Saab sign saved

The single most photographed sign in Trollhättan, the Saab sign by the north gate of the Stallbacka plant, is going to be donated by Nevs to the Saab Car Museum. This since Nevs are mounting their own new sign in place, but they still care for the Saab car heritage and wish to preserve the Saab sign.

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The handover of the sign will be made at the north gate on Thursday the 8’th of December at 14:00. This will be a public event, with visitors being welcomed. Representatives from Nevs and Saab Car Museum will attend this event as well.

Saab in Autoworld Brussels

I like already to inform you all that the Saab Club Belgium has his 30st anniversary in 2017 and Saab should have been 70 years that same year. This we will make known to the public by showing all Saab models available in our club in the museum Autoworld in Brussels from January 13th- February 5th, 2017.
So this special event will focus on what Saab has built over the years and the Saab cars will be shown among all other beautiful cars from the museum.
We will organize the new year reception of the Saab Club Belgium on Sunday, January 15th and I will put pictures of some of the cars we show here on SaabsUnited after that reception.
But note the dates and come and look for this special Expo in Autoworld Brussels.

Saab specialist building destroyed by fire

A tragic event happened last night in the Dutch city of Ommen. A building in a business complex, where among other Saab Service Ommen is located, was completely destroyed in a large fire. No people seem to have been injured, but a lot of cars were destroyed.

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Saab Service Ommen

The emergency services was called to the scene around 02:15 in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. The fire grew quickly and the firefighters could only focus on preventing the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Around 05:00 the fire was under control.

Here’s a video showing the fire:

A lot of Saab cars can be seen in the video, among those a Saab 9000, NG900, OG9-5 and a NG9-3 Cabriolet. Saab Service Ommen is an appreciated Saab specialist, who sells and repairs Saab cars. They also perform restorations of classic Saabs.

Our thoughts are with the owners and employees of Saab Service Ommen.

Source: Zeer grote brand in Ommen is onder controle

International Saab Meeting 2016 coming up

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IntSaab 2016 Programme

It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.

Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.

The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.

IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).

Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.

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Vadstena Castle. By Zeddok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
A program for IntSaab 2016 can be found here: IntSaab2016.com, Weekend Programme
We also have a Facebook event for Sunday: Öppen marknad & träff – IntSaab2016 (in Swedish)

IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.

NEVS are creating new jobs (with Phoenix 1.1)

As you all know, not all parts of the new cars from Trollhättan are being made at the Stallbacka plant. NEVS, and Saab Automobile before them, has a large number of independent parts suppliers. And as NEVS are planning to build new cars, the parts suppliers are now also starting to “gear up” again.

In the former Saab model workshop, Cliff Models, are working with NEVS as one of their largest customers. TTELA recently reported that Cliff Models have purchased a Parpas Diamond 30. This is a state of the art gantry style machining centre, used to produce everything from simple models to more complex solutions with hardened steel.

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This Diamond 30 machine is the only one in existence in Sweden today. It’s a big investment for Cliff Models in cooperation with NEVS. Their previous machine could manage at most 5 tonne, while the new machine can manage up to 50 tonne. The work space (where the models/prototypes are made) is 3 x 3 meters and 1,2 meter in height.

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Great sadness here in the UK today.

Jonathan Nash

 

Today we hear of the sudden passing of a truly lovely, warm, charismatic ambassador for SAAB not just here in the UK but abroad too.

Jonathan Nash was a great Managing Director of Saab GB who always showed huge enthusiasm for the brand and had a knack of making everybody in his company feel at ease.

During my time with SAAB at dealership level I met him on many occasions both at events and during his dealership visits. It was at these dealership visits that the first thing he would do upon arrival was to go around each individual in each department and have a relaxed chat with them before heading upstairs. A small gesture you may think but it meant a lot to the staff and he knew it. The last time I saw him was at Erik Carlssons funeral and he still had that lovely warm caring nature. He will be missed by so many.

Please see attached message from Corin Richards, Managing Director:

It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Jonathan Nash, who passed away during the night on Tuesday, after suffering a heart attack.

Jonathan was a charismatic and energetic man, who worked with Saab GB since 1989, culminating in his stewardship as Managing Director from the launch of the 9-3 (9440) series in 2003 until 2010, when he took up a senior management position at Saab Automobile. Since 2012 he had been working as a Director with the consultancy and training group, PHM.

Our thoughts at this very sad and shocking time are with the family he leaves behind; his wife Helen and their 3 children.

Regards,

 

Corin Richards / Managing Director

 

NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab

This is just in from NEVS in Trollhättan:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
NEVS launches its new trademark and sets off to shape the future of mobility

NEVS’ vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future by focusing solely on electric vehicles with mobility solutions built around them. To support this vision a new brand identity has been developed – NEVS.

NEVS will be the trademark of the company’s products including the first electric vehicle based on the 9-3 platform with start in 2017. That means that NEVS will no longer use the Saab trademark.

The automotive industry is changing rapidly to better fit societies struggling with pollution and congestion problems. NEVS intends to be in the forefront of this change.

“With sincere respect to our history and heritage, we want to be recognized as ourselves – A sustainable mobility solutions provider who are committed to the environment with a focused growth plan with its own brand as a corner stone,” said Mattias Bergman, President NEVS.

NEVS long-term business goal is set globally, with China as its first priority and most demanding market for the coming years. NEVS intends to build a strong footprint in China as a base for a global expansion, and continue to establish partnerships with forefront runners to shape the future of mobility solutions.

A number of framework agreements have already been signed, including a strategic partnership agreement with Panda New Energy to deliver 150,000 electric cars and another 100,000 electric commercial vehicles, as well as the collaboration with Chinese State Grid, the world’s largest electric utility company.

NEVS has a unique position by combining proven ability to develop and build high quality premium cars and at the same time the opportunity to build an automotive company for the future with new owners and partners specialized in for instance car sharing solutions and charging infrastructure.

”I believe the tipping point for electric vehicles is very near in many key markets. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable city planning, and together with our partners such as State Grid and Panda New Energy jointly introduce a new business model for mobility,” said Jonas Hernqvist, VP Sales & Marketing NEVS.

A transparent approach – with traits such as being inclusive, honest and genuine – is essential for NEVS, both in terms of behavior and visualization. From colors to imagery, our new brand design should always reflect our aim of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future.

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UPDATE! Hi-RES: SAAB 9-3 STCC Racing on Mantorp

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Video filmed from a Sony Z Ultra with a iPhone 6. Video by SVT

Right now the 2nd round of the STCC series is on Mantorp Park Raceway. Björn Wirdheim had been in 3rd the whole heat. In the last corner comes the attack on the Seat. The race tonight can be seen on SVT Play live on the web. Not shure if you guys outside sweden can see this.

Saabsunited has a proud heritage in rally and racing and will follow the series this season. At least one race will be covered by me. Yes I will wear my Saabsunited Historic Rally Team jacket. GOOD luck 🍀 Björn and the other Saab drivers.