The Truth About Cars » wait http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:44:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » wait http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Saab, The Car For Waiters And Waitresses http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/saab-the-car-for-waiters-and-waitresses/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/saab-the-car-for-waiters-and-waitresses/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 11:50:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401781 I am getting tired writing about Saab. According to the clicks on Saab-stories, you are getting tired as well. Empty promises, missed deadlines, endless wait. There is even dissension in the ranks of Saabsunited, where more and more people are getting tired of waiting. So, let’s make this short. Reuters reports that the wait will […]

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I am getting tired writing about Saab. According to the clicks on Saab-stories, you are getting tired as well. Empty promises, missed deadlines, endless wait. There is even dissension in the ranks of Saabsunited, where more and more people are getting tired of waiting. So, let’s make this short.

Reuters reports that the wait will be a few months longer. According to a Saab press release, “Saab Automobile plans to restart production by Tuesday August 9, provided that the above criteria are met.”  Some of the criteria are “discussions with its suppliers on materials supply and commercial terms.”

The Saab workforce has been sitting on their thumbs for close to three months now. They were paid. Two weeks ago, Saab did not have the money to pay the salaries of the idled workers. The company stared bankruptcy in the eye. In the meantime, half of Saabs real estate was sold, and other sources of cash were tapped. Most of that money is going to pay workers for doing nothing. They can’t work without parts. It is a waste of money to pay people for doing nothing. Money Saab clearly cannot afford. If Saab would have paid suppliers on time, cars would be leaving the factory.

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Please Wait: Germany’s Carmakers Swamped By Sudden Demand http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/please-wait-germany%e2%80%99s-carmakers-swamped-by-sudden-demand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/please-wait-germany%e2%80%99s-carmakers-swamped-by-sudden-demand/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 12:31:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372680 Carmageddon? What carmageddon? Germany’s auto industry has a huge problem: Way too many customers. “We have that fattest order books of all times,” said Esther Bahne of Audi to Germany’s Spiegel magazine. Result: Customers have to wait months for their cars. Sometimes longer than ever before, says Der Spiegel. The German tabloid Bild am Sonntag […]

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Carmageddon? What carmageddon?

Germany’s auto industry has a huge problem: Way too many customers. “We have that fattest order books of all times,” said Esther Bahne of Audi to Germany’s Spiegel magazine. Result: Customers have to wait months for their cars. Sometimes longer than ever before, says Der Spiegel.

  • The German tabloid Bild am Sonntag reports that the buyer of a lowly Audi A3 needs to wait five months until it will finally show up at the dealer.
  • Golf plus: Sometimes 5 months wait.
  • Mercedes: Two to four months wait.
  • Even buyers of an Opel Zafira need a lot of patience: Three months on the average.

Of course it’s not the fault of the automakers. Demand in China, and, surprise, surprise, in the U.S. is to blame. And if that isn’t enough, then fingers point at the suppliers: A year ago, they were faced with imminent bankruptcy, now they are working at full capacity. “There are shortages from raw materials all the way to electronic components,” said Dr. Jürgen Geissinger, VP of the industry organization Verband der Autoindustrie (VDA).

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