NEVS Contacts North American Dealers USA and Canada

Recently we read about NEVS contacting select Saab dealers across Europe. What we hadn’t heard and were immediately being asked about was, what about North America?

Well, I can now tell you that as of Friday morning all US and Canadian dealers who have information on file with SPNA have received the same letter. This had been in the works for a while with European dealers first followed by all of North America and was discussed at NADA last week.

I’m sure this won’t ease everyones worries about wether or not NEVS/SAAB has plans for North America but I can tell you that I have seen the letter and believe that this is yet another good sign to things to come.

We are heading in the right direction and things just keep coming into place.

Jeff
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I’m excited to see what dealers embrace NEVS first. Fortunately the same areas of the country that have early EV adopters tend to be strong Saab markets too.

Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

That is good news, but it furthers my argument that they are shooting themselves in the foot by allowing us 2010-11 NEW Saab buyers to be screwed over in the warranty department. I know, I know, it’s not their responsibility, but it’s the right thing to do for some of their potential best and most profitable customers.

Jeff
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I agree with you to a point. It’s a good faith measure and a drop in the hat at this point. At least a contribution. But in all practicality, would their not providing the warranty sway you towards a different brand if they offer a car that meets your needs better than another? Is it that huge a factor for you?

Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago
Jeff, it is, in that much like Spyker, they are a small company. I said this yesterday, but it was erased – Why would we, Saab buyers who bought a NEW car WITH a warranty from a small company we hoped to see succeed only to be shafted out of a warranty – do it all over again with another small company with no track record – unless of course, we were extremely well off and it didn’t matter. Most of us, it did. It mattered alot, and we hear about it from our partners/wives/husbands. How could we buy a… Read more »
Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I should say POTENTIAL lawn ornament. Knock on wood.

dcpattie
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Well said. my feelings exactly and this is coming from a guy that purchased a NG 9-5 XWD aero in October 2010 before the super steep discounts.

Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I am afraid what will happen is that, just like with Spyker, Saab fans will sit on the sidelines and see how much they depreciate AND whether or not the company sticks around before they look at buying. We know that is a recipe for bad things. Saab owners aren’t dumb people – well not most of them, anyway.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago

If NEVS has a morsel of common sense, they will offer huge incentives for Saab owners to trade in their Saabs for new ones. Dealer incentives to offer above market value for Saab trade-ins toward new NEVSSaabs. Then, they can perhaps certify the trade-ins and sell them as certified pre-owned, with healthy warranty coverage—-to try to prop up the resale that has tanked miserably. I don’t know if NEVS has any sort of vision—-they haven’t indicated one. Of course, I guess “the letter” is a good sign. I’d rather facts on their website though.

Bob
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks Baver . . . couldn’t have said it or expressed myself any better. Feel exactly the same. Not only did Saab abandon me, but the dealer as well. Does it affect my loyalty? Absolutely!

Patrik H
Member
3 years 7 months ago

This. THIS is great news! I am extremely relieved to hear that they have not turned their back on the huge North American market.

Mike Baughan
Member
3 years 7 months ago

+1

I am hoping when I can get a new car (hopefully a second one alongside my ’07 9-3) I will be able to get a hybrid/EV NEVS Saab!!!

saabboy1
Member
3 years 7 months ago

+1

spidaman
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Would love to retire my 06 9-3 convert to summer-only status. Hurry up, NEVS!

karl
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Next stop, Australia……. hopefully with fingers crossed

davidgmills
Member
3 years 7 months ago
Jason: Why should we get excited about this? We can’t even get parts. Did NEVS put billions of dollars into Saab? The only company that was large enough to really invest in Saab was Mahindra. And for those of us in middle America, there are no EV plug-ins anywhere. If I hear that Saab is making another gasoline car I might get a little enthused. But I would still be worried it would just be another Spyker repeat. Not enough money to have staying power. I’ve got to order some parts for some of my older Saabs in the next… Read more »
Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you, david. Now I am going to see if I can find some Swedish horse balls from Ikea to eat. πŸ˜›

SaabKen
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Hey Baver – maybe you mean horse *meatballs* ? πŸ˜‰

Bradley Tallent
Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I’m confused,is Saab making just EV cars or have they decided to make a gasoline car?

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago

If anyone knows, they ain’t sayin’. Isn’t it frustrating? These people own a freakin’ car company, and apparently, they don’t know how to speak or write????

100%Saab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Sounds like good news to me.

zippy
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Good news. If NEVS has any intention of selling real (non-EV) cars in Canada and the US. EVs have to be expensive to make any manufacturer of said cars a decent ROI. I just dont see it.

VikingAir
Member
3 years 7 months ago

So, will those dealers be able to sell me a proper Saab in the near future; one with a powerful turbo-engine?
Or do I have to order one of those magnificent new Volvos (T5 / T6 / AWD etc..) ?

VikingAir
Member
3 years 7 months ago

PS: The new Volvos do have some very impressive new technologies and clever engineering. Must be because quite a number of ex-Saab engineers went to work for Volvo.
Reed more about it here: http://www.swedespeed.com/artman2/publish/Volvo_News/The_new_Volvo_S60_XC60_and_V60_Major_renewal_boosts_the_dynamic_appearance_and_appeal_of_the_Volvo_60_cluster.html

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 7 months ago
It probably depends on what your definition of “Near Future” is. I would say that best case scenario, we’d be looking at the 2016 or maybe even 2017 model year before we see a new Saab for sale in North America—-if ever. My assumption is that if the company doesn’t offer “proper” Saabs with internal combustion engines out of the gate—-they won’t be in business long enough to return to North American anyway. If somebody would please yank the duct tape off the mouths of NEVS management, maybe they’d speak up and tell us what their plans are.
100%Saab
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I can probably keep my 2008 9-3 going until 2016 or 2017 or longer. However, sooner is better.

Chris Hansel
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Jason this is great news and can only mean one thing. NEVS has much bigger plans than thought by most people. Otherwise they could have waited a couple more years to do this.

saabboy1
Member
3 years 7 months ago
I think it will be some time before we see new Saab’s in show rooms at GM dealers, (2015) but I envision this is the most likely scenario. 150,000 cars will need to be sold per year, that means North America is definitely to be involved in the process. Not sure about Electric Cars but it would be great. My question is which model 9-3 are they going with, the one that Jason Castriota made or the newer hatchback version that we all saw at the Saab owners convention in 2011? I don’t particularly care for the JC model as… Read more »
Stefan Zomborcsevics
Guest
3 years 7 months ago

What a remarkably different reaction from the community regarding the letter to the US dealers and the letter to the european letter!

I think this should be a fantasic news, since it means that nevs isn’t over looking the us market, that they seem to be ready to invest in the us market. A good market if they can afford it to enter.

Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

I think there are several reasons for the differences in reactions. First, in Europe, there seemed to be little disruption to parts availability. Two, warranties were either shorter and/or covered by dealers or distributors. Three, in general it’s much more urban and car people seem to be more willing to invest in alternative energy sources.

Stefan Zomborcsevics
Guest
3 years 7 months ago
That’s all good points and I understand the frustration. But, at the same time, I don’t Yes, we (europe) seems to have a better consumer protection laws, a head start for partd due to saab parts not going bust and maybe more acceptance of alternative fuel/government interfearing. But still, this letter says something of there futere plan isn’t? They will do a complete start up with tje assets they bought. Punishing them for not paying up for what othets failed seems a bit unfair? I will not put the blame at nevs for the spyket failiur. If I was worried… Read more »
Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

The problem with independednt warranties in the US are that they are really insurance policies, often with deductibles. Many people with these have had claims denied due to an inspector whose job is to keep costs low and profits up. New consumer protections need to be passed. I am surprised that they don’t already exist in Canada.

scand
Member
3 years 7 months ago

which means they are in the premiums collection business, and not particularly interested in paying out on claims, if they can possibly help it.

Baver
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Precisely,

Bradley Tallent
Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Doesn’t Nevs have to find a partner to make the gasoline engines though? How long does that take?

hughw
Member
3 years 7 months ago

Does anyone know the exact nature of the contact, or text of the letter?

Sockmonkey
Member
3 years 6 months ago
In theory, the rumored restart/resumption of 9-3 production with an ICE would be a much easier sell in North America than in Europe, for the very simple reason that the US and Canada do not have the upcoming EU crash standards– so the existing 2011 9-3 design would need almost no modifications, and would be cheaper, quicker, and easier to produce than the process of modifying the existing design to sell to EU markets. If the idea is to get some cashflow with minimal expenditure on NEVS behalf, this is a “slam dunk.” As far as that engine… well, that… Read more »
LG Aero
Member
3 years 6 months ago
The key point still is that most drivers need a greater range than a pure EV can provide. There is no free lunch, batteries are VERY expensive. Currently some EV’s can get as much as 4 miles on one kWh. That is very efficient as that would mean moving the car a 60 mlles an hour with about 20 horsepower. The catch is the raw cost of lithium batteries, before all of the controls and packaging and cooling etc is $300 per kWh and you can’t use the last 20% of the battery. If you want a range of 300… Read more »
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