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Brand Name Talks – Or Not?

February 26, 2015 in News

As NEVS had their creditor meeting today SvD tried to investigate a bit and asked SAAB AB about the talks between them and Mahindra and/or NEVS since this was stated in the presentation that was shown to the creditors. The answer was a bit of a surprise:

- There has been no such negotiations between Saab AB and foreign automakers and that has been ongoing for a number of months, says Sebastian Carlsson, Media Director at Saab AB.
But the administrator states that you “started exploratory talks” about the continued use of the license in December. Is he lying?
- Yes, the information is not correct. There are no negotiations for a number of months.

Having gotten that info the went back to the administrator, Lars Eric Gustafsson, and confronted him with that statement. Here is his reply:

- As a lawyer I won’t speak untruthful. I have written “soundings” in my statement and I stand by it. I affirm that I have information about it, be it soundings or dialogue.
How important are these talks about the brand for reconstruction to succeed?
- They are important but not decisive. The reconstruction does not stand or fall with it. The District Court will convene in late March for a decision on a possible renewal, says Lars Eric Gustafsson.

Native speakers can read the original article here in Swedish.

So what do we make of that? In court it would be a classical deadlock with two contrary statements. Looking a bit behind it does not bring us any further either. There is no need to deny anything for SAAB AB. On the other hand the admin has no reason to lie either. He is responsible for his statements and he would not risk anything for just a few more months of administrator salary.

It seems to be one of those sit and wait moments (again). Let’s see if more statements on this issue surface in the next days. By the end of March we will know if this story will just be a sidenote or a stumbling stone.

Nevs applies for prolonged reorganization and composition proceedings

February 26, 2015 in NEVS, News, Press Releasse

Today, Thursday February 26, 2015, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) applies for prolonged reorganization and composition proceedings to the District Court in Vänersborg.

In a meeting at Nevs today, the company and the reorganization administrator will inform present creditors of the composition proposal sent earlier, together with Nevs’ goal and plan to exit the reorganization.

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Why I’m hooked on Saab cars.

February 25, 2015 in Fan Stuff

Why I’m hooked on Saab cars? by Phillip Paton Regardless of the model there are certain attributes of Saabs that are different to any other car. Below is what hooked me into the brand. Here is my list of top ten. What have I missed? What got you into Saab? #1 – overall exterior design Saabs have a simple Scandinavian design in my view. There are not a lot of curves and what is there is simple and just makes sense. The outside is pleasing to the eye. My top 3 favourites of recent times are the classic 900 Cabriolet Aero, classic 900 Coupe Aero and the generation 1 9-3 Aero hatchback.

#2 – low and level dash The low and level dash is one of the key features for me. This makes the whole cockpit look refined. I just don’t understand why other car companies curve their dashes.

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Tuesday Snippets

February 24, 2015 in News

Snippets. It’s been a while since those were here on SU. I thought it might be worth reviving that to cover some things that are not big enough for a seperate post but worth mentioning and at times to look a bit outside the Saab box.

There is nothing new to report from NEVS and the process of reorganisation, or better, the attempt to exit it. I believe everybody is busy talking to the creditors to get things through, which is a tough thing in itself. It’s not even worth speculating too much with only two more days until the creditors have their say.

Hence we start with a look back in time. Yesterday it has been five years that we celebrated the first (and only) Saab independence day. I can still remember those exciting and emotional days back then. Maybe it’s that time that tied me even further to the brand and keeps me doing what I do. What happened in those past five years, well, we all know that. If you’d like to refresh some memories here’s a small video covering the first year under Spyker.

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On to something more fun – as you might remember site sponsors NeoBrothers are currently working on their new 96 project. It has meanwhile come to a point where you get a rough idea what it will be like. You can follow the updates on their facebook page.
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McLaren supercar comes off the worst in crash with SAAB Convertible

February 23, 2015 in News

McClaren

A McLaren supercar worth £250,000 was left almost entirely destroyed after it crumpled following a crash in one of London’s most exclusive districts, scattering its expensive parts across the road.
The McLaren 650S Spider, which can reach speeds of more than 124mph in less than nine seconds, was badly damaged after a head on crash with a more modestly priced Saab Convertible in Eaton Square in central London.
It is understood that the supercar, which was brand new and registered in Monaco, was turning right at traffic lights when the two vehicles collided on Saturday evening.
The supercar then spun around as a result of the impact, the wreckage showing a bonnet almost completely folded and the front of the car left crumpled and smashed.
Parts of the McLaren’s expensive bodywork were left scattered across the road after the crash, which took place at around 8pm on Saturday evening.
Although the front of the SAAB was badly damaged it appeared to suffer considerably less damage than the McLaren.

                                                                               

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5th Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting, Vallorbe.

February 21, 2015 in News

After the 4 first editions in the Swiss Neuchatel-Jura, were we lived, the 5th Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting moved with us in Vallorbe, still in the Swiss Jura… but Canton de Vaud ! All the people are welcome at our house to share an Apero des region.
Everybody take something to eat or to drink from his area to share with the other people. In the afternoon, we usually moved to Mariette’s Restaurant de la Vieille Fontaine. As this year we would be too far away Mariette and her daughter Pervenche came to make the Swiss cheese fondue in Vallorbe !
We had people from Great-Britain, Netherland, Luxembourg, France, Germany and all parts of Switzerland. About 30 Saabs for more than 60 people.
Thanks our sponsors: Hirsch Performance, Orio/Saab Service, The Saab Farm, Editions Atlas, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise BCV, La Semeuse and Dimini.ch. Thanks also averybody for comming to make this nice event even nicer year after year !

Dimitri and Frederic

Please visit Dimitris Flickr page for more pictures

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SOTW, Saab 9-5 in Istanbul

February 20, 2015 in Sotw

This weeks SOTW comes from Aydin in Turkey, great to see Swedish vehicles enjoying the snow there

Hi Robin,
My name is Aydin, I live in Istanbul and quite a SAAB enthusiast. I have been following SU for a long time and thought it would be good idea to share my SAAB. Correct me if I am wrong, if you publish my photos it will be the first one from Turkey.
This is my 2004 9-5 2.3T Vector. She is with me for a few months and I do love driving her. Having German and Japanese cars in the past, I can easily say that SAAB is by far the best one I have ever driven. The car has a unique design and great build quality. Drives very smooth and fuel consumption is very fair thinking of her performance.
After purchasing the car I changed the DI casette, brake pads and did the regular oil and filter changes and now I can say she is in good condition. SAAB is a rare brand in Turkey, Turkish premium market is dominated by German players. Despite everything, we still can find both authorized services and private garages for maintenance.
The first photo was taken at a weekend trip to a small lake 250. km east of Istanbul. Snow and cold weather is her natural habitat. Travelled about 650. km in two days, driving in hard winter conditions was no problem with her.
I salute every SAAB enthusiast and SU readers around the world with my best SAABish wishes :)
Aydin

Another great Swede enjoying the snow.

A big thank you to Aydin who has some extra and larger pictures which can be found on my Flickr page

Saabs on ice in Norway!

February 20, 2015 in Clubs, Events, Fan Stuff

Last weekend (13th-15th of February) the classic Saab club in Norway, “Gammalsaabens venner” (GSV), had their annual winter-meet on a ice track.
The track is located in southern Norway, at Dagali, approximately 220km Northwest from Oslo. GSV was from the beginning a club for the two-strokes, later all cars older then 21 years were welcome, and for a few years ago all Saabs are welcome in the club.
I got this text and some awesome pictures from one of the attendants, Oscar Emil Lea. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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The weekend started Friday evening when people start showing up, for a dinner and company into the evening.
Saturday we met at the ice-track at 9:30 in the morning and prepared the cars for driving. Some put special tyres with serious studs like they use in rally, other used their usual road-legal tyres with or without studs. At 10:00 the driving started with the smell of two-strokes and the sound from tuned V4-engines. At this point you could drive as you wanted around the track with no program, and took place in “Øvre Svangtjørni” at the river “Numedalslågen”. The track is a machined ice track that was made a few hours before arrival and had several hairpins, chicanes and some great stretches. The speed was high and the “fun-factor” was at top!

At 12 o’clock was it time for the traditional “Ice-track soup”, rolls, coffee, hot chocolate and a quiz. After a hour break the skill driving started. This was at a different track, and the run consisted of slalom up to a roundabout and round it and park in a “garage”, then we was reversing the same way and end up parking in the “garage”. The cars was divides into three classes; rallystud, stud and studless.

Some of the cars got minor damages from the driving at the ice-track, one broke a driveshaft, another damaged the tow hitch, some plastic and a bumper, but all took it with a smile…

Later this evening there was a common gathering a the local hotel with dinner, prizes for the winners from the quiz and the skill-driving and good company into the evening. In total there was approximately 20 cars on the track during the weekend, all from two-stroke to a 2010 9-3.

Sunday is as always a day for breakup and departure after breakfast, but it isn’t more then a year until next time!

For more pictures, visit Oscars Flickr page – there is about 1100 pictures from this event…