The Volvo parking of Trollhättan

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.

NEVS logo at the Saab factory. I probably never get used to it.
Find the error: NEVS logo at the Saab factory. I probably never get used to it.

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.

18 thoughts on "The Volvo parking of Trollhättan"

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    as long as there are no VWs in Trollhättan, that does not bother me.

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      That won't happen anytime soon ...

      Even if the runway (BER) were full, the VW could still go to the check-in halls and terminals. VW & BER, noise protection, fire protection, smoke extraction & diesel gate ...

      All problems solved. A very wonderful scenario!

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        Throw me away, laugh!

        That nobody came up with it.

        You should have asked Saab driver.

        Thank you.
        The joke just saved my day!

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    There is enough space in DE for VW & Co. The runway at BER is finally making sense

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    Presumably, most automakers in terms of electric drive are technologically anyway much further than NEVS.
    Before VW roars the parking in Trollhättan, I prefer Volvo much.

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    Just sad!
    According to NEVS statements from last year, should not the new Elektro-Saab fill in the place instead of Halden ovloV?

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      Generally, yes. But we will come to the electric cars on Tuesday!

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        The blog is great! No sign of summer hole.

        In my opinion, among the most recent articles were even those that exceeded other and also very good ones in terms of excitement and relevance ...

        And in the holiday season and although the eponymous (automotive) brand does not deliver new cars. That's incredible. That is unbelievably good. Thank you!

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          The summer hole is coming! At the latest when I say goodbye to holidays in the next few days!

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            And I was afraid I would miss something. But then I am gone and without Wi-Fi. Good timing!
            At least for me. I wish you a nice holiday!

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              Thanks & I won't be gone until next Wednesday. Have a nice vacation to you too!

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    A bit of the impression already arises, as if Volvo produce on heap?

    Whether the recordings speak for or against Volvo's prosperity, for SAAB's friends these are sad pictures in any case.

    I used to like both Swedes - partly because they were Swedish. One thing in common. And partly for very different reasons. Because they were once opposites. I like rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive ...

    I like the rather crude pragmatism Volvo used to build cars that were hard to destroy and easy and cheap to repair. And I like the love of detail and the drive for perfectionism and progressiveness that SAAB engineers once opposed to Gothenburgers.

    I have an old and original workshop manual (Volvo). There are literally three excesses in it (piston). In addition, there were piston rings of different dimensions for each individual piston dimension. It would have been possible to rework the cylinders x times and drive several million kilometers with the old boxes.

    Today, cars have mutated into disposable and disposable mobile packaging - from around 2 tons of aluminum, copper, steel, fiber composites, plastic, silicon, pyrotechnics to the airbags, and lots of software.

    What a waste!

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      Wonderful comment, Herbert Hürsch! What were the days when the Saab 900 and Volvo 240 were competing for my favorite car ... or weren't they both at the same time? On the other hand, I can't take anything from today's Volvo XC40 ...

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        Good question ! ! !

        I think my favorite 900 car was ...

        At that time, I dreamed of a 4 to 5-headed family plus dog. My ideal fleet for this cliché would have been a new 900 Turbo Coupe without and a new 240 station wagon with AHK.

        A smart, elegant Swede for driving pleasure and everything fine (which is probably why the favorite) as well as a rustic Swede for everything rough, would have been the perfect couple on the imagined farm for the imagined family at the moment ...

        It turned out a little differently, but we're really close! Here is a ticket for public transport, there are several bicycles and a SAAB 9-5 SC for everyday use. An old and actually superfluous Gothenburg is responsible for the familiar automotive pleasure - a role reversal between SAAB and Volvo. But also quite good, I think ...

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      A wonderful comment, Herbert Hürsch, as Laurenz wrote. I grew up in Volvos, I had and I have only Saabs myself, and I can sign each of your heels with heart and brain!
      Her comment is actually a separate, small post on this blog in his characterization of the two "old Swedes", along with their final words about the Lopez effect and everything that followed.
      Thank you!

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    Volvo? Why not!
    VW "parks" everywhere between ... 😉

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    You really can not get used to this NEVS logo. A reason not to visit there during your vacation!

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      The whining about the other name is getting boring now. The fact is that SAAB AB itself did not get anything in terms of car production and probably will not get it anymore - why should a new owner not use their own name with regard to the brand name instead of just paying high sums for the trademark rights to the SAAB AB. Sure, it was planned differently and there was no agreement - but actually not a bad thing. In fact, I now see it rather positively.

      It would be much more important to finally start the long-targeted production of excellent electric cars with Swedish roots. Of course, in the near future at the Trollhättan site - with really good products, I could confidently do without the old name. As it is always said so beautifully and somehow correct: Names are smoke and mirrors.

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