This week, the Saab signs on the factory entrance were disassembled. The end of an era ... One of the lettering will find its place at the Saab Museum. From now on, it will be up to NEVS to do something with the Saab DNA at the historical location despite abandoning the brand name.
The possibilities are there and the months and years to come will make us smarter. When the first, new NEVS vehicle is on the market in the distant future, we can judge it. But there is another company that deals with the Saab legacy. And it is the right time, especially now, when the lettering in Trollhättan is disappearing, to look to China.
BAIC and the Saab DNA
BAIC acquired the rights to the Saab engines, the Saab 2009-9 sedan and the old 3-9 generation in 5. In 2011 they were about to take over Saab Automobile, but failed because of Victor Muller. Since then, the BAIC brand Senova has been playing a clever game with the Saab heritage in China. In commercials, Saab jets fly, the Swedish roots and the Ursaab play a role. The night panel is making a comeback at BAIC, Saab turbo engines drive off-road vehicles, SUVs and sedans.
BAIC has also been available in Germany since summer this year. A company from Landstuhl has started importing and the first delivery of Senova / BAIC new cars has already been sold to German customers. The next ocean freight from China is on its way, a dealer network is developing, it is a story that is at the very beginning - and one that is interesting.
Reservations against Chinese cars
For two reasons. How much Saab is in a BAIC? And how good are vehicles from China today? I remember several Chinese manufacturers who dared to go to the IAA. On the first day of the fair, the cars were released for inspection. The doors were closed the following day and all other days. Because the interiors decomposed themselves, and because material fumes had caused a hallucinogenic effect on the visitors.
With all my prejudices against Chinese vehicles carefully collected over many years in my luggage, I traveled to the importer's distribution center this week. With Anna, of course, our blog company car, a symbol of Swedish engineering. I wasn't alone, a good friend was there. I asked for it because it was supposed to help me make an objective judgment.
We drove two BAIC vehicles for our readers. One with and one without a Saab engine. What we have experienced is both disturbing and revealing. Reading the blog is particularly worthwhile in the coming week.