I don’t think it will be much going on this weekend regarding to Saab, so we should concentrate on the beautiful things of life and enjoy the SOC, or the pictures from the SOC, if you could not arrange to be there. 🙂
Nevertheless there are three pieces of news we have received from two of our readers I would like to share with you. Thank you Jason and Iggy.
It seems like after it came out that Endeavor is the name of the future financial partner for Swedish Automobile NV, some people tried to get more information about it, which is a good thing, as it shows that there is still some interest in Saab around the globe.
Just-Auto has interviewed an Endeavor spokesman, and this is more or less what he said.
“I believe we could expect to have something in the next week or two, some kind of announcement. It could be EUR250m to EUR350m. They [Saab] could be able to get this money and pay their suppliers right away – they could start manufacturing cars – that could happen in a couple of weeks.”
With that money they could pay the suppliers and still have some change for a couple of months till the Chinese partners are also allowed to enter the party.
Nevertheless, after Saab will get the money it will still take some weeks till the production can be restarted.
I think that the Enforcement agency will continue the process no matter what different news sites says, and the only good thing I see is that they seem to be in dialogue with Saab, so the salaries for August should be secured. We will see next week.
Autocar in the UK has reviewed the 9-3 SC Griffin TTiD 160, although they call it SE.
It is a fair test, it says that the car is sometimes showing its age, but it is still very competitive.
Inside, there are some changes to seats and trim, plus some additional equipment for the £24,120 you’ll pay for this model. Which, given that it delivers 158bhp and still, to my eyes, looks fairly classy, leaves the Saab appearing conspicuously good value next to, say, a similarly powered Audi A4 or BMW 3-series.
And the writer ends asking himself if he would buy one-
Should I buy one?
I warmed to the 9-3 far more than I expected to. It feels compact and straightforward, slightly out of its time but pleasant to be around and not unlike a Seat Exeo in some respects: smaller than the newest cars, but no worse for it.
That Saab needs a replacement is a given (see above for the latest shenanigans on that score). In the meantime, the 9-3 continues, off the pace but not totally out of contention.
Yes, I think the comparison with the Seat Exeo is a good one, as that car is nothing but a last generation Audi A4 with a new fascia and slightly renewed engines. You can’t sell the Seat for the price tag of an Audi, but Saab isn’t doing it either.