: Interesting article about Saab and GM's mismanagement of global brands



Jesda
12-03-10, 05:19 PM
http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101129/OEM01/311299980

CLIFFS: GM kept shuffling top management in and out of Saab, moving people to Opel/Vauxhall and other divisions rather than staying focused and building the brand consistently. You can see from what happened at Saab what eventually happened to Saturn and Pontiac.


While GM gets a lot of blame for diluting the brand, they also deserve a lot of credit for introducing Saab to modern efficiencies and processes and changing the way Saab does business. Without GM, I'm convinced Saab would have disappeared on its own by the late 90s.

hueterm
12-03-10, 05:42 PM
But you'd still have Ducky....

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-03-10, 06:19 PM
That article says a lot of bad things about Ducky, and all other 900's.

Jesda
12-03-10, 07:19 PM
The article criticized the Opel-based 900 that arrived under GM's management in 1993. I liked that car a lot as a convertible, especially the Viggen, but the quality wasn't there compared to the 900 classic, which has a reputation for durability and made Saab popular for a brief period in the 80s. I'm still considering a 2004+ 9-3 turbo next year in the spring.

I was most surprised by how Saab put up with an 18% employee absentee rate! What horrible management. Just because you have some talented engineers doesn't mean you know how to run a business.

http://www.saabhistory.com/2007/01/18/saab-rally-history-bbc-top-gear/
http://www.saabhistory.com/2007/01/18/saab-rally-history-bbc-top-gear/

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-03-10, 07:33 PM
A friend of mine is a diehard Saab fan. Her entire family drives and loves their black 9-3's. She's got a '99 5 door, her dad has an '06 sedan, and her mom has an '04 convertible.

EChas3
12-03-10, 08:42 PM
I was most surprised by how Saab put up with an 18% employee absentee rate! What horrible management. Just because you have some talented engineers doesn't mean you know how to run a business.

If Saab's workers don't want to build cars, make it so. Oh, that's right. They did!

billc83
12-03-10, 09:03 PM
GM is always shuffling their higher-ups around. John DeLorean wrote about it in On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors. The man running Pontiac today might screw up something that the next guy will have to clean up tomorrow, because he's been moved to Chevrolet.

77CDV
12-04-10, 01:11 AM
Mismanagement at GM?!? I'm shocked! Shocked!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1DEG6BWgp0

Jesda
12-04-10, 02:47 AM
Another thing Saab enthusiasts like to forget: Until GM showed up, there wasn't much planned to follow the 900 which came out way the hell back in 1978. I could see Saab mildly reskinning the car to push it along as late as 1996. So, for all of the blame GM deserves for screwing the pooch, it was still better than nothing.

Something I learned recently: My dorky car has a "hemi". Hemispherical combusion appeared on the 900 in 1983. I won't be slapping HEMI stickers on the hood, however. :P

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-04-10, 09:15 PM
Yeah, but you can roll up next to a Hemi Ram at a stoplight, and ask him if he's got a hemi, then tell him you do as well. :lol:

Stingroo
12-04-10, 09:17 PM
Maybe it'll save you the next time you encounter a strange Dodge owner in a dark forest sometime.

"I'm gonna getcha!"
"I have a hemi!"
"Well, never mind sir, carry on."

gdwriter
12-04-10, 09:49 PM
^^^ :histeric: :histeric: :histeric:

Well played, Roo.

Stingroo
12-04-10, 09:53 PM
Thank you, thank you. :thumbsup: