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.
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”.