A dubious milestone passes

EggsnGrits here, long time no post.  My day job has been insanely demanding for the last three or four months, but with magnificent results, so I’m not complaining much.

Thanks to @JustSaab on Twitter, I’m reminded that this is the very day and hour that I reluctantly picked up the phone to call Swade in Tasmania a year ago.  The information that I had to give? Koenigsegg Group had abruptly ended their bid to purchase Saab Automobile AB.  The announcement was made near the end of the European working day, about 10:30 AM here in Nashville, Tennessee or about 3:30 AM in Tasmania.

As I recall vividly, Swade’s first words were, “Fair dinkum?”  (Translated:  “Really?”)  The second question was one that really brings back the memories:  “Who is reporting it?”  As you may recall, by late November of last year we’d had quite enough of the junk journalism and speculative posts surrounding the GM/Saab split.  Swade (nor I, for that matter) was in no mood to wrestle with yet another bogus report with no real basis in fact.  “Reuters, AP and BBC from what I can see here.  Fritz Henderson (then acting CEO of GM) has a news conference scheduled for today.”   Of course, you know the rest of the story.

I bring this up today not to wallow in the negatives of Saab’s near death experience.  I want us all to revel in just how far we have come!  Two new world-class vehicles, our new 9-5 and the home-run 9-4x, in the showrooms.  Dealerships in Canada.  A partnership with a leader in automotive technology, BMW, for development of new Saabs.  A new 9-3 in engineering and test.  A growing and thriving North American organization lead by Mike Colleran and crew.  The talented Jason Castriota leading our design efforts.  And, finally, a charismatic and active leader in Victor Muller paired with our own strong, steady Jan-Ake Jonsson.

We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week.  We’ve come so far in just 12 months.  Just think about what we can do with the next 12.  It’s going to continue to be a great ride.

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