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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.

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Saab Parts Offers Direct Assistance to Owners

April 14, 2014 in News

SAAB PARTS OFFERS DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO OWNERS
• Saab Parts UK launches “click to chat” facility on their website
• Customers are conveniently connected to friendly, knowledgeable UK based advisors
• Owners are provided with an instant response to their query
• Click to chat brings owners and Saab Parts closer together

Swedes have long since integrated IT into their modern lives, regularly topping country tables in terms of internet usage per head of population. Given the vast geography of the country, new technology is enabling people to keep in ever closer contact with their friends, family and favourite brands.
Like many leading companies in their field, Saab Parts UK has now introduced a “click to chat” facility for any UK owners visiting their website. Selected via a “pop up box” at the bottom right of the homepage, you are instantly connected to a courteous and knowledgeable advisor, based in the UK, who can help answer your query quickly and save you time navigating around the website.
Announcing the new initiative, David Leighton, Sales and Marketing Manager said “click to chat is a great new way of helping Saab owners in a convenient, time saving way. Sometimes navigating a web-site can be a frustrating experience, especially if you are only searching for one item of information. Through Saab’s ‘click to chat’ facility you are instantly connected to an advisor, who can help you answer your query on the spot, or shortly afterwards via a fully tracked follow-up.”
“In the first few days of going live, click to chat has already made a noticeable difference, resulting in a number of new service club members being registered, various service and repair bookings being confirmed, plus an extended vehicle warranty sale being completed”, continued David Leighton. “In providing “click to chat” we are helping add a personal dimension to our website, putting owners in live, direct contact with us, and reinforcing the continuity of Saab with quality aftersales care.”
To see the comprehensive range of Saab fixed price service and repairs or ask a question directly to Saab Parts at a convenient point to you simply visit the Saab Parts UK homepage www.saabparts.com/en-gb/uk .

For further information please contact:
Saab Parts UK
Unit 40, Innovation Centre
University Way
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
MK43 0TB
Tel: 01234 756800
e-mail: customercare@parts.saab.com

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9-3N Navigation System (First official Information?) (UPDATE!!)

April 14, 2014 in Rumors

What about some good rumours to start the week?

We at SaabsUnited have already made two posts about the “In-car entertainment system” of the face lifted 9-3. The first was about the rumours that pointed to the Parrot Asteroid as being the chosen system, and the second was about the interior pictures of the Chinese version of www.saabcars.com showing a big display instead of the “old” GM Radio.

Today, after checking www.saabcars.com in the three languages available, I felt like having good news and not so good news (for most of you) to tell you.

I will begin with the not so good news. As expected China is the second country where NEVS is asking people for their interest on the car, very much what they did in Sweden a couple of months ago, but this time they are not trying to sell the car online. There is still hope that after the presentation of the facelift (Beijing Autoshow April 20th maybe) we will slowly learn about other countries where that car will be offered, but we have to wait till then.

The good news, or interesting news, is derived from the former.
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Maptun Meet 2014: The Most Powerful event of 2014

April 13, 2014 in Maptun Meet 2014

Maptun red carMaptun Meet 2014 is something very different from previous years, first of all MAPTUN has teamed up with SAABSUNITED but it doesn’t stop there. Rather than making just a power-meet, a large amount of partners have also been invited and we’re very happy that NEVS together with ORIO and CardYourCar is showing up in force!

More partners are working on their plans for the 29th and we’ll announce them as soon as we get a confirmation! =)

 

 

As usual the meet will include a car show, large sale of parts and introduction of brand new products and at least one of the new launches is something that is somewhat of a revolution within the tuning world!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

To register your car for the exhibition, visit: http://www.maptun.com/maptunmeet2014

The ‘Impossible’ made Possible – Unique Saabs road legal in Sweden

April 12, 2014 in News

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READY FOR TAKEOFF! Michel Annink 1.6t Aero, Markus Lafrentz 2.0T Aero XWD and Jörgen Carlsson Vector TTiD4.
Picture: Saab Car Museum

TROLLHÄTTAN SWEDEN:

The Saab enthusiast Jögen Carlsson from Bor (a small town in Sweden, Småland), bought his NG9-5 SportCombi Vector TTiD4 on the KVD auction in December the 16th, 2012. The 10th of April 2014 turned out to be a day full of joy, the wagon passed the car registration and is now road legal in Sweden, nearly 16 months after the purchase. Markus Lafrentz and Michèl Annink was present with their SportCombi’s to support Jörgen Carlsson during the registration of his Vector.

 

Jörgen Carlsson was relieved when he received the written evidence that his unique Saab is now road legal. But the journey has been anything but easy. After the Saab enthusiasts Jörgen Carlsson and Michel Annink acquired their dream cars, the nightmare began to get their vehicles road legal. They both realized that it would be hard to get the cars registered since they never got the chance to get a so-called whole-vehicle approval before Saabs bankruptcy  Despite the positive attitude to the text ‘Sold At Bankruptcy Auction 2012 SAAB Collectible. Not allowed to be used in traffic ‘,
it turned out that the procedure to get the cars approved was rather complicated.

Despite the positive feedback and support from the Saab community and enthusiasts , they came to a grinding halt with the Swedish authorities. The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) in Sweden was not accommodating. Authorities referred to the regulations: ‘-Test cars are not allowed to be registered for use on public roads’.

‘Even though the message itself (i.e. it would be impossible to get it on the road again) was repeated all over the media, it sounded strange to me. Why would it be impossible to get one of the world’s technologically advanced and safest cars refused that privilege?’ – Michel Annink

 A long quest to find a solution to get this unique car road-legal in Sweden had finally resulted in a positive result. Like it’s twin (at least from the perspective of the last two digits in the VIN) YS3GP5MG9C4000017, Jörgen’s car got permanently registered in Germany first before receiving its approval in Sweden. This now takes the number of 2012 SCs on Swedish plates to two (the story about the first one can be found here).

Source: 9-5sc2012.com

My own personal opinion to this amazing story: To me, it’s a huge relief that the swedish authorities finally had common sense to approve these cars. And I want to salute the owners who fought so hard to get these cars road legal. You made the ‘ impossible ‘ possible once again, and I am pleased to see your passion for SAAB.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Saab is so much more than ‘just a car’..

Saab is love, a passion, a lifestyle, and no one can ever take it away from us.

 

And, obviously, it is proved once again that the impossible is not so impossible.

Neo Brothers – Price Drop On Performance And OE Replacement EBC Brake Kits!!

April 12, 2014 in Neo Brothers, News

Hi All,

We have dropped the prices on both our EBC Performance and our EBC replacement brake kits!

These great can be found at our website, please follow the below links:

EBC Performance Brake Kits

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EBC Replacement Brake Kits

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If you have any questions with regards to what brake kit you require for your car please don’t hesitate to contact us using the below details.

Neo Brothers Ltd
Enquiries@neobrothers.co.uk
0044 (0) 1992 719 280

www.neobrothers.co.uk

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SOTW, Adams Rescued 9-3

April 11, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks SOTW comes from 18 year old Adam Richard and comes with an added rescue story.

Hello! 

I am hoping that my resurrected 9-3 will be a possible SOTW candidate. I have been a Saab lunatic since I was 12 years old, I even joined all of the online saab forums back in ’07 when I was 12 years of age.  

I recently found a ’04 Saab 9-3 Aero on my local listings that was in awful shape (Blown engine, disgusting interior, mis matched tires, shot suspension etc etc). I managed to buy it for $600 and bring it back to life. Thousands of dollars, sweat, blood and tears later, the car is almost perfect.  

I am extremely proud of this transformation…this car was destined for the wrecking yard within days before I picked it up. After the engine swap, I had nearly given up on this project all together. I had the car sold, but cancelled the deal because I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. I do not regret my decision one bit.  

Not only did I resurrect a 9-3 from the dead, but at the age of 18, I managed to do something people my age only dream of.  

I have my trip for Saabs@Carlisle booked as well! 

The build thread can be found here: 

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321905 

Thank you!

 

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

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Is Jason Castriota coming back to Saab?

April 10, 2014 in Jason Castriota Design, NEVS

Back in January 2013 when SU was the first to reveal images of Jasons Castriota’s NG 9-3 design, SU played in a game behind the scenes by setting up initial relations between Mattias Bergman and Jason. This culminated in them having a meeting at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013. To our knowledge they have maintained contact but NEVS is right now focused on getting all their current products up and running before focusing too much on whats to come.

Jasons design worked with the NG 9-3 has since december 2011 been locked up with the bankruptcy estate and its stuck in limbo since Jason owns all the rights to the design, however the pallets and other materials used to make the design is in effect owned by the bankruptcy estate, you can probably see the dilemma.

Over the past three years I have had a lot contact with Jason and I find him to be a true Saab-guy all the way! He knows and respects the heritage of the brand, he really did his homework when created a design according to the requests of Jan Åke Jonsson and Victor Muller. I am sure that he can do wonders in creating an amazing design according to the way that NEVS wants their cars to look in the future.

Its no secret that NEVS needs a Chief Designer and I can honestly say that I think Jason should be one of the top candidates. Lets see where this goes! =)

Dragon Saab ‘Spring Roll’ Rally

April 10, 2014 in Events

  • Well, the much anticipated Dragon Saab event of 2014 titled ‘Spring Roll’ took place on Sunday amongst concerns over the impending weather. The clouds were low, the skies ominously dark but thankfully the rain held off, for the first part of our day at least! Things got under way from 9AM to 10AM where some 21 Saab’s gathered in preparation for the start of our convoy. It was fantastic to see each of the cars arrive and take a place in the line up with many onlookers taking time out to admire the spectacle. Considering this is a relatively new club/SOC group, we were overwhelmed by the terrific support for the event with some SAABISTAS travelling from as far afield as Plymouth, Birmingham and the West Country.

 

P1010184Following chats and early morning coffee the convoy got under way and began it’s 5 mile run to the Cardiff Bay Barrage where we had been granted special permission to access and cross the barrage which is not normally open to traffic. This really was a spectacle to behold as each car in turn checked in by barrage control and allowed to proceed to an area of the roadway where we all lined up for some great photo opportunities.

It was then on to our reserved parking area where we were allowed to stay for a couple of hours to either take a stroll and take in the exceptional scenery, visit one of the many attractions including the Dr Who Experience or just take a coffee and chat.

It was soon time to re group in preparation to leave the barrage and take in a quick tour of the marina before heading to the picturesque Penarth esplanade and pier. This was the beginning of our convoy tour of the Welsh Heritage Coast which was to cover 70 miles, passing through some beautiful coastline and countryside and onward to our first stop at stunning Ogmore-By-Sea. By now the threatening rain had materialised but in some ways only added to the dramatic feel of the location.

By now it was getting a little cold so following yet more photographing we moved off to head for our final stop which was a late lunch at the Wenvoe Arms, which incidentally is now run by one of my ex Saab dealership customers. He was delighted to host our lunch and was so pleased to see so many Saab cars in his car park. We also surprised Anne Dallimore with a card and flowers as she was celebrating her birthday with us, what better way to celebrate a birthday than a lovely Saab rally!

This was a great day spent with a lot of old friends and quite a few new ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cardiff Bay Harbour Authority in particular Chris Seddon, Simon Allen, Mark Cranmore and Andrea Davies who expressed the greatest enthusiasm in allowing us to visit the barrage and who have already granted us permission to use it again next year if we wish. We even had a mention in our local newspaper, see photos.

Here are a few links to member photos and videos of our day, and again a particular thank you here to Kyle, Chris and Alex whose photographic prowess is superb! (due to an internal issue you may have to copy and paste these links into your browser)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39959182@N05/sets/72157643540704563/

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7668zeysfdlwysg/L2dtOg1M8O

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99884442@N03/sets/72157643669475805/

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NEVS: Suspension & Tire testing

April 10, 2014 in NEVS, Sweden, Technical, test drive