So, Saab and Victor Muller finally succumbed to the beatings of the ignorant, the pessimists, the greedy and the paper-pushers. Saab declared bankruptcy on Monday after having failed to break through the many barriers erected by GM, the Swedish Government and the EIB et al.
I’ve been a fan for 13 years and have had to watch for most of that time this beautiful company being beaten down, mistreated and chained up. And for what? For being different? For thinking outside of the box? For innovating? For daring to ask questions no one else asks? For building cars that don’t look like Camrys?
GM was already content with terminating Saab two years ago. And they would’ve succeeded had it not been for all-around champion Victor Muller. He stepped in, rolled back the imposed wind-down process and forced Saab back on the right track, one of innovation and individualism. The only track Saab should walk.
And now? The whole world cries out that Saab is dead, that the end of the road is here, that the inevitable has happened. This was predicted. It couldn’t have been any other way. What a lot of BS. Saab has never been more alive than now!
Saab was dead during 20 years of GM ownership. It had the largest automotive entity backing it and yet only managed to release two new models during the first ten years, followed by two badge-engineer fake-Saabs and finally one new 9-3.
During the last two years however, Saab released three new models, established strategic partnerships, released an entire range of sub-119g CO2 engines and shone with a new-found vibrancy not seen since the early 80s.
The only thing Saab needs to succeed is a parent with money and UNDERSTANDING. GM had the money but absolutely no understanding. Spyker had a world full of understanding but no money. I know the right owner is out there, and I know they’re dying to save what can be saved.
I am convinced that Saabs story has only just begun. It is the greatest company in the world, producing the best cars in the world, followed by the greatest fans in the world and it is more eager than ever to show the world what it can do.
What more do you need?