SAAB saved in Vienna

SAAB in Vienna has always more or less been synonymous with SAAB Oberlaa. Many Austrians bought their SAABs there and the dealership has always felt really as the heart of SAAB in the country. It was therefore extra sad that they had to close down their operations earlier last year, yet this didn’t mean the end as last week, Autohaus Himberg opened its doors!

Austrian fans at SAAB Oberlaa in 2012. Mario Milincic in front left. © Saab-club Austria.
Austrian fans at SAAB Oberlaa in 2012. Mario Milincic in front left. © Saab-club Austria.

Warm welcome
Some 250 SAAB fans from around the entire region came out and visited the new company in Himberg, a small town in the outskirts of the capital Vienna. The streets were filled with SAABs on this sunny Saturday and the spirits were high! While not as large and maybe not as fancy as its predecessor company, the Autohaus Himberg facilities really breathe customer focus and most of all: SAAB passion and experience.

Autohaus Himberg opening day © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.
Autohaus Himberg opening day © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.


SAAB passion and experience

Mario Milincic was born in a true SAAB family. His father worked at Oberlaa for many years and Mario himself started to work with SAAB already back in 1999. The family really caught the “SAAB-virus” as they collectively own more than 25 different ones. “While I respect other brands as well, I really cannot imagine owning any other car than SAAB. I’ve grown up with them!” said Mario. Over the years, he actually has owned and driven an impressive number of SAABs: 9-3OG Hirsch Convertible, 9000 CD 2,3 turbo, 9000 CS 2,3i, 9-5OG Aero 2,3 turbo Hirsch, 9-5OG 2,0 turbo Hirsch, 9-3NG Aero Hirsch, 9-5NG Aero 2,0 turbo XWD Hirsch and last but not least a 900 turbo series 1 Convertible with APC. “It was really unfortunate that Oberlaa had to close down in April 2014 but I am really happy that I have now been able to open a new SAAB workshop in the Vienna area to service the large group of SAAB drivers”.

Proud owner Mario Milincic on the right, his father in the middle and a former co-worker from Oberlaa on the left.  © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.
Proud owner Mario Milincic on the right, his father in the middle and a former co-worker from Oberlaa on the left. © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.

Bright future
There are a few other car brands standing in the Autohaus Himbergs car park, waiting for service. The goal however is to focus for 90% or more on SAAB. “What I am seeing is that our customers are really devoted to their SAABs. Most actually own more than one and want to keep them on the road and in top shape. Sometimes they own other car brands as well and we are offering maintenance on these too”.

Many pre-owned SAABs for sale.  © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.
Many pre-owned SAABs for sale. © Alexander König / Saab-club Austria.

I actually see a very bright future for SAAB and I am hoping that things will really work out now with Mahindra. In the meantime we are selling used cars in addition to doing maintenance. One of the reasons I decided to start my new company is that the demand for (2nd hand) SAABs in Austria actually has increased significantly since they stopped producing new cars in Trollhättan and given the limited supply in Austria we sometimes even have to get them from Germany or Italy. I’m quite impressed to see that many customers want to trade in their cars from other brands and get a SAAB, a real testimony of how amazing the SAAB quality and how timeless the design actually is!

6 Gedanken zu „SAAB saved in Vienna

  • 18. Januar 2015 um 4:03 PM
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    Als treuer Konsument des SaabBlog freue ich mich, auch über Saab-Aktivitäten in meiner engsten Heimat zu lesen! Und als Stammkunde im Autohaus Oberlaa freue ich mich über die Eröffnung des Autohauses Himberg und gratuliere Mario Milincic zu dieser Entscheidung!
    Vorerst auf diesem Weg alles Gute und viel Erfolt, wir sehen uns in Himberg!
    Liebe Grüße!
    Erich

    • 18. Januar 2015 um 4:04 PM
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      Pardon, sollte natürlich “viel Erfolg” heißen!

    • 18. Januar 2015 um 7:24 PM
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      Grüss dich Erich, danke dir für deine e-mail, hoffe du fühlst dich wohl bei uns als kunde, l.g. Mario

  • 19. Januar 2015 um 10:59 AM
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    Na Hoppla… Das habe ich gar nicht mitbekommen… War ja auch mit meinen drei Saabs dort Kunde… Werde wohl mal vorbeischauen müssen 😉 Auf jeden Fall viel Erfolg!!! Schön zu hören, dass es doch wieder eine Werkstatt gibt, die sich um unsere Schätze kümmert…

  • 20. Januar 2015 um 11:02 PM
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    Der Artikel trägt doch ein wenig zu fett auf…lassen wir die Kirche im Dorf.
    Viel Erfolg den Saab-Bastlern mit ihrer neuen Garage!

    • 21. Januar 2015 um 7:06 PM
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      Was meinst Du damit? Magst Du das noch etwas konkretisieren, was zu fett aufgetragen ist?

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