Trollhättan, the 2. December 2013. I think almost every blog reader will remember this date. What was then or what could have been is somehow the background of this article.
Mark and I are our guests in Trollhättan that day and are already on our way early in the morning. The big show at NEVS doesn't start until the afternoon, and so we walk - thickly wrapped up because it's cold on that day - the factory premises ... to capture some Saab atmosphere and always in the hope of seeing something that could be spectacular . Maybe a NEVS prototype that could deliver a good Saab Spyshot.
But apart from a few Volvo prototypes that rush past Trollhättan on Inlandsvägen, full of people of Asian origin, nothing comes across our way. We don't care about Volvo, NEVS is making the area opaque on these days, so we walk through Swedish botany to the former test workshop. There we take photos through the fence, briefly shocked when we are caught, but the employee takes the matter in a sporty manner and happily waves to us.
That’s all, and in the afternoon we’re guests at the plant, and only when we’re back home in Germany do we look at the pictures of the test workshop. What do we see? A mountain of boned bodies, you could also say junk. Point.
Only much, much later - a friend looks at the pictures - it becomes clear that we shot down two test vehicles of the Saab Phoenix platform. A sedan and a convertible, both with flares on the fenders, on rims that are not Saab rims. Phoenix or Fenix, as they say in Sweden, is wider than the 440 platform of the Saab 9-3. The axes do not fit under the sheet metal cladding, with the effect that everything is drawn a little wider and the dimensions are no longer correct.
This is Saab tradition, reminiscent of the project Padan. Paddan, or toad, was a Saab 96 that drove the floor pan of the upcoming Saab 99 for testing ... undetected! Paddan still exists today in the Saab Bil Museum.
While Paddan still enjoys good health, the story for the two Phoenix test subjects did not go so well. Her condition was already bad in December, though not quite as miserable as that of her predecessors. To the right of the cabriolet and sedan camped more shelled bodies, which can be identified due to the holes in the fenders also as a former test car for components of the Saab Phoenix platform.
Both photographed Fenix test vehicles were scrapped in the spring, but this does not end the story of NEVS and the Phoenix platform. Other vehicles for testing the Saab Phoenix platform were spotted and photographed in Trollhättan until early summer. Unfortunately not from Mark and me. The pictures are available, but may not appear on the blog. How we keep ourselves
At the moment we're not getting any Saab Spyshots from Trollhättan, but development continues ... in the development department on site, internationally at partner companies. NEVS has outsourced everything to do with the Phoenix platform in its own company; the platform is probably the decisive asset that NEVS has. What's the secret?
The decisive point should be the limitless variability. You can build a very small car as well as a very large car on a Phoenix basis. Just for comparison: Neighbor Volvo needs two new platforms, Saab would have made it possible with one. And Fenix could serve as a basis for both premium and economy class vehicles. Depending on how you interpret it. At least that's what they say in Trollhättan, and it's no wonder that certain other manufacturers are increasingly working in Saab City.
What NEVS or the future owners will do with it is unclear. The course at NEVS didn't open up to me in 2014 as a whole, and quite frankly: I gave up even thinking about it.
The Phoenix platform may be the last legacy of a small, brilliant company that gave the world many great cars. What could become of it is of secondary importance if it will not bear the name Saab ... but which is still open. The cards on this topic are currently being shuffled, Fenix plays a role in this.