Almost 900 entries in Google News in the Turkish press. There are hardly any reactions in Sweden, and with some delay the news fires in Germany. A Turkish folk car, also electric, comes on Saab 9-3 base.
There were many short messages on the subject, and also the shortness offers the opportunities for prescribing. You just have to know the possibilities. Here are the best quotes of the week:
Prescribers at Fokus:
"Recently NEVS, together with the Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng, tried unsuccessfully to bring an electric version of the Saab 9-3 to the market."
Prescriber or Reality? Does the focus anticipate the future? The reality: The NEVS EV for China is planned for 2017 or 18. We'll see in two or three years whether the focus is right.
Prescriber at Auto.de:
“The basis of the vehicle should be the pre-developed electric version of the Saab 9-3, which is no longer produced.”
Prescriber or reality? Reality: Pre-engineered versions of the 9-3 have gone down with the Saab Automobile AB 2011. NEVS relies on other suppliers and technologies. The NEVS EV is in the prototype stage.
Prescribers at the Donaukurier:
“The cars cannot be called Saab; the armaments company Saab has the trademark rights. ”
Prescriber or reality? The reality: The thing is still unclear. NEVS still uses the Saab logo, Sweden is divided. The Saab AB is silent, but since NEVS has completed the process of reconstruction, the advantage should lie with NEVS.
Prescriber at the Krone Zeitung:
"Saab, created in 1949 from the spin-off of the arms company of the same name ..."
Prescriber or reality? The reality: Since 1947, the brave group of Saab-producing Swedes was a division of the arms company. Airplanes and cars were built in the same halls for a while, the Saab 95 is a fine example. Since 1969 the company traded under Saab-Scania AB, only 1990, the Saab Automobile AB was founded and split off.
How is it feasible to pack so many prescribers into so many reports? The reason is probably the press work at NEVS, which does not take place internationally. Saab is of interest, still. Interest meets a vacuum that nobody wants to fill.
The business with the 9-3 seems, as far as the prototypes are concerned, according to Turkish sources, not free of problems. Yesterday a list was released, the prototypes are called Phoenix 1.0 and 1.1. In addition to the sedans of a station wagon and cross-over the speech. That, and the electrification, could lead to the conclusion that NEVS has sold prototypes on the Phoenix platform.
The factual situation is timely, there is only one Turkish source whose authenticity we can not verify. There is no confirmation from NEVS.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden… is coming.
But the electric car is coming from Sweden! Not from the city, as we expect, not from the plant in question. It will carry the Volvo logo, will be on the market in 2019, and by 2020 every 10th Volvo is to be driven through the area purely electrically or as a plug-in hybrid.
Volvo speaks of a range of 500 kilometers, a new mid-size SUV will be the first Volvo of modern times to be electric. That's nice for Volvo, but for NEVS people it has to be frustrating ... especially for Saab fans!
Because Saab has always been the more innovative brand. In year 4 of the takeover by NEVS there is (so far) nothing more to be seen. The balance since summer 2012: zero. National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has to be careful that it is not the other brand that is bringing the Swedish electric car into series production.