Today about 200 people at NEVS will be handed their resignation papers, a story that I personally have gone through at Saab back in 2002 when 1200 employees were laid off. I had only been at the company for a year so I had no chance to stay so I know exactly how the people at NEVS feel right now, but when I was handed the papers I decided that I’d get myself an education and I spent 1 year in university and 3 years learning how to fly and so 5 years and 2 months later, on August 17th at 07:51, I had reached my goal of sitting in the right seat in the flight deck of an Airbus A319 departing from Brussels heading for Paris.
Its difficult for most people to be handed a resignation letter, its a blow to once personal life that can not be measured with many other bad things that can happen to a person, but I hope that most people at NEVS who are now forced to leave the company will see this as a message to hit the books and get an education because knowledge is the one thing that nobody can take away from you!
Even though this can be seen as a low point for NEVS, it is for a good cause! Its the main way for NEVS to cut costs and at this stage it is sadly a required thing to do. Even so I do think we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Even though I’m pretty sure that the last Saab has been built for many years we still have to look forward to a new era of Saabs coming out in a couple of years.
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by an engineer at NEVS: “if we were to make a brand new Saab, what would it take for people NOT to say that it wasn’t a real Saab”. That question totally baffled me and several weeks later I’ve yet to come up with an answer. I’ve spent countless of sheets of paper writing down things that belongs in a real Saab only to trash them later on realizing that those items weren’t really important in the end…
If you go out and ask Saab fans what is a real Saab, many would probably say, any car that hasn’t got any GM parts in it, some will say that the OG 900 was the only real Saab. But the question is very interesting for the future of the brand, since they obviously cant restart the OG 900 production line again they’d have to make something brand new, but what?
What would it take for all Saab fans to embrace a brand new car as one that everyone could say is a REAL SAAB?