Orio in trouble?

Orio, Saab Original boxes

It is now over ten years since Saab went into bankruptcy. There are still many Saabs on the road, at least in Sweden. Many used as daily drivers. The reason this is possible is because of Orio (formally Saab Automobile Parts), which supplies spare parts to our Saabs.

At the time of bankruptcy, the Swedish Government repaid a large loan taken by Saab to the European Investment Bank. Saab Parts was taken as collateral. Orio is not doing very well. According to Teknikens Värld, Orio sales has droppen by 50% the last five years. Further, Teknikens Värld speculates that the life time guarantee on original Saab parts may have accelerated the problem.

The Swedish state is loosing money on Orio and have asked the parliament to get authority to sell Orio. This has already been granted, but now the Government also want to explore other paths, like liquidating the company. According to Swedish Radio, the Minister of Trade and Industry Ibrahim Baylan would like to explore many different paths in order to save as much as possible of the credit loss.

The following statement is quoted from Auto Motor and Sport:

“Gustaf Ljunggren, CEO of Orio, says in a press release that the wording “liquidate through liquidation” is misleading. He believes that the government also wants the opportunity to broaden its operations to achieve profitability. In short, the government wants more options for action. “

A few adds back, I wrote a story about being a Car Enthusiast. When I think about it, the availability of parts and Service Workshops are of big importance. Daily drivers require parts and service. You don’t want to wait for weeks in order to get hold of a used part or a NOS-part (New Original Stock), when you rely on your car in everyday life. That is what Car Enthusiasts do.

I really hope things will turn out for the better for Orio. They have made a splendid job keeping Saabs on the roads. From time to time people have been annoyed about specific parts being unavailable for long times. Still, Orio has come through in most of the cases. Remember that it is very hard to get a fair price for parts with a very small volume. Some of the manufacturers are not around anymore. Orio has worked with what they have and produced new solutions by small means. One example is to fit the auto-dimming dimming rearview side mirrors from Saab 9-3 in the 9-5 as I wrote about in this add many years ago.

It would be a shame if Saab would to be passed into history as an Enthusiast Car, at least this soon. Sweden is working hard to decrease our carbon dioxide footprint. Many false steps have been taken in this pursuit. One of the most stupid was to classify diesel engines as environmental friendly and at the same time stop the support for bio-ethanol. This is something I think many politicians are ashamed of today. Many of the remaining Saabs can be fueled by bio-ethanol.

Bio-ethanol fuel pump

Lately, the positive effects of driving on ethanol has been re-discovered, but there are very few new vehicles available. This is very much because of political decisions. If we keep Saabs on the road, we keep driving on environment friendly fuel. Later this year all standard petrol in Sweden will have 10% bio-ethanol mixed-in. Why not keep driving on 85% as well? Many of us Saab owners can still do that!

Let’s hope that Orio finds a way to become profitable in a way that suits both the Swedish government and the Saab owners around the world!

Auto-dimming rearview side mirrors, update

A long time ago, Tim wrote a post about the difficulties of getting new auto-dimming rearview side mirrors. I wrote a short add about the mirrors getting back in stock.

The brownish color was not the biggest issue, it was the failure of the dimming function on all mirrors. In November 2015 I fixed my left mirror it has worked fine ever since.

Before: You can see a brownish tone in the left part of the mirror.

After: The new auto-dimming mirror

The auto dimming area does not cover the entire glass. However, that is nothing which you will notice driving the car. The auto dimming function works fine on all mirrors after I replaced the bad one.

Where do YOU buy Saab spare parts?

We receive a lot of questions regarding Saab spare parts through the contact form here at SaabsUnited. People ask where to find certain parts and many don’t even know that there still are plenty of spare parts available for Saab cars (in most cases).

While it’s nice to help other Saab owners, and we’re more than happy to do it, there’s some room for some improvement here.

So, we now have a dedicated page about Saab parts here at SaabsUnited. It explains the current spare parts situation and features a list of Saab spare parts providers.

The list of parts providers contains the earlier advertisers here at SaabsUnited, there are some companies that the Swedish Saab Club cooperates with and then there are some parts providers that the editors here have recommended.

These are basically Saab spare parts providers that we (and other Saab enthusiasts) use and appreciate.

But our list of parts providers is far from complete. We want your help to expand the list. Since we’re based in Sweden, many of the companies are this as well (but they sell internationally). Spare parts providers in Asia, Africa and South America are particularly wanted.

Where do you usually buy your Saab parts? Do you have a favourite provider? Is there some spare parts provider that you avoid? Let us know about it in the comments below or through the contact form.

Nevs and Orio AB sign agreement on global spare parts supply for the new Saab cars

National Electric Sweden AB, Nevs, has ensured the spare parts supply for the newly manufactured Saab cars by an agreement with Orio AB, former Saab Automobile Parts AB.

The signed agreement now ensures the supply of spare parts for the new Saab customers. The global distribution agreement guarantees that spare parts for the new Saab 9-3 cars manufactured by Nevs in Trollhättan, Sweden, can also be ordered from Orio AB. For service and repairs as well as warranty measures, Nevs guides its customers to the existing Saab Service Centers.

“Our new Saab customers can now be confident that the long term supply of spare parts is ensured through established Saab service centers. Both Orio AB and Nevs are glad to forge closer ties between the two companies, as our agreement gives all Saab owners a high service level”, said Jonas Hernqvist, Director Sales and Marketing of Nevs.

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On December 2nd Orio and NEVS signed a letter of intent now they have signed the final agreement which is good for new and old Saab drivers. New drivers get access to a network of well educated Saab garages and mechanics, and old Saab drivers have now the certainty that Orio is here to stay and will have some more weight when asking a supplier to produce some spares for older Saab cars.

Worn with Pride

Following on from my last post, where I mentioned the new web shop from Saab Parts UK, I decided to take a look at their website and found a nice offer from them to replace your old faded bonnet badge. This is aimed at the Saab owners in the UK but it might come to your country soon and I would love to be able to report it to you when it happens.

Below is a copy of the offer from their pages but please take a look for yourself and see the details in full.
http://www.saabparts.com/en-gb/uk/saab-service-club/saab-service-club/join-the-club/badge-campaign/

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SAAB Parts UK also opens webshop

Tim mentioned yesterday that a new on line shop was available from Orio and thought it might be for Sweden only, well today I received this press release from the UK guys, which confirms we in Great Britain can also buy parts direct. I hope that the rest of Europe, if not The World, will follow soon.

7th March, 2014
SAAB PARTS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ONLINE VIA SAAB SHOP
• Genuine Saab Parts now available to buy quickly and conveniently on-line
• “Buy a Part” is a brand new feature of Saab Parts web-site
• Focuses on routine maintenance and “sale” parts (942 items uploaded)
• Price you see is the price you pay (including VAT and delivery to mainland UK*)
• Genuine Saab Parts sold via the Saab Shop are supported by a 2 year warranty.
Saab Parts UK is delighted to announce a brand new feature to the UK web-site; an on-line Saab Shop. Essentially this enables owners and independent repairers searching for a genuine part for their Saab, to easily complete a search by model at their own convenience.
The “buy a part” facility provides a simple search, highlighting the service items applicable to the car, complete with an image, full description and a price inclusive of VAT and delivery. Simply add your selected part to the basket and proceed through to checkout.
Located within the main Saab Parts UK website, the Saab Shop is a convenient and 24 hour outlet to find and buy parts for your Saab. All the 942 items offered on line are Saab genuine, designed to fit first time, engineered to last, and underpinned with a 2 year warranty.
David Leighton, Sales and Marketing Manager of Saab Parts UK, said: “The Saab Shop is an exciting new initiative to make genuine Saab parts more accessible and easier to buy for everyone. Given the increasing popularity of on-line sales in all walks of life, Saab Parts UK is delighted to offer the marketplace another route to buy genuine Saab parts.”
You can visit the Saab Shop by going to the Saab Parts UK homepage www.saabparts.com/en-gb/uk  and select the Buy a Part function on the top title bar.

For further information please contact:
Saab Parts UK
Unit 40, Innovation Centre
University Way
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
MK43 0TB
Website: www.saabparts.com/uk
Tel: 01234 756800
e-mail: [email protected]

ORIO is the governmental owned parts company for Saab parts.

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To buy a new or near new car is most often a big economic transaction for most people/familes, some say investment but that might only apply to limited edition super cars that could increase in value.

Guess most because their owners does not know how to operate that often high powered vehicle. Fortunately that is not the case with most Saabs. They are bought to get around to work, relatives and on occasional longer trips. One important factor for most drivers is to have a reliable car that not only starts every day but aslo is repairable when the unenviable is occurring. Accidents, burglary, severe weather etc.

All parts of the vehicle must be able to be found within at the most a week preferably shorter. And when I say all parts I mean all parts 100% of the parts of a Saab car.

The car is not so advanced in the car world that this in any way should be a problem. It is not a Ferrari FXX made in 20 some pieces. It is a bulk made GM based car wit many world-wide GM parts like the EcoTech engine, hiper-strut suspension etc. This was all in my head before I drove to the press-confernce at ORIO.

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Press Information: Saab Automobile Parts AB appoints new CFO and new Sales & Marketing Director

Saab Automobile Parts AB has appointed Fredrik Gyllefjord (31) as CFO and Claes Kalderén (41) as Director of Sales & Marketing. Fredrik and Claes take up their appointments during June and will be members of the Saab Automobile Parts AB management team. They will report to Lennart Ståhl, CEO.

Claes Kalderén
Claes Kalderén

Fredrik Gyllefjord_
Fredrik Gyllefjord_

Fredrik Gyllefjord has held the position as CFO for Saab Automobile Parts AB on a consultancy basis since January 2012. Fredrik is a partner in a consulting company and in that role has, amongst other things, had assignments as a management consultant and has worked with the acquisition and sale of companies. He has previously been employed within Saab Automobile AB where he has had a number of assignments within the finance function covering for example financing, treasury, business development and deputy CFO.

Claes Kalderén comes to us from the Districom Group, a consulting company, where he was a founding member and managing director. The company, which is based in China, specializes in the development of sales and distribution channels for the Asian automotive industry. Claes also brings with him his valuable experience from Mercedes-Benz in China where he was the Senior Fleet Sales Manager with responsibility for establishing the car sales organisation in China.

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