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SU Guys staring swedish BMW blog

August 26, 2014 in Off-Topic

I just wanted to let you guys know that me and Jörgen from the SU Crew have launched a swedish BMW blog which we’re keeping as a nice little side project to SU. As many of you probably have understood the two of us are on our way to BMW as our daily driver but regardless what we drive in while going to work, the heart still remains firmly attached to Trollhättan and Saab.

This blog will not cause us to leave SU in anyway or decrease our presence here, its more of a fun thing for us to do while we wait for new cars to come out from Saab which we’re looking forward to very much. We’ve already borrowed several new cars that we’ve taken out on the street and its a lot of fun to try out new cars and new technology and get to share the experience =).

So for you guys who are interested, please have a look at www.bmwb.se and follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bmwbloggen

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SOTW, much loved TTiD

August 21, 2014 in Sotw

Hi. Having bought an 11 plate 93 aero a few months ago, I’ve finally got round
to sending you these images for Sotw. As a young Saab fan myself, along with
the need for a new family car for my parents after a terrible Mercedes B-
class, a saw an opportunity to persuade them into buying a Saab. As you can
see, I was more than successful and now we have this beautiful white aero,
with only 14k miles from new. As a car enthusiast Saabs really appealed to me
and I couldn’t be happier with it, from its sheer quality to the immense power
from the 180 TTID engine. When it comes to style, the Saab struggles to be
beaten and I even have plans to use it for my prom next year! It may be our
first Saab, but we are hooked, and I can’t understand why anyone would buy
anything else!

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Breaking news: NEVS postpones wages

August 21, 2014 in News

According to P4 West, NEVS will have to postpone payment of the wages from what would normally be the 25th of august to the 5th of september.

Mikael Östlund said that the reason for the delay is a delay in money transfers but he is unable to give details as to the reason for the transfer delay. All employees have been notified.

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First Photos: NEVS EV-1 *updated with press-release

August 20, 2014 in News

Today NEVS showed its electric 9-3 EV-1 for the first time, Jukka Rokka, was kind enough to send us some photos of the car. If you look closely you’ll also see the new Infotainment system mounted into the dash. Clearly a touch-screen system which I intend to find out more about! Enjoy! =)

COPYRIGHT©SAABSUNITED.COM

PRESS RELEASE FROM NEVS

Today Nevs presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.

The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan where the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. With that, the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine.

The Saab 9-3’s famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.

“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.

The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.

In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:

The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.

  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
  • Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.

The prototype series have multiple reasons:

  • To enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company.
  • To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
  • To be used as a test bench for technical development.
  • To verify the manufacturing setup.
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NEVS will show its EV-1 tomorrow in Trollhättan

August 19, 2014 in News

NEVS is one of the Mainsponsors of the Alliansloppet, one of the biggest roller skis race in Scandinavia.
There will be race events from tomorrow till saturday.

According to ttela.se and Sverigesradio P4 tomorrow NEVS will present the first electric SAAB car in the Hansenplatsen in Trollhättan. It seems like some of them do exist, maybe they were build before the production stop.

Don’t expect too much, as the car will look like the current 9-3, the changes are under the skin, where they have changed the underpinnings to put the battery without loosing cargo space.

Always A Kid-Saab Turbo 006, re-visited

August 18, 2014 in Off-Topic, Saabs History

Quite often I find myself on the internet aimlessly looking for anything SAAB related and often I find stuff from other people who are doing the same or I stumble across something I had forgotten. One such piece I have come across was that of the Saab Turbo 006 Convertible Junior. I remember seeing photo’s of this car on the showroom floor in my friend Darryl’s Saab dealership and never thought much of it.

Finding any information on this car is not as simple as typing into a search and finding the wikipedia file, but I did find a little more on this gem.

The Saab Turbo 006 was built in 1986 and was a great way of creating future Saab fans in the way of kids. This junior car is powered by a wheel motor that can turn into a 4×2 for winter driving (how cool is that? Even in a Go-kart). This according to Saab 900 Classic website who have a number of great photo’s on their site of the 006 including the one below of the 3.5hp engine.

         

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SOTW Great looking early 9-5 Wagon

August 16, 2014 in Sotw

Robin,
here is my submission for SOTW:
1999 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi. – 17,464 Miles since new.
Purchased at Shaw Saab, Hingham MA.

Recent Updates:
17″ Saab 9-5 Sport Wheels with Conti Summer Tires Color Matched Front Grille In Imola Red – Rear Spoiler And Mirrors Repainted Smoked Side Marker Lights New Style Saab Roundels, Front & Back Windows Tinted 35% – Suntek Carbon Film Mustang Mach 1 Chin Spoiler  New 10th Mountain Plate Created With Matte Black Vinyl Background Rear Hatch Debadged, Matte Black Vintage Turbo Script Applied Borla Muffler With Factory Engraved Saab Exhaust Tip

xx

Big thanks to Alex for sharing.
You will find extra photos on my Flickr feed

Lets all try to make this a very special day for one true SAAB enthusiast…….

August 14, 2014 in News

It is with great sadness that we here in the UK have heard that one of our dearest and most ardent SAAB enthusiasts has fallen terminally ill. Many of you will know of Mark, better known by most as Parish, from meeting him at numerous events both here in the UK and abroad. The prognosis of his illness shows that Mark may only be with us for a few more months at best.

Parish

It is for that reason I write this article, with the permission of Marks’ wife, to call for as much support as possible from our community at what will almost certainly be the last SAAB event Mark will attend. I hear Mark is very much looking forward to this day where hopefully he will get to see many old faces and friends.

The event which is here in the UK promises to be a fantastic but somewhat poignant day taking into account the circumstances. Sadly Mark has had to sell his beloved Saab which in itself was a very emotional experience for him.

It is our intention to make this event a very special one for both Mark and his family and ask that all SAAB owners who can attend to please come along to this FREE event. The date is the 30th August at Castle Coombe race circuit ( Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7EY) ,where, as part of the event, there will also be a special parade lap of the circuit for all SAAB cars that wish to partake. I am certain that Mark will be up there right at the front riding with somebody!! So please, if you can make it, bring your SAAB or any other make of car and join us for this very special day and show how our community is still as strong as ever!

I thank you in advance for your support.

Please add your name at the link below or email me at mplsab@hotmail.com

Event details http://castlecombetrackday.bristolpegasus.com

Please add your name here:
http://gwsforum.proboards.com/thread/1894/saturday-30th-august-2014-interesting
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Do a nice thing for your parents

August 13, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Youtube link: www.youtube.com/embed/nDHpvTDJMrc

Thanx to “onlysaab” for the tip! =)

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Bankruptcy petition withdrawn

August 13, 2014 in News

The company whose representative filed a bankruptcy petition has informed Nevs today that they will withdraw the case after the information they have got regarding the ongoing dialogues.

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NEVS is NOT bankrupt!

August 13, 2014 in Editorial

Yesterday a petition for bankruptcy was filed by a supplier of test equipment in Gothenburg towards NEVS, ironically as most of us now know, the whole issue was handled by a consultant agency which deals with unpaid bills, the whole thing was a routine issue for them and they were simply following procedure. However in this case the procedure was not exactly what the CEO of Labo had in mind.

NEVS is today visiting the CEO of Labo according to unconfirmed sources to try to clear up the matter or at least inform the supplier about the development regarding the pending deal. Hopes are that these talks will result in a withdrawal of the petition. The CEO of Labo already stated yesterday that he was considering to withdraw the petition since it wasn’t really his wish to make one in the first place.

So what is bankruptcy? Well basically its a state of financial situation where your assets are worth less than the total sum of your debts. Right now, that is not the issue at NEVS. The assets are worth more than the total debt so if the company was to be liquidated, everyone of the suppliers and creditors would be paid. This would however probably not happen at a bankruptcy since as we know, the lawyers will eat up a large portion of the funds. So the situation is pretty simple, the suppliers dont want a bankruptcy, neither does NEVS and we certainly dont and NEVS keeps on trying to free up cash in order to stay afloat.

If the bankruptcy hearing were to take place in the early days of september, an investigation would be conducted into NEVS finances inorder to establish if the company is insolvent. The outcome of such an investigation would most likely conclude that the company is not and the necessary funds would be extracted in means of property. This however is a lengthy process and costly one at that and in nobodies best interest. The amount on the other hand is so small that it would be enough for NEVS to simply sell one single car in order to pay the bill, which is pretty ironic considering that there are now 32 unsold new or used 9-3′s sitting out with dealers. The reason for them being there is that in times like these, nobody wants a car from a company that might go bankrupt, I dont blame people for not buying, neither would I in this situation.

Every monday all employees meet up at NEVS and are given an internal briefing on the situation and what needs to be done during the week to come. Some education of employees is conducted each monday plus minor adjustments and continuous improvements. Such things as keeping the factory in good clean shape is important not only because the grass simply doesn’t stop growing but also for morale, it simply feels good coming home when its nice and clean!

I’ve learned from sources that Dong Feng and Mahindra are still working closely with NEVS and that they’ve done their due diligence, the work right now is mostly about the format of the contracts and to ensure that none of the partners ends up in an unwanted situation later on. Every single detail must be cared for in deals as big as this, and discussing details takes time. I asked Mattias Bergman where they’re at right now and he said that you dont really know how far you’ve come until you’re done looking back at where you were. This to me makes perfect sense since a process like this is not a straight line with a beginning and an end, but rather a process that develops over time. Deadlines and timelines are based on previous experiences, but since nobody has done a deal exactly like this one, its impossible to state exactly how long its going to take, an estimate is of course in place but that estimate is not a firm target but rather a moving target that can be moved either to a later or earlier date.

Mattias point of view on the timeline is confirmed by other industry sources I have who concur with his description of the process, one stated that a deal-process is like a living entity that evolves as it matures and that it has not finished growing once the signature is in place but continues to evolve over time as the partnership stays in place. Other industry experts I’ve talked to (I think you know who) agrees that its extremely important that no detail be overlooked, any misstakes done at this stage or if details are left out which makes one partner unhappy could result in catastrophe later on.