Auto industry. Saab comes back.

The most exciting news of the past few days was probably an interview with Saab AB CEO Håkan Buske Svenska Dagbladet, It's about nothing less than the return of Saab to the auto industry. Saab comes back 2017 with a new company.

Saab comes back. Image: Saab Automobile AB
Saab comes back. Image: Saab Automobile AB

Saab relies on synergies

This should, as it did before 70 years, build on synergy effects between aviation, military technology and automobiles. The Saab AB but will not come back as an automaker, but as a system supplier in the industry. The background is provided by the new IT infrastructure for the Flu E, which will be delivered to the Swedish Air Force from 2019. His technique could also be used in self-driving cars.

The new Gripen E system, like a smartphone, allows quick and easy addition of additional functions and elements. But all system-critical core functions are separately protected and can not be manipulated. The architecture of the new Gripen E, according to Håkan Buske, perfectly meets the requirements for autonomous driving. Also there must be ruled out that the core functions could be changed by unauthorized interference.

Another Saab innovation for the auto industry will be new radar systems. Saab has been developing for years a new radar generation whose circuits will work on a gallium nitride basis. This novelty should be more powerful and durable than previous systems. At the same time, even more compact radar systems could perform better, making them interesting for use in the autonomous car. Saab AB is also working with Ericsson on networking the upcoming systems with new 5G technology.

On the way to the automaker?

Saab back in the auto industry - a surprise! Not as a manufacturer of vehicles, but as an innovative system supplier. This step could possibly explain the failure of the negotiations between NEVS and Saab AB. In 1947 they dared to switch from airplane to car. In 2017 the focus is again on synergies.

How likely would the jump from supplier to manufacturer be? Electric cars are less complex to manufacture and develop than conventional combustion engines. If we are talking about innovative, exclusive electric cars from Sweden, the ticket to the club of fully-fledged automakers would be much cheaper for Saab AB in the present than it was 70 years ago.

Now that's mine and - admittedly - very far-fetched. But dreams must also be allowed once.

21 thoughts on "Auto industry. Saab comes back."

  • I've already written in umpteen previous comments, why Saab does not take the car industry again in the hand. I do not think that my comments for Saab AB were decisive for her decision, but somehow my plea was heard. Congratulations for this decision to Sweden. This shows once again that one should never give up hope

  • Oh, that's it.
    Today may again be reported on all manufacturers on the blog in which something Saab is.
    The baic was waged and complained without end. Although he has proven and beloved saabtechnik.
    It's even the heart.
    VII. Let's think about what you want before complaining.
    I found both articles very much
    Interesting and informative.
    Thank you

    • in the BAIC of yesterday was nothing Saab. The Saab technology comes according to Article only 2017 to DE.

      but still did not bitch.

      • That was not addressed to you.
        It is generally a pity that sometimes such stress is made.
        Finally there is work and time behind.
        And it's certainly not bad to know what's going on outside of the big press.
        If you are not interested, you can skip the article.

  • Hey, that's a really interesting report. Although I worked in the automotive industry, I did not know that. But it also explains some of the trademark rights and stuff, and I imagine Saab has a lot going for it. There is hope again.

  • It is allowed to dream again ...

  • Wings down, wheels down and you go on the highway with a SAAB.

  • A bang, this information!
    Shouldn't we underestimate the toughness of the Swedes ... ???
    Without this (!) Blog, this information would have disappeared in a specialist publication ... and the business continues. With this blog there is hope for a good ending to the car history, someday. The virus is stirring again! 😉

  • and now no one is preventing them from delivering the stuff to NEVS. Or have it built by NEVS Saabs as part of “Badge Engineering”. boah ej, head cinema….

    • The auto industry is in complete upheaval. There is already head cinema announced

  • Well, that's great news! If that really works, then I'll think twice and buy no Tesla S. Finally a positive message again.
    Detlef Harald

  • This news is by far the most interesting in recent months and justifies the decision to continue the Saab blog. If Saab AB takes the matter in hand a lot of potential for the blog in there. Unthinkable, when the Saabblog reports on all the cars in which one day Saab components will be installed. Quite apart from the fact that maybe a car manufacturer comes up with the idea to build a Saab car around the components. For the blog and its tough operators beckons then the reward for perseverance: advertising on the part of many car brands. Congratulations! Before the first Saab components are installed in good cars, there is plenty of news to report on the corresponding plans. I look forward to it from now on.

  • So Saab AB starts as a system supplier for radar and software for the automotive industry. I strongly doubt whether there would have been a collision with an existing automobile brand Saab and I am sure that this is not the reason for the withdrawal of the naming rights for NEVS. If these systems are to appear in third-party products, customer acceptance will be greater if the manufacturer mentions something like "(Bullet-Proof & Fail-Save) Saab Defense AB". With “SAAB Automotive something” the common uninitiated connects solid Swedish steel and possibly still stable oversized 4-cylinder turbos - but in the same sense still idiosyncratic, error-prone and complex electronics (Something Almost Anytime Breaks). It would certainly have been helpful for Saab AB if Saab, as an active automobile manufacturer, had brought these systems onto the market quickly in order to prove their functionality and reliability. Saab AB promises a development head start of three years in the use of their technology - but I am skeptical myself whether this is an argument: in my opinion, acceptance among potential buyers is more than 10 years behind the state of the art. But no matter how: I too cling to every ray of hope that promises the Saab automotive brand to sprout - and hope for a revival after the Triumph model ...

    • Electronics also played a central role in SAAB cars from an early stage ...
      And by all I know, SAABS are not considered particularly vulnerable.

      Starting with the legendary Trionic. Even a club has named itself after her. For no half-way marketing strategist, it will be almost problematic to combine the name SAAB with solid military and aircraft technology.

      I can very well imagine that the ambitions have something to do with the naming rights. A supplier also has the slogan Born from Jets. And above all, it is correct again. As with the Trionic and up to the 9000th GM, Müller and NEVS only came after ...

  • Hallo,
    Why not. Nokia has also sold its cell phone / smartphone industry and is now planning / building new smartphones again….

    Greetings from Oldenburg

    • Sorry, Nokia lets build and wants to monitor the quality. There is then the Nokia label on the devices. I am also Nordic-oriented with mobile phones and use the only real successor device from Finland, in which former Nokia developers were involved.

  • WOW, that's a message! ! !

    A Swedish and 100% GM-free system supplier. Real SAAB. No wonder NEVS has no chance of getting the name under these circumstances.

    However, I'm not so sure if the move to the manufacturer would actually be cheaper. Unlike 70 years ago, SAAB probably did not have any surplus paint pails around this time

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