The crisis in the auto industry is expanding. Volvo, the other Swedish brand, will not rest. But at least some good news comes from Saab-City as a contrast to the bad industry news, which pulls like a skid mark across Europe. Before we start a brief foray into the car industry, let's take a look at our favorite Qoros.
Why do we have qoros under observation? Because everything has to do with everything, and because former Saab executives have found a new home there. If you believe ex-Saab CIO and now Qoros CIO Eric Geers, then there is Saab DNA in the newcomer. There are also unconfirmed rumors that Qoros could dock with the Saab dealer structure for European sales. It is also uncertain whether Qoros will make his European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The China Cartimes has published the latest spyshots. Could Saab be in there somewhere?
If so, it hides the pre-production model skilfully. Whatever is inside is a lot of European know-how. Because Qoros has transferred a great deal of development work to a major supplier and is not developing much itself. A structure that is currently emerging in Trollhättan at NEVS.
NEVS and the open questions
The friends of Saabsunited are quite uncritical of the new owner of the Saab factory. Both at the Oktoberfest and at the first interview in Trollhättan you missed the chance to ask the right questions. Not only me, but also Steven Wade, founder of Saabsunited, and former bloggers in Saab services. On his blog Swadeology, he asks the questions that were not posed by Saabsunited. A worth reading post!
Everything better in France
The government in Stockholm has not put a finger to Saab. If Saab had been taken under state supervision according to US patterns and then looked for a new owner in peace, everything would have been fine! Instead, they renounced a traditional company, which for decades was also a figurehead for the Swedish way of life.
In France, the PSA Group is struggling to survive with its Citroen and Peugeot brands. GM has its finger in the game, which suggests no good for the future of the brands. However, France is not Sweden, and the President of the Republic would not think of driving in the BMW, as can be seen in Stockholm. The French are rightly proud of their automotive history. France now wants to support the PSA Group with a bank guarantee of 7 billion euros. The news agency Reuters reports.
Emergency brake 1: GM
General Motors is stopping production in Ellesmere Port for this week. The Vauxhall plant may then run again next week. Sales of the Opel / Vauxhall brands are in sharp decline in Europe, and the problems are worsening.
Emergency brake 2: Ford
Like GM, Ford is hit hard by the crisis. 1.500 employees in the UK have to leave.
Emergency brake 3: Volvo
Volvo will not rest. The new Volvo CEO is prosecuted by the public prosecutor's office in Munich on suspicion of corruption, a crime of MAN's time. For the press in Sweden a headline found. While in Torslanda the bands for the autumn holidays were completely switched off and the clock rate was down, the plant in Ghent was stable after the last production stop in the summer. Now, Ghent also reduces the production of 59 to 54 cars per hour and dismisses 300's 5.200 employees. It is primarily the temporary workers whose contracts are not renewed.
At least for the spin-offs of the Saab periphery, there is good news. The Saab knowledge from Trollhättan counts and is appreciated internationally.
Success story from Trollhättan I
The Saab spin-off Vicura is developing into a success story. There is a lot of Saab know-how from the powertrain area secured. Vicura has now received an order to develop an electric four-wheel drive from British specialist GKN Driveline. This not only secures jobs, which allows you to create more jobs. Vicura currently has 80 employees, others are now being searched.
Success story from Trollhättan II
BRC Sweden, based in Trollhättan in the Industrigatan, has been upgrading Subarus with gas for the domestic market since February. Together with ANA, they have had a Saab 9-3 Trifuel in their portfolio in the past. From November to be converted to new Ford. It's about a couple 100 cars a year, and BRC Sweden hopes to double the number of 10 employees.
Good news for the location, because with every development order and every additional job, the attractiveness increases. Since the end of the GM era, the small town in the Västra Gotland has become more international. Already at Spyker time Saab got foreign orders into the house. Ganz Trollhättan is now moving in the direction of China, so our impression. With Dong Feng a heavyweight on the ground, NEVS, contrary to first announcement, has become a purely Chinese affair, and Innovatum has now sealed its close cooperation with Ninghai Science Park in Ningbo.
The rapprochement with China seems politically intended, because the Innovatum does nothing without the green light of the administration. Is this the future of the site? The future of NEVS? The future of Saab? More questions than answers at the start of the week.
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