This is a quick post-script to the articles published over the weekend remembering December 18, 2009 – the day Saab nearly died.
I got it via email this evening from Dennis Z.
I was reading the entries about 18th December.
On the 19th December 2009, we all got fired here in The Hague, Holland, after 51 years of representing SAAB in The Hague. And there was no one who could save us! My colleagues and I drove all the cars out of the showroom, tried to sell SAABs on the day of closing, the week after the 19th. Bad day, bad week, bad year.
I was unemployed. It was still not a good time for dealers in Holland, but BMW sold cars like a mad men, so I got a job as senior salesman at the dealer in Gouda, Rotterdam. It was fine working again, but there were no SAABs. For someone who worked with SAAB for more than 8 years, that’s hard!
But then in February, Muller purchased SAAB and things started changing. I kept in contact with some people from the Dutch importer and finally in September, Mrs Raaphort of the local Jaguar dealer called, to ask if I was interested in a job to restart SAAB in The Hague!
So I left BMW (no one understood!!!) and on the 1st of October we opened at The Hague, combined with Jaguar – a very special dealer!
I now work together with 2 old collegues – a workshopmanager (mastertechnician) and a mechanic. We sold five 9-5s this week, and a total of 23 SAABs in two months as a starting dealer! We have a long way to go, but your site keeps me on the right track!
I now drive a 9-3 2.0t Anniversary from 2002 (yep the last modelyear) in hazelnut with grey leather and a original cupholder! I traded it in on a BMW and could not leave it there!
I hope that all Victor Muller promises will work out, than I’ll be working with SAAB until I die!
Saab Spirit – that’s what it’s all about.