Saturday morning quick snippets – Geneva edition

Geneva, here we come!

My application for press credentials is in, and RedJ’s will be following quite soon. We’re doubling-down to make sure everything’s covered as thoroughly as possible.

Gonna be a big time, baby!

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Saab Australia watchers should check out this latest article at Go Auto.

The first shipment, which will bring the 9-3x to our shores, is just days away from landing and in that article, Saab Australia chief, Stephen Nicholls, outlines the strategy for this year.

In a nutshell – they’ll start quietly, build when the 9-5 arrives and take a long-term perspective. They have 11 dealers signed up so far, but are looking to add a couple more, especially in Sydney.

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Meanwhile, back in Sweden…..

Saab have lost their first case relating to the partition of debts arising from their re-organisation in 2009. This case relates to wage guarantees and as with the rental case mentioned a few days ago, Saab were seeking to have those guarantees counted as part of the accord. The court has decided it isn’t. Saab will appeal.

Before you start weeping, remember that Saab are entitled to make a case here. It’s not the end of the road and should things end badly, it’s still not the end of the road, not by any stretch.

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Teknikens Varld held a poll, asking which “Kombi” people were likely to buy. The Saab 9-5 stole the show with 61% of the vote.

Teknikens are now saying they think the vote might have been skewed. They can’t look at SU, though. I didn’t even know it was on until Tobias A pointed it out to me (now that it’s finished).

Very encouraging.

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It’s late. I’m done.

22 thoughts on “Saturday morning quick snippets – Geneva edition”

  1. I have a memory of negotiating a Renault Espace around the Novotel carpark in Geneva 🙂 Nightmare!

    That’s great that you’re covering it!!

  2. As I have understood it, there is not yet a verdict in the court. Its just the Swedish Enforcement Administration that has decided to go on and claim the debt. Saab can still argue to the court that the claim should be put on hold until the court has reached a decision.

  3. Teknikens Värld… Some, tend to forget that even though the V70 is the largest seller off all wagons in Sweden… Volvo is not in Total the largest seller of SW´s in Sweden. There are infact more than One manufacturer of these practical vehicles.. Saab,Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Opel, Fiat,.. and so the list goes on and on and on……

    …..It MIGHT be that many people are smittened by the looks of the new 9-5SC.

    And no, TV is not one of my regular internet daily www visits. So nore I knew anything about this poll. So if many others than Saab enthsiasts voted in favour for the 9-5SC this is a landslide victory.

    AND TV… Why would the Volvo crowd not do the same as that you think the Saab crowd did? Face it… Saab IS and was a great manufacturer and will only get better.
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    Go Oz!

    Cheers/Tom

  4. Yesssssssssss! Can’t wait to see the coverage you two come back with, great exciting fantastic news! I have so many questions I’d love for you guys to ask! Very cool.

  5. Hello,

    I’ve been to Geneva a couple of times for this event, highly recommended!

    With the SAAB news announced it’s a must this year, will enjoy taking some photos too 🙂

    Best regards

    B

  6. From ttela.se:

    Saab Automobile recall of cars

    Saab recalls 4400 cars of the model 9-3, according to Aftonbladet on the web.
    – It applies only to cars on the Canadian and U.S. market, says Saab Automobile’s CIO Eric Geers.

    It is a subcontractor who has missed the specification on some of the fuel pumps supplied, so that the cars can have a breakdown. It is not all the 4400 cars that are faulty, but all must be checked.

    • for more follow up about recall..this give the years covered

      • Saab said it is recalling about 4,400 of its 9-3 sedans from the 2010-11 model years for a defective fuel pump, which Saab said could cause the engine to stall.

      and we can be thankful its not as massive as this nightmare…

      • General Motors is recalling almost 28,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles because their rear axles could lock up. The automaker said that the rear-axle cross pins “were not properly heat treated” and “could shift out of position.” The new action greatly expands a recall of 1,262 vehicles conducted late last year for the same problem. The affected models were the 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado and GMC Sierra. The expanded recall adds the 2011 Escalade and Escalade ESV; the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado, Suburban and Tahoe and the 2011 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL.

      • You shouldn’t blame Google translator, but ttela.se (or Aftonbladet) instead. They wrote “motorstopp” which means “engine breakdown” / “engine failure”.

          • I’ve heard “motorstopp” used for a variety of reasons ranging from lack of coolant fluid to… I think there is another Norwegian word used when you’ve really damaged the engine itself (e.g. destroyed a piston) and you’re forced to take it to a garage. For the life of me, I cannot recall what that word might be.

            OTOH, if you’ve “stalled” the engine, then doesn’t that mean you should be able to start it again by simply turning the ignition? If the fuel supply has been cut off, then it is a tad more serious than a ‘stalled engine’?

          • Börjesson: “motorhavari” is probably the more serious kind of engine failure.

            Which leads to my next question: Which words are used in English to describe the various stages of engine failures?

          • Rune, if you run out of petrol your engine stops but nothing breaks down. After refuelling your car will be able to continue.
            In this case it is just the same. Your engine stalls, and after changing your faulty pump, you can start your engine once again.

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