July 9, 2015 in News
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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.
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.
June 23, 2015 in News
Autoweek.nl posted an article based on a picture taken of one of their readers outside the factory in Trollhattanon June 22nd. And today the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet wrote an article about the same picture coming from the same source, with the headline “Saabs new sectret prototype”. The article has created great discussions in the Saab world, but what we see in the picture is not a Saab, but more likely a Geely GC9.
We must not forget that NEVS currently rents out parts of the factory to other vehicle manufacturers in order to get an extra income until their own production has started.
June 18, 2015 in News
Since the bankruptcy of SAAB Automobile AB the Swedish Tax Authorities claimed that Victor Muller had wrongfully avoided tax-payments in Sweden since he, according to their estimation was in fact an employee in Sweden, Victor Muller on the other hand claims the payments that he received he got in the role of a consultant. Along with Victor others from the executive board were placed with suspicion of making tax-control more difficult.
In 2013 Mr Muller payed the amount required of about 2 Million SEK to the tax-autorities in Sweden but at the same time filed an appeal in the matter. An appeal that has reached a higher level in the judicial system, which has now come to the final conclusion that Victor Muller was right. Ylva Börjesson from the Swedish Court of Appeals states to P4 West that: ” it is only natural that the chairman of the board in a company receives more obligations in the time of crisis, such as the situation was that SAAB Automobile AB found it self in “.
Victor Muller officially had the position of chairman of the board but had to take the temporary role of CEO when Jan Åke Jonsson stepped down, a position which was supposed to be temporary until a new CEO could be introduced. According to Tv4 NEWS, todays decision will greatly impair the investigation of Jan Åke Jonsson, Kristina Geers and others in the Executive board on complicating tax-control. Jan Åke Jonsson along with Kristina Geers and another member of the board were arrested in May 2013 on tax-evation but released 24 hours later.
The Swedish Tax Authorities will now have to issue a repayment of the total amount to Victor Muller. In a text message to P4 West Victor Muller says that he is very happy to have won.
June 10, 2015 in News
According to the local newspaper ttela.se as of today the first instalment has been paid in full to the creditors. Last week the first creditors have been paid, and today all the creditors that had to be paid in this first instalment have been paid.
This means that 469 out of 573 creditors, the ones with claims below 500000 SEK (60191 USD; 50249 EUR), have been fully paid. This has been done just 3 days before the deadline, that was set for June 13.
NEVS has paid in this first instalment just under 100 Million SEK (12.04 Million USD; 10.6 Million EUR).
The rest of the creditors, the ones that will only be paid in half, should get their money before mid-October.
June 1, 2015 in News
The Takata airbag disaster now also affects some Saab owners. Subaru stated that among those more than 80.000 of their vehicles need to be recalled, including a number of 9-2x. The models in question were built between Feb 11th, 2004 and March 17 th, 2005.
Additional info can be found in the NTSHA Press Release:
Report Receipt Date: MAY 28, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V323000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 81,100
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005, and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to March 17, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Subaru will notify their owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Owners of Saab vehicles may call 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQR-53. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 14V-763 in that model year 2004 through 2005 Subaru Impreza and model year 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles are now only part of this campaign.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.