End of an episode

In Sweden, a fugitive episode ends in the chapter of the brand Saab. With the month of October, the temporary and limited-term special permit for the new registration of vehicles built by NEVS expires.

NEVS new car in the summer 2014 on the factory premises
NEVS new car in the summer 2014 on the factory premises

The 9-3 sedan produced by NEVS only meets the Euro 5 standard and has no active pedestrian protection, as is now required. NEVS partners in Sweden only offer stock vehicles as used cars with a few kilometers, the stock in Trollhättan was as good as sold out last Friday. NEVS employees had the opportunity to purchase limousines at reduced prices and took advantage of them.

NEVS and the production of the NEVS 9-3 were a short episode, not anymore. A little evolution, because the suspension of the sedan, a mixture of the well-known Supersport and Aero suspension, should have been the best vote that has ever been found in Trollhättan for an 9-3 sedan. But that is over; who had counted on possible bargains and a sales promotion, had speculated. Saab collectors have shown interest in the vehicles in recent weeks, may soon come a NEVS 9-3 new car to Germany.

What is still on the factory premises, these are the vehicles with China specification. Not built for Europe, and not eligible for European markets. In contrast to the vehicles sold in Sweden, the NEVS 9-3 produced for Asia have a navigation system on board. After all, with Bluetooth hands-free, while giving domestic customers only one DIY solution, which also worked badly, expected.

It all looks like a final in installments. What still spread hope in December 2013 ends in frustration. NEVS has lost its trademark rights and the last vehicles that can be sold are gone. The factory site, Trollhättan visitors have reported in recent weeks, is desolate and orphaned. However - in contrast to the situation in 2011, it does not affect me very much. We have set ourselves up for a life without a new car, if it fits into life we ​​drive our Saabs as long as it is fun. Or as a commentator wrote on the blog a few days ago: “Saab lives - even without NEVS”.

23 thoughts on "End of an episode"

  • I still need a 9-5 NG and a 901th, that's enough for the next 5 years ...
    At some point BMW will come and kiss Saab awake from its deep sleep ... with rear-wheel drive and bi-turbo four-cylinder power, as a Viggen with over 300PS ...

    I'm going to dream now ...

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    The safest method is currently to maintain your own Saab. I bought a 9-3 2.0T XWD last week; my Saab family now consists of 4 beautiful cars. Of course, I also hope that, for example, Tatamotors will resume production.

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    What components is the innovation on the 9-3 suspension? Have only the springs and dampers been modified, ie could you also upgrade older 9-3II + III vehicles?

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      Hard to say what changed. What Saab for the Supersport Chassis had changed was profound and not easy to retrofit. Unfortunately, we do not have any insight into the modifications.

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    I think Spyker and NEVS both gambled too much. For a seriously competitive automobile production, SAAB was always a size too big for the two companies mentioned. It was more about a) buying and selling b) financial concerns of the people involved (VM) c) the pathetic attempt to turn a medium-sized company into a large one in the auto industry (this requires more capital). Finding this is more difficult than you think, because who invests in such a small (dependent on others), inexperienced company? As a possible investor / interested party, I would first wait until NEVS “bleeds” and then secure the rest if necessary. To invest in such an adventurous business model with inexperienced management and and and ... NO! And that's exactly why everything is dragging on ... Nobody is interested in NEVS. This is how it looks!

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      Because those interested know: they do not want NEVS. When NEVS is away from the window, things are getting exciting.

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        Without many words. That's exactly how it looks. It couldn't be described better or more honestly. Greetings from Styria - Klaus

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          Yup. Why invest in a company when there is a chance of succession?

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    I do think that SAAB will one day appear again as an automobile manufacturer - how and when remains open ... but it will be in Sweden! Whether the normal can then buy these cars is open ... 🙂

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      Is also my opinion, SAAB will come back sometime!

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    Had, would, would ... .. we've been hearing for a number of years. The previous business conduct of NEVS is unfortunately not suitable for doing business with this company - neither as a customer nor as an investor. The legal situation is infinitely complicated. A “white knight” will think about that before investing the necessary billions. I fear bankruptcy would be the only chance for a fresh start without legacy.

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    If one gets the impression that one should give nothing at all to the statements of NEVS CEO Bergman, then of course the assumption manifests itself on a life without SAAB new car or replenishment.

    On the other hand, it could still happen in the next few weeks that NEVS will present a new majority shareholder and the statements made will still prove to be true. This means that the very last deadline is now running for NEVS - if a further extension of the reconstruction should then be targeted, however, this would no longer be advisable in my opinion and would have to result in a corresponding court decision!

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    The Volvo colleagues probably had the better strategy and maybe the luckier hand. When you see how well the Volvo brand is holding up in the market, it's a real shame about SAAB. This is what a long-time Volvo driver (Amazon, 240/740/760) writes, who then switched to SAAB in the mid-90s. It was also the right decision back then. Hope dies last ...

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      Volvo had a different starting point. The Ford - Geely contracts were fair, with a clear cut, and provided the opportunity for a smooth transition. The GM - Spyker contracts were not fair, but nobody forced VM to sign them.

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        Yes, that is certainly true. GM may not have had any real interest in SAAB in finding a promising partner. With its innovative team and know-how, SAAB would certainly have had a good chance. You can see even in the interaction between GM, US and Opel that the Chevrolet brand was given full support in possible growth markets such as Russia and that Opel was virtually pushed out of the market. Anyway ... we find ourselves driving the SAABS as long as possible, even if only as a second car (to extend the service life).

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        GM has always managed to sabotage its own businesses in the long term. And now they're doing it again: e.g. ignition lock, hasty liquidation of the SAAB brand, Chevy ON / OFF in Europe, strange Opel production in Korea, constant downgrading of the Opel brand, corrupted deal with VM, electric flop, etc, etc, etc ... as long as the shareholders think that's a good thing ...? In short: almost everything that GM has touched in the last 20 years went in the pants - that's why GM will sooner or later be bought up by third parties and is therefore history. The management is obviously only interested in making short-term book profits, clearing the bonuses and quickly disappearing to the Cayman Islands with full pockets. That's not how you build cars ... GM could have benefited from OPEL and SAAB for a long time ...

  • I think it's a pity that this is now so negative about NEVS written!
    NEVS has at least tried to reactivate SAAB, they have invested a lot, fought hard. The fact that it didn't work out in the end may have been largely due to a lack of financial resources ...
    Even back in the days of VM, it became clear that investors from China could not find a reliable partner - this was evidently repeated at NEVS.
    SAAB has a chance and deserves it, also under the direction of NEVS! But investors must be found who have a long breath and are reliable!
    And these are therefore not allowed to come from China and, because of the current sanctions against Russia, better not from there - that could cause problems again!

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      NEVS at least tried, just like VM tried. Both knew what would have been necessary, and above all NEVS had to be clear about what resources were needed to revive the brand. If a minority shareholder, with only 22%, does not meet his obligations, the main shareholder should, provided serious planning, be able to intercept this. That was not the case. Therefore I find it very difficult to write a “more positive” letter, but try to be as neutral as possible ...

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        I can only agree with that ... naivety also to be praised, I don't know. We could have been spared suffering 😉

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    NEVS? Ticked Off!
    I keep my SAAB!
    Sunny weekend all readers / inside

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      I see that as well. Now go out to the sun (with SAAB)

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    I have long decided to drive my Saabs as long as possible.
    Two are already old-timers and the other two may well be.
    At least who the electronics in 9-5 NG allows it.

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    Nevs is history

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