Saab CabrioChallenge 2015 – In the darkest Småland

August 25, 2015 in Events, Fan Stuff

From our friend Mioh I’ve recived this great pictures and report from CabrioChallenge 2015, and this years adventure went from Vetlanda to Västervik. Enjoy!

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This years Saab CabrioChallenge took place in a brilliant sunshine in darkest Småland, Saturdag, August 15th. This event has been arranged annually since 2008, and this years attracted a large number of cheerful and pleasant Saab enthusiasts from Sweeden, Norway, UK and Australia.
The event had a soft start on Friday night at Wallby Säteri in Vetlanda with a snack and a dinner, for those who were there the day before the start.

cabriochallenge005_2015On Saturday morning we all were gathered at Wallby Säteri. After a welcome greeting and the distribution of the roadbook the roofless Saabs roll in to the forests of Småland. On the roads through Småland against Västervik and the sea in east we passed trees, churches, lakes, trees, ice cream shops and several well-known places from Astrid Lindgren’s World. At noon we came to Frödinge dairy, and here we take a light lunch on the grass in best picnic style. After lunch we drove through Smålands tree dense landscape to the spot for the now obligatory group photo. Our final destination for the day was Västervik, where it was arranged a “Sportcar Day” this weekend. Saturday evenings activity at this event was a motorcade through cental Västervik and out to Gränsö Castle. Of course our sporty Saabs was attending in this motorcade, together with other sporty cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, Porsche and others. When the motorcade was finished we went to our hotel, where a fancy dinner was ready for us. Here we enjoyed the entire evening of great food and a nice atmosphere in true Saab spirit.

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IntSaab 2015; 9-5 style – part 3

August 21, 2015 in Events, Fan Stuff

DSC01050_50_suThis is part 3 and final part in the IntSaab 2015 journey, you will find part 1 here , and part 2 here

Tuesday it was time to head for Loen to meet the “real” IntSaab participants. After a late night on Monday, it was nice to have a day with a shorter distance – to Loen was it about one and a half hour to drive. We arrived to Stryn, and after a quick wash we roll into Loen. As a local – I have driven through Loen hundreds, maybe thousands of times – I thought it should be easy to find the site for the event. First we drive trough the city on the main road, then through the city on a smaller road, but nothing that could look like a place for a Saab-convention. OK, we where early but to not see anything I thought seems little fishy. So after a little phone-call, we found it, at the combined school and community center, the exit from the main road was about 50 meter after where we choose the smaller road back to the city… All those times I had driven by the exit from the main road, I’d always thought that area belong to the nearby camping site. :p So this was todays lesson, I learn a new thing every day! Read the rest of this entry →

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Whats in it for Dong Feng?

August 20, 2015 in Editorial

We’ve been talking about NEVS new deal with Dong Feng and all the benefits for NEVS from that. But whats in it for Dong Feng?

Some people might think that the Phoenix platform might have something to do with it but if you really think about it there could be another catch to the story.

The Chinese have seen a trend for the past two years of falling sales numbers in China and that they Chinese consumers are simply not interested in a Chinese car to the extent that they would have preferred. Brands such as BMW, VW, Audi and several american brands have all cut back their focus on China and directed it back towards their home markets, one VW executive said “it was fun while it lasted” but now we need to focus on other markets as well.

There is no doubt that its not only the Euro and American brands that are thinking more and more about the EU/US markets, so are the Chinese brands who have found the asian markets to be fairly saturated.

So regardless of what the Dong Feng deal means for NEVS it could be even more important for Dong Feng to grab a foothold in Europe. To be able to produce a mid-luxury brand in Europe and the United States is probably every Chinese Auto Executives wet dream, not only for the US and EU markets but even more so for the Chinese market since Chinese buyers still prefer non-chinese brands for their upper class cars.

Even if such a car is not named Saab, it could be a win-win deal for both NEVS and Dong Feng as NEVS would become a more integral part and perhaps a licensed producer of cars for Dong Feng making that brand more firmly linked to Europe.

As for NEVS plan B, I wonder if they on purpose chose the name NEVS which backwards spell “Sven”, probably one of the most popular Swedish names some hundred years ago! Would be pretty cool if they in 5 years would introduce the new SVEN 900 SE… =)

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P4 West: SAAB AB says no dialoge with NEVS

August 20, 2015 in News

In an article in todays P4 West, SAAB AB clearly says no to any further use of the brand name “SAAB”.

“There is no dialogue with NEVS regarding their continued use of the brand name Saab, no such dialogue has taken place for some time” says pressmanager Sebastian Carlsson to Swedish Radio.

The article also reflects the views on the matter from Christer Karlsson, a well know auto industry expert.

Original article here

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Saab Museum Overschild Closes In September

August 19, 2015 in News

This is sad news but also an opportunity for collectors since they sell off all the stuff from the museum.

After more than 6 years, we close the Saab museum in Overschild. On Sunday 30 August, the museum is closed due to other commitments. The last time that the museum is open, will be on the weekend of 26 and 27 September. In addition, everything for sale this weekend. All cars, model cars, leaflets, books and other collectibles. Admission is free this weekend.

http://www.saabmuseumoverschild.nl/

http://www.vdlaansaabspecialist.nl/

For more information, please send an email to: info@vdlaansaabspecialist.nl

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NEVS way forward to the revival of SAAB

August 18, 2015 in Editorial

Yesterday’s news of NEVS starting their cooperation with Dong Feng was hardly news for people who have been frequent here on SU, most of us have felt that it was in the making for some time. I have to say that I’m feeling a sense of joy about the chances of a revival of the Saab brand although it will take a very long time until we’ll see something that can even relate to something that looks like a marketable product.

As most of us understand, the relationship between SAAB AB and NEVS is – to quote a term used on Victor Muller once -“riktigt frostigt” (very frosty), and to my knowledge not much as been made to thaw the process even though NEVS is keeping SAAB AB up to date on their progress. The latest evidence in the relationship between the two former partners was seen this summer at the Saab Festival where NEVS was not allowed to be part of the main program but had to create a sideshow, which I think they did very well, apart from the main festival program. That NEVS was not welcome to the festival in an official manner says that they have a long way to go.

NEVS is now looking for engineers, there is engineering capacity out there in terms of consultant companies, the only problem is that NEVS had previously used these companies and are now being asked, to again trust the company that 6 months ago, could not pay its bills. Here comes the catch though, I’ve spoke to several of them and they most of them feel that the past is the past and if NEVS are able to “show them the money”, they are of course interested in working with NEVS again. Whats also interesting is that many of my friends who used to be high-ranking engineers at SAAB are, either in the process of leaving their jobs to return to their former jobs in Trollhättan, or have already joined the team at NEVS.

For these guys to leave well paid jobs with a high level of job security this close to their retirement tells me that NEVS has something big and firm going on…

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Neo Brothers – PRICE DROP TD04L-14T 9-3 Aero Turbocharger

August 18, 2015 in News

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NEW Genuine Saab 9-3 Sport Aero B207R TD04L-14T Turbo Charger

 

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Also available as an upgrade kit including NEW oil and water lines for £293.95 plus VAT.

 

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Press-release: Nevs and Dongfeng tie-up for long-term strategic cooperation

August 17, 2015 in NEVS, News, Press Releasse

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation (Dongfeng) signed a strategic cooperation agreement on August 17, 2015 to achieve global industrial synergies.

Since July 2015, Nevs has started working with Dongfeng on complete vehicle development projects to enhance Dongfeng’s technical strength and improve Nevs’ own development capability. Now both parties have agreed to expand their cooperation from technical development to further business areas such as global purchasing and distribution network.

Dongfeng has formed several strategic long term partnerships with other international major car manufacturers including AB Volvo and as a 14 percent shareholder of PSA. Dongfeng Motor, with several JVs in China including Peugeot, Citroën, Renault, Nissan, Infinity, Honda and Kia, is one of the world’s largest automobile companies, with an annual output over 3.83 million units in 2014 and 1.83 million in the first half of 2015. A long-term and stable alliance with Dongfeng is of great significance for Nevs to achieve its business opportunity.

According to the agreement, Dongfeng will support Nevs on the construction of new energy vehicles production and R&D in Tianjin and the formation of Nevs’ sales and service with support from Dongfeng’s dealer network. Dongfeng will also support Nevs to achieve the new energy vehicle mass production.

Nevs will support Dongfeng on their own brands to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets, and assist DFM to develop important markets in Europe and North America.

“Dongfeng is one of the leading vehicle company groups in the world. Through this cooperation, Nevs’ will be able to create industrial synergies, share the development costs, expand the supplier bases and increase the overall competitiveness for our own future products. This cooperation is one of the steps for Nevs to become a front-runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles” said Mr. Mattias Bergman, President, Nevs.

DFM Brief Introduction

Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM) is the third biggest Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan, Hubei Province. As of December 2014, DFM had in total approximately 176 000 full-time employees.

DFM is connected with a variety of international OEMs and produces a wide range of foreign products in China including those of Peugeot, Citroën, Renault, Honda, Kia, Nissan and Infinity. The total output in 2014 was 3.83 million units with revenue of 483 billion RMB.

In 2012 DFM acquired 70% of T engineering, a Trollhättan based engineering company and a spin off from Saab Automobile Powertrain, as their first R&D center overseas.

In 2014, DFG became the 14% shareholder of PSA Peugeot Citroën.

DFM is listed as no.113 in the world on Fortune 500.