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NEVS creates deals with 20 Dealers in Sweden to sell Saab cars

April 15, 2014 in NEVS

927828f15d7baff1_orgToday a number of cars were shipped from Trollhättan to dealers around Sweden who will act as representatives for NEVS. Each dealer will get a car or two and can act as a representative for NEVS, its not a full dealership status but they do earn some money by selling a car for NEVS. Basically they are managing the sales process on a local level. This was done a week earlier than planned since NEVS received its type-approval and quality approval for the factory ahead of schedule.

So within a week or two you can visit a dealer from the very north to the south of Sweden to test drive and buy a 9-3. Mattias Bergman also told TV 4 Väst that more colors will be added and models will be added gradually.

Previously Mattias stated that Combi and X will be added in the 2′nd half of 2014. The Convertible will come later on.

Some suppliers are still in the process of gearing up and once they have been able to do so the production rate will also increase.

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Nevs and Orio AB sign agreement on global spare parts supply for the new Saab cars

April 15, 2014 in NEVS, Press Releasse, SAAB Parts

National Electric Sweden AB, Nevs, has ensured the spare parts supply for the newly manufactured Saab cars by an agreement with Orio AB, former Saab Automobile Parts AB.

The signed agreement now ensures the supply of spare parts for the new Saab customers. The global distribution agreement guarantees that spare parts for the new Saab 9-3 cars manufactured by Nevs in Trollhättan, Sweden, can also be ordered from Orio AB. For service and repairs as well as warranty measures, Nevs guides its customers to the existing Saab Service Centers.

“Our new Saab customers can now be confident that the long term supply of spare parts is ensured through established Saab service centers. Both Orio AB and Nevs are glad to forge closer ties between the two companies, as our agreement gives all Saab owners a high service level”, said Jonas Hernqvist, Director Sales and Marketing of Nevs.

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On December 2nd Orio and NEVS signed a letter of intent now they have signed the final agreement which is good for new and old Saab drivers. New drivers get access to a network of well educated Saab garages and mechanics, and old Saab drivers have now the certainty that Orio is here to stay and will have some more weight when asking a supplier to produce some spares for older Saab cars.

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Is Jason Castriota coming back to Saab?

April 10, 2014 in Jason Castriota Design, NEVS

Back in January 2013 when SU was the first to reveal images of Jasons Castriota’s NG 9-3 design, SU played in a game behind the scenes by setting up initial relations between Mattias Bergman and Jason. This culminated in them having a meeting at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013. To our knowledge they have maintained contact but NEVS is right now focused on getting all their current products up and running before focusing too much on whats to come.

Jasons design worked with the NG 9-3 has since december 2011 been locked up with the bankruptcy estate and its stuck in limbo since Jason owns all the rights to the design, however the pallets and other materials used to make the design is in effect owned by the bankruptcy estate, you can probably see the dilemma.

Over the past three years I have had a lot contact with Jason and I find him to be a true Saab-guy all the way! He knows and respects the heritage of the brand, he really did his homework when created a design according to the requests of Jan Åke Jonsson and Victor Muller. I am sure that he can do wonders in creating an amazing design according to the way that NEVS wants their cars to look in the future.

Its no secret that NEVS needs a Chief Designer and I can honestly say that I think Jason should be one of the top candidates. Lets see where this goes! =)

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NEVS: Suspension & Tire testing

April 10, 2014 in NEVS, Sweden, Technical, test drive

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Saab officially on Instagram!

April 9, 2014 in NEVS

striped 9-3 aero nevsWant to see whats happening at SAAB, well take a look at the instagram feed “saabcarsofficial”.

It’s being managed by Johan Andersson who has been with NEVS from the very beginning. NEVS has also started to appear on some Chinese social media streams.

So far NEVS is NOT on facebook yet since it requires more human resources to manage than what NEVS is currently has available at the moment, but things are progressing one step at a time.

Right now NEVS has 217 followers on instagram, make sure to check it out! =)

If you dont have instagram you can see the photos here: http://instagram.com/saabcarsofficial

NEVS offer test drives on several Swedish locations

March 26, 2014 in NEVS

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, Nevs, states in a short press-release today that they now are taking the customer relationships for SAAB-cars a step further on the Swedish market. From end of April, customers will be able to test drive the new SAAB 9-3 Aero on more then twenty locations in Sweden, from northern Norrland to southern Skåne.

Nevs started the sale of 2014 SAAB 9-3 Aero on their website 10 December 2013, and already at that time it was clear that parts and service was provided by SAAB Original Service Centers in Sweden. Customers have been able to test drive the new SAAB at the factory in Trollhättan since January.

Nevs sales and marketing manager, Jonas Hernqvist, says the sales are made as before via Nevs website www.saabcars.com and Nevs will present the locations they can offer test drives from soon.

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Test Driving the NEVS Saab 9-3 Aero, Impressions

March 17, 2014 in NEVS, test drive

P1040214 braIt’s 00:49 and the clock has turned to monday, I got back home from Trollhättan about an hour ago after a nice weekend with a lovely car!

As for first impressions: I’d say that this car is a good continuation on what the 9-3 always has been: a nice, easy to drive, good quality, medium size, overall fun car.

Its a good base and at the moment: it serves as a very good ambassador for Saab. It feels up to date design wise with other cars on the market. Its a car that a driver can be proud of and I found that many people, especially Saab drivers looked at the car and right away realized that there was something different about this car. 

The “Griffin” face lift which NEVS largely use in its first version of the 9-3 was a very good one, its subtile, distinctive, good looking and makes the somewhat old 9-3 look new.

Interior of this car is nice, I have to admit that I was, just like many others, skeptical towards the new seats when I first saw them in photos, but in real life they are very comfortable indeed. I found myself seated very well in this car and it didn’t take long for me to feel right at home in them. The other upgrades borrowed from the Griffin is the dashboard and its really good looking, its just what the 9-3 needed. Even so I’d like to get an even more upgraded interior with leather door handles and something to replace those boring silver painted plastic trim-parts on the doors and around the gear shifter. After discussing the issue with some others who drove the car, just a change in color would do, for example paint the parts in the piano black version which the 9-5 Griffin had.

Right now, the car is a bit of a technology-paradox, I feel that more technology is desirable. It has turning headlights, really nice new LED fog lights, nice new seats with electric controls but no memory?, a pretty good stereo and good speaker system but sadly no navigation option and limited connections to devices. There is space in the center console for a USB-port but right now only a plastic lid is found in there. Engine wise its good but if you want to be environmental friendly like NEVS is saying that they are, they need to do something that Saab is perhaps most known for in Sweden: offer a BioPower variant. It wont take a lot to bring this car from a compromise to a real front row competitor among Saab fans when they are looking for a new car. And Saab fans are looking for new cars to drive, this car is the one they want, but I think that most drivers still feel that its a compromise due to its lack of technology, and its a compromise they are not really comfortable with… yet…

NEVS states that the “Fun to drive, is back” and they are absolutely right about that, this car is a lot of fun to drive. This really is a great car and its a good starting point for NEVS, with just a few improvements, it can become so much more, the first thing NEVS should do in order to improve it: put on the beautiful rear spoiler on the trunk that the Griffin had! =)

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In total we managed to squeeze in test-drives from 8 different people for this car this weekend and the reactions were mixed but overall positive. I’ve tried to sum up the things I heard from various people and included my own impressions into 6 grades:

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NEVS 9-3 is up for testing!

February 27, 2014 in Fan Stuff, NEVS

FH-355This week three Swedish car-magazines has visited Trollhätttan for a test-drive of the 2014 9-3 Aero. As we all already know it’s basically a 2012 9-3 Griffin Aero with the two-litre Turbo4 220hp petrol-engine, but with some changes by NEVS. All the three magazines had put a little sneak peek from the test-drive on their websites, and I will here sum up the most important from the sneak peeks.

First out was the magazine “Vi Bilägare“, one of Sweden’s biggest car-magazine. Their tester Calle Carlquist drove a car with the automatic transmission, and he thinks the driving experience is completely modern and he also think NEVS has succeed with their idea that the car should feel sporty but still be comfortable. So he has a positive first impression and think it’s a good car that don’t feel ready for retirement, but the drawback is that it’s missing some of the latest techology.

Next up is “Teknikens Värld“, maybe most known for their “moose test”. I don’t know if they set the 9-3 up for a moose test, but their testers Hans Hedberg and Glenn Lindberg think it’s noticeable that the 2014 9-3 is older than the competitors, but it’s cope pretty well anyway. The chassis is comfortable and resilient, but not “Aero-resilient”, and the 220hp engine is pleasant to drive as always (Täknikens Värld tested a car with manual transmission). They also think the long-distance comfort feels as good as in the old seats, and a tip from them if you don’t want to wait for the new infotainment-system from NEVS you can simply change the headunit to a more fancy aftermarked headunit at your nearest SAAB-garage.

Left is “Auto Motor & Sport“, a magazine well known over all Europe. They sent Thomas Berggren and Pär Brandt, and they think “it feels very much SAAB”. As Teknikens Värld they think the chassis is convenient and comfortable rather sporty. It don’t feels bumpy, it eats bumps in the road very nice and the the chassis will get a high score. It’s is great for Swedish roads! The engine is strong at low revs and have a nice torque, but it’s not the most fuel-efficient car on the market. AMS think the car have a old infotainment system, and it’s missing the latest safety systems as brake-assist, sleep-warning, lane-warning and so on.

So if we sum up what the Swedish car-magazines think about the 2014 9-3;
The 9-3 still have a great chassis and a very nice engine. The stuff that is not so good is the lack of a better infotainment (rumors says a new one is on it’s way), and the fact it’s not a new car so it’s missing some of the latest safety systems.

If you want to read the original articles and see a few images, click on the links under. (sorry, Swedish text only)
Vi Bilägare
Teknikens Värld
Auto, Motor & Sport

Morgan Fransson appointed head of Manufacturing from 1st March

February 24, 2014 in NEVS, Press Releasse

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Photo: NEVS / Stig Hedström

Stig Runesson, the current head of Manufacturing & Facilities, retires 1st June.

From 1st March Morgan Fransson, (today head of Paint Shop and General Assembly),  will be the head of Manufacturing. Stig Runesson remains head of Facilites until his retirement on 1st June. Both Morgan and Stig are part of Nevs’ Management team until then.

Saab is alive again – it will become an electric car

February 12, 2014 in NEVS

Photo by Anders Deros

Translation of Peter Kadhammar’s article on Aftonbladet.se:

TROLLHÄTTAN. While Volvo is dismissing 4 400 empleyees, SAAB is employing more people. “It’s on complete different levels, but maybe Saab is a hopeful sign, a signal that Sweden is about to industrialise again. 

That’s what you want to think when you’re walking through the large automobile factory in Trollhättan, guided by Göran Fredriksson, PR manager and Stefan Lövberg., manager general assembly. They are enthusiastic. Both of them worked for the company for 30 years, decades of mostly tough times, and a long excerpt death that ended in bankruptcy. Saab is alive again. It’s becoming an electric car.

Lövberg stands in front of a picture that shows the plant’s capacity. This factory was one of the world’s most modern car company, and probably the smalleest one that had a constantly running production line. It has the capacity to make 42 cars in an hour. The speed of the line is adapted to 28 cars per hour. It is for practicing purpose. Production amounts are now reduced to three cars. Per day. If you listen you hear a buzzing sound from fans and air-conditioning systems, a swish as the silence grows in strength that says: You’re in a huge factory where machines should clatter, where hundreds, thousands, of people should rush around. But the machinery is at a standstill and people are elsewhere. The factory is running without really running. The production line rolls. An empty line without chassis, without car bodies, without engines. The bright floor is recently refinished and shines.
You can go wherever you want. Nevertheless, we must watch out. Suddenly, a truck shows up, coming from nowhere heading on it’s way to nowhere with a pallet. 

 

The factory is 80 000 square meters large. It measures 400 meters from wall to wall. We climb over an empty assemly line that rolls into emptiness and then over another line, and down to the left, way down there, I see a team that assembles a car. One of the fitters is Sara Bokefalk, 24 years old, born in Trollhättan, former summer worker at Saab in 2008 and 2010, then an employee at Ikea in Uddevalla, and now she’s back at Saab. “It’s really fun to build a car,” she said. – We’re hiring former Saab staff and young people to get a mix. Experience and innovation, says Fredriksson. 85 people are currently working in the factory. The time is 10:30, and they’re done for the day. Three cars was mad. A couple pre-built cars stands inside the factory, indoors, protected from the bad weather outside. They stand in here, protected, as a ceremony of love, silver grey and black, the two colors that the customer can choose. No one can touch the finished cars . I’m not allowed to touch them at all. It’s to show respect for the customers, says Fredriksson. He who decides to buy a brand new Saab, that person is assured that his car is as new as it possibly can be. You can only buy your Saab online. It is available in one version and will cost 279 000SEK, plus 10 000SEK for an automatic transmission. When asked how many clicks the buy button Fredriksson responds: We get some orders per week. Deliveries will begin in April. Buyers get the chance to visit the factory, get a tour, visit the Saab Museum, and then receive the keys to their new cars. Of course it is a sustaining activity. When the workmen made the three vehicles per day they go to an adjacent facility and continues to assemble, for practicing purpose. They are waiting to assembly the E-version, the battery powered vehicle with the range of 174 miles. 

 

Saab’s new owner, Kai Johan Jiang, a Chinese entrepreneur who studied in Sweden in the 1990s. In China he has power plant fuelled by biomass. He wants to go all in on green energy in the transporting sector. The Saab brand is owned by the company NEVS, which stands for National Electric Vehicle Sweden. NEVS is part of a network of the companies belonging to Jiang. Göran Fredriksson demonstrates with a picture in the Executive Board’s meeting room of the Consortium. Then he shows other pictures that involves that the world, and in particular China, need cleaner air. Besides, we’ll run out of oil in 2050. Electric cars are the future. “The pleasure of driving is back,” says one of the pictures. – We invest in Sweden and China, and then the rest of the world, step by step. The batteries are manufactured in Beijing. Fredriksson won’t answer how the batteries will be mounted in the 9-3. He won’t reveal what the cars will cost either. The electric Saab will start it’s marketing in China “later in spring”. Late in the fall, or possibly early next year, it will be available for sale in Sweden. All the world’s major car manufacturers and a bunch of new brands are experimenting with solutions for electric and hybrid cars. Why should Saab succeed? Fredriksson is vague, he suggests a competitive price and talks about a humble, long-term investment.

– 100 years ago pharmacies were selling pertol. All new technology must start out somewhere. 

In september 2012, 75 people were working at Saab. Now they are 571 employees, plus 130 consultants on a full-time basis.
“We have the will. We are fused together. We want to change and make history, says Fredriksson.

 

 I turn around and look out over the empty staff car park. Where the journalists used to breed during the recurring crises to interview workers who risked losing the job. Over the years it became increasingly difficult to get the workers to say something. At the end everyone seemed exhausted – the employees, Saab owners, the journalists, the public, the politicians. -If all households with two cars would replace it to one electric vehicle, just imagine what that would do to the environment! says Fredriksson.
I guess that’s what Saab is, a strange, lively optimism.


2014 9-3 Aero for sale in Swedish classifieds

December 16, 2013 in NEVS, News

Many former SAAB-dealers in Sweden has since the bankruptcy sold second hand SAAB’s, and many of them also purchased cars from the bankruptcy administrators so they had a stock of used SAAB cars.
As we know will Nevs sell the 2014 9-3 Aeros via their website, but now we have a former dealer of SAAB cars who want to sell cars from their showroom.

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The firm Northcar in Sundsvall, Sweden, have for sale a number of 2014 9-3 Aeros that they have ordered from Nevs. Northcar still have a SAAB workshop and sell spare parts for SAAB cars, and they have a showroom there they sell other brands. That you can now go to their showroom and buy a new SAAB tells me that they have faith in SAAB! The price is 5000 SEK higher compared to if you buy the car direct from Nevs, and you’ll miss the factory tour and experience when you collect your car in Trollhättan.
Since the car is registered in Sweden, you can have it registered  in others EU country as well, so if someone aboard want to buy a 2014 9-3 Aero, this is your first chance!