- 31 Saab orders in December
- Kai Erling Trogen leaves NEVS
On the 10. NEVS opened the order system for Saab new vehicles in Sweden on December. According to a report by Dagens Industri, 31 vehicles were ordered this month. The delivery to the customers should take place in April, so press boss Mikael Östlund.
Östlund does not want to say how many vehicles have been ordered since then. "We report monthly figures," he said to Dagens Industri. At the end of January or beginning of February, test drives will be possible in Trollhättan, delivery will start in April.
NEVS seems satisfied with the numbers, there are more requests for test drives. Okay, 31 vehicles in 21 days is not much, some dealers are selling more. But that's not the point. After all, we talk about a Saab, which is not in any showroom for which no advertising is made and which could not be driven to the test. It is a symbolic new beginning that serves more to make production fit for higher volumes.
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In the spring we'll see what NEVS refers to as an update. From this point it will be interesting, because it will be the vehicles that will accompany us for the next few years. If you report 31 ordered vehicles to the press per month then you have a problem. Currently the 31 is just a number. No more.
Kai-Erling Trogen leaves NEVS
At first it was just a rumor, then came the news about Dagens Industri and other media.
But the official confirmation is still pending, NEVS Chairman Kai-Erling Trogen, formerly at Volvo Trucks, vacates his post at Stallbacka. He remains with the company as a consultant. His position will be taken over by NEVS founder Kai Johan Jiang, who will be responsible for the company's strategy. The resignation of Trogen is for personal reasons, circles report that the 67-year-old should be injured.
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At the same time, it also seems increasingly clear that incumbent Managing Director Mattias Bergman will not accompany his position temporarily, as previously announced, but over the long term.
Again, there is no official statement from Saab owner NEVS. NEVS-Saab spokesman confirmed that they are not looking for a manager to replace Bergman. Bergman does not have many years of experience in the automotive industry, but NEVS has enough in house expertise with Saab veterans like Stig Nodin, Per Svantesson, Kjell ac Bergström and Stig Runesson, he said today.