I received an email this morning from Saab Parts North America stating that they had learned that Victor Muller will no longer be able to make it out to be a guest speaker at the event at the Simeone Automotive Museum this friday in Philadelphia. SPNA has been in contact with the Simeone Museum and will be participating in the event. In fact, Tim Colbeck will now step in and be doing the speaking and I think for the North American market, he will be well worth the listen. If anyone knows Saab and the North American market, it’s him.
Here is a little bio on Tim Colbeck for you and what he will share:
Tim Colbeck is the most recent President of Saab Cars North America and current CEO of Saab Automobile Parts North America (SPNA). Tim will share his experience and insights on the Saab brand both as the Car Company wound down and the new Parts and Service company started up. He will also share the plans that SPNA has to support owners and the brand for years to come and help keep the spirit of Saab alive. To me this sounds even better for the crowd of enthusiast at the event, to be able to listen to someone connected to ensuring their cars are kept on the road.
Some other facts about Tim:
Tim spent 25 years at Subaru of America, most recently as Senior VP of Sales before joining the fight to save Saab. Tim currently owns a 2011 9-5 Aero and also owned a 1985 900 SPG and wishes he still did.
I won’t over sell Tim to you, but if you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever written about him, you will know that my respect level for him is higher then that of most other heads of companies. I really hope that all who attend this event come away feeling more secure about the cars they love.