Lars Holmqvist at it again

It’s now almost a week since the sale of Saab to NEVS was announced. The dust has settled a bit since then but still many negative comments show up in the media. One example that almost made me angry is an interview that Lars Holmqvist did with just-auto.com. Even before the announcement he has not been very positive about a possible sale to NEVS but for my taste he goes too far in this:

“This is a bad development as in my opinion it ends up being within a year, a list of crises, a major crisis and there will be a call for support and jobs that have to be saved”

I have no idea if it is some habit of officials in Sweden to talk things dead before they even started but it almost feels like. Remember Mr Holmqvist when in office had a very disputable role when Saab’s creditors all of a sudden ganged up. He continues:

“There are two hurdles before them still. One, the question of using the brand Saab, that is not yet agreed upon. The other is they need to get a decent partner because there is no chance, no chance whatsoever these guys will be able to build an electric car. They have no idea how to build cars.”

The latter statement is quite bold. Mr Holmqvist may know something about spares, but he has never ever built a car in his life. So what got into him to state something this silly? What is his hidden agenda and why all of a sudden was he promoted to be the best possible spokesman? His reputation and actions most certainly do not warrant that. I’d not dare to say that Karl-Erling Trogen has no experience in the production of vehicles. He has been active within the Volvo group on various positions from 1971 until 2005. As for Kai Johan Jiang, he may not come from the automotive industry but given his track record he has some experience in doing large scale business in different cultural environments. He would not be that naive to get into the purchase of Saab without having a solid plan. That plan even went through the due dilligence at the receivers so the business plan cannot be as stupid as some people, who do not even know half of it, think.

As for the knowledge of how to build cars, the main effort will have to come from those engineers NEVS/Saab is recruiting just now. The key to be successful is to hire the needed technical creativity and some people in the management who can channel it. Trollhättan with engineering companies like Lean Nova can be a very fertile soil for the plans that NEVS has.

Regarding the decent partner Mr. Holqvist asks for – obviously he is not the only one who thought about that. Indications of the last few weeks tell me that NEVS know that, too and therefore surely made such a partnership part of the overall plan. Mr Holmqvist seems to be very well equipped to keep shouting from the sideline, but we sure as heck have never seen anything remotely business-plan like coming from him. It feels more like hot air than something well founded.

It’s a huge difference if you think that such a plan would not give you a car you want or if it does not work in business scale. While I still think there is a missing link in this I would not come up with such a general statement without having proper knowledge. And rest assured, Mr. Holmqvist has not more insight in this process than we have. But being negative has always been the easy way to get into the news, as you don’t need much imagination.

And then finally Mr. Holmqvist completely leaves the path of logic when talking about Kai Johan Jiang:

“He seems to me like he was out there to save the world and I am always sceptical about people [like] that in the automotive industry.”

Honestly, I don’t know what to say on this statement. Kai Johan Jiang stated that he saw how the industry in China destroyed nature and he started to think how things could be done differently. In the end this was just a starter to get onto a business idea that became State Poweer Group. He has been a pioneer in biofuel production and he wants to be a pioneer in e-mobility, too. Not only because he wants to save the planet but also because if you are a pioneer the chance to earn a proper amount of money is pretty high. So he is mainly a businessman but I don’t see some responsibility as a mistake here.

Sure companies like Tesla who are working on electrical cars for over ten years are mostly considered pioneers in this field, but NEVS has the benefit that more technology than ever is available today through partnerships. So they could be among the first to really have a proper lineup of EVs, not just one like some others. Their main task will be to get affordable, reliable and safe e-Saabs on the street.

I hate to say but we have to have some patience again until we see the big picture. Give the NEVS business concept a thought. The visionary aspect in this is something very Saabish: the desire to create something new, something revolutionary. I believe we only just saw the tip of the iceberg. But once it is there it may exceed our expectations.

Dagen Runt
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Hi, I’m new here. Lots of speculation and negativity indeed, but then that is what you get in media these days – people jumping to conclusions. We’re all second guessing right now and have been doing so for well over a year now regarding Saab’s fate. It is tought to stay interested in Saab amidst all of this uncertainty. I wonder what the trend among Saab loyalists is when it comes to NEVS. Could SU put up a poll asking who is content with purely electric cars, and who wants NEVS to come up with hybrids and/or petrol / diesel… Read more »
phermansson
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I think every Saab fan on SU would love for NEVS to develop a hybrid car as well, you’d probably get 100% on such a poll! =)

Mark
Member
4 years 3 months ago

That poll would be good.

Something like:

1, Would you like Saab to only manufacture EVs?

2 Would you like Saab to only make EVS and Hybrids?

3, Would you like Saab to make EVs, Hybrids and conventionally fueled cars?

Piet-Hein S.
Member
4 years 3 months ago

if he knows thing so very well as he says he thinks, why didn’t HE buy Saab???

Carlo A
Member
4 years 3 months ago

NEVS have no idea about building an electric car ……. that is why the bought SAAB that has top quality engineers and know-how …. simple!!!

Niklas G
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Almost +1. 🙂
As I understood it, they bought Saab because they can build cars and they will add engineers from China and Japan (some kind of co-operation with Totota according to soem news snippets) who will add important knowledge on the battery and electricity side.

But for a more detailed version of their plans, we’ll just have to wait and see how they proceed.

Carlo A
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Exactly……. although I still have my reservation about the suitability in the medium-term of a full-electric business plan without hybrids.

leriksso
Member
4 years 3 months ago
source: ttela.se ================= Skepticism about Nevs plans “Most of the evidence of new losses and a new, painful fiasco.” Dagens Industri Hakan Matson is not afraid to dismiss Nevs plans for a new Saab after the press conference yesterday. But there are those who are slightly more positive. RelateratI basically were representatives from the Swedish media in place of the Saab showroom yesterday afternoon. The press conference where the purchaser of Saab’s bankruptcy would be presented were the giants to get to Trollhättan in a hurry to watch the historic event. And the comments were not long in coming. After… Read more »
Skipper
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I think that a mixed reaction is to be expected until NEVS state exactly what they are going to build, where it will be built, how many people will be employed, where the cars will be sold etc. At this time we are all pretty much in the dark, this of course breeds fear, anguish and to some extent a lack faith. I wish they would hurry up and tell us all what they are really going to do!

leriksso
Member
4 years 3 months ago
NEVS silence creates anxiety and speculation. They must have reported something for the administrators who made them came out as winners. Now as they have won the bid, they must be able to show what the winning proposal was. They create uncertainty that contributes to a loss of confidence in experts and newspapers, this feeling then transfer over to us ordinary people. We need to know what will happen to SAAB before we can support otherwise I will create my own reality and it’s not in favors of NEVS in any way. Just want to say I would like the… Read more »
TonymacUK
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1

jond
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Well, what they could have said is “we have as much funding from the Chinese Government as it will take”. That would have impressed the administrators don’t you think?

Red J
Member
4 years 3 months ago

leriksso,
to dump an article from another news source is (for many reasons) against the user policy.
If you want to comment any post using information from another article, it’s OK, but don’t dump articles into the comment section.

BTW, we already discussed this article last week.

leriksso
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Sorry, lesson learned

Skipper
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I have looked at Tesla, they cost a fortune! I hope that NEVS will be able to make and sell cars that look good, go well, are reliable,and have a good range. A lot of us do not live in cities, so the range of a vehicle is important to a great many people. If anyone can do it well it will be Saab engineers! Fingers crossed.

Tilley
Member
4 years 3 months ago

SAAB is being re-born (again). That is a good thing.

Lars…what krap.

nixschel
Member
4 years 3 months ago
About bloody time someone smoked out that Holmqvist person. Remember he was fronting for the spareparts industry when the shit started hitting the fan. And we all know that amongst others this problem actually was the cause of Saab finally having to declare bankrupcy. Was this two faced person actually gambling on purchasing Saab himself, just didn’t know where to start? To me he has always been tarnished, very quick at trying to keep himself in the spotlight, but with nothing more to say than hot air. In my opinion, it would have been beter if he had filled a… Read more »
hughw
Member
4 years 3 months ago
The main thing that Saab needs to survive is money and vision. They don’t need another car company like M+M to tell them how to build cars. They are a car company (albeit a shell of a car company)!!!! NEVs is already hiring back the core nucleus of engineers and managers that help made Saab what it was. NEVS seems to have a vision, a vision very different from what may be our vision, but a vision nonetheless. Along with a good business plan (and these are good business people), they could well succeed beyond all reasonable expectations. We all… Read more »
hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

“The main thing that Saab needs to survive is money and vision”
People like Holmqvist thrive at obscuring visions.
I almost think it is a tactic done on purpose; If he (and his friends) can talk down NEVS like Maud et.al. managed to talk down Saab, they will have “won”.

I just hope that the readers of that column are capable of seeing through the BS.

baas900i
Member
4 years 3 months ago

to survive SAAB needs car buyers… who in turn demand first class product…

Skipper
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Yes agreed! I just wish they would tell us exactly WHAT they intend to build and what they DON’T intend to build. They are doing themselves no good by saying almost nothing. We want to believe, but at the moment we don’t know what are supposed to believe in! If the product is the right thing and is a first class product, being sold at a reasonable price, then I’m sure they would get much support and many customers. I am getting so sick of waiting though!

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Thats exactly that, Skipper. You need to wholehearted believe in something in order to support it.

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Lars was not good in his job when he needed to help save Saab from bankrupty so he better keeps quite.

scand
Member
4 years 3 months ago

How was he supposed to ‘help save Saab from bankruptcy’?! He represented the suppliers. The suppliers had already helped by extending credit way beyond their supply payment agreements. What more were they supposed to do ? Work for free? Look at how much the suppliers lost with Saab business – not only with the bankrupcy, but the first time it went into administration, in 09.

FinnFemFel
Member
4 years 3 months ago
till72, I understand that your are upset with Mr. Holmqvist’s opinion, but I find your wording in the post misleading. “…if it is some habit of officials in Sweden…” Holmqvist is not a Swedish official or politician. He has not been “in office” in a position within the state. He is a senior adviser to a PR company working out of Brussels. Before that, he was (I believe) CEO of CLEPA – the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. “Remember Mr Holmqvist when in office had a very disputable role when Saab’s creditors all of a sudden ganged up.” When the… Read more »
StephenJ
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Lars should work for GM – sounds as if he would get along well with Jim Cain!

saabserb
Member
4 years 3 months ago
I must admit that I don’t like the new direction SAABSUnited’s crew has taken recently. As soon as NEVS had acquired SAAB’s factory, they started giving NEVS their unconditional support. This reminds me much of the situation last year, when SAABSUnited people were protecting Victor Muller unconditionally, and every step and move he did they hailed as the ultimate wisdom. We all remember articles like “Without Victor there is no SAAB” (just paraphrasing, I don’t have time to search for the article, but I can do that if needed). I would like to have to see discussion with more arguments… Read more »
phermansson
Member
4 years 3 months ago
You know, its pretty simple. Whoever is in charge of factory, workers, product-rights etc is what we call Saab, we will support. I told Victor on several occasions what I thought that he should and shouldn’t do. I know that he listened to that advice more than once! There is no point for us to make that kind of advice public but I can assure you that we will support the current owners to 100%. Once we know more about what they are planning to do and if we have any suggestions, providing that they are willing to listen, we… Read more »
lmg
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Well Tim, it’s up to you and the rest of the SU-crew to support whomever you wish. If you guys are fine giving NEVS your 100% support on the base that they now are the owners of the factory and the IP rights, that’s okay with me. I still think it would be good, however, if us the SAAB-fans openly could discuss NEVS on SU, even if the picture is not as 100% supportive as the SU-crew. No we don’t have the full picture as of yet, and we have not seen a complete business plan. Still there are number… Read more »
janne eriksson
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

I agree, I love the brand (as it was) and do not like the things we hear so far from NEVS. In some comments by the SU-crew are comments called foolish and I think that it is without eny respect for readers/members to do that. In this way does the SU-site get less interesting.

RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Well said. SU is free and should support NEVS -before we know better- but in all honesty I have no blind ‘love affair’ with Saab cars. I’ve supported the company because the products they made filled MY needs. I couldn’t buy anything from SWAN as the they didn’t offer the only thing we’ve could have bought (a big frugal station wagon) – although it came close. If NEVS stop making cars that has that edge over the competition I will move elsewhere ones the Saabs that are out there are gone or someone else fills that void. If a company… Read more »
MarqeDeSaab
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Tim, Earlier you replied to a post requesting a poll as to who does or does not support NEVS/Hybrids…as if somehow that would change anything about the direction SAAB is moving towards. This is yet another example of people who are still grappling with the idea that somehow, we the public, can possibly effect changes to a reality that is in cement…a reality that SAAB is going “wherever it is going to go”…period. We have no say in the matter. I understand the need for people to want to get a handle on what is happening to our beloved SAAB,… Read more »
Dagen Runt
Member
4 years 3 months ago
I will reply to this, as it was my suggestion for a poll that you referred to. Is it a vocal minority who think that eSaab is noSaab, or how many of us hang around here in the hope of news of a hybrid or combustion alternative? Even the crew here are suggesting that a future portfolio may include hybrids. Is that false hope or reason to believe? Until we have a business plan to rely on, the topic stays warm. If everybody were to post their sadness or delight once, we could take care of that in a poll… Read more »
MarqeDeSaab
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Dagen Runt…
Thanks for your thoughts.
I believe you are correct.
It might be useful for someone to want to know how many folks here think:
will it be an electric, or a hybrid .

saabserb
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Tim and the rest of the SAABSUnited crew, this is your blog and you can of course support anything you want. You can even ban all of us who are not enthusiastic about the NEVS. You acquired this blog from Swade and you drive it which takes a lot of your time, and you have any right to say “if you don’t like this blog go somewhere else”. But this all would make me, and not only me, very sad. Because I am still considering this blog as the nr. 1 source of SAAB news on the globe. And I… Read more »
Olav
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Hi, Tim. As a long time supporter of Trollhattansaab and SaabsUnited your statement about your full support about whatever name the new SAAB will take brings up at least one question that should be interested to highlight: – If the new car name would be, let’s say NEVS and not SAAB, will this site then continue as a support blog for NEVS cars (NEVSUnited)? I guess you have a strategy on this. Please don’t get me wrong, I can fully understand that you want to officially support NEVS as a Swede – and I wish NEVS and Trollhättan all the… Read more »
JerseySaab
Member
4 years 3 months ago

As soon as NEVS had acquired SAAB’s factory, they started giving NEVS their unconditional support.

Given the circumstances, who should SU be supporting? For the continuation of Saab cars in any form NEVS is now the only game in town. It’s a done deal, for better or for worse. I’m skeptical but hoping for the best, it is going to be a while before NEVS’ plans become clear and we see what the outcome will be.

hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1 But the name Saab must of course be kept, otherwise…….. it is just another car manufacturer.

Olav
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1, absolutely, kochje.

janne eriksson
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

+1

robertp
Member
4 years 3 months ago
What you do as a blog is not objective the last few days, people can and may have their opinion and feelings. If you constantly try to steer and evangelize the (in your view) sinners, you’re loosing a major part of the Saab addicts. People owning and drving Saabs are free minds. What this website tries to do is put on boundaries. As long as NEVS does not make clear that they want to build Saabs (which they didn’t: they want to build electric vehicles, the brandname Saab is not yet sure) and build them for ‘me’ (especially my market… Read more »
phermansson
Member
4 years 3 months ago
If you are not happy with the content of this website, there are many other websites out there that you can feel free to visit. SaabsUnited is about the cars, technology and the company, we do write about more stuff than just the company, as I hope you have noticed. We present the ideas here that we have discussed and that we as a group feel is the right way, not everyone will agree and it is well within their rights to disagree with us. We respect that and we are open to people presenting their ideas if they have… Read more »
janne eriksson
Guest
4 years 3 months ago
Tim, how can you say this to your readers?! I have been reading TrollhattanSAAB from the beginning and always felt that it was about SAAB. I understand your relation with Trollhattan and the people that work there and I wish them the best but I hoped that they were going to built SAABs again. But if you think that people that dislike your opinion, should take their business elsewhere that that is fine by me… Consider me not as a member of this community anymore, I am going back being a SAAB-enthousiatst again. I wish you all the best and… Read more »
hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I think you are overreacting.

janne eriksson
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

That’s ok 🙂

Dannii
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I have read many of the articles here of late and I believe someone is creating a storm in a tea cup before the hurricane actually arrives. Stay Calm and Keep Enjoying your Saab. The market will sort our NEVS pretty quick, make no mistake about that.

hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I agree. Good metaphor. 🙂

96mn12
Member
4 years 3 months ago

who the hell is this lars guy? sounds like a complete idiot like cain from GM. With officials like that, sweden doesnt deserve to have companies in their turf. At least in the US obama and bush bailed them out, but condemning them?

Remdu67
Member
4 years 3 months ago
L.H. is right about NEVS: they need a strong partner without whom they will not success. Incomes Statements of company such as Tesla show how much equity fundings are required to developp EV and how hard it is to be profitable. NEVS should be considered more like an anonymous go-between of a strong industrial partner who wants to keeps secret its discussions with key-company in Saab’s assets management. Otherwise I consider them just like brokers. And it is not for the 200 promised jobs for THN people or their “Guizmo businessplan” that we can today be happy. It is more… Read more »
Steve
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Pardonnez-vous my french, but what sort of cock constantly says such things without recommendations for further action?

In the US, we call these people “Republicans.”

I thought narrow-minded morons like this didn’t exist outside of my country.

I was fooled.

JerseySaab
Member
4 years 3 months ago

In the US, we call these people “Republicans.”

We also call them “Democrats.” That both major parties in the U.S. stink to high heaven is pretty evident to anyone who is not a partisan. (But this is not a political site, not even a US-based one, so that’s all I’ll say about that.) 🙂

Nate 9-3
Member
4 years 3 months ago

What? You mean we have two parties? No, I swear that if I look back at the period from 1920 – Present that we only had the same party pushing off the same cliff. I think that you have your facts wrong 🙂 We have one party and they are purple.

hilmar
Member
4 years 3 months ago

A bit of patience is needed, a bit of kindness and tolerance. NEVS has to organize its business, so let them do this. Some people on this planet probably don´t like what NEVS is doing, such is life, or there is fear of competition, the e-power 9-3 with its battery system is an interesting car. 😉

Mike Baughan
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1
Couldn’t have said it better. Why don’t we wait to see what NEVS has up its sleeve and withhold our judgement until then?!

I for one would be stoked to get a Power-split/Series hybrid Phoenix 9-3 or even a REEV Phoenix 9-3… although my ’07 9-3 is pretty awesome as it is currently

scand
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Lars Holmqvist has ‘been around the automotive block’, as it were, (and certainly around Saabs turf) so his opinion shouldn’t be summarily discounted, just because it is negative.

I know he’s not with Clepa anymore, but if they, or the supplier industry thinks the same as he does, then NEVS will be facing an uphill battle to produce any vehicles. Unless of course they want to pay high prices, in advance, for any sub supplier parts.

sandborg
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

What a piece of work. Perhaps the biggest A$$ in $weden.

zippy
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I hate to say this but to some degree Lars is right.

saaburban
Member
4 years 3 months ago

If Scania, GM & Spyker all failed to make Saab grow….
Maybe the conventional businessplans were all flawed.
What Nevs is doing is opposite to all previous attempts.
– small nr employes.
– no focus on an expensive large range of vehicles.
– no attempt to sell cars all over the world, focus on a few markets.
– not follow other makers, set new trends.
– maybe import cost effective parts from asia, assemble premium vehicles in scandinavia, sell back a more exclusive product to Asian consumers.
– not do everything in-house, use talented japanese engineers.

RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Shaking head…
The lack of investment and model/engine range was the cause of financial trouble all along. Why don’t they make pure EV’s for China (and Norway) and put a BioPower hybrid on the market for the rest of the world before you get reliability, range and space in an fully electric car.

Ronnie_Rad
Member
4 years 3 months ago

To discount what Lars is saying is -to say the least- unwarranted.

He knows much more than the writers and readers of this site. He knows Saab. He knows Clepa, He knows the administrators, and he knows Youngman. Now lets please stop discounting and ignoring what people say if we don’t agree with their views. Who cares if he doesn’t have any alternative. Do you have an alternative to NEVS? Thought so. So stop calling the kettle black.

2T
Member
4 years 3 months ago

This website isn’t a blog anymore (as in a place where people can freely and openmy express their various opinions).
It used to be, but it is no longer….

JasonPowell
Member
4 years 3 months ago

(as in a place where people can freely and openly express their various opinions).

If this is true, I guess your comment wouldn’t be here….. but it is.

spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

…but it is:

And there is nothing in the comment, that warrants removal

JasonPowell
Member
4 years 3 months ago

terry9000k, it was a point, 2T is free to say this….. Never said it would warrant removal, just saying if 2T wasn’t free to express his opinion, why would it be there? if 2T wasn’t free to say what he wanted, as the comment says, then why would his complaint or opinion show up? My comment was a statement not a threat and 2T knew that hence the lol in the follow up bellow. Seems the back and forth we were having is what 2T likes because we are conversing and being civil in the process.

2T
Member
4 years 3 months ago

lol, that simplistic and easy one JP…
You know what i mean. People that express an opinion other than that of the SU writers recently often get talked down and their opinion beaten-up, and not always with the most rational arguments.
That’s not my idea of a blog.
But to use your sarcasm, if this message makes it to the board, it’s getting closer to the real thing.

No personal offense meant.

Ronnie_Rad
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1

JasonPowell
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Nope wasn’t trying to give any personal offense at all. I think a blog is one that the owners of the blog will post about certain things they believe and feel a strong connection to and then people converse about it. If you or anyone feel beaten up by any of the writers, I would find that odd because in reality, I have had more name calling my way then I have ever dished out since being a writer. I personally don’t believe that name calling in anyway is needed to get a point across. If you don’t agree with… Read more »
spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Jason,

I think everyone on SU, is still rather shell shocked that their SAAB is no longer & never will be again.

Sometimes the writer gets all the flack & frustration from those feelings……ie: ”Hey, I’m only the messenger”, type thing….!!.

spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago
Sadly, our SAAB is no longer…… NEVs is a private Company and has no obligation to tell [Old Saab’s] enthusiasts anything & I think that is what we will get. We do not know their plan & beyond ‘maybe’ the odd snip it, I doubt we ever will. Obviously THN will get ‘some’ employment from this deal, but as is noted it is the Tech guys that are wanted now… The Blue collar workers will not be wanted for some considerable time & then in maybe 100s, hardly 1000s. To Chinese/Japanese are not stupid & they will learn all there… Read more »
spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Quote from: Pearl Harbour [original]

” I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto…

THANKS GM

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Oh, you’re not the only one to fear that. Many here fear the same thing and maybe deep inside feel it will be the case which will affect them, their family or friends in one way or another. I couldnt stand comments about Saab in TTELA (between bankruptcy and announcement about NEVS), just becouse ppl brought up my fears, that i deep inside knew they were right, but i wouldnt admit it. I know that feeling. Actually i needed a closure of that chapter in my life. And NEVS gave it to me. I cant support NEVS becouse i dont… Read more »
rune
Member
4 years 3 months ago

“Burned for brand and there is a piece of ppl’s souls built in those cars. ”

And it shows!

That is why my wife and I own three Saabs now, despite Anna’s lack of a driver’s license.

A big ‘thank you!’ from me to you and your colleagues!

3cyl
Member
4 years 3 months ago

You make a good point Rune. Lettting a driver’s license (or lack thereof) get in the way of enjoying SAABs would not be in the SAAB spirit.

Nate 9-3
Member
4 years 3 months ago

If you look at what is going around in the world right now you will notice that there is a massive asset grab going on between the east and the west. Battle lines are being drawn for a change in the global dynamic in the next five years.

This intellectual property and tech will likely end up in China after the two sides close rank. I cannot help but wonder if Sweden is trying to get in good with the likely leaders of the remainder of the 21st century.

Ronnie_Rad
Member
4 years 3 months ago
This is the reason why I don’t trust NEVS (at least yet). Things always go astray. I always think back to the Press Conference back in ’89 when Saab-Scania and GM announced their collaboration on Saab Automobile. I think of all the promises GM made (about collaborating on vehicle electronics, keeping Malmo and the Finland factories open, keeping Saab’s Swedish identity, competing successfully in the luxury segment, and being pro-European when operating in Europe), and how they were broken. Link to press conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUK0sdFTgd4 But I understand times changed, the economy changed, GM changed. But one thing GM (and… Read more »
zippy
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1

Thats coz they bought the tech and not the right to use the name. It’ll all go pear shaped in two years time and the whole ‘show’ will be moved to China. Its obvious.

Saab died on 13 June 2012 IMO but Im not gonna let that stop me getting another. 🙂

Mark
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I think Saab is just convenient stepping stone for NEVS. A pawn in a much bigger game plan you might say?
That’s probably why Saab’s history, it’s customer base and it’s fans mean so little to it at this point.

leriksso
Member
4 years 3 months ago

+1

bolero
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Sorry to follwo the debacle about can or can not. One of my employees on the US West Coast took me to the local Tesla store more than 2 years ago to test the fully electric Roadster and what a thrill ride. After the test ride she immediately paid down a few tousand dollars to reserve the Sedan that comes out in June. She is a mom with kids and most of her every day driving is in the city. I am attaching Teslas latest presee release that she http://www.teslamotors.com/about/press/releases/tesla-motors-begin-customer-deliveries-model-s-june-22ndjust send me, so her Honda Accord retires in a months… Read more »
peeceepeh
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I just wondered what happened to that test fleet of SportCombi 9-3s that were intended to be built. There were even reports on a special section or compartment of the production facilities in Trollhättan that was dedicated to the production of that fleet. Will this be taken up by NEVS?

Apart from that, I think we will have to wait and see. And remember all those bold statements of Mr Holmqvist in a year from now.

Thylmuc
Member
4 years 3 months ago

What else? This must be the basis of the car that NEVS wants to release first. 35 kWh battery etc. Hopefully, they find a more powerful battery till release.

adde
Member
4 years 3 months ago

At one point we were visiting Saabs R&D, it was some sort of activity for that day due to production stop, and we ended up in “EV department”. I could see several 9-3 and couple of 9-5, being “worked upon”.
In those 9-3’s there was no middle rear seat. In its place was a battery. So practicaly those 9-3’s were 4-seaters.

Carma
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Maybe VM is just a financial cowboy who rides into town and saves it from the claws of bad guys, and maybe he just wasn’t the right man to run it after the save, but one thing is obvious all the time. He has a passion for cars very much like the passion that existed in the company of Saab. That passion, that, spirit wasn’t built into the walls of the factory, but existed in the people who worked there. My fear is that the best of the key-people, the leading engineers, the hearts of Saab, has found other challenges… Read more »
Thylmuc
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Why do so many people believe that NEVS needs to provide a more detailed business plan, has no clue etc.? To me, the statements were clear:

-First product will be the ready-to-go 9-3 ePower
-Since the production is not to start in 3 months, but in 1.5 – 2 years, it follows that the ePower will undergo further modifications
-Applying logic, one of the modifications will be better batteries, and as those are not available yet, NEVS will wait for them, hence the rather vague schedule of 1.5 – 2 years.

-In the meantime, development of the 9-3 Phonix will be continued.

hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I agree.

RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago

The fear is that 9-3 Phoenix will also be an EV with no engine what so ever. They could of course come to their senses after a few chats with the Saab engineers ones hired.
Vol… has put in the biggest diesel they’ve got (2.4 L) in the new hybrid (D6). How’s that for saving the planet?

PS. I miss the edit button, again.

Thylmuc
Member
4 years 3 months ago
What’s the problem with an engine-less Phoenix? Put in that 500 kWh battery (range 1200 miles, weight 150 kg, full recharge time at 170 kW DC outlets (sytem Mennekes, Combo variant favoured by EU car industry) 3 hours) that came on the market in 2014, and you are go. It does not exist? Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. I can’t tell, and you can’t either. The two things I know: billions are now spent on battery research, and NEVS must be up to something, since otherwise, they would not base their concept on a long-range car like the 9-3… Read more »
RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I thought Phoenix was going to be a premium (expensive) city car? Sure hope you’re right about long distance cruising capabilities. I doubt we’ll have it in two-three years, hence the desire for an engine to get us back home. As I’ve said before. It’s a Saab if it drives like a Saab and acts like a Saab. Don’t car what it runs on as long as it’s not too expensive.
Hydrogen: I’m all in. All we need is some infrastructure to fill up the tank.

Mark
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I have the same fears as you. With Phoenix, Saab might finally have had a platform that put it on equal footing with Audi, BMW etc., instead of having to try and upgrade second rate GM platforms that could never properly compete in the premium sector. Just imagine a road tester saying “With this innovative new hatchback, Saab need make no apologies about ride and handling or anything else in this sector. First rate”.
But I guess with NEVS at the helm, we’ll never know?

liftarn
Member
4 years 3 months ago

According to http://www.svd.se/naringsliv/branscher/industri-och-fordon/saab-ab-i-tvist-svdse_7289891.svd there might be a hiccup regarding the rights to call the cars “Saab”. Saab AB say they need to approve the use while the bankruptcy administrators says it is not needed.

spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

RE; ” The brand Saab shared that is, between the defense group Saab, Scania and Saab Automobile. ”

Therein lies the answer.

We must not forget [and neither should NEVs]. that they have NOT bought Saab Automobile AB, what they have bought is assets that belonged to that Company, nothing More.

They did not buy the Company out of administration, just the fire sale of the assets,

lmg
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It’s SVD’s Jonas Fröberg writing this. Normally he is well informed on SAAB.

What confuses me is that he also writes that the full deal might be in jeopardy on the naming rights. The Administrators and NEVS apparently do not believe a go-ahead from SAAB AB (defense) is necessary.

baas900i
Member
4 years 3 months ago

SAAB is-was sold so why would the deal be in jeopardy, talking over, cheque banked lets start building something…

2T
Member
4 years 3 months ago
Ok, since this is a free blog and diverging comments are welcome (sorry JP, couldn’t help a bit of sarcasm…) here’s my 2 cents on the actual content of this post. Unfortunately, I feel that Mr Holmquist is spot on. The SAAB we know is dead, it probably died well before dec19. But for a miracle that none of us can predict (i.e. M&M doing a deal to build conventional Saab cars), I don’t think SAAB can be revived. NEVS is an interesting venture, one that will be fascinating to watch. I’m personally not optimistic and don’t think it will… Read more »
hans h
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I think you are misusing the word DEAD.

But, in my humble opinion you are DEAD wrong. 😉

Grumpy
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Tar and Feathers are too good for the man

Carma
Member
4 years 3 months ago

No no, Saab’s not dead, it’s restin’!
Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay?
Beautiful plumage!

2T
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Good one, Carma !
Took me a few moments to place it.

Guess many have trouble recognizing a dead parrot when they see one.

LOL

sxv
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Well he ended up in a similar shop in other town but it just wasn’t the same now was it…..

3cyl
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It may be too early to know, but NEVS may never reach out to SAAB fans. After all, it has been demonstrated that there are not enough of us to sustain a car company (or at least not enough of us willing to pay a high enough price for SAAB’s cars). If NEVS instead wants to reach out to a new market. the opinion held by a large number of SAAB fans that NEVS is crazy is probably not be of much interest to NEVS.

RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago
With all due respect, it has NOT been demonstrated that there wouldn’t be enough of us out there to buy a Saab, HAD they offered cars we COULD have purchased. Just look what they put out there -or should I say didn’t. a) No small/entry level model b) No small(er)/entry engines c) No Hi-Po engines to compete with the Germans on paper d) No proper hatchbacks in 20 years. The NG900/OG 9-3 could have been made so much better and then we lost even that. No 9-5 hatchback ever. e) No flagship models or premium interior in the OG 9-5… Read more »
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