SaabsUnited plays many different roles. For some of us, myself included, it’s an addictive outlet for the latest news about our beloved car company. For industry insiders it’s a way to check up on the state of affairs in Trollhättan. Members of Saab staff come here regularly to see what the public is saying and check the pulse of the community. And given the most recent election results in Sweden, even government officials come here to read about how their constituents view their actions regarding Swedish industry.
Most drivers develop an affection for their cars, but there’s something about a Saab that gets under your skin and endears itself to you from the moment you put the key in its center console. The brand inspires groups of people to drive hundreds or even thousands of miles to be with other like-minded Saab fans, in Sweden, the US and around the world. In times of crisis, we’ve come together and rallied behind a common cause to SAVE SAAB. Now it’s time to do it again.
Many have placed the blame at the feet of the EIB, no doubt since they seem to hold the cards when it comes to Saab’s largest current loan. What hope do a group of individual Saab fans have of convincing bankers to make a decision? Very little, as they’re purposely formed to be independent from the ebb and flow of politics, and to ensure a steady hand on the markets. The real power we have as an entity is to put political pressure on the Swedish government to take an official stance on approving Vladimir Antonov as a shareholder in Saab. This isn’t a drill, this isn’t just to save a novelty car company as many journalists seem to think of Saab, this is about real people, a real city, with a solid and fundamentally sound plan that just need to hear one phrase from their government: “Vi godkänner.”
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