3cyl commented on the post, Test driving the electric Saab 9-3 from NEVS, first impressions 2 hours, 37 minutes ago
Unfortunately, that is a description that the larger market has always associated with SAAB ICE cars as well.
3cyl commented on the post, Neo Brothers – New 96 Project – **Classic With A Twist** 15 hours, 30 minutes ago
Looking forward to your progress reports.
3cyl commented on the post, Test driving the electric Saab 9-3 from NEVS, first impressions 20 hours, 22 minutes ago
I wonder if introducing the car in Combi form would have been a better way to go. Even without adding any further to the height, a FWD Combi version with or without some of the 9-3x styling add ons would be very distinct in the market.
A Fiat 500e stickers in the low 30′s and Fiat had stated they lose as muck as $10k on each one. Even if that is stretching things a bit, it would be a great accomplishment for NEVS to build this 9-3 and sell it at a profit for anywhere near half the cost of a Tesla. It will be interesting to see what the actual price is.
3cyl commented on the post, economictimes.india.well not something I’d bet my money on… 1 week, 1 day ago
In a way, what you describe is how GM handled their SAAB problem. They wanted to be rid of SAAB and sold to VM knowing he lacked the resources to succeed under the terms of sale. GM likely would have preferred to just shut SAAB down, but selling to VM didn’t work out so badly for GM as it avoided the general perception that they had any…[Read more]
3cyl commented on the post, economictimes.india.well not something I’d bet my money on… 1 week, 2 days ago
It will now be easier for SAAB AB to say no this time. They can demonstrate that it was not in their best interest in the past, but they went along even though they felt it was a mistake. Now they have had more than enough negative association and their judgement has proven better than that of those pushing them to put SAAB cars interests ahead…[Read more]
This may be an example of how BMW’s succeess begets succees by providing the resources to stay on top of things like keeping blogs up to speed. Struggling entities don’t have the same resources and unfortunatley what seem like simple, obvious tasks fall through the cracks.
3cyl commented on the post, Saabs at STCC Race @ Solvalla Trotting Grounds: Day 1 Practice 1 week, 5 days ago
Perhaps you could include a few photos next time. Seriously though, it is great to see the SAAB profile represented at these events.
3cyl commented on the post, Why would you want to sell electric cars in China?? 1 week, 6 days ago
Nonetheless, NEVS didn’t have the opportunity to have their plan succeed or fail on its merits or lack thereof.
3cyl commented on the post, Why would you want to sell electric cars in China?? 2 weeks ago
SAAB didn’t make it building petrol cars anyway, so another approach may have been worth a try. It would have been interesting to see the result had the Chinese honored their commitment.
3cyl commented on the post, Why would you want to sell electric cars in China?? 2 weeks, 1 day ago
This post seems to indict the NEVS business plan as unrealistic. If a simple chart like this actually does tell the story, it doesn’t say much for NEVS. However, someone put a lot of money into NEVS so maybe there was something more to it than indicated by this post (such as an advantage in the provincial market). There is a lot of sentiment…[Read more]
If SAAB was really a money maker (as opposed to a loser only on paper) either GM would have kept it or a legitamate entity would have been interested in acquiring it. The relatively low production levels combined with significant sales discounts/incentives and lingering prior year inventories at the start of each new model year are further…[Read more]
saabdog and Angelo. I suspected that the Chinese pullout was due to non-performance on the part of NEVS and stated so in a post when the pullout was announced here. In response to another post, Tim was very emphatic that it was not due to NEVS’ performance. Sure my assumption and your suspicions could be true, but most likely Tim’s comment was…[Read more]
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