NEVS has written a new chapter in Saab history. The first vehicles are in the hands of the customer and were handed over to the former Saab design center, which is now used as a customer center for delivery.
Pictures of the handover of the first two Saab 9-3 Aero sedans are available from saabcarsofficial on Instagram. It's getting serious for Saab, they're back in the circle of manufacturers. It is “a day of joy and a moment of truth, because our cars have to do justice to customers…” NEVS CEO Mattias Bergman told the local newspaper.
50 vehicles have meanwhile gone to 30 Saab partners in Sweden, and NEVS has really done that, which few have doubted. New Saabs are back on the road, an important step for the brand. Chapeau, NEVS!
Unfortunately, the joy is somewhat clouded, because the first new car went to Lennart Fahlgren in Lidköping on Friday - and Fahlgren is dissatisfied.
Some readers will remember that it was Fahlgren who did the ordered first NEVS Saab 9-3, His reason for dissatisfaction, the material for publication in the GT Expresses is: the Bluetooth handsfree is not working properly.
The handsfree is a kind of retrofit solution, neither beautiful, neither according to what you can expect 2014 from a new car, nor the claim of the brand owed. From NEVS probably at the last minute, and to protect the customer from illegal phone calls, installed as a solution. A small display attached to the left of the radio. What was meant well does not work well in this case.
Because the device does not work reliably, operation via the buttons on the steering wheel is not possible, and the display is not easy to read. The first bad press has arrived and the customer's annoyance is understandable. Why Fahlgren had to go public with it immediately - he describes himself as a fan of the brand - but the question should be asked.
One thing's for sure: the 9-3 from NEVS is a good car, probably the best 9-3 of all times in terms of driving behavior. But you have to work on the multimedia solutions. You do that in Trollhättan and you learn it. Everything should get better with the update. And for Fahlgren, you will find a solution that will satisfy you.
Even if the hassles cloud the day a little: NEVS has brought our little brand back on the road. If it is permanent then it would be a great achievement. That counts!