Happy New Year!

From all of us Saabsunited crew members, I wish you all a Happy New Year!


Till would normally write this, but the doctor put a splint in his arm and the task has fallen on me to write a few words.

2014 has been another odd year for us Saab fans. NEVS are struggling on after making only a handful 9-3s. It was not the revival we had hoped, but I choose to remain positive and supportive of their future endeavors. Our 9-5 and 9-3 are still young cars and I will make sure they last ten or fifteen years if that is what it takes. But in short, another annus horribilis for sure.

For me personally, 2014 was somewhat of a roller-coaster figuratively speaking. I had to attend three funerals: My sister’s dad, a dear friend from school and a neighbor (and father of my best friend). At one point I told my friend to order his dad to keep going, cancer be damned. “I am not attending another funeral!” were my explicit instructions. If only life was that simple. Just like a Swedish car manufacturer that produces impeccably designed safe and fast vehicles with soul, the end was inevitably nigh. No, I am not a bitter man; at least not in public.

Then, on November 3rd, my son Nils was born. He screamed like a banshee leaving the hospital, but calmed down upon spotting the Saab. We took Anna’s 9-3 going to the hospital, and I fetched them a few days later in my 9-5. Being somewhat of a nutter, I kind of hoped that Anna would deliver Nils in the Saab, but all things considered the hospital was probably the best place for the activity at hand. Nils weighed in at 3.8 kg and had about as much hair as me. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know I will accept whatever life-style choices Nils will be making, as long as he drives a Saab.

2015 can only get better. It has to.

20 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Happy New Year to all. Congrats on the new addition to your family, Rune. Hopefully 2015 brings us the good news we’ve all been anticipating since GM divested Saab, that a company with enthusiasm about Saab and the spirit of Saab, with a solid business plan and deep pockets saves the day.

  2. Yes, Rune. Nicely written, and reflective.
    And maybe Mike Baughan will make a New Years resolution to finally let go of his animosity of GM.

    • Hahaha Thanks for that one, Joe, but I hold no animosity towards GM. I just meant that I hope our beloved Saab is finally granted some stability, which we haven’t seen since the GM days.

  3. First of all congratulations to Anna and yourself with the birth of your son. A healthy and successful 2015 for you and the SaabsUnited crew members.

  4. “He screamed like a banshee leaving the hospital, but calmed down upon spotting the Saab.”

    Funniest thing I’ve read all year 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Rune: Maybe 2015 will be better for Saab, but considering the birth of Nils, I’d say 2014 was your best year ever—-and one that’s going to be impossible to top.

  6. Rune, without probably realizing it your post hit the nail on the head. People pass away, babies are born, life goes on.
    Keep those wheels turning.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Let us hope for a year where we get future where we can buy new Saabs. One of our cars in the family have past the due date, Saab 9-5 combi 2004, but not milage really. Our loved silver arrow have done 70000 km since new in the family with only AC renovation last year and we do not want to sell her and replace our second car unless there is a Saab alternative out there.

    A use Saab as new as we could find is a good option as well but then it really has to be something special with low milage and perhaps with a foldable roof. Still we want good news that there is a long term solution that can bring us New Saabs in the future which only means that we will have to buy a car in between or take care as we always have done with our silver arrow until a new Saab can be bought and then just keep her as a memory of the bumpy journey from the past, preserve her and use her for Sunday trips or for the one of the kids as their first cars when they get their drivers license. why? It is still lovely to drive (even with newer cars in the family), it is still very safe, in snow and on winter roads it always performs and ….. It is a Saab.

    Let us hope for a bright future.

  8. Happy new year to you all.
    During the past few weeks SAAB United has been ‘Page not available’….hopefully this has now been resolved?

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