Exciting times

Finally ! Yesterday NEVS went out of the reconstruction, promptly it became more alive in the Saab world. Relief was palpable, in Trollhattan and elsewhere. The reactions from Sweden were one-sided. They were all positive.

Saab factory
Saab factory

If you clicked through the Twitter and press releases, there wasn't a single negative word to be found. Paul Åkerlund, Mayor of Trollhättan, emphasized the importance of NEVS for the city and the good prospects that are now emerging. The unions are in a good mood anyway, a restart at NEVS could create jobs. 1.000 mostly older production workers of the former Saab Automobile AB are still temporarily parked in retraining, qualifications or unemployment. Skills that lie idle. Every spark of hope counts.

Fredrik Sidahl, representative of the Swedish auto industry, tweeted his NEVS inbox. If his members would get as many orders in the future as he would mail today, yes then ...

OK. So much Swedish exuberance and good mood is unfamiliar. What happened yesterday was a first step in the right direction. There is a schedule that needs to be adhered to. NEVS intends to announce the names of the partners in the near future. So Mikael Östlund yesterday opposite P4 Väst.

The facts are still out of focus. The financing of the next period, funds should be available for 6 months, comes from owner Kai Johan Jiang - said Östlund in an interview yesterday. We are talking about the equivalent of € 50 million; the amount is unconfirmed and comes through the Swedish media.

What happens - it will be exciting. For NEVS, for Trollhättan, for the Saab world. The mission of retrieving lost trademark rights alone is a challenge in itself. Moving the plant and the brand towards the future, much more.

Open is also after yesterday's day just about everything. One thing we should not forget about our thoughts on the future: a single right decision could turn the perspective of NEVS by 180 degrees. Whether new major shareholder, co-operation partner, whoever. Many things would be possible.

What are we doing in the meantime? We keep our grip on the ground and have an open ear towards Sweden. Like for almost 5 years. Is there anything to write, Michèl, Mark and I are there. Otherwise it continues as usual. With cars, made by Trollhättan. Tomorrow is my next story.

33 thoughts on "Exciting times"

  • Somehow, the idea is actually more interesting than I would have thought before thinking about it

    On the one hand, one would of course immediately object that Volkswagen already has a “sporty” medium premium brand with front-wheel drive (Audi) in its portfolio, which also has a businesslike image with a rather straightforward design. Alfa would have been more emotional and a chance for rear-wheel drive, the classic Alfa technology.

    On the other hand, Swade on Saabsunited asked the readers many years ago which brand they would buy if Saab hops were to happen. And then I bothered to recount and, surprisingly, Alfa was named the most frequently, not Volvo or Audi (the main competitor self-proclaimed by Saab). And I remember that I even postponed the decision to go for a Saab 1998, because I wanted to see the Alfa 156 station wagon before (mini suitcase, so Saab). So there are similarities, of whatever kind.

  • But I think VW is more capable than GM. In addition, a kit Saab is definitely better than a Saab a la NEVS from the stubble field. After all, VW is familiar with the car business.

  • +1 very good comment. ORIO has a lot more to do with SAAB than NEVS ever had ...

  • I fully agree with you. The problem affects everyone who needs their car for work. We have this right now in the blog crew, where a Saab is being exchanged for another make. (The Hobby Saabs remain). A youngtimer doesn't always fit, which was one of the reasons for me to buy the 9-5 NG. That puts me out of the discussion and out of every drawer as far as the category of the company car is concerned. And the fuss from Sweden really gets on (almost) everyone's mind. The brand didn't deserve it like that ...

  • I admire your stamina, no question. On this way a thank you, good job.

    I still drive my SAAB and have recently invested in value preservation. My SAAB has until today in the service book the stamp of the same dealer.
    Now there is still an HU, that should not be a problem.

    For hobby riders, youngtimer fans and 900 fans this can go on for a while. As you have already written elsewhere, you can also have car body parts pressed elsewhere if the lights go out at NEVS.

    If you need a vehicle professionally in everyday life and scratch your own but slowly at the limit of life, it can not be avoided in spite of all steadfastness, to think about an alternative. A youngtimer can not be there for everyday life at some point. I have been working for automotive suppliers for several years on the farm. When the SAAB image was still good, that was not a problem. Today I am sometimes asked if my company is no longer running because I drive SAAB. From the original sympathy for the brand SAAB is not much to feel. The last remnant of it, NEVS has still used up with its business practices.

    If an alternative would have come from SAAB, this would always have been at least in the short list. Unfortunately, neither NEVS is a company that I can identify with, nor does it have a marketable product for a long time.

    Unfortunately. I still like my SAAB and runs flawlessly. However, I may not deal with this topic at some point but buy a vehicle that serves its purpose. Point and off. The whole speculative drumbeat from Sweden only goes to my mind.

  • Do we let ourselves be influenced by this ... theater? I don't, otherwise I wouldn't have been writing SAAB for a long time. SAAB is what is at the door, and in the automotive heart. Then nothing.

  • There are certainly many ways to keep a vehicle running for a long time. The rust prevention and cavity treatment are 2 of it.
    So my SAAB will certainly hold out for a while.

    At some point, however, can also come to the point where you can not identify with the monkey theater around an opaque manufacturer simply and therefore wants to get away. At the end of the day, it's all about a car. So nothing really important to life.

  • The location Trollhättan is to take this breather. Will that also become something in the long term?

    EVERYTHING is possible and NOTHING is decisive. A solution will be presented sometime. Or not. And if it is not the one partner, then it is just another. And if it's not plan A, then plan B. Or we conjure plan C or D out of the hat. You are flexible, the customers are patient, the world is big and life is beautiful. That's the way it has been.
    And Swedish politics always speaks up only when there is something to celebrate.

    This is so pathetic! I could k… .. Do you really believe that you will ever be able to pull money out of your customers' pockets in this way?

    If I played the lottery today and won the main prize, then I would have many millions tomorrow and could make the SAAB world happy. However, I don't have the liquid funds for my own use, so I'm looking for investors first. And if not the lottery then ... ..And if not this year, then the next.

    Since the Muppet show has even more entrepreneurial substance.

    NEVS has already announced a lot - for example last December that the investor will be presented in January who will pay the running costs from January. After the final details had been clarified, he should only have signed. Bad luck - it has not yet appeared. The named “hot candidates” have all denied.

    In the meantime, the suppliers are allowed to share in the costs - I don't think any of them will see any money in 60 days until it is reality.

    NEVS is a completely speculative, elusive entity. A real, sustainable business model or performance for a real market has not been seen so far.

    All that has nothing to do with SAAB. This manufacturer does not exist anymore. Or rather with Orio, who supplies the spare parts and helps to keep the SAAB vehicles in operation.

    I am still driving a vehicle of this brand, fortunately in an exceptionally good condition, however, with a fairly advanced mileage. If this vehicle gives up the ghost, there will be a switch to a marketable manufacturer. There are several alternatives that are readily available without accompanying fuss and serve the purpose. Passion I felt for SAAB. This will be over in the foreseeable future. There has never been a relationship with NEVS. NEVS did not try. I'm sure I will not throw money at Hazardeurs.

    NEVS has nothing to offer today, which would be worth waiting for. EVERYTHING is possible, NOTHING is decided.

  • Saab at VW - please not. If only because, I believe, nowhere else are there so many brands under one corporate umbrella as at VW. It was like that at GM a few years ago, and there it was pretty quickly reduced to half of the brands. But it won't happen either, but Saab would go under in the VW Group as was the case with GM.

  • Properly observed!

  • red99; that is not thought so bad. Even if it is not so, a great story is for sure.

  • Toyota's premium brand is called Lexus ...

  • In “Amiland” Lexus is pretty far ahead of the German premium brands in terms of customer satisfaction!

  • Well, Lexus is already relatively successful worldwide only in German-speaking countries. Anyway, after I've also looked at the German premium brands I have to say that Lexus is already top.

  • 100%! NEVS is heading back to the summer holidays. There is no decision before the end of autumn and then the Christmas break comes in between.
    In recent years we have learned how NEVS works 😉

  • If even the greatest ideas are discussed here, I also add a wild speculation:

    Mr. Piëch is looking for a new toy and would like to take over SAAB. After he has now failed with all attempts to buy Alfa Romeo, SAAB will now find his interest. The discussion about Toyota would even support this idea, since VW is in the fight with Toyota for the top position of the world's largest car manufacturer. The trademark rights should not be a problem in such a case, with the SCANIA takeover you have excellent contacts with SAAB AB.

    Incidentally, Mr. Winterkorn doesn't believe in this idea. Therefore, when his contract expires, he is also allowed to “reorient himself professionally”.

    As I said, it is a wild speculation!

    It is much more likely that NEVS will inform us in the course of the next 4 weeks that a decision is not to be expected before the end of the summer holidays in Sweden ... (the thing with the marmot - you know about it).

  • And for the purpose of NEVS ... We would say they are really good Wapplers in Austria. It is just not enough to sell a constructively more than 10 year old car as a new car and plug a few batteries and an electric motor into the said car ... A few TU students can do that too ...

  • So in the absence of a smart Saab to switch to a Japanese ... I will fix myself or have a smart Saab prepared ... The market is not that thin ... Apart from that ... The newer the saab, the less emotion, the more watered down, the GM ...
    And japanese means zero emotions anyway ... my opinion ...

  • Hahaha, I agree with you!

  • Moin moin, Detlef Rudolf!
    I can understand you well! The negative measure of NEVS is indeed more than full!

  • Quote: The reactions from Sweden were one-sided. They were all positive.
    I think about this:
    A swallow does not make a summer! 😉
    I won't let myself be driven “crazy” anymore and wait and see what happens.
    Until then, I continue to SAAB!

  • But in times of a so-called single market, that sounds a bit like saying that here in Munich I did not find a clever Saab, so I bought something else. I searched Europe-wide.

  • It should be noted that it takes a very long useful life, until a new purchase actually makes financial sense. I have my 9-3 scrapped with 334000 km, and paid for a used 9-5 14000 Euro. With the 14000, I could have made the 9-3 but easy fit for the next 150000 km. I'm pretty sure.

  • In the early days of NEVS, the name Toyota was mentioned as a partner. Then the topic became very quiet and Toyota was only mentioned "in secret". As I said, anything is possible. NEVS cannot be looked at in the cards.

  • That's why Saab would go very well with Toyota. Then they would have a decent premium brand

  • Well, Lexus is not a bad brand, but they are not so successful, except in Amiland, I think at least?

  • I have for lack a gscheiten Saab here in Austria to find a Lexus CT200h found and it was the absolute lucky grip of car buyer life, as far as previous owners, condition and price.

    The car itself is a hammer and therefore I really wish Toyota would make something out of NEVS / Saab.

  • The comment should be an answer to Detlef Rudolf. Just queued up somehow wrong.

  • Nothing is impossible - so Toyota?

  • NEVS has announced plans to publicize its investors / partners or whoever this month. Let's wait and see!

  • Because of NEVS a different car, a life without SAAB? That does not work!

  • If this goes on at NEVS with the secrecy until May, I will not comment on that company.

    In addition, it will really be time for me to buy a suitable car from another manufacturer (it will be difficult, but nothing is impossible).

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