Auto year 2020. Old cars and Trollhättan.

Germany is heading towards an electric car. You don't show yourself open to technology. But on the contrary. That could prove to be a problem. Because while the German companies put their energy into battery-electric vehicles, China unexpectedly changes course. And notes that sustainable mobility consists of different solutions.

Cockpit design of the 9-X Bio Hybrid study
Cockpit design of the 9-X Bio Hybrid study

China 2020

While there is no alternative to the battery electric car in the EU and every critic runs the risk of being overwhelmed by a shitstorm, China 2020 will be a surprise. Subsidies for electric cars will no longer apply, and the statutory share of all-electric vehicles in registrations will only rise moderately.

Instead, the country is now open to technology. In addition to battery-electric vehicles, billions are being pumped into the development of hydrogen-powered solutions. And methanol is surprisingly at the top of the list - as an alternative fuel that promises independence from oil imports. In China, it is made from coal, and several new coal-fired power plants are under construction. What is particularly astonishing, however, is the instruction to manufacturers to develop more economical combustion engines from now on. In 2020 there is no longer any talk of swan song for the “old” technology. The administration is pragmatically modifying its course and sees synthetic fuels and combustion engines as a further building block for mobility.

China is focusing on growth through export in 2020. It is already growing export content faster than any other Autonation. At the same time, the average value of the vehicles exported is rising continuously. For the future, electric cars should make a decisive contribution to success, reports the Ministry of Commerce. Because there you see yourself better positioned than the established corporations. In fact, the number of start-ups that have developed with European help is hard to keep track of. Quite a few will start deliveries in 2020 and are planning to export.

Old cars 2020

It's no secret - the Saab fleet is aging. 2011 was the last year of production, 2008 was the last time that the population was sold. With regard to the climate discussion, electrification and digitization, one can already ask about the reason for the existence of analog vehicles. Will they quickly disappear from the streets or do they have a chance to survive the next decade?

What is certain is that the tone will become rougher. The polarization will increase. The outrage of the Environmental sow Satire showed a little taste. On the other hand, there will also be people in the new decade who appreciate analog things. A car that travels without terabytes of data, that is really owned, and that works if you turn the analog key, it has something.

Because of course, the whole digitization has its downsides. It depends on the functioning of a complex infrastructure that makes the glass transparent and also entails a huge CO2 footprint. It grows rapidly every year and already encompasses the size of smaller economies. These drawbacks will be an issue that will be discussed more in a few years. And which in turn speak for the longer, sustainable use of analog mobility solutions. Especially when synthetic fuels from green energy will be available.

Trollhättan 2020

The danger lurks in China. And really this time. Brands that start their electric car production in 2020 have products that have been developed through an international network and are competitive. Their cloud solutions are ahead of Europeans, and half a century of knowledge has gone into electronics, while China has been the world's workbench for every type of electronic device.

While Arcfox, Enovate, Hycan, Nio and Xpeng bring more vehicles onto the market, nothing comes from Trollhättan. Evergrande, the main shareholder in NEVS, is planning the first half of 2020 Presentation of the first new vehicle. Production in 2021, so Göta Älv will remain quiet this year. The hope of manufacturing the Sion has been dashed, and it remains uncertain whether Koenigsegg will build a small series in the former Saab factory.

However, the prospects are good for the development center. The list of vacancies is long, in Stallbacka new jobs are created with a certain continuity. The development site is still in business and that gives hope for more. At some point in a car production in the old Saab plant.

15 thoughts on "Auto year 2020. Old cars and Trollhättan."

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    Do not serve a paura della tecnologia! Il cambiamento climatico in atto necessita di cambiamenti per quanto riguarda le azioni degli individui, e queste possono essere modificate attraverso oggetti innovativi, come possono essere le auto elettriche.

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    I've already thought of gas ... can the suction cups sb permanently?

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    Thanks, that sounds very good! Almost refrained from 2.2 TiD because of the interesting comment above. I am not a screwdriver and I need something robust and reliable. The car in focus has already run 320.000 km.

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    @ Stefan:
    If you want it to be even more uncomplicated than with the 2.2 TiD: older SAAB vacuum cleaners (in 9000 or 900), more economical and cleaner, it works with LPG. In my opinion, even more underestimated / misunderstood than the 2.2 in the SAAB 😉

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    Do it - the 2.2 TiD is really a long-lasting and vital construct with only very few problem areas - far less than with the gasoline-powered vehicles. For me one of the last units that was designed beyond a minimal minimum. The car has already been produced, it can be driven with low consumption, and with a clean intake and air area, in my experience, it is also far less dirty than some more modern vehicles.

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    The proud nation has been classified as an emerging country in Paris (can be read on Wikipedia). As such, China has a number of privileges over the industrialized nations.
    For example, they do not have to pay into the international funds for climate damage in developing countries until at least 2025. They can also increase their CO2 emissions by 2025.
    Only then and on the basis of the emissions achieved by then must they reduce.

    In other words, the higher China increases its emissions by 2025, the more they can emit beyond 2025, and the easier it will be to save later.

    If you look at China (which is not only the case here on the blog), you should always consider this background.

    Electricity from coal, now methanol from coal and electromobility. Is that contradictory and confusing in itself?

    Only by western standards and in the name of the environment. From a Chinese perspective, economically and politically there is a clear and common denominator.
    As much CO2 as possible by 2025.

    Ironically, electric mobility is a contribution in this sense, because it is well known that the production of EVs is more CO2-intensive than that of conventional cars. Since the savings only come after years (if at all), China's route was ideal ...

    The only thing that amazes me is that this great nation and its brightest minds are so guided by the Paris Agreement. On the other hand, it might just be fun to win at poker and it just doesn't work without the rest of the world and external sales markets ...

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    Thank you for the great comment! Doesn't sound ideal for me! Is there an engine recommendation if you want to drive overland at low cost?

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    We bought the 3rd Saab 9-3 yesterday. After 2 diesels a biopower, in the hope that you have the opportunity to fill up with bioethanol as an alternative.

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    Hi Stefan,

    no problem with the 2,2 TiD diesel engine, which is atypical for Saab freaks. Robust because of the timing chain (no toothed belt as with the 1,9 Fiat diesel engines), just a bit loud and not the most economical engine compared to today's diesel engines (consumption between 5,8 and 8,2 liters, depending on the route). So far my two have covered 335.000 and 230.000 km.
    The exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR valve) and the swirl flaps in the intake tract, which are relatively often clogged with diesel-soot mixture, are sensitive. At least the EGR valve and the sensor installed in the intake pipe must be removed every 7.000 km and carefully cleaned with brake cleaner, since the Check Engine lamp usually lights up after this journey. Cleaning time 30 minutes.

    I would refrain from the Aisin-Warner automatic transmissions, since with these a transmission oil flush (Tim Eckart method) is due after 120.000 km at the latest, costs around 450 euros. The filter screen is uselessly not accessible from the outside (as with older Mercedes), but the gearbox must be removed and dismantled for this purpose, clearly a misconstruction like most other automatic transmissions today.
    The manual transmission and the clutch are still completely ok with the 335.00er, with the younger 9-5 the transmission had to be replaced after 185.000 km because the previous owner failed to do this.

    The most sensitive area in terms of rust, as with all 9-5s: the area of ​​the longitudinal sill in front of the rear wheels, especially if this area is covered by additional, senseless plastic panels. Underneath, it bums unhindered and can hardly be seen from the outside.

    So search and don't take the first one.

    Best regards,

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    @Stefan I see that relaxed enough. If you don't have to drive in urban areas, you can drive what you want. After years of daily anti-diesel, anti-auto in the media, I am hardened. Large cities can be blocked, small towns cannot. So yes, buy the TiD and have fun!

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    How do you feel about the old diesels? I live in the country and am considering buying a 2005 9-5 2.2 TID! Stupid idea? Your opinion is asked!

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    I can only partially understand the criticism of the German automobile manufacturers. There has been research into fuel cells (NECAR) at Mercedes since the 90s, and in 2019 MB introduced a vehicle with a fuel cell and battery that is a unique car worldwide. In 2022, BMW will launch the X5 with fuel cells as an environmentally friendly drive alternative.

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      That's exactly where the problem is. Germany was a leader in the 90s, but not today. Vehicles with fuel cells come from Korea and Japan and China invests billions. The lead was wasted.

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    As far as our Saabs are concerned, we can only hope that politics will leave us alone for at least a few more years and that we can still drive these cars.

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