The first electric car from Saab is in the starting blocks; the test fleet is in the 2. Quarter 2014 will be delivered to China. This was announced yesterday by NEVS CEO Mattias Bergman the press in Sweden.
The preparations for production in the press shop have been completed, because the EV will differ in design from the known prototypes. However, one should "expect no revolution, more an evolution," said Bergman to the press. In plain language: the visual changes will be limited.
What interests us a little more than the electric car, for example, would be the 9-3 station wagon. According to the announcement in December 2013, it should appear at the same time as the EV, and the 9-3 Aero sedan should receive the “update” at the same time.
If the announcement is still valid, then the curtain will rise on the mysterious engine issue in the second quarter. All that can be heard from Trollhättan is a loud silence, and everyone involved is holding on. And this despite the fact that intensive work is being carried out on manuals and technical documentation. No comparison to the time of Victor Muller, when every decision, no matter how small, was passed on to the press unfiltered. But better this way - the remaining weeks until April or May we will also be patient with our patience ...
For NEVS, the puppy protection ends, life gets rough, and for the future some things will depend on the debut of the revised models. Will we, the customers, accept the new “old” vehicles, what do the dealers say? Will you stick to the interesting pricing, as indicated on the Swedish market, and will you be able to offer market-oriented leasing rates?
And how will you organize sales? The Internet is just a building block, which you will also know in Trollhättan. The signs are growing that in the course of the year one will also go to European markets outside of Sweden. In the Netherlands, where the dealer and importer structure is still in order, the notes on the topic of Saab are piling up in the press. An accident? Probably not. And Germany? So far only silence - but the year is still young.