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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?

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.

Neo Brothers – New 96 Project – **Classic With A Twist**

September 18, 2014 in News

Our regular followers will recall that Nick and Andy were doodling again and playing with the idea of another 96 project.Just to bring everyone up to speed see below “the doodling”…Image

Although that may not be the final version at least it is the basis of a blueprint so that we can get on with it!

After scouring the 96 specialists we managed to source another 96 from our previous supplier John Saab (who we would like to thank). After a bit of haggling he turned up to our premises with the donor model…

The boys in the workshop have lovingly nicknamed it the “Green Machine” and they fully intend to lovingly restore it back to its former glory – with a twist!

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Test drive is starting

September 15, 2014 in News

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SU Test driving the electric Saab 9-3

September 14, 2014 in News

Monday at 10:00 SU will arrive at Saab in Trollhättan, the mission is to test drive the electric 9-3. There are a lot of magazines and media who will get that chance now and its something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time!

The work that we do at SU is for you guys, the fans, so we’d like to ask you: what do you want to know about the electric car?

Place your questions in the comments section!

The San Francisco Bay Area Saab Club lives on

September 13, 2014 in Clubs, News, USA, We are many, We are SAAB

It was 10 AM on a Saturday morning (September 6th, 2014 to be exact), at the center of a usual quiet weekend in the Santa Clara high-tech office park that was not even disturbed by the newly constructed football stadium.  Yes, it was a quiet morning indeed.  But, that was about to change: more on that later.  The first item on our itinerary was a visit to the European Auto Factory.  We observed various models: including 9-3s, 900s and of course the venerable Sonett.  After nearly an hour of mingling, the quite air was filled with pistons firing and Turbochargers whistling: the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Saab Club Meet and Drive was now on the move!

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Technical day organised by Saab Club Belgium

September 10, 2014 in News

DSCN1738_Daniel CarLast Sunday, September 7th, we organized a day for all Saab fans to come and see the collection of curiosa and spare parts in Liege.

The day was held in the Garage Daniel Car, a garage with at least 60 Saab 900 and 9000 and the respective spares and parts for these models. Daniel had displaced a lot of these cars to give room to have visitors also see the tables from other Saab club members who wanted to show and sell their Saab inventories. Food and drinks got served as well. A gorgeous day for all who came and visited this event. If you have missed this and am looking for parts and spares for 900 and 9000 Saabs, just contact Daniel at garage.daniel.car@skynet.be while he has nearly everything available a Saab enthusiast can dream about.

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SAAB Racing cars at Solvalla Race Track

September 7, 2014 in News

This weekend the battle between 5 Saab 9-3´s from two separate teams Tidö and PWR, and the arch rivals Volvo Polestar has taken place. The race conditions have been perfect on the from horse trotting to race car for the weekend converted Solvalla Stadium. Tarmac has been put on the gravek and some more gravel twist have been adden in the center parts of the grounds for the Rally Cross cars. Where we got to see the legend Per Eklund in his 650 BHP Saab 9-3 car. All in all a lot of competition Saabs out there but no production of Saab cars for the moment at least not in Trollhättan. With the exception of my SU Saab factory less then 2 km from the racetrack where I make 99 Turbos, more on that soon here.
In the crowd many familiar Saab faces could be seen PWR Racing Team owner “Poker” Wallenberg, the leadership of NEVS with CEO Mattias Bergman and Communications Manager Mikael Östlund. The Saab museum manger was seen as well unloading a the blue Saab Super Sport Sonett I (the blue) and put on display in the Tidö racing VIP hospitality lounge unde cristal-lamps and fake bookshelves.

It is great to see the enthusiasm from the NEVS management for the racing sport lets hope this will be included in the future business plans. The world need more Saabs on the tracks. Next race is at Mantorp track in two weeks time hope to be there to see the finals and supply You readers with more great pictures and videos.

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Emma Kimiläinen Race Driver for PWR in a White Saab 9-3 Combitech sponsored car

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Per Eklund to the right 68 year old seasoned Saab Rally and Rally Crosss driver

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Two grilles found around the race track after som incidents. Now on the wall of my SU Saab factory.

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The Blomquists father and son, Paul and Stig. Paul drives a Formula Renault racer and his father ex Saab works tean driver an world rally champion for Audi supports him.

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The two NEO Brothers visting from the UK they are big ORIO customers.

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Mikael Östlund & Mattias Bergman

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Mattias Bergman, Race car driver Daniel Haglöf and Mikael Östlund

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Food for thought

August 29, 2014 in News

Those last few days have been (again) very challenging for a Saab fan. It almost feels like we have been there before – no production, wages postponed, appeal for reconstruction first denied and then granted, even spiced with the brand name issue. From reactions in comments and elsewhere on the net I can see that many fans feel like being in a deja vu right now. But even if I can understand that in some way I tend to disagree. Let me put my thoughts into a few lines. Not so much as a vast editorial, more as food for thought before the weekend.

From all that we have learned from various sources a solution to the financial problems combined with a change in ownership is really that near. Obviously the Vänersborg court also saw that. We should also not forget that the vast majority of suppliers still stay calm. NEVS obviously gained some trust here by giving them some insight in the process. This must not have been easy, especially because of the bad experience some of the suppliers had before. So in terms of a solution being near I would give NEVS the benefit of doubt here.

Another issue that popped up today are the rights to use the name Saab for the cars built in Trollhättan. Saab AB obviously decided to cancel the agreement with NEVS. They did not give any insight in the reasons they had for this but one can imagine a few: it could be a try to avoid being associated with the troubles NEVS is in or even a try to take some influence in the things that are going on. We also do not know if this is a final decision or if the agreement can be revived once NEVS is back in calm waters. In the end it does not really matter. The decision is there so I asked myself what this would mean. And even if I know about the rich history of Saab Automobile and I am hooked on the iconic Saab brand I don’t think that not having the name rights nessesarily means the end of NEVS. Honestly, if I can still drive those fabulous cars that I love I would rather deal with a new name than with a name right owner who threatens to withdraw the rights in any turbulence.

Some may say that the name is one of the key values in Saab/NEVS. But is this really the case? When it comes to cars the name Saab has taken quite a few hard hits through all the trouble, bankrupcy and absence on the market. We were all pretty clear that it needs quite some marketing to get Saab back to proper sales when new models come out. I even dare to wonder if if would take so much more effort to establish a new name than polishing up the Saab name. Don’t get me wrong, for romantic reasons I would prefer to drive cars named Saab for the rest of my life but if the car is still made by the same company, with the same philosophy I would still buy it. And there are quite a few names that could even give us fanatics a cozy feeling. Griffin for example.

Enjoy your weekend, enjoy your Saab.

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Court Grants Reconstruction for NEVS

August 29, 2014 in News

A few minutes ago the Vänersborg court decided that NEVS fulfills the requirements for reconstruction. So NEVS gets the time they apperantly need to finish their negotiations.

The PDF with the official statement from the court can be found here.

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NEVS, Saab AB and the brand name

August 29, 2014 in NEVS, News

According to P4 Väst Saab AB reacted to NEVS’ application for reconstruction by cancelling the agreement to use the Saab name on the cars made in Trollhättan. Saab AB’s spokesman Sebastian Carlsson did not comment on any details of the decision. Also NEVS did not publically react on the announcement yet.

While the news of those last two days were not what we like to hear I’d like to encourage you not to panic right away. A main point for Saab AB is to ensure that they are not associated with another bancrupcy process like the last. In the current situation there might be a chance for that worst case but it’s not nessesarily the case. Such an agreement can be revived at any time if there is that new investor that gives Saab AB enough confidence.

And the case that Saab AB and most of the suppliers with insight in the negotiations taking place between NEVS and their future partners have been rather patient with the open invoices shows that there is at least enogh confidence to give it some time. The application for reconstruction was mainly a move to get a bit more time for finalizing the ongoing negotiations under the protection of such a process. We will see how quickly NEVS’ appeal of the court decision will come now, but I think we won’t have to wait too long.