The short break on the Saab blog is over. Opportunity for a short look in the quite calm, wintry Sweden. And on what a NEVS manager has to say in the radio interview about the future. But first to Uddevalla, a few kilometers from Trollhättan. There, Autometal Scandinavia AB will establish an assembly of exhaust systems for the Saab factory.
Like Trollhättan, Uddevalla suffers from the abolition of Saab car production and the closure of the Volvo assembly plant last summer. Every new workplace is very welcome, and Autometal Scandinavia AB would rather buy the factory building in the local business park than rent it.
From which we can draw at least two conclusions. Anyone who buys instead of renting sees a certain future potential and has confidence in what NEVS is planning. On the one hand. But if you are faced with the question of whether you want to rent or buy in January, you will hardly start assembly in the spring. Sweden is not China, in case of doubt things take more time than less. The assembly could go into operation in autumn or even later. Then when NEVS finally produces quantities of vehicles with turbo engines.
What may take longer than we like it, because the focus is on China and the electric drive. How correct this statement is is substantiated by the interview with NEVS Manager Frank Smit.
Frank Smit on the plans at NEVS
Frank Smit accompanies the position of a “Vehicle Program Manager” at NEVS. In the past, he worked for GM in various positions and for SAAB Automobile AB. He has been in the service of NEVS since September 2013.
At BNR Nieuwsradio The Dutchman gave an interview on the plans for the future last Friday. The focal point is the electric car, which will celebrate its premiere this year, but not in Geneva at the motor show (but a little later in Beijing). NEVS has the ambition to surpass Tesla. Not right away with the first product, but in the medium term.
Even a plug-in hybrid based on the “new” 9-3 does not rule out Smit. “But initially we are concentrating primarily on the production of electric cars. That is our business model. "
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Smit does not see for the time being that Saab will again become a volume brand in the near future. "If you earn well per car, you don't have to produce 80, 100 or 120.000 cars a year," he said. Hmm ...
Smit speaks in the interview of the “new 9-3” and means the familiar, revised basis. For the first time, the word “plug-in hybrid” is used. Perhaps, it looks like, the revision of the model series will be more profound than previously thought and more than just an “upgrade”. The Netherlands has traditionally been a strong market for Saab. The vehicles from Trollhättan there are the alternative to the German premium providers. The last 9-5 generation was also sold better in the neighboring country than ours. Perhaps Sweden sees the Netherlands as the first future European market that will be opened outside of Sweden. It would be possible.