IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Friday, September 2, 2011

60 years selling Saab - so far

Tingsryds Autoverkstad, which must be one of Sweden's oldest Saab dealer, will be very sorry if Saab goes under.

"We do not stand or fall with Saab, but we would be very sad if we drive into the future without Saab," says Sven-Olof Carlsson (picture), CEO of the company to Smålandsposten.

Sven-Olof was only one year old when Tingsryds Autoverkstad started selling Saab cars back in 1951. The first Saab cars were produced only two years earlier in 1949.

"My father Henry and his brother John started Tingsryds Autoverkstad in November 1936. Around 1947 Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget in Trollhättan started designing the first Saab. The production started in 1949 and we started selling Saab cars in 1951," Sven-Olof tells Smålandsposten.

Over the years the company has also started selling both Opel and Chevrolet, but when people in Tingsryd talk about Autoverkstaden they mean Saab, and when they talk about Saab they mean Autoverkstaden.

On Tuesday next week all Swedish dealers have been called to Trollhättan for a meeting, and Sven-Olof is of course going.

"I will go to the meeting. So far it has not been canceled."

Here's hoping you will go there with renewed confidence in Saab's future, Sven-Olof!