It wasn't what we wanted it to be! No redemption after the long time of waiting, little and only restrained joy! After the noise of yesterday has subsided, we are left perplexed. Because the change of ownership raised a lot of questions. The sale appears hastily brought forward to end the process before mid-summer.
Not really clarified are the trademark rights. The financing and the purchase price are open questions. Many things seem illogical, so yesterday I phoned friends from the automotive industry. Why does the production of the first electric car based on Saab 9-3 start only in 18 months? The Saab e-Power fleet was in the field trial and was approved. Recording production could be possible in 6 months. If you start 2013 / 14 first, the 9-3 is already 11 years old in its fundamentals.
NEVS bought the rights to the Saab 9-3. That was the statement of yesterday, and it is also in the press release. Why aren't we given what we want? Starts the belts in the stable backa and produces convertibles, limousines and sports suits with turbo engines when the rights have been clarified? Questions after questions ...
Whoever expects me to make a plea for each NEVS today, I have to disappoint.
Because this blog is also about honesty and straightforwardness. If I have been writing for Saab daily for the last 18 months, then with passion. With all the small weaknesses, I was always convinced of the cult cars from Trollhättan. The best turbocharged engines in the world, excellent ergonomics and Swedish design.
At NEVS I can hardly see what it is worth writing for. The facts are too vague and the corporate objectives too undefined. But let's be fair….
The industry is facing a major change. Just as the change from horse to steam engine, in the next few years a shift from fossil energy to other propulsion technologies will take place. This will be very fast, especially in megacities.
For many of us, including myself, it is hard to imagine that a battery car could arouse automobile emotions. A collection of serially connected batteries and four wheel hub motors does not cause enthusiasm or desire. I love combustion engines and turbos in particular. But this era is coming to an end, and the next generation may shake their heads about the way we travel.
Without the consortium with the less attractive abbreviation “NEVS”, the Saab story would be over. So Trollhättan, currently the only winner in the game, has the chance that something completely new will develop in the Stallbacka.
We should give all new concerns a chance for the new leaders! We keep an eye on them and see what they do over the next few weeks. Maybe they are doing everything right.
At some point I wrote that every new owner who saves Saab would get the support of the community and the blog. I hereby take it back. Because it's not like that. We are many, we are strong. We drive our cars with pride and we can enjoy our turbo-charged dream cars for a long time. Because our Saabs are durable and robust. We have a very good supply of spare parts - regardless of NEVS - we have good dealers and Saab specialists. The flag with the royal griffin will fly proudly at our meetings. Even in many years.
We do not need NEVS, but NEVS needs us. Because we are the ambassadors of the brand, each of us. We are communicators.
NEVS can earn our trust and affection. Then they also get our support. Maybe it will become a love affair over the months. We will see.