Here is an explanation why Till is the one writing the x-mas post, Tim is out flying… hopefully the thing on the right won’t happen, if Santa doesn’t show up, you’ll know why 😉
Today is the 24th, so we here in Europe celebrate Christmas while the US guys still have to wait another day. So I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everybody out there a Merry Christmas. This year, just like two years ago Christmas is overshadowed by uncertainty for many working at or for Saab. While bankrupcy is sad in itself, it is even worse that this had to happen at that time of the year – again.
I have been very close to the events at Saab in 2009 and got closer and closer until today. I have also made many friends at Saab. They always made me feel like I am part of a family, the Saab family. I know that many of them don’t even dare to have hope any longer, as the past three years have been pretty exhausting for all. You went from the ultimate low to a high feeling and now back to an ultimate low again. I hope you can nevertheless enjoy a few days with your family and get some rest from what is going on. To all those Saab employees – if I could, I’d shake everybodys hand to thank you for all your efforts during the process and for all those great cars you designed and built for me. I admire the Saab spirit and I truly hope that you can continue your great work in Trollhättan.
Here’s to the community that welcomed me with open arms three years ago and made me a part of it. You are like an extended family for me and I am glad that I could meet quite a few of you in person over the past years. I hope you can also find a bit of peace while being among your family in the next days. This hunt for news we have been exposed to has been hard, and in the end quite a bit disappointing. Still, there is hope and if we can make a (late) Christmas gift to the people at Saab it is to create big events on the 14th and 15th of January to show the world that we are many, that we stand by our brand and that we want Saab to survive. The community could do that once with the convoys, let’s do it again. Make yourself heared.
If you should wonder why you should take those efforts, just take a look at the photo that Tim posted. Those are some of the people we are doing that for. And if this is still not enough, you are doing it for yourself, too. To be able to get a new Saab for many years to come.