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New Saabs have arrived at dealers in Sweden

April 23, 2014 in NEVS

At 20 locations around the country, new Saabs have arrived and and being offered for test-drive and sales. At Kronobergs bil in Växjö which is my closest dealer, 4 cars are available and I heard that in fact 3 of these are already sold. In total Kronobergs bil has bought 8 cars from NEVS for their different showrooms and more are probably needed, which is pretty impressive and really shows their dedication to the brand. But the key to really selling Saab in Sweden lies in two factors: different engine (Diesel & BioPower) and a Combi-version.

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Three brand new 9-3 Aeros parked in the showroom at Kronobergs bil in Växjö, Sweden

NEVS Dealer list SwedenTo the right is a list of the different dealerships around the country which have cars on display and will help you buy a new one. Note that not all dealers can offer test-drives right now since many of them are still waiting for the license plates to arrive, but they should arrive quickly.

Kronoberg county in Sweden has always been a highly Saab dense area and when I moved from Trollhättan to Växjö almost 5 years ago, I was surprised to see just about as many Saabs on the roads here, as I did in Trollhättan, it was a nice surprise indeed.

I found out that it was largely due to a very professional sales team at the main dealer who knew how to talk to customers in the way that customers wanted to be talked to. Its a matter of knowing the locals around you and approach them in the right way, as one of the dealers once told me that customers here don’t want to be approached by a sales rep in a shiny suit, but rather by an ordinary person who acts just like a normal guy.

The local dealers know what type of people the local buyers are and they understand which setting is most appropriate for their local area. Many car companies require dealers to design their sales areas in certain way, this might work well in one part of the world and not so well in others. In my mind its the guys on the ground who in the end need to sell the cars, let them best decide how to do that in the best way.

Moving sales from Trollhättan out to the local dealers is a move in the right direction for NEVS, however, this should just be the first steps of a longer process in which NEVS will establishing a sales structure around the continent of Europe and later on hopefully across the pond as well. In China the dealership network is already starting to take shape and NEVS are actively looking for dealers who want to join in.

In any case I cant say anything else that it feels amazing to see brand new cars showing up at the dealers once again and hearing that people are buying them is really great news indeed!

If you live close by any of these dealers, please pay them a visit, talk to them about their experience in starting with Saab sales again and what they think is the key to selling these beautiful cars once again, take some photos and send your story to us!

Please send it to: saabsunitedcrew@gmail.com

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Maptun Meet 2014: National Electric Vehicle Sweden attendance!

April 22, 2014 in Maptun Meet 2014

P1040214 braA short time ago we announced the Maptun Meet of 2014 and today we’re happy to announce a big part of what NEVS will contribute with at the event.

  • In depth presentation of the 2014 Saab 9-3 Aero
  • CEO Mattias Bergman gives us a presentation of whats happening at SAAB
  • You will be able to test-drive one of the several 2014 Saab 9-3 Aeros NEVS is bringing.
  • NEVS is bringing a brand new variant of the 9-3 Aero
  • Several representatives from NEVS will be on location to talk to you about NEVS and the cars.

WHEN: May 29th 10:00 – 15:00
WHERE: Maptun, Verkstadsgatan 2, SE-702 27 Örebro, Sweden
CONTACT: +46 19 23 70 30, Anders Henrysson: Anders@maptun.com

Read more at www.maptun.com

Other partners at the event are: Maptun Performance / Parts, SAABSUNITED, ORIO and CardYourCar.

There is more to come! =)

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The Twin Pipes are on…..

April 22, 2014 in Hirsch

I’ve been smiling quite a lot the last few days, why? because a very large box arrived from www.cardyourcar.eu and in it was a Hirsch Twin Exhaust system.

Ever since Trond chatted about his Dual Exhaust System http://www.saabsunited.com/2014/04/m04-9-5-aero-gets-dual-hirsch-exhaust.html I’ve been looking forward to finally getting a set  for my 9-5 Anniversary Wagon.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the package to arrive and then it was off to chat to Jerry at Astley Saab to arrange the fitting.
I remember Tim fitting a set to his 9-5 a while ago and knew it could be done at home but I didn’t fancy lying on the floor.

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Neo Brothers – Easter Special On Genuine Wind Deflectors For The 9-3 Sport

April 20, 2014 in News

Hi All,

May we start by wishing you all a very happy Easter.

For this weekend only we are offering GENUINE Saab wind deflectors for the 9-3 Sport at the bargain price of only £235.00 including vat!

This limited time offer can be found at the below link on our website, don’t miss out on this offer as it will expire on Tuesday!

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Wind Deflector, Genuine Saab 9-3 Sport Convertible

Neo Brothers

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SOTW, Portuguese TTiD

April 18, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks SOTW comes from Joao Paulo Fortuna who lives in Portugal

I am from the island of Sao Miguel Azores Portugal. This is my 9-3 1.9TTID 180hp my09. It just got it remapped to 210hp with maptun. I also upgraded to 18″ wheels from AXE wheels and got Michelin Pilot Sport 3′s mounted on them. I also upgraded front brakes to turbo groove discs and redstuff brake shoes from EBC brakes. Hope I get on saabsunited.com!

Thank you Joao, you are most welcome.

Larger photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/trollpowersaab/sets/72157626596402165

SAABs in Motorsport 2014

April 18, 2014 in News

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Photo: Team Per Eklund Motorsport

In the last two weeks, agreements have become clear that means we will see SAABs in two different motorsport championships.

The first announcement came early in April, then it become clear that the Swedish driver Ramona Karlsson will be driving for Team Per Eklund Motorsport in this years FIA World Rallycross Champrionship (World RX). THis is the first female driver in the Supercar class, and at this moment it’s decided that she will drive 7 of 12 rounds. She will of course be at the start line in Höljes (Sweden) the first weekend in July, and the work is in progress for that she maybe can drive more then the 7 rounds that already decided. Henning Solberg from Norway is the secound driver in Team Per Eklund Motorsport.

The Supercar class is the most extreme class in Rallycross, cars have a 1.6- or a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with around 600hp. All engines that the original vehicle manufacturer has delivered in the actual model can be used as a base for building a supercar-engine, there is no standard engine in this class that everyone has to use. The car goes from 0-100 in around 2 seconds, and of course they have all-wheel drive and a sequential manual gearbox. Every car in the 2.0-litre class have to at least weight 1320kg including the driver.

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Photo: PWR Racing Team

This week it also become clear that NEVS initiates collaboration with PWR Racing Team in the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship). In a press release the team manager at PWR, Daniel Haglöf, says “- I am absolutely delighted that we have been chosen to run the 9-3 and represent Nevs in STCC. We both have a vision for collaboration and a shared vision of what we expect in the season.” The other owner of PWR Racing Team, Peter “Poker” Wallenberg jr, is also enthusiastic about this; “- Both Nevs and PWR are young company and we now want to help each other grow.”

Presentation of who’s going to drive the cars will be later in April.
“- It is an interesting driver line-up, this much I can say, and one of the reasons why we want to be involved in this venture, says Jonas Hernqvist, sales and marketing director at NEVS.”

 

 

Personally I think it’s exciting that NEVS choose to corporate with a motorsport team, but probably we can’t expect it to be like the time with the factory-team (where Per Eklund had great success in the 70′s), but a cooperation is good, and obviously a great way for NEVS to show up.

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Mile High Club Revisited

April 18, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Back in June 2012 I posted an article http://www.saabsunited.com/2012/06/the-high-mile-club.html from Paul at Saab vs. Scepticism and many of you contacted him with your high miler Saabs.

This week he had an email from a gent here in the UK who had just turned 333,333 miles in his Saab 900S. The other great thing about this story is that those miles have all been done by the same owner from new.

Saab 900 S Front

Please visit Pauls site for the bigger story.http://elevencreative.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/333333-miles-one-happy-owner/

 

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Maptun: Easter discount, all tuning software 25% discount

April 17, 2014 in MapTun

Maptun logoAs an Easter special, Maptun has reduced the prices of their tuning software by 25% until Monday night 23:59 UTC+2.

Check it out: maptun.com, maptun.se

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900 Classic Wooden Gear Knobs

April 17, 2014 in RBM Performance

Many of you will remember that Saab once produced a great wooden gear knob as an accessory for the 900 Classic. Romain, from RBM Performance, has got together with a local manufacture to produce a couple of versions of this great and wanted product.

“Many of SAAB 900 classic owners were asking for WALNUT / WOOD gearknob. This accessorie is no more available from saab. We at RBM performance decided to produce this part again with the help of a quality wood part automaker.You ‘ll now find this very high quality wood gearknob on our webshop in two types of walnut : dark one ou light one. This part is exclusively available from rbmperformance.com
the light version:
http://www.rbmperformance.com/lng_EN_srub_6_iprod_2727-light-walnut-gear-knob-for-saab-900-classic.html
the darker one:
http://www.rbmperformance.com/lng_EN_srub_6_iprod_2726-burlwood-gear-knob-for-saab-900-classic.html
We also provide the genuine saab NARDI wood steering wheel as seen on last picture:
http://www.rbmperformance.com/lng_EN_srub_6_iprod_1793-nardi-wood-steering-wheel-for-saab-900-hatchback-boss-kit.html

best regards

R. Mariani
RBM Performance
www.rbmperformance.com

 

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NEVS creates deals with 20 Dealers in Sweden to sell Saab cars

April 15, 2014 in NEVS

927828f15d7baff1_orgToday a number of cars were shipped from Trollhättan to dealers around Sweden who will act as representatives for NEVS. Each dealer will get a car or two and can act as a representative for NEVS, its not a full dealership status but they do earn some money by selling a car for NEVS. Basically they are managing the sales process on a local level. This was done a week earlier than planned since NEVS received its type-approval and quality approval for the factory ahead of schedule.

So within a week or two you can visit a dealer from the very north to the south of Sweden to test drive and buy a 9-3. Mattias Bergman also told TV 4 Väst that more colors will be added and models will be added gradually.

Previously Mattias stated that Combi and X will be added in the 2′nd half of 2014. The Convertible will come later on.

Some suppliers are still in the process of gearing up and once they have been able to do so the production rate will also increase.

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Nevs and Orio AB sign agreement on global spare parts supply for the new Saab cars

April 15, 2014 in NEVS, Press Releasse, SAAB Parts

National Electric Sweden AB, Nevs, has ensured the spare parts supply for the newly manufactured Saab cars by an agreement with Orio AB, former Saab Automobile Parts AB.

The signed agreement now ensures the supply of spare parts for the new Saab customers. The global distribution agreement guarantees that spare parts for the new Saab 9-3 cars manufactured by Nevs in Trollhättan, Sweden, can also be ordered from Orio AB. For service and repairs as well as warranty measures, Nevs guides its customers to the existing Saab Service Centers.

“Our new Saab customers can now be confident that the long term supply of spare parts is ensured through established Saab service centers. Both Orio AB and Nevs are glad to forge closer ties between the two companies, as our agreement gives all Saab owners a high service level”, said Jonas Hernqvist, Director Sales and Marketing of Nevs.

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On December 2nd Orio and NEVS signed a letter of intent now they have signed the final agreement which is good for new and old Saab drivers. New drivers get access to a network of well educated Saab garages and mechanics, and old Saab drivers have now the certainty that Orio is here to stay and will have some more weight when asking a supplier to produce some spares for older Saab cars.