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P4 West: Talks with other parties as well

October 2, 2014 in News

According to P4 West, NEVS is also talking to other interested parties on top of the two main figures Mahindra and Dong Feng. Mikael Östlund confirmed to Victor Jenssen at P4 West that the talks with other parties were in progress but that the main track still remained the two auto manufacturers from Asia. Mikael Östlund also states that it would be strange not to look at other solutions as well on top of the two main companies that NEVS has been dealing with for the past 8 months. Main article in Swedish here: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=125&artikel=5980169

Neo Brothers – Virtual Tour Of Neo Brothers HQ

October 1, 2014 in News

Do you fancy taking a walk around Neo Brothers Headquarters?

You can now do so using the Virtual Tour which can be found on our Neo Brothers Homepage.

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Feel free to wander around our call centre, extensive warehouse and Saab workshop!

Enjoy
Charlie
Neo Brothers Ltd

 

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If we were to make a new Saab, is it a real Saab?

September 30, 2014 in Editorial, News

Today about 200 people at NEVS will be handed their resignation papers, a story that I personally have gone through at Saab back in 2002 when 1200 employees were laid off. I had only been at the company for a year so I had no chance to stay so I know exactly how the people at NEVS feel right now, but when I was handed the papers I decided that I’d get myself an education and I spent 1 year in university and 3 years learning how to fly and so 5 years and 2 months later, on August 17th at 07:51, I had reached my goal of sitting in the right seat in the flight deck of an Airbus A319 departing from Brussels heading for Paris.

Its difficult for most people to be handed a resignation letter, its a blow to once personal life that can not be measured with many other bad things that can happen to a person, but I hope that most people at NEVS who are now forced to leave the company will see this as a message to hit the books and get an education because knowledge is the one thing that nobody can take away from you!

Even though this can be seen as a low point for NEVS, it is for a good cause! Its the main way for NEVS to cut costs and at this stage it is sadly a required thing to do. Even so I do think we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Even though I’m pretty sure that the last Saab has been built for many years we still have to look forward to a new era of Saabs coming out in a couple of years.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by an engineer at NEVS: “if we were to make a brand new Saab, what would it take for people NOT to say that it wasn’t a real Saab”. That question totally baffled me and several weeks later I’ve yet to come up with an answer. I’ve spent countless of sheets of paper writing down things that belongs in a real Saab only to trash them later on realizing that those items weren’t really important in the end…

If you go out and ask Saab fans what is a real Saab, many would probably say, any car that hasn’t got any GM parts in it, some will say that the OG 900 was the only real Saab. But the question is very interesting for the future of the brand, since they obviously cant restart the OG 900 production line again they’d have to make something brand new, but what?

What would it take for all Saab fans to embrace a brand new car as one that everyone could say is a REAL SAAB?

Follow Up: A very special day at Castle Coombe.

September 29, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

Some of you may recall a post I put up a few weeks ago entitled “Lets all try to make this a very special day for one true SAAB enthusiast.” http://www.saabsunited.com/?s=Castle+Coombe

Well the day of the event came with six of our Dragon Saab members driving in convoy from Wales to the venue at Castle Coombe. We arrived early morning with great anticipation about how many Saab’s would turn up on the day. The morning saw a steady flow of cars arriving from all over the UK until it’s climax where we had a fantastic display comprising of 51 SAABS!!!

During the morning the sole person this gathering was organised for, Mark, arrived and was totally overwhelmed by the incredible turnout. The weather during the week leading up to the event had been truly awful with continuous rain, even through the night prior to the big day. But even that worked out well for us with sunshine and a few clouds but other than that a completely dry day.

Despite this  being a previously arranged track day at Castle Coombe organised by the Bristol Pegasus Motor Club, when the organisers heard of our story and what we were trying to do they accommodated us extremely well by not just giving us a fantastic display area for all our cars but even finding time to halt the days’ track events and allowing us to have a SAAB parade around the track for our dear friend Mark Ovens aka Parish for whom the whole day was dedicated. Mark rode up front with David Dallimore in his concours 99 Turbo 2 door. Expecting to maybe being allowed two laps of the circuit we were given time to have FIVE full laps! At one point with each car being spaced out we had the spectacle of the entire track from start line to finish being occupied by the amazing sight of nothing but SAABS!!!!!

During my many years working at SAAB dealerships I had acquired two bottles of champagne specially bottled for SAAB to commemorate both the launch of the second generation 900 and also a Lauren Perrier bottle marking 50 years of SAAB in the UK. These had been hidden away at home since the nineties while I often wondered what to do with them. This day seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make good use of them. I gave one to Mark and his wife to take home and decided to try a raffle for the Lauren Perrier. I thought if we could raise somewhere nearing £50 I would be delighted with all proceeds going to the Forever Friends Appeal. We decided to not put a price on the ticket but instead for people to buy one for whatever they felt they could manage. From the sale of the very first ticket we knew the success of this raffle was going to far exceed £50. The generosity of our gathered friends raised a staggering £241!!! All of which went to Mark and Karen to donate to the Forever Friends Appeal, the hospice who are providing cancer care for Mark.

Parish at Castle Coombe

The winner of the raffle, our great friend and well known Dr Oz Reid has since decided to once again raffle that bottle of champagne at the forthcoming Neo Bros open day, again, with all proceeds going to the same appeal. I think that gesture alone sums up what a wonderful spirit of camaraderie still exists within our family.

To summarise, the entire day went perfectly, one could sense the feeling of warmth and sensitivity surrounding it. I can tell you that Mark and Karen were staggered by the turnout and Karen told me that thankfully Mark just happened to have one of his better days and so was able to see the entire day out to the end.

On behalf of Mark & Karen, I would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers at Castle Coombe and all who turned up on the day with their many beautiful SAABS. A great and very memorable day was had by all. Our continued best wishes go out to Mark, Karen and their family.

Please check out the links below for some great pictures and videos.

http://gallery.bristolpegasus.com/2014/Castle-Combe-Track-Day/i-sVGWfNG
http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Naranto/slideshow/Parishs%20Day%20Out?sort=6
https://www.flickr.com/photos/27487434@N04/sets/72157646640502519/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g2f5x7SkcM
Click here to view Castle Combe 2014 Edits_

Saab CabrioChallenge 2014

September 29, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

From our friend Mioh we got a little report and a nice picture from CabrioChallenge 2014.
As always when I read and hear about the CabrioChallenge I’m thinking “damn, NEXT year I’m going to join them…”. This year wasn’t a exception, and I guess I’m saying the same next year ;)
Thanks Mioh for sharing!

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This years CabrioChallenge took place in a glorious sunshine, on the west coast of Sweden, on Saturday August 16th. CabrioChallenge is a annually event since 2008, and this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab enthusiasts from Sweden and Norway.

The meeting jumped the gun a litle easy Friday night in Håverud with a dinner for those who were at location the evening before the start.

On Saturday morning we were all gathered at the aqueduct in Håverud. After the welcome greeting, a light breakfast and distribution of the roadbook the topless Saabs was heading westbound, to the coast. On the roads though Dalsland we were passing churches, lakes, some mooses, petroglyphs and two very short rain showers.
cabriochallenge004_2014_02Note: In the right speed it’s no problem to ride topless in even heavy rain. However, a problem can occur when you have to slow down because speed limits or traffic in front of you…

In Grebbestad we saw the sea for the first time during this meeting, and then we followed the coast southbound. On some beautiful roads on the mainland next to the coastline we drive through villages like Fjällbacka, Hamburgsund, Bovallstrand och Hunnebostrand. When we arrived Kungshamn the lunch was served a few meters from the sea with Smögen in sight. Here we also take the now obligatory group photo.

After lunch and the photo-shoot we drove through Bohusläns hilly landscape to the final destination for the day; Vann Spa (“Water Spa”) at Färlevfjorden. Here we enjoyed rexaxing baths, good food and a nice atmosphere the entire evening in a true Saab spirit!

Sunday morning started with a dip in the sea, and a real breakfast. After that we checked out we headed in a convoy for Saabs home-town, Trollhättan. In Trollhättan we visited Saab Car Museum and tasted the Saab Ice Cream the museum sells.

Satisfied and happy the participants thanked for themselves, and the organizers Anna, Fredrik, Lena, Andreas, Jessica and Mikael thanked the participants for a great weekend and wished everyone welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2015, scheduled to Småland and with a end somewhere at the east coast.

For more info; http://www.cabriochallenge.se/

 

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SOTW from Wonderland Sollefteå

September 28, 2014 in Sotw

Sorry for the delay with this weeks Saab of the Week. But I think its worth the wait.

Hi Robin…
I just want to share my 9-5 with the rest of the Saab world.
These pictures are taken at the “Ångermannabron” up in Sollefteå, Sweden.
Its around 9.30pm local time and the sun is still shining..
Its a 2011 9-5 Aero TTiD with around 134000km on the speedo.
I have mounted one of the nicest rims I’ve ever seen, 9×20″ Vossen CVT with 245’30’20 GoodYear. I changed the springs as well, dropping the 9-5 by around 45mm.
I have also upgraded the brakes, at the moment its the +18″, and painted red. But I will change them for the brembo brakes soon. I’m very pleased with the look right now. I have tried different splitters at the front but have not found the right one yet…
Any questions about this car, don’t hesitate to ask.
Best regards Andreas Ronnback from “northland/wonderland”


I have placed a few more pictures of this beautiful 9-5 on  my flickr page

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Neo Bros Open Day, 4th Oct.

September 27, 2014 in Fan Stuff, Neo Brothers

Neo Brothers are planning an open day on the 4th October and you are all welcome.
There will also be a Dyno visiting, for those who wish to know how their engines are performing.


The doors open at 10am until about 4pm.
During the day there will be Guided Tours of their extensive facilities.
Entertainment in their hospitality rig including racing Saabs on the games consoles.
Light refreshments will be available all day.
Get close to the 96ss as well as the other track cars and Saab Projects.
Special discounted parts and Special offers for the day.
And a chance to meet many other Saab Enthusiasts’ and their unique Saabs.

Please put the date in your diaries and we will see you there.

Afternoon all,

As the open day nears closer we have yet another surprise in store for you!

We have organised a mobile Dyno Dynamic 2 Wheel Drive Rolling Road to be attending our open day. The dyno will be set up in our yard and will be performing dyno tests throughout the day. The dyno will be fully covered as we all know we cannot rely on the weather…

This particular rolling road has a limit of 1200 BHP so I think we should all be ok. The result print out can show vacuum/boost/AFR/inlet air temperature.
We have 24 time slots available throughout the day. Each time slot will cost £35.00 and will need to be pre-booked and paid for directly through us before the event. Each time slot is for 15 minutes where we aim to make 3 power runs.
If you are interested in putting your Saab on the dyno, please get in contact with us direct on 01992 719280 to book your desired time slot and pay in full.

This is on a first come first serve basis so contact us quickly to avoid disappointment!

NEVS announces intention to lay off employees

September 24, 2014 in NEVS, News, Press-Release

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This morning NEVS announces following in a press release:

Nevs announces intention to lay off up to 200 employees due to lack of work, as thedecision to re-start production will be further delayed.

Nevs has retained the permanent workforce for production since the production was stopped in the end of May this year. The reason for this has been that the company would be ready to quickly start up production, upon such decision.

The prerequisites for making a decision to start up production are to have long-term secured funding and a business plan that has been worked through together with a new majority owner.

The ongoing discussions on collaboration and ownership structure, which has not yetresulted in a binding agreement, indicates that the decision for a start-up of productionwill take time.

With this there is a redundancy of the workforce. Therefore, Nevs’ management has decided to hand in a notice of intention to lay off up to 200 employees to the Swedish Public Employment Service.

The terminations will take place in September in order to rapidly reduce the company’s costs during the reorganization period. This is a step in the reorganization plan that the administrator will present on the creditors meeting on October 8.

Nevs intends to retain the remaining staff to maintain the plant in good condition, to beprepared for the new production, after such a decision is taken, and to continuedeveloping new products.

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The SAAB 9-3 Electric Car Prototype – Test Track and Tech Interview

September 23, 2014 in NEVS, Technical, test drive

Direct Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp2erJcLLHs

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RBM 401 HP SAAB 900 Turbo

September 22, 2014 in RBM Performance

In about a week RBM Performance will be celebrating a major anniversary with a track-day event in Paris, one of the cars attending will be the awesome 401 Hp Saab 900 Turbo 16s from RBM. I have had the pleasure of riding in this car and it is truly amazing in terms of interior detail and performance!

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Aero Love

September 21, 2014 in Fan Stuff

This is a very cool video from Mioh featuring Emil Sjöqvist beautiful 9-3 Aero Griffin which we’ll get to know better soon! =)

More videos from Mioh here