- Saab Automobile Parts AB shows an increase in sales during the first quarter compared with the same period in 2012
- Net sales increased by 24 percent and operating profit amounted to kSEK 35,964
- The company continued to expand its business during the period by starting subsidiaries in Norway and Finland and has also strengthened the network of Authorized Repairers
After a successful first year of trading, Saab Parts UK is announcing a new line to help owners and independent repairers of older Saabs. Looking through the Saab back catalogue, there are more than 70,000 Saabs on UK roads which are maturing into Saab “classics”.
Included in the classic group is the original 900 series (already referred to by many as the 900 classic, made from 1979 to 1993), the 9000 hatch and CD saloon (from 1985-1997), the 900 series 2 (from 1994-1998), and the 9-3 (generation 1 from 1998 – 2003).
Ever since SPNA has existed there have been questions about how well stocked they are, what they are doing to replenish the Saab parts supply and even others that just want to see inside. Recently Tim Rokka was at Saab Parts in Sweden and his visit prompted me to contact the guys at SPNA to see if I could get some photos of the warehouse and to answer some operational questions. This is what I got.
According to an article from the local news paper ttela, Matthias Bergman has expressed the intention of NEVS to take over Saab Parts, if the price is right.
It is quite clear that there is a clear synergy between us and Parts. If the price is right, we are interested, he said, without specifying in more detail.
Maybe the moaning of some of our readers has been heard in THN. 😉
Update from Tim: the sale of Saab Parts was pushed by the NDO during the sale of the bankruptcy estate. However at the time the price of 2,2 billion SEK which was demanded for the parts company was considered way too high for any potential buyer. Now the government has reduced the net-worth of the company by 0,6 billion SEK and in reality it would probably be reduced even further in order to become attractive for NEVS to purchase it.
Today I received an email from Christopher Wiseman who is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Saab Automobile Parts North America. In the email he states that SPNA completed its rollout of the Saab Secure Program to the OSC network, with the launch of Saab Secure Vehicle Service Contracts to the U.S. market. In the first day, they are already seeing some vehicle service contracts being completed as well. For anyone who had experienced problems in the past about purchasing a vehicle service contract, your dealer should now have documents needed in place. If you click the ad above, you will be directed to the Saab Secure page where you can find your closest dealer. As a dealer manager, I can tell you that we all look forward to being able to help you with all of your SAAB needs and this helps us in offering solutions for our valued friends and clients. As mentioned in an earlier post, SPNA has a customer service number as well at 1-800-955-9007 to help you as well.
I’m sure that many people have heard that Saab Australia has gone into administration. However the implications I don’t think are widely known at the moment, so I thought I’d share.
Saab Australia was handling parts supply in Australia, and their warehouse has the parts supply. When they went into administration the administrators locked up the supply and are trying to find the highest bidder to buy the whole lot at once. So currently those parts aren’t available to be purchased by the general public as individual parts.
Now we know that Midlren’s will be taking over from Saab Australia, the problem is that they have no parts. There is currently a container load of parts on a boat between Sweden and Australia, once it’s here there will be parts, but until then there is nowhere to buy parts from in Australia.
Sit tight, parts are on the way…
This morning I received an email from Tim Colbeck which contained the following press release about the Saab Secure Program being released today which will give a Limited Lifetime Protection Plan on internal engine components. Tim wanted to give us the SAABSUNITED community an advance copy of the release and once again, I thank him for always having the Saab customer in mind in all he does.
Here is the Press-Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013
Saab Automobile Parts North America Launches Saab Secure Program for recent Saab Owners
- Program makes available a Limited Lifetime Protection Plan on internal engine components for 2010 and 2011 Model Year Saab owners for no initial cost.
- Offers affordable extended vehicle service contract coverage, backed by a respected industry partner.
- Program complements the recent agreement between Saab Automobile Parts North America and General Motors to provide warranty services on 2009 and prior model year vehicles.
- Saab Automobile parts North America has created an infrastructure to ensure Saab Owners have access to Saab Genuine Parts, Accessories and Service for many years to come.
Today, Saab Automobile Parts North America (SPNA) announced its Saab Secureprogram. The program was developed to support those 2010 and 2011 model year Saab owners left without warranty coverage due to the bankruptcy of Saab Automobile AB in Sweden.
All 2010 and 2011 model year Saab vehicle owners are eligible to come in for a no charge initial oil change and service, which includes BG Products, Inc. engine oil additives. This service initiates the Limited Lifetime Protection Plan backed by BG. As long as the owner continues to service their vehicle within the required intervals and at a Saab Official Service Center, the protection plan will continue for the life of the vehicle.