking exterior. This is certainly a better place for Saab to be than where they are now. I don’t consider NEVS effort “a try.” GM tried. Muller tried. They both failed. NEVS? Don’t get me started.
Couldn’t agree more with your post Sandy. First of all, looking like “any old Volvo” is a great thing in my opinion. I like the looks of this car. I will tell you that I had the same exact reaction—-unsure about it at first, but the design and intent has grown on me too. The price is off the charts ridiculous, so it might be a slow…[Read more]
The advertising is strategically placed to get in front of people and hopefully to get them to consider the car. It’s not taking advice to buy the car, just making you aware of the car. If the Top Gear guys have a comparison between Corvette, Porsche and Ferrari, a lot of people will see them reviewing cars that the people will never be able to…[Read more]
Yes, because we should all take the advice of people who decide which old car is best by seeing how far it can be driven underwater. Anyone who would make a car buying decision based on Top Gear hosts or someone writing for a car magazine deserves what they get I guess.
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