For anyone who follows me away from SU, yesterday I did a post about my thoughts on things surrounding Saab. I didn’t post here because Tim’s post was very active at the point I had written this and did not want to take anything away from it.
Running a blog like Saabs United is a huge undertaking and one that isn’t taken lightly. We as writers are constantly judged by what we write. Is this fair? I guess so because it’s what we signed up for and I think we all have big enough shoulders to take the heat when it comes. With that in mind though, we are constantly struggling with what to and what not to say. Anyone that thinks this is easy should really try it for themselves. Working for free trying to secure contacts that will trust you and give you information that is not available to the public is very time consuming and then what to do with what you’ve been given without losing your contact because you have revealed too much is quite a balancing act itself.
Below is what I wrote yesterday about everything going on right now.
The ongoing Saab saga and the leaks of info here and there have made it near impossible to know who is right and who is wrong or even what is good or bad. From the outside looking in for the average person reading the news clips, you get lost trying to find your way through it all. One day you hear that Saab is saved and almost as quick as the next you have the different media outlets casting doubts on everything surrounding the deal.
What do we really know for certain? We know that NEVS, National Electric Vehicles Sweden has been chosen as the successful bidder to buy what is left of Saab. They have stated that their intentions are to build electric vehicles in Sweden and to initially focus on the Chinese market but with the intention to be a global car company. In a nut shell, that is all we know for certain.
Rumors are what sell papers and for Saab and the financial disaster they have been through has had the opposite effect on tabloid news. This stuff sells and gets people reading. For those of us that try to look through the surface of what is being written, we don’t always have the sensational stories because they can not always be backed up by inside sources and therefore are hard to write.
Often times we find ourselves having to write about the rumors to try to find the truth hidden behind the opinions and words written by others.
Yesterday brought a lot of doubt and some possibly unfounded joy to some. It was reported that NEVS possibly had insufficient funds to complete the purchase of Saab and because they weren’t immediately available for comment as has been their MO the whole way through this process, some took that to mean that this was true and the deal was about to fall apart and some made the jump to thinking that Youngman could possibly come back and buy Saab.
NEVS has since responded to such claims stating that this is not the case and that they do have the funds needed for closing the deal and implementing the business plan. This does little to calm the people again stating this is the end and then begs the question as to why talk to the media if they and the public will make their own assumptions and not take you at face value? NEVS comment to Just Auto below sums up their way of doing things quite well.
“We have decided not to comment on what other actors are saying or speculation. We rather focus on closing and when we have something to say, we say it ourselves.”
If you remember, the Swedish media has not always been a nice place to discuss Saab in the past so why should they say anything? I know we as the fans want and feel like it’s our right to know everything but that is just not the case. Keep calm and wait and see are words way to familiar to anyone surrounding this whole ordeal but they are simply the only thing we can do.
Even making contacts with people behind the scenes, you can quite often come across two sides of insiders who tell you different stories so it is always hard to know where the truth actually is. I think I’ve come to think when I see things written, who is saying what? Are they trying to sell me on what they are telling the media? Do they have anything to gain in what is being reported? If the answer is yes to them selling me or if they have anything to gain, I take it with a grain of salt.
After I wrote this yesterday, there was a lot of talk on SU about how nobody wants NEVS, how SU was a better place before, heck I almost gave someone a stroke through conversation. The truth is that nobody including the writers know what will or wont be successful for Saab. We writers have an open mind to NEVS as they are the ones who have been chosen. Many feel that Youngman could have been a better owner but fail to remember that with the current range of vehicles, Saab failed to make money. This is not something that will be solved just by turning the production line back on again, it’s going to take a hell of a lot more then just showing up to build cars.
I am more then okay with people not agreeing with me or to think I’m crazy to have any hope in NEVS. Regardless of any of that, I will stand behind this company and the workers and people that have made it what it is. Saab is and will always be more then just cars to me.