A few days ago I had a long talk with a good friend. It was also about bloggers' frustration. The business sector has dominated for 18 months, a state I have never wished for. Good friends are important because they usually have good advice. “I should leave the field of economic issues to others, preferring to write about cars and the Saab scene. Those would be the points that I enjoy. " He is right. Writing about cars from Trollhättan is a pleasure, there was enough economy. In the future there will only be a summary of the economy, with the exception of “breaking news”. The blog is written for the Saab brand vehicles that are our hobby.
In plain language it means that we will not comment on every report and announcement by NEVS, especially since the company has little prospect of using the brand name. But we don't bury our heads in the sand and deal with the past. We are looking beyond our own nose and into the future more intensively than ever. In the next few weeks we will deal very intensively with the topic of electromobility, which could be the future. Just in a slightly more interesting way.
Today, however, there is a summary of what the last days topic was in Sweden, and what we have not published for the reasons mentioned above.
Trollhättan is full of secrets. It is still unknown for which price individual Saab company parts changed hands. The Saab Powertrain Division, and also the Saab Tools AB, are said to have achieved a pretty good price. Saab Powertrain employees have been receiving pending payments such as holiday pay in recent days. The suppliers will also be happy about the money. Unlike the employees and creditors of Saab Automobile AB, they will not go out.
Strong development location
Saab expertise is valued worldwide and the order books of the relevant Saab spin-offs are well booked. The former Saab mother GM assigns development contracts to Sweden, what exactly runs there, we reveal on Monday. That Trollhättan will have a lot of work in the future, for sure seems. Because in Germany GM prepares the clear-cutting. A good source told us about the consequences that the PSA and GM connection will have for Opel. The logistics division of Rüsselsheimer will transfer hands into PSA. Sounds harmless, but it is not. Behind all this lies the entire after-sales area, which is also highly profitable at Opel.
Is NEVS an opportunity?
Fredrik Sidahl, CEO of the national suppliers of the automotive industry, sees it that way. If the contracts are final, NEVS could help boost the Swedish auto industry. Although he sees only small numbers if the year 2013 / 14 the first battery-powered 9-3 from the tape to run. Innovations that rub off on the entire industry could come from Trollhättan.
NEVS wants to maintain good contact with traditional suppliers, according to the website. First contacts have already been made, said Sidahl in the TTELA interview. But no more concrete, deeper discussions.
But NEVS is just NEVS. And NEVS has just bought the remnants of Saab Automobile AB with a preliminary contract. What we experienced last week on site was confirmed again this week. In the known constellation, there is no chance to use the trademark rights. To prove his seriousness, Kai Johan Jiang wants to break off his tents in China and move to Sweden. The mistrust that comes to him hurt him deeply, he said in an interview with Dagens Industri.
He is aware that Saab is a “high-risk project”. But he had been working on this project for two years and he was sure that the capacity of the Saab factory of 190.000 cars a year would be used. So far, he has given the administrators a security deposit of 150 million crowns on the purchase price, which according to Dagens Industri could amount to 1.8 billion crowns. And if you can't use the name “Saab” for the new products, then you will build cars under a different name.
NEVS assessment on site
These are statements that make sense, considering the local assessment in Trollhättan. The new products are based on Japanese components and technology. In addition, you would like to allocate production capacity, which is no problem in the ultra-modern and flexible plant. NEVS does not want to be a producer in the focus. The focus is more on R & D in green mobility. With Saab DNA and Saab technology, the NEVS plans should have nothing to do.
Give us information!
The newspapers in Sweden were one of the few winners of the Saab crisis. The local TTELA and Dagens Industri, to name just a few, were able to increase their circulation and the websites were heavily frequented. Advertising revenue rose to plummet now. A conversation partner in Sweden commented on the situation, not without a glee, so: ... now they (the newspapers) have to write about birds that fall out of nests. And nobody cares. ”
In order to obtain information, the TTELA has placed the telephone extension of the respective editor at the end of each Saab share in the last few days. No crisis, no requirement. Bad News sells…
But a little speculation ...
And then we have them, our little speculation. SPIEGEL reports in the current issue about the increasingly close cooperation between BMW and Toyota. The gentlemen from Japan visited Trollhättan some time ago, the same from Munich. After BMW has lost the PSA Group as a partner and GM in one fell swoop, there could still be intentions. So some readers who have informed us by mail. Apparently, the SPIEGEL is very popular among Saab drivers as reading.
A guess, because it is not more that could have sprung from our wishful thinking. No, I assure you, we do not know about it. And if we knew something, we would deny it.