At the beginning of the week we got good news from Sweden. Orio AB, the original spare parts supplier, trains technicians for authorized Saab service centers. Because on Swedish roads are around 200.000 Saabs from year 1998 on the way.
To ensure the service for these vehicles, Orio offers introductory courses for Swedish mechanics. The training takes place in the workshop of the Saab Museum and is led by the former technology trainers of Saab Automobile AB, Magnus Hellkant and Bengt Frick. The courses extend over 3 days and are fully booked.
A positive move by Orio AB to pass on Saab competence and guarantee competent service. It is not known whether there will be courses for other markets outside of Sweden.
The rumor mill
A few days after NEVS decided that there would be no Saab comeback, a speculative report appeared in the Express. A journalist close to Volvo toyed with the idea that Volvo and Geely could revive Saab together and that NEVS would have been left behind. The origin of the rumor is the Geely project “L”.
On the modular CMA platform developed by CEVT in Gothenburg, new Volvos, new Geelys and vehicles of an as yet unknown brand are to be created. This label is intended to cover the segment between high-priced Volvos and affordable Geely vehicles. Saab has seen itself as “near premium” in recent years and would fit in well with the gap. Sales should take place via the existing dealer network.
After a premiere date in early summer passed unused, allegedly because you wanted to let Volvo with the concept studies the precedence, and also at the car show in Paris, nothing is to be discovered, there is a new track. Auto Tom in China reports the 20. October as the date for the performance. Not in Beijing, not anywhere in the world. But in Sweden!
An SUV comes as the first model, then a sedan. They are based on the CMA platform like the upcoming Volvo S40 and XC40. The new premium brand will then launch 2017 sales. However, there is no official confirmation.
Premiere in Sweden = new Swedish brand?
Geely's activities in Sweden are running hot. Li Shufu is always in Gothenburg, the European headquarters of the Geely Group is to be built there, and Geely invests on a large scale. A former Saab development manager manages the business at CEVT. The new vehicles of the project “L” brand should go in size in the direction of a Saab 9-3. The world premiere will start in Sweden if the information is correct.
All this could be interpreted in a certain direction. Still, I think it's extremely unlikely and believe more in a brand with any art name born to Geely.
Oh yes. On October 20.10th Mark and I are in Sweden. By chance - of course!
Warehouse sales at Wedde.
A quick reminder. As announced last week, will start on October 1st at Wedde the big parts sale. An appointment in the Hamburg area, which should not be missed!
The hall is prepared, the selection is great. The stock removal takes place from 10.00 clock to 18: 00 clock and is particularly interesting for fans of classic cars from Trollhättan.