Saabfestival 2015: In memory of Erik Carlsson

July 5, 2015 in Saab Festival 2015, Saab Museum

Mille Miglia 189, Erik and codriver Torsten Åman. Photocredit: Saab

Mille Miglia 1989, Erik and co-driver Torsten Åman. Photo credit: Saab

As the most of you know, we got the sad message on Wednesday 27th of May that Erik Carlsson had driven his last mile. Erik is the true “Mr. Saab”, and in all respect for other that do and have done a great job for Saab, Erik is probably is the greatest. Erik promoted Saab very well in the years he was challenging with a Saab, and maybe even better after he started working with public relations for Saab (at that time I’m not sure “public relations” was a position – but that was what Erik do). I had the honour to meet Erik a few times, and two things impressed me very much. The one thing was how patient he was, everybody that wanted a autograph or a picture together with Erik get it – the other thing was a remarkable memory regarding people he had meet earlier. It was like “where are you from” the first time we met, “you was from Norway, right” the second time, and after that like “how is it going in Norway”….

At the Saab-festival 2015 in Trollhättan last month, there was a ceremony commemorating Erik Carlsson. Instead of a a moment of silence, there was a few two-stoke Saabs that was started up to honour Erik. Later, Peter Bäckström from the Saab Car Museum had Gunnar Palm, one of Eriks co-drivers, at the stage and shared some memories from his time with Erik. I captured this with my pocket camera without a tripod, so I’m sorry for the motions – it was a bit difficult to hold the camera in the exact same position over my head for half an hour or so… 😉 I also have a clip of the two-stokes, that I will share with you later. But here is Gunnar and Peter with some great stories – ENJOY. (English language)

Rest in peace Erik, you will never be forgotten.

edit: I got some reports that there was some problems with the sound on the YouTube-clip, that is now fixed.

Press Release: Nevs celebrates ground breaking ceremony for Production and R&D in Tianjin, China

June 29, 2015 in NEVS, Press-Release

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Nevs’ Chairman Kai Johan Jiang at the ground breaking ceremony in Tianjin June 28 // Photo-credit: Nevs

Like the news from last Wednesday said, Nevs celebrated the ground breaking yesterday in Tianjin, China, There will they build facilitates for production and R&D,  with a capacity for 200 000 units/year.

Chairman Kai Johan Jiang was on site together with president Mattias Bergman, and they even had more news to come with; a new partner. This new partner is Teamsun, a it-company based in Beijing. Together with State Research Information Technology (SRIT), Teamsun and Nevs has registered two new joint ventures, one for production and one for R&D. The investments in the joint venture will be initially 1 billion RMB/CNY (~161 million USD) respectively 200 millions RMB/CNY (~32.2 million USD). At the same time, Nevs announces a agreement with Bank of China that grants Nevs a credit of 10 billion RMB/CNY (~1.61 billion USD) to support Nevs business in China.

So what now? Nevs is as we see on their way back in business, but this is only a small step. There will be many more small (and of course some big) steps before we all can breathe out, and the Stallbacka factory again produce cars again. We can only cross our fingers, if the good news continues as it has done so far this spring I hope it not will be the last positive news we hear from the guys at Nevs this summer!

Read the full press release under the picture!

The ground breaking ceremony in Tianjin June 28 Photo-credit: Nevs

The ground breaking ceremony in Tianjin June 28 // Photo-credit: Nevs

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Press Release: The construction of Nevs’ Chinese factory in Tianjin starts June 28

June 24, 2015 in NEVS, Press Releasse

The construction of Nevs’ Chinese factory in Tianjin starts June 28

To mark start of construction of Nevs’ New energy vehicle factory in China, and the establishment of a R&D-center, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Tianjin June 28.

The Tianjin manufacturing plant will be Nevs’ second global production base focused on EVs, initially for the Chinese market. Nevs’ research, development and production will be managed from its headquarters in Trollhättan.

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Italian Convertible Sunday

June 24, 2015 in Clubs, Saab Clubs

(From our friend Talija, translated by my wife, comes a report from a recent club meeting)

Last Sunday in Italy (Friuli district) an annual gathering of 900 OG convertibles took place.

This year only six beauties turned up. At last year’s meeting more than 20 retro convertibles attended. All belong to longtime owners who know each other.

Organizers of the meeting of the club were SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO.

We discussed food (an important topic for a conversation in Italy), the destiny of Saab and how sad that the glory days of the great brand rests in the past. And how great, that these Swedish convertibles were made in Uusikaupunki, Finland. :)

Passing cars saluted us with a solid blast of their horn – their passengers all waves and smiles.

Next meeting of the SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO (Italy) club is scheduled for September. Region Veneto. (Venice)

NEVS wants to hire more people

June 23, 2015 in News

Our colleague Tim on saabsunited had an interesting conversation today with Mattias Bergman, ceo of NEVS in Trollhättan. Mattias Bergman and NEVS will annonce tomorrow that they want employ 40 new engineers to the factory, they also want to employ a number of buyers and other key personnel of the company.

So even though we got a false alarm about a New secret SAAB prototype” (which was most likely a Geely GC9) at the factory in Trollhättan, Nevs seems to have plans for further work within the walls of the plant in Trollhättan. 

The mystery car outside NEVS in Trollhättan

June 23, 2015 in News

 

 

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Picture from autoweek.nl

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Geely GC9

Autoweek.nl posted an article based on a picture taken of one of their readers outside the factory in Trollhattanon June 22nd. And today the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet wrote an article about the same picture coming from the same source, with the headline  “Saabs new sectret prototype”. The article has created great discussions in the Saab world, but what we see in the picture is not a Saab, but more likely a Geely GC9.

We must not forget that NEVS currently rents out parts of the factory to other vehicle manufacturers in order to get an extra income until their own production has started. 

Saab 9000 in the limelight

June 22, 2015 in Classics

 

 

 

Monte Carlo Yellow SAAB 9000 Aero MY 1994

Monte Carlo Yellow SAAB 9000 Aero MY 1994

I had an interesting conversation with a fellow Saab enthusiast earlier today. And we discussed Saab 9000 and how this vehicle is now a nearly extinct unicorn these days. In addition, we both quickly agreed that Saab 9000 is one of Saab’s models that have been brought behind the spotlight and is somewhat a bit of a forgotten classic icon. My friend possesses not only a whole lot of knowledge about Saab, but he is also one of the few people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what. He is also an extremely passionate 9000 owner, and one of the cars he owns is truly interesting on many levels. So let me introduce you to Johan Lööf’s MCY Saab 9000 Aero ‘ 94 and his story of how he found his dream car.

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Johan’s first meeting with his dream car, the MCY Saab 9000 Aero featured in the swedish car magazine ‘Bilsport’.

To take you to the beginning of this story, we have to rewind the time back to the year 2000, when I was 14 years old and the interest for cars started to increase rapidly. I bought myself my very first motor sports magazine fore a school trip, a swedish car magazine called “Bilsport”, more particularly Bilsport No.5. Saab was also highly interesting at that time (thanks to my brother). So I closely examined and eyed down all Saabs that were featured in the magazine, and the Saab that stood out the most was a small article with 2 small pictures of a Saab 9000 Aero in the color YELLOW!

 

Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE. Most people who sees Benny‘s yellow Saab 9000 Aero will react. “What the heck, a yellow AeroIt must’ve been repainted!? And sure enough, in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow 9000 Aero’s – besides this one! Benny‘s copy is the only one in the whole world who was originally painted in the Monte carlo yellow color”

 

As a 14 year old boy my instant thought was “One day I’ll own a car like that”. But then again, we all have to admit that we’ve all had our own crazy teenage dreams. Time passed and I soon forgot all about the car in the magazine. Until one day in April 2006, when a friend of mine showed me a car that his brother was going to pick up. And his brother had already asked me if I was interested in buying a 9000 Aero since I was in the need of a car at that moment. When I got to see the sales ad for the car that he mentioned I flew off the chair. It was a MCY 9000 Aero! And I instantly recognized the license plate number. As soon as I got back home I searched through my old Bilsport car magazines and found the article I was looking for, I compared them, and sure enough, it was my teenage dream car that was up for sale! So there wasn’t any doubt about it, I was more than interested in buying my dream car. The day after this I took the car for a test drive, and it didn’t take long before I was the new owner for it. 

 

“Yes, I’m the owner of a Saab 9000 Aero – and it’s Monte Carlo Yellow! – Johan Lööf”

 

The Aero Johan owns is a 9000 Aero MY1994, And it was first purchased by a woman from Luxembourg, and according to Saab automobile, this woman was working for the European Parliament. This car was sold as an IDS (International and Diplomat Sales) car, and we all know that this was something very exclusive. And the car was most likely repainted by a dealer before it was handed out to the customer. Though there’s no received confirmation on that issue yet. The car was later imported and registrered in Sweden 1998.
These are the following specifications for the car when it was commissioned:

 

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      Delivery identification certificate (birth certificate)

      Model year: 1994

    • Sweden/SE specified car (that is, not a Europe/EU specified car).
    • Saab 9000 Aero
    • CS 5 door body, no sunroof
    • Left Hand Drive (LHD)
    • Engine: 2.3 Turbo (200 hp/294 Nm) with engine number B234L6A00R127081
    • Automatic transmission with transmission code FA43201198136
    • Exterior color: Cirrus White (color code 153)
    • Interior: Rocky Black Sports Interior
    • 16 Super Aero rim (3spoke) with 205/55 Z16 tires (probably Michelin MXM)
    • Double electric front seats with memory on the driver’s side
    • Double Airbags

 

During the years Johan has owned the car he has upgraded with installation of JT 3t” exhaust system with sport catalyst. Mounted H&R 40mm lowering kit and Bilstein Sport shocks. He also converted to manual transmission with Quife diff. He is currently in the process of fixing rust on wheel arches and trunk, and he has recently fixed the rust damage to the windsheild frame because it was in a very bad condition. He is committed to restoring the car to it’s former glory, including engine overhaul is in his future plans, and he has absolutely no plans or wishes to change the body colour. This car is in safe hands with it’s owner who is willing to do anything to save his extraordinary gem. We at saabsunited would like to thank Johan for sharing his story of his dream car, and we hope that he will be able to enjoy his very own unicorn for many years to come.
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Victor Muller wins tax-victory in court

June 18, 2015 in News

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Victor Muller

Since the bankruptcy of SAAB Automobile AB the Swedish Tax Authorities claimed that Victor Muller had wrongfully avoided tax-payments in Sweden since he, according to their estimation was in fact an employee in Sweden, Victor Muller on the other hand claims the payments that he received he got in the role of a consultant. Along with Victor others from the executive board were placed with suspicion of making tax-control more difficult.

In 2013 Mr Muller payed the amount required of about 2 Million SEK to the tax-autorities in Sweden but at the same time filed an appeal in the matter. An appeal that has reached a higher level in the judicial system, which has now come to the final conclusion that Victor Muller was right. Ylva Börjesson from the Swedish Court of Appeals states to P4 West that: ” it is only natural that the chairman of the board in a company receives more obligations in the time of crisis, such as the situation was that SAAB Automobile AB found it self in “.

Victor Muller officially had the position of chairman of the board but had to take the temporary role of CEO when Jan Åke Jonsson stepped down, a position which was supposed to be temporary until a new CEO could be introduced. According to Tv4 NEWS, todays decision will greatly impair the investigation of Jan Åke Jonsson, Kristina Geers and others in the Executive board on complicating tax-control. Jan Åke Jonsson along with Kristina Geers and another member of the board were arrested in May 2013 on tax-evation but released 24 hours later.

The Swedish Tax Authorities will now have to issue a repayment of the total amount to Victor Muller. In a text message to P4 West Victor Muller says that he is very happy to have won.