Red J: formerly known as “Me”

Hi everyone,

This Christmas I’ve been gifted with a present which is greater than anything I could imagine. No, it is not a Saab, but it is, at least, as great as that for me.

Swade asked me if I wanted to be part of Saabsunited as an article writer. At the beginning, I did hesitate a little bit, as I don’t know If I will be able to keep with the quality set by Swade for his site.

But after thinking about it over the Christmas Days, I’ve decided to accept. First because it is a honour to me, and second because I think Swade could need some help.

What can you expect from me? Many of you have seen that I love numbers and putting those in a different perspective. I will keep with that, but now Swade will not need to re-write the data I send him by e-mail. And yes, I will update the 9-4x comparison chart.

And if you still don’t know who I am, I am the one known in the comments section of this site as “Me”. Swade has recommended that I change my Nickname, as my older one can create some confusion.

To my new Nick; red is my car, as many of you already know, and J, that’s me.

Happy new year to everyone.

BTW, Bil Sweden will present the 2010 Swedish sales data in Stockholm on Monday 3rd of January at 9 a.m. (Swedish Time). I won’t be there but I will put my own perspective on the numbers here at SU.

Swade here:

It fantastic to have Red J on board (though it’s now a little confusing to call him Red J instead of “Me” πŸ™‚ ). He’s a been a source of great support and a level head in comments here, as well as some fantastic numerical analysis that I’ve featured on the front page. More than that, however, he has a voice that speaks with some experience when it comes to the car business.

Red J is based in Europe, so it’s also great to have someone who’s in the same timezone as Saab themselves for that occasional story that breaks while I’m catching some Z’s.

Welcome aboard, my friend. It’s great to have you here!

28 thoughts on “Red J: formerly known as “Me””

  1. Excellent news! “Me” has always been a force for good in comments. I look forward to headline articles by the new “Me” (Red J) in the New Year.

  2. This is one gift that’s worth it for all of us, a long time coming and well deserved! Your comments are always top notch, and even though we openly disagree on Apple products πŸ˜‰ I agree wholeheartedly with your view of all things Saab. Really great to have a presence in Europe too, and hope you will get some great reporting out of the shows etc there. Happy new year J!

  3. That’s wonderful to see! I have always enjoyed reading your posts and I am sure you’ll do very well adding to the information stream.

    SU just gets better and better!

  4. Thank you everyone for that warm welcome.
    Saab is still going through Hell, but as VM keeps repeating lately, it doesn’t stop walking. I also won’t stop walking, and will try to show to everyone that Hell is not that hot anyway. πŸ˜‰

    Latest signs of Hell: In a German newspaper the 9-5 has been compared with a Skoda SuperB and a Ford Mondeo, falling into 3rd position.

    Latest sign of Heaven: I’ve seen the A7 live, and I simply don’t understand what is so premium about that car that isn’t in the 9-5. materials, not really (maybe except of wood). Finish, no way. Looks, sorry after the A4,A5,A8 the front of the A7 is nothing special, and the back, well if the back part of the 9-5 is the most pretty part of the car, the back part of the A7 is just the opposite. And last and not least, around the HUD there is a big frame of high reflecting cheap plastic, oops !! πŸ˜‰

  5. With Australasia as home, an outpost in the Americas and now with Europe added to the picture I’d say those who frequent this site are very well catered for and lifting some of the load from Swade’s shoulders is all to the good as well.

    Red J, welcome in your new capacity on Saabs United and all the best for your future endeavours.


  6. God move Red J!
    Your comments have always made sense, even when I’m not agreed on you, the comments has been good too read and give a different perpective.
    I think your articles will be a good reading.

  7. Great move Red J! You spend most of your time on this site anyway, so you might as well contribute officially! πŸ™‚

  8. Welcome Red J.
    It is nice to have several contributors – not that Swade, EnG et al would have left me missing something but still πŸ™‚

  9. Nice move to have one guy from over here.
    “Me” you’re now in the same category with Prince and the thousand a.k.a’s πŸ™‚
    Would you rather be Red or J?

  10. Me est mort, vive Red J. Have we now finally discovered the identity of Red John (from ‘The Mentalist’ TV series…)?


  11. Congratulations to Red J / Me and to Swade for getting more help!

    SU does just keep getting better and better!

    Cheers and Happy New Year to all


  12. Congrats Red J. Well deserved !! Always impressed by your number-mayhem !
    Not so by the bashing of the A7. Drop dead gorgeous.

    (and yess, it’s also the WOOD ….do not under estimate it again next time… πŸ˜‰

    • Pleaaase,
      I’ve said that the wood gives the A7 a special touch, but not the rest, those materials and the finish are in no case better than in the Saab, and I’ve seen both in real life.

      BTW, I don’t think you will find much real wood in an Audi. Wood is a natural materila, and you can’t make it always look the same πŸ˜‰

  13. Congrats Me/Red J! I’m throwing my support on top of the pile along with everyone else.

    On a side note, I can’t remember the last time we heard from Eggs…

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