Seems that SAAB has serious intentions concerning Russian market. Yesterday I took part in the roundtable, organized by Armand Import CIS. I acted as a member of SU team and as a moderator of saabclub.su.
First of all I would like to thank once again Alexander Lyubartovich Alexander and Asel Moldakhmetova from Armand Import CIS for organizing this meeting, it was very interesting and informative.
My very first impression is that despite all the obstacles ( I mean difficulties that SAAB faces and complexity of Russian legal system) guys from Armand are set up quite seriously. The new 9-5 is now proceeding with the certification, that is why the date of official presentation moved on the 8th August. (if you’re registered at saabclub.su or saabnet.ru, I’m happy to say that there will be a pre-presentation on the 5th August).
The 9-3 should be recertified because of the new types of engines.
Since SAAB is independent from GM, all dealerships should revise its sales policy, logistics, spare parts provisions etc. So there is a huge amount of work to be done.
The deliveries of new cars (9-3 and 9-5) should begin at the end of September, the 9-4X will be available for test-drive this time.
So the work is in a full swing!
So I wish to everyone involved in this process a lot of energy. Keep on going!