I just wanted to bring one quick report from the Swedish press to your attention. I think this has been mentioned in the many (many) comments here over the last few days, but may have got lost in the rush.
I’m taking this from the Swedish paper, Affars Valden:
According to Muller, Saab sold 1990 cars during [Week 7]. It is the largest figure since Spyker bought Saab. The sales manager also said that Saab has 700 orders for new 9-4X, which is manufactured in Mexico.
During the party was the brand-new 9-5 Sport Combi, and a refreshed 9-3 Cab Independence Edition which will be manufactured in 366 copies. The goal to sell 80 000 cars this year remains unchanged.
That’s nearly 2,000 cars in one week during February – and that’s 99% likely to be before the sub-120g/km Saab 9-3 SportCombi comes online in Europe and before the Saab 9-5 SportCombi books were opened.
Things are looking up.
I like this bit at the end, too….
And for those who doubt that Saab is going well, said Muller.
– Today, I can collect the tons of Russian caviar and champagne from all those who a year ago made a bet that we would not even get by even one year. But all doubters were wrong. They were wrong!
Whilst I know VM wouldn’t say this (he’s a lot more polite than I am), I’ve had enough run-ins with the press from various places to invite people to share a toast. I’m thinking of various members of the press, from Sweden, the US and especially a couple of guys in Canada.
Let’s have a toast for the douchebags,
Let’s have a toast for the a$$holes,
Let’s have a toast for the scumbags,
Everyone of them that I know.
That’s not for those who simply reported facts. It’s for those who used the power and gravity of their opinions to write about Saab negatively when they could and should have written fairly. They made the hill that Saab have had to climb that much steeper.
But hey, we are still here. And I think we’ll toast you all again in December, and again on Feb 23, 2012.
Thanks to Ronald L for the news tip!