Some short Saab notes from Sweden, compactly summarized:
For the statisticians among the readers BilSweden announces in the first quarter 2014 26 newly registered Saabs in Sweden.
Of these, 6 vehicles were included in the statistics for the first time in the month of March. The delivery of order vehicles to customers begins at the end of April, the previously registered vehicles have not gone private.
Partnership NEVS and HP
A well-known company moves back to Trollhättan. Back in GM times when HP took over the group-owned IT service provider from the Americans, HP was Saab's partner. And even during Spyker's brief intermezzo, they had offices near the main portal.
Now HP comes back, takes over the ancestral rooms, and in Trollhättan, 50 rebuilds to 60 jobs. NEVS outsources logistics, production and financing services. HP is also working with NEVS in China, and a German competence center will also be involved. This is located in the southwest of the republic and provides, among other development services in the automotive sector. The center also works for other manufacturers, which are among the interesting addresses of the auto industry.
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Saab driving report in Gothenburg's post
How difficult the balancing act for NEVS is right now can be understood by reading the latest report in Gothenburg's Post. NEVS has started with the ambition to deliver especially environmentally friendly mobility. You have to be measured by that. Unfortunately, the electric car is not yet on the market, and the 9-3 Aero can not convince in this regard in the test.
The data of Saab 9-3 Aero 2014 with automatic transmission compared to the competitors according to Gothenburg's post:
Saab 9-3 Aero 2014, 220 PS, 200 g / km.
Volvo S60 245 PS. 139 g / km.
Audi A4 225 PS. 152 g / km.
BMW 328i 245 PS. 149 g / km.
In principle, the 2014er 9-3 is nothing more than an 9-3 Griffin from the model year 2010 1 / 2. Since then 4 years have passed, the development continues. This also changes our Saab glasses, basic equipment for daily blog writing, nothing. In the model from Gothenburg, an 8 gear machine sorts the gears, in Saab only an 6 gear solution. The emission behavior is unfortunately not up to date.
“Stark motor, fint chassi och god kvalitetskänsla” sounds a little more conciliatory in the test report. “Kvalitetskänsla” stands for the perceived quality, which is certified as good. A not unimportant confirmation when you kiss a plant from deep sleep and start with a new production team.
The Saab is at least slightly ahead of one of the comparison vehicles. It is more environmentally friendly, more modern, more powerful, but the feeling for quality is worse. At least that's what a friend says who has had a test drive with the vehicle and decided against it. "It rattles," was his comment. As a note, it was not a German brand with which he was traveling.
Qoros on its way to Europe
Another quick look over the Saab-Tellerrand. In a Qoros is Swedish engineering knowledge, which comes to a large extent from Trollhättan. Accordingly proud one is in the homeland of Volvo and Saab on the newcomer. The manufacturer itself is as covered with its European plans as NEVS in Trollhättan and wrapped itself in the Geneva Motor Show in silence.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are talking to the BLG Logistics Group in Bremen, about the possible import processing. The company confirmed this to the industry portal “kfz-Betrieb”. The bets have been running since Geneva that Qoros will be present at local trade fairs in Sweden in autumn. It could come like this.
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