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Mahindra May Aquire Pininfarina

March 26, 2015 in News

While we’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see if Mahindra & Mahindra may actually comes out as the chief OEM investor in NEVS, there’s a piece on Bloomberg that claims they’re also looking at buying up Pininfarina. You’ll remember that the Italian design firm also employed Jason Castriota not so long ago. Might we live in a world with an Italian designed, Swedish engineered and produced, Indian owned car maker?

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Neo Brothers – 96SS BREAKING NEWS

March 24, 2015 in News

In preparation for the SOC 2015 Cadwell event in July, our 96ss will within the next seven days be put on track (at an undisclosed location) for its inaugural track test.

Watch this space for updates…

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Nevs’ composition proposal approved by Court

March 23, 2015 in NEVS, Press Releasse

SAAB Factory March 2013A press release from Nevs today;

The District Court of Vänersborg today approved the composition proposal earlier presented by Nevs, as the stipulated number of creditors’ votes needed for the court to decide in favor of the composition proposal was achieved.

The number of present creditors entitled to vote, and those who on beforehand had approved the proposal and signed a proxy for the Administrator to vote for them, amounted to 98,2 percent of the creditors and 98,6 percent of the amount of the debt.

The composition means that claims up to 500’000 SEK will be fully paid, and that claims above 500’000 SEK will be reduced by 50 percent. Of a total of 573 creditors 469 will get their full claim paid.

The payments will be performed in two steps. The first within 60 days from the date that the Court’s decision is legally valid, and the second step within six months from the same date. The composition as well as the operating costs for the coming months will be financed by Nevs’ main owner. Nevs intends to apply for exiting the reorganization as soon as the composition is legally valid in mid-April.

“A composition was needed for Nevs to exit the reorganization in order to be able to sign commercially viable agreements with our OEM and financial partners we have been in dialogue with for a long time. We appreciate the support from our suppliers, with whom we want to continue to develop long-term relations”, said Mattias Bergman, President Nevs.

“My duty as Administrator is to secure that the composition is favorable for both the company and the creditors. Todays’ decision creates possibilities both for the development of Nevs’ business as well as future business potentials for the creditors”, said the Administrator, Attorney Lars Eric Gustafsson, Hamilton Law Firm.

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SOTW, 9-5 ttid from Niclas

March 23, 2015 in Sotw

This weeks SOTW is from Niclas in Sweden and is a beautiful NG 9-5.

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The next Milestone

March 22, 2015 in NEVS

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Tomorrow Monday March 23 is the next important day in the process of NEVS togged afloat. Tomorrow the creditors will decide if they agree with the plan from NEVS where debts under 500.000 SEK will be payed in full, and the rest will only be paid in half. It is said that NEVS will save with this plan about 300 Million SEK.

Rumours on the Swedish Press say that tomorrow a positive outcome should be expected. But even a positive outcome will not be the light at the end of the tunnel but maybe a big torch to help NEVS find that end of the tunnel.

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Not SAAB related

March 21, 2015 in Technical

Two weeks ago the Geneva international motor Show started. Not being there felt a little bit disappointing, on the one side, because it means another year without New SAAB branded cars, and on the other side because it is fun to be there during the press days and you get the info first hand.

Nevertheless lots of new things have been introduced in Geneva, but for me only two were really of interest.

Koengisegg_Regera_front_moretwist First was the Koenigsegg Regera. It is always fascinating to see a new car coming from Koenigsegg every year, and on the booth in front of Koenigsegg you have seen the very same car for the last 6 years albeit in different colours. (You can guess which car brand am I talking about).

The Regera is an interesting way of using the capabilities of a hybrid car, but with all the respect to CvK, the Regera is a hybrid car. What I didn’t like about the Regera was the way the press was talking about the car. I mean it is no rocket science what Koenigsegg has done.

Why do cars need a gear-box? No, it is not to be able to drive fast, more than that is to be able to start moving. At low revs an IC-Engine has almost no torque at all, and to get a car to start moving needs more torque than to keep it moving.

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9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil – part 2

March 21, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Projects

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.

This is article number two in the story about Emils 2.2 “Griffin” Aero. Part number one will you find here.

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The disaster for Saab was a fact and as we all remember the bankruptcy that occurred on 19th of December 2011. That was a tragedy for all Saab enthusiasts, also for Emil. The urge for buy one of the last Saabs produced was enormous, 9-3 Griffin had been manufactured a few months in the spring 2011 and Emil think that was the best looking 9-3 of all the 9-3 SS that was manufactured. There was a few cars standing since the bankruptcy, would Emil afford to buy one of there cars? What would he do with the engine? Griffin has a different direct injected engine, and much is changed from the 2011 9-3 that have a Trionic 8 engine to the 2012 9-3. After a few weeks thinking Emil decided to buy a new 9-3, but NOT a Griffin. That would be too expensive, and the plans with the new engine would go down the drain. The plan now was to buy a 9-3 BioPower 2008 or newer, preferably with as much extra equipment as possible within a certain budget. The search was on, and after a few months I found my dream car. Read the rest of this entry →

Sad News

March 19, 2015 in News

Some of you may recall a couple of posts I put up in August last year regarding a track day being held at Castle Combe race circuit here in the UK. (links here and here)

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The Saab gathering was organised by GWS Saab group and was dedicated as a special day for one of it’s dear members and good friend Mark Ovens aka ‘Parish’ who had been diagnosed terminally ill. It was thought at the time that Mark may not get to see Christmas and that the event may well be the last he would attend, as a result of this the turnout on the day was fantastic with over 50 SAAB’S making it to Castle Combe!

Thankfully he did get to see Christmas but unfortunately passed away last week.

The day at Castle Combe was amazing, a day which Mark thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. The organisers even managed to halt the days’ racing to allow all our SAABS to have three parade laps of the circuit with Mark riding upfront.

Mark and his wife Karen have been regular attendants to many Saab events both here and abroad over the years. He was a big Saab fan just like all of us and will be sadly missed.

On behalf of SAABSUNITED I would like to pass on mine and our deepest condolences to Karen and the family.

His funeral is being held on Semington Crematorium, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6HL www.westwiltshirecrem.co.uk
on Thursday 26th March
at 11.30am.

Anybody wishing to attend are asked to do so in their Saab if possible please and are also requested to wear a powder blue tie.