Now it’s time again for the annual MapTun meet, MapTun has kept on the tradition and like the past years the meeting is going to take place in Ascension Day. Ascension Day is a public holiday in Sweden so this is a great day to attend on a meeting like this. This year this will be Thursday 14th of May, and the meeting will take place at MapTun in Örebro as usual. The fun start 10 o’clock in the morning, and will last until 15.00 in the afternoon. In addition to the car exhibition there will be offers, demonstrations and other happenings. Some special invited partners will also this year take place, like Orio and Meguiars in cooperation with Mekonomen. For those of you who schedule repairs and/or maintenance during the day MapTun will award you with generous discounts, so here are many good reasons to attend to this! So for those that get tempted to attend on this wonderful event, it’s time to sign up! There is a limited number of slots if you want to display your car at the exhibition, but registration is no necessary if you will attend as a guest. As a extra bonus Bista Biltvätt offers all exhibitors at 2x wash tokens on presentation of voucher (sent via email after registration of the car). The car wash is located right next to Maptun. Link for signing up and the absolute latest info: http://www.maptun.com/maptunmeet2015 (på svenska: http://www.maptun.se/maptunmeet2015) This year MapTun also have a contest in front of the meeting, if you are at social media Instagram you have chance to win a gift card worth SEK500 (about € 50). The only thing you need to do is repost a picture and hashtag it #MTmeet2015. The picture can be found by search up the user “maptunparts” in the Instagram app or visit http://iconosquare.com/p/970219829120002185_1700343897 For those of you that not had decided to yet, maybe a look at the pictures from last years meeting will convince you? WHAT: MapTun Meet 2015 WHERE: Verkstadsgatan 2, 702 27 Örebro, Sweden WHEN: 14th of May, 10.00 – 15.00
April 15, 2015 in News
As no one had submitted objections to the plans from NEVS to pay their creditors the district court in Vänersborg has approved the application from NEVS to leave reorganization. From now on NEVS has 60 days to pay their creditors in part, the second part will be paid within six months.
We expect that NEVS will publish a press release today. we will keep you informed.
What are the consequences of this step?
First, NEVS has no protection any more from the Enforcement Authority, So NEVS has 60 days to get the money to make this first payment, and I don’t think that any creditor will grant them one more hour.
Second, NEVS can take its own decisions and so it will be much easier for them to sign any contract with anybody.
As of today there seems to be three parties with different interests in NEVS. One wants to be a majority owner, a second one wants to develop cars based on the phoenix platform and the last one wants to build cars in Trollhättan. Which of those contracts will come true nobody knows, but as they don’t exclude each other any combination of the three is possible.
The Saabfestival in June is getting more and more a “must be there” appointment.
Press release from NEVS
Nevs has exited the reorganization
The District Court of Vänersborg has today, April 15, 2015 decided that the reorganization of Nevs shall cease as the purpose of the reorganization is fulfilled.
The reorganization of Nevs was initiated August 29, 2014 for a period of three months. The reorganization was prolonged for a period of three months at two occasions, December 11, 2014 and March 11, 2015.
On March 23, 2015 the District Court of Vänersborg approved the composition proposal by Nevs after a vote where 98,2 percent of the creditors representing 98,6 percent of the amount of the debt was in favor for the composition. On April 14 The District Court’s approval of the composition became legally valid.
Link to the decision, (in Swedish only)
I haven’t found no new information on the text of de decision of the district court, but maybe my Swedish isn’t as good.
April 10, 2015 in Sotw
This week’s SOTW comes from our friend Guiseppe in Italy and just happens to be another Convertible with yet again some stunning scenery.
Keep them coming folks!!
Please find here I have some pics of my Convertible 9-3 MY01 Hirsch Tuned.
I’m using it not very often but every time I’m driving it it’s real fun !!!
I live in Trieste, Italy
April 8, 2015 in NEVS
They have chosen the 14th of April as the composition can be appealed until the 13th of April.
This is an already announced step, but it has been done now. After the 14th of April NEVS will be in a better position to negotiate with the new partners.
Next step is to present the cooperation contracts or new ownership contracts, and I don’t think we will have to wait long for that.
April 7, 2015 in Technical
Many of you who have been at any Saab meeting in Sweden during the last couple of years has maybe noticed a good looking carbon grey 9-3 “Griffin” sedan. This 9-3 is special in many ways, the first thing is that the car isn’t that you first thought when you saw it – in fact this is a 2009 9-3 Aero, but it’s completely converted to a 2012 9-3 Griffin optics and interior with something extra. The second thing, and for me the most impressive, is what you maybe don’t notice even through the bonnet is open – the engine. In this car the original 2.0 BioPower engine replaced with a 2.2 litre BioPower engine, and it is the story about the engine we are going to tell here.
The latest modification Emil has done to his car is to go a little step away from the Griffin-lookalike concept, he have replaced the fog-lights with LED-lights (or DRL lights if you want). Emil thought the standard fog-lights had a much yellower light than the rest of the lights in the front, and to fix this issue Emil started to look around for suitable LED-bulbs. But when Nevs came with their MY14 9-3, which has DRL (Day Running Lights) instead of fog-lights, Emil thought a update to this would be worth a try. From an acquaintance who works at Nevs Emil get the right part-numbers and information about what modifications that was needed to be done. But when Emil ordered the articles he needed at ANA in Trollhättan wasn’t that possible, they was simply not in stock at Orio yet.
But in May 2014 at Maptun Meet 2014 in Örebro, things start to go Emils way. For those who was there you maybe remember that Orio had a stand there with two representatives. Emil got a lot of credit for the job with the car, and they discussed a lot about what was changed and updated. To make a long story short, Emil was invited to Orios office in Trollhättan to show them the car, which of course Emil thought was very nice. After a few months they manage to find a time in the calendar, and Emil show the guys at Orio his car. This ended up with that Emil and Orio agreed to discuss different future ideas, but a solution of the DRL was not ready at this point due to Orio didn’t had finished all the agreements with the suppliers.
At the same time Emil worked on the possibility to buy a DRL-kit direct from Nevs, at first this wasn’t quite impossible to do, but later they ended up with a “no” to this. But not long after the no from Nevs, Orio sent Emil a message there they wondered if Emil wanted to help them to try out a thing; how the DRL kit fit the 9-3 Griffin. The parts Emil revived from Orio fit bolt on, except a error for the monitoring of the light. Another issue is the resistance in the DRL, it is much lower then in normal lamps, so with that results in that the DRL is flashing. Emil has fixed that problem with help from a friend that works with vehicle electronics, but as a “blot-on” kit from Orio this is still under testing. Read the rest of this entry →
This week’s Saab Of The Week comes from Marco in Andalusia, Spain. I always like it when owners take the time and effort as Marco has done here to photograph their car in spectacular locations. I am sure you will all agree this is a lovely car shown off in a stunning location. Well done Marco
Since I purchased my first 9-3 December 2000, I always had the “obsession” to get another drive sometime this model, and now Aero Convertible.
In 2009 I finally achieved my goal by acquiring a unit with less than 100K Kms. In Belgium. In this time it has become the center of our leisure travel around Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany …)
No doubt it is a SAAB with personality, high level of performance and equipment as well as being one of the SAAB that will remain as a reference mark. We are about to celebrate the first 100K miles and I hope to grow old aboard the coming years.
I hope to be worthy of inclusion in the prestigious selection of SOTW.”
Anna and I often get a kick out of spotting Saabs in contemporary TV shows. The Big Bang Theory is one of the shows we never miss, and one of the main characters (Leonard – the most normal one of the bunch) drives a sleek-looking 9-5. Usually they only show a glimpse of his 9-5, I guess to make it less obvious that most of the time they use a green screen to provide the background.
However, this week’s episode was filmed on location, and several great shots of Leonard’s 9-5 was shown. The 9-5′s Saab logo on the hood nearly burned a hole in my screen.
People not driving Saabs every day are more likely to punch you in the face. However, they can also provide a great source of entertainment. Three guys who used to run a popular car show have formed their own facebook group.
(And in case any of you missed it, make sure you check out Top Gear’s Saab Tribute)
A good friend and allround decent chap, Johan Bohlin (yes, the Saab ice cream guy) wanted to show his support for the factory and started a new facebook event: We Support Saab. It is a virtual event (and at the moment very low key), so no need to go anywhere physically, but maybe it will be a good idea to find a nice place to visit (in your Saab of course) and just enjoy the day? It can also serve as a mental preparation for this year’s Saab festival. We will be attending the festival and look forward to seeing you all in Trollhättan.