Saab studies from NEVS (and their history)

A week ago, NEVS published the photos of two studies on an Instagram account. They went around the world and attracted attention. A successful move, but unfortunately it remained unclear what was to be seen in the pictures. Because there was a stubborn silence on this in Sweden.

The publication probably did not happen by accident. Because it was less about information than about spreading a positive spirit of optimism with the Evergrande entry. The pictures were shown on blogs and in forums, but not here. Because I was only interested in the story behind it. Not everyone in Trollhättan seems to have liked the abstinence on the SaabBlog.

In the days that followed, attempts were made to regularly link to the photos with Swedish IP and appropriate comments about a (possible) Saab comeback to communicate.

NEVS clay model

Are these Saab studies?

What do the two studies from NEVS show? You can save yourself in the stablebacka, the years have taught. Together with a friend, I ventured on the interpretation and found a coherent answer. The chronology of the drawing, and the characteristics of the sedan, refer to that D1 project.

With the intention of being able to sell electric cars to the Chinese mobility provider DiDi, Trollhättan worked on this project for about 2018 months from January 3. But then DiDi gave it to CHJ Automotive surcharge, the project has ended.

Saab Design in the NEVS studies?

The saloon, with extended wheelbase, meets the requirements of the Chinese Administration for use in passenger transport. Based on the familiar platform of the 9-3 electric car, it is an evolution of existing components. Even the SUV with the code L113 speaks for this theory and is based on the known platform.

Both photos show clay models that only show the exterior design without technology and interior. An eventual production could be realized in 12 to 24 months or less. The development times for electric cars are becoming shorter and shorter. Does the design proposal remind anyone of Saab? One or the other reader could possibly see Saab echoes, I don't find them.

The sedan carries the current Asian car fashion. Toyota also plays in new models with features such as the roof pulled over the C-pillar. The NEVS designers are thus in good company. At least the sedan shows the most interesting and progressive design proposal from the NEVS studios so far.

In the summary, the two clay models do not show any current work, but come from a completed project. Their possible production is therefore doubtful. But a lot in Trollhättan should be put to the test with the takeover by Evergrande. The coming months will show what the new main shareholder will do with the company in the future.

Evergrande buys battery factory

On the 31. January is the last installment due for the acquisition and Evergrande continues to chart a coherent course. After joining one of the largest car dealers in China and founding a company for charging technology, the circle closes.

Evergrande is doing what is essential if you want to have long-term success with electric cars. The company took over a few days ago majority the shares in the Shanghai CENAT New Energy Ltd. The company has four sites for the production of lithium-ion batteries. In 2018, CENAT was the number 10 in China in terms of installed battery capacity.

With the previous partner of NEVS, CATL, this will not be met with enthusiasm. It is possible that the start of production of the 9-3 EV will be further delayed due to the imminent change of supplier.

7 thoughts on "Saab studies from NEVS (and their history)"

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    Thank you very much for reporting about NEVS. Although I can never make friends with you, you are always part of the Saab brand, and should NEVS ever build cars again, then these cars will probably have more DNA from SAAB than from NEVS.

    I also think that in the cars but still recognizes the past of SAAB. Even though NEVS has changed the models a lot.

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    Also, I thank you for the information regarding NEVS, a bit of Saab can be recognized on the SUV after all. The mirrors, the black A pillar and door handles

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    great posts, thank you very much. Subject SAAB genes of the presented models: The drawing of the sedan and the clay model are with a slightly curved windshield, and in the case of the drawing with a shell hood, perhaps the closest. The passenger cell is a little reminiscent of the “current SAAB 93”. With the SUV, it's probably just the SAAB door handles; otherwise quite square, the box. I am currently not expecting anything from NEVS that will soon be found on our streets and maybe show something like SAAB genes. NEVS might not be able to meet my expectations. But at least something seems to be moving and I rate the entry / cooperation of Königsegg positively in any case. Is an old friend 🙂

    Well, the 31.01. is an important day and maybe finally what we all have expected on several occasions happens; an investor with supposed potency keeps his word. Then it could go on. A spark of hope? Somehow yes.

    Greetings from the Erik

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    Thanks for the information. Give Jörg right, the sketch from the side, especially the tail I find interesting. Then a continuous strip of light! I do not like the front. Nevertheless, a nice contribution

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    SUV is not an issue for me anyway ..., and with the Limo I am in the side. View too many wrinkles ...
    I'm at that age, because I do not want to buy any extra wrinkles! 😉
    Clear SAAB-Line is different!
    Thanks also to the author team for this Nevs article. I wait for the 31.1.19 (?) To see if the balance is due. Then we / I will continue.

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    I do think that there are still Saabgene in external appearance. The side windows in the perspective of the white model still have this Saab block, cf. 9-4x. But maybe I'll also look benevolently with pink Saab glasses….
    Thanks for this post.

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    Well written.

    I like very much that the NEVZ interest of the remaining NEVZ interested parties within the readership of this blog continues to be served. And that this happens with critical distance and emotionally neutral. And I know that this involves a certain amount of work ...

    Your own expenditure of time and intellect for an article on a given topic could be significantly reduced if you simply followed the intentions of the (NEVZ) PR department or copied from other “followers”.

    However, the standard and claim of this blog is apparently a higher one. Thanks a lot for this!

    Sometimes I wish that the forced laborer in D would take his assignment as seriously as this blog does its topics and readers. It would be a journalistic progress and would be the 4. Violence in the state (let's call it the informative or the media) very well to measure their own standards to those of this blog.

    PS II
    I can't think of anything else about the clay models and the preceding article ...

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