Sweden is still in vacation mode until mid-August. This is tradition and was already like that in the old Saab times. This was called the factory holiday in the Stallbacka and a good opportunity to prepare production for the next model year. Unfortunately, the days when cars were built in Trollhättan are over. But the Stallbacka is alive. At least a little.
An up-to-date look at the unkempt, former Saab factory premises, whose renovation needs are no longer to be talked away, draws attention to two things:
The big NEVS logo that still looks like a foreign object. And I'll probably never get used to that. In addition, the many vehicles on the delivery area. Just a pity that they belong to the other Swedish brand and wear the Volvo logo. The business model of car park leasing seems to be sustainable, the only lasting success of Chinese investors so far.
On our last look to Trollhätten was the Space full of new XC40, but all are gone by now. Instead, XC90 and V90 dominate the scene. And at least it feels more Volvo than before. The former Saab factory, as Volvo interim storage, that makes sad. Had it been prophesied a few years ago, no one would have believed it.
The city has become a preferred logistics location thanks to the excellent infrastructure, developed under pressure from GM, and the promise to keep car production in Trollhättan. The car production is no longer, GM did not stand by the promises made. But the excellent transport connections became a wild card for the municipality. The seaports and Gothenburg are not far away, and large-scale parking lot rentals at least wash some money into the chronically empty coffers of the Chinese.
But even in the summer, there are exciting things to discover besides all the Volvos. At NEVS, seriously! You hardly believe it, but you only have to drive a few meters further, in the direction of the technical section. Away from the delivery area and the main portal. For once there is really something to see. I treat the readers now, in the middle of the summer hole, a midsummer breather. What is there to discover? Tomorrow the tour continues on historical Saab terrain.