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P4 West: SAAB AB says no dialoge with NEVS

August 20, 2015 in News

In an article in todays P4 West, SAAB AB clearly says no to any further use of the brand name “SAAB”.

“There is no dialogue with NEVS regarding their continued use of the brand name Saab, no such dialogue has taken place for some time” says pressmanager Sebastian Carlsson to Swedish Radio.

The article also reflects the views on the matter from Christer Karlsson, a well know auto industry expert.

Original article here

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Saab Museum Overschild Closes In September

August 19, 2015 in News

This is sad news but also an opportunity for collectors since they sell off all the stuff from the museum.

After more than 6 years, we close the Saab museum in Overschild. On Sunday 30 August, the museum is closed due to other commitments. The last time that the museum is open, will be on the weekend of 26 and 27 September. In addition, everything for sale this weekend. All cars, model cars, leaflets, books and other collectibles. Admission is free this weekend.

http://www.saabmuseumoverschild.nl/

http://www.vdlaansaabspecialist.nl/

For more information, please send an email to: info@vdlaansaabspecialist.nl

Neo Brothers – PRICE DROP TD04L-14T 9-3 Aero Turbocharger

August 18, 2015 in News

***PRICE DROP***

NEW Genuine Saab 9-3 Sport Aero B207R TD04L-14T Turbo Charger

 

Only – £184.95 plus Vat

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Also available as an upgrade kit including NEW oil and water lines for £293.95 plus VAT.

 

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

In Stock Ready For Immediate Dispatch!!

 

Neo Brothers

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Press-release: Nevs and Dongfeng tie-up for long-term strategic cooperation

August 17, 2015 in NEVS, News, Press Releasse

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation (Dongfeng) signed a strategic cooperation agreement on August 17, 2015 to achieve global industrial synergies.

Since July 2015, Nevs has started working with Dongfeng on complete vehicle development projects to enhance Dongfeng’s technical strength and improve Nevs’ own development capability. Now both parties have agreed to expand their cooperation from technical development to further business areas such as global purchasing and distribution network.

Dongfeng has formed several strategic long term partnerships with other international major car manufacturers including AB Volvo and as a 14 percent shareholder of PSA. Dongfeng Motor, with several JVs in China including Peugeot, Citroën, Renault, Nissan, Infinity, Honda and Kia, is one of the world’s largest automobile companies, with an annual output over 3.83 million units in 2014 and 1.83 million in the first half of 2015. A long-term and stable alliance with Dongfeng is of great significance for Nevs to achieve its business opportunity.

According to the agreement, Dongfeng will support Nevs on the construction of new energy vehicles production and R&D in Tianjin and the formation of Nevs’ sales and service with support from Dongfeng’s dealer network. Dongfeng will also support Nevs to achieve the new energy vehicle mass production.

Nevs will support Dongfeng on their own brands to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets, and assist DFM to develop important markets in Europe and North America.

“Dongfeng is one of the leading vehicle company groups in the world. Through this cooperation, Nevs’ will be able to create industrial synergies, share the development costs, expand the supplier bases and increase the overall competitiveness for our own future products. This cooperation is one of the steps for Nevs to become a front-runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles” said Mr. Mattias Bergman, President, Nevs.

DFM Brief Introduction

Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM) is the third biggest Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan, Hubei Province. As of December 2014, DFM had in total approximately 176 000 full-time employees.

DFM is connected with a variety of international OEMs and produces a wide range of foreign products in China including those of Peugeot, Citroën, Renault, Honda, Kia, Nissan and Infinity. The total output in 2014 was 3.83 million units with revenue of 483 billion RMB.

In 2012 DFM acquired 70% of T engineering, a Trollhättan based engineering company and a spin off from Saab Automobile Powertrain, as their first R&D center overseas.

In 2014, DFG became the 14% shareholder of PSA Peugeot Citroën.

DFM is listed as no.113 in the world on Fortune 500.

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Christian von Koenigsegg On The Saab Sale In 2009

August 6, 2015 in News

Christian von Koenigsegg is currently answering questions from fans on the Koenigsegg blog. It’s some kind of a throwback into those exciting times when various parties tried to free Saab fom GM. Not only because of the story but also because it’s a certain Steven Wade who now runs the blog at Koenigsegg. Below is the Saab related excerpt, the full AMA1 session can be found here.

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Koenigsegg Automotive AB was closing in on a deal to buy Saab Automobile AB in 2009, but in the end it didn’t come through. Although there was much written in the (Swedish) press about it at the time, it was almost all negativity regarding the financial details and hardly anything about what the actual idea behind the deal was. It would be interesting to know what convinced you at that time that such a deal would be worthwhile.

CvK: I’m aware that a few questions ago I said that we are not into building mass-market cars and it’s true for Koenigsegg Automotive AB. The Saab opportunity was different and involved a specific set of circumstances:

1. It was clear that SAAB needed innovation and entrepreneurial help to survive.

2. SAAB had fantastic and underutilized car development facilities that could be used to revitalize the brand relatively quickly and efficiently if we could infuse the Koenigsegg way of working with these facilities instead of the GM way.

3. We had many technologies from the Koenigsegg side that we could quickly and efficiently integrate into the then-present line up of SAAB cars to make them more desirable and exciting. Things such as suspension and handling, turbo patents, reduced back pressure systems, FreeValve engine systems (sister company to Koenigsegg), upgraded exterior design using our aero and design experience etc. Basically, it was a unique opportunity to enter that market with a good brand and a good factory at what would have been a very affordable price. I think we could have used some of our technology and design expertise to make some interesting cars.

The group was called the Koenigsegg Group because mine was a recognisable name. There were other much larger investors behind the group that saw the opportunity, which is where most of the financial resources would have come from to actually run the business. I am very happy with what Koenigsegg AB is doing now, but it would be interesting to know what life would have been like if the Saab deal had happened. Many said it was an impossible undertaking. Actually I fully agree. The fact is, I like impossible undertakings, like for example creating Koenigsegg Automotive from scratch or being instrumental in creating the worlds first fully functioning FreeValve system.

Looking back at things from today I still feel the Koenigsegg Group would have been the most fitting and most logical owner for Saab. The desire to really bring things forward could have made Saab special again. But I don’t want to play the if and when game again. Things have gone different. Still, it’s nice to daydream a bit now and then.

Neo Brothers – Saab 96SS Debut Track Day

July 9, 2015 in News

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Press Release: The construction of Nevs’ Chinese factory in Tianjin starts June 28

June 24, 2015 in NEVS, Press Releasse

The construction of Nevs’ Chinese factory in Tianjin starts June 28

To mark start of construction of Nevs’ New energy vehicle factory in China, and the establishment of a R&D-center, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Tianjin June 28.

The Tianjin manufacturing plant will be Nevs’ second global production base focused on EVs, initially for the Chinese market. Nevs’ research, development and production will be managed from its headquarters in Trollhättan.

NEVS wants to hire more people

June 23, 2015 in News

Our colleague Tim on saabsunited had an interesting conversation today with Mattias Bergman, ceo of NEVS in Trollhättan. Mattias Bergman and NEVS will annonce tomorrow that they want employ 40 new engineers to the factory, they also want to employ a number of buyers and other key personnel of the company.

So even though we got a false alarm about a New secret SAAB prototype” (which was most likely a Geely GC9) at the factory in Trollhättan, Nevs seems to have plans for further work within the walls of the plant in Trollhättan.