FKG: Reconstruction is the way to go

I stumbled across an article from Ny Teknik which points out why in Saabs case reconstruction is to be preferred over bankrupcy. It’s the better solution for all parties involved. Worth mentioning that this piece was written by Frederick Sidahl, CEO of the supplier organisation FKG.

Early on we, FKG – Automotive Suppliers trade association of automotive suppliers, the position to support a reorganization instead of bankruptcy for Saab Automobile. As an industry organization, we work to ensure that our members get the right business opportunities and bring their collective action in the larger context. Along with legal expertise in insolvency law was judged that the reorganization of Saab and not bankruptcy was to advocate for our members’ sake.

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Ny Teknik on building Saabs without GM licenses

Ny Teknik have an interesting article on how Saab could produce cars without being bothered by GM:

GM can not stop Saab, or the person who buys the company from building a new generation cars. All the basic technology is controlled by Saab. Thus opens the way for Chinese Youngman and Pang Da.

The next generation of Saab cars are based on Phoenix, a kind of basic drawing and basic design that can be used for a number of new car models. It is controlled by Saab, unlike today’s cars, which GM owns a large part of the technology.

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Ny Teknik chart Saab enthusiast thoughts on Saab’s future car

The results are in and I think many of you might be surprised.

A few weeks ago I invited readers here to contribute to an effort being co-ordinated by Ny Teknik magazine in Sweden. You were asked to provide your vision of what a future Saab car should include.

That request ran concurrently at Ny Teknik itself and they’ve gathered all the thoughts, picked the dominant themes and presented them in an article on their website. Yes, an illustration is included, one that is based on those dominant themes.

Ny Teknik have provided me with translations as well as images from their article, which appear below.

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SAAB OWNERS’ WISH LIST

Over 70 e-mails direct to Ny Teknik and over 70 comments on the Web from Saab enthusiasts all over the world ended up in a distinct wish-list to Saab´s CEO Jan Ake Johnson and Saabs owner Victor Muller.

The main concern is simplicity, functionality, originality, classic Saab roadholding and drivers control and aerodynamic shape.

Saab should be a family-friendly sports car rather than a sporty family car. Here is a summary of the long, long wish list to Jan Ake Johnson, and Victor Muller.

  1. Turbo is a must.
  2. Combi Coupé is Saab’s hallmark – three or five doors with folding rear seats.
  3. Simple and stylish Scandinavian design with aerodynamic shape. Have a look at old Saab 92.
  4. Combine future with retro – build a small car like the Saab 96 in a modern version with Ultra Low fuel consumption.
  5. Take advantage of the heritage of Saabs rally time with direct control and safe handling, which makes four-wheel drive is unnecessary.
  6. Saab is special – not a sports car or magnificently practical. Saab is a fast, comfortable and very personal car.
  7. Do not try to emulate BMW or Audi. A Saab should not resemble any other car.
  8. Safe, reliable and conservative looking.
  9. We need a Saab 9-1 or 9-2 – more basic with a focus on styling and performance.
  10. Do not be careless with Saab’s outstanding seats.

SAAB ENTHUSIASTS TO VICTOR MULLER: – THIS IS THE SAAB WE WANT!

This is how it looks like – the Saab enthusiasts wishful-Saab. Ny Teknik have been helped by Saab Owners all over the world to develop a selling Saab model.

Saab is about to cast off from the U.S. General Motors and started to prepare for a new life with the Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker as the owner.

Already in Trollhättan, Saab’s engineers started to sketch out the future Saab models, and we asked the Ny Teknik readers to help Saab to get the right track for the future.

We received valuable assistance from the Australian Steven Wade and his blog Saabsunited.com. He put Ny Teknik in its call site and from all corners of the world were then enthusiastic e-mails to Ny Teknik´s editorial.

– Thanks for the chance to share with you my views on the Saab, writes 47-year old Stephanie Karr from Cedar Rapids in Iowa, USA.

In total, we received comments from some 150 Saab Owner of how a Saab should look like and what characteristics it should have.

We collected all the emails and comments and went to car design Johan Wejedal in Gothenburg to get a visual picture of the requests.

Click through to see the images and read more.

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