Arelik, the solution to high parts prices is for suppliers to sell to NEVS at say a 35% discount. This might enable NEVS to profitably produce and sell the elusive “priced right” SAAB. If this scheme was properly explained to suppliers, they would realize that they would be making 15% more than if they settled for the customary 50 cents on the dollar.
I guess the name on the badge is important to people, but I’d rather have a new car with a new name on the hood that maintains the SAAB qualities than a rebadged vehicle that with a SAAB label but lacking those qualities.
“However, cars were noise restricted to 87.5db” That’s impressive. An old 96 two stroke with modified exhaust plumbing and a fraction of the power would probably exceed that. Seriously though, even reading about this car is fun. Thanks for the post.
Reading about SAAB enthusiasts like Andrei emphasizes what a shame it will be if the brand is not revived.
It seems that the “prestige” of owning a Mercedes or BMW should be discounted when the sheer number of them out there is taken into account. That doesn’t seem to be the case however even though there are so many of them. SAABs in contrast were not owned by every Tom Dick and Harry, but apparently that worked more against the brand than for it.
The report was that they planned to produce100 cars. Someone here suggested that they be high performance versions of the 9-3 with larger brakes, upgraded suspension, seats etc. and chipped for more peak power. It seemed like a good way to end the 9-3′s long life, but if NEVS does produce those 100 cars they will probably have the same old…[Read more]
Would you consider a minimum of ten years the foreseeable future? A plan that calls for an initial investment then putting money in year after year to cover losses for at least ten years before maybe starting to make some return on investment is probably about as good as it gets for this project..
Great idea, dcpattie (assuming regulators will allow a change in 2014 specifications), At this point, another 100 dated regular spec 9-3′s is a tough sell. Making these cars something special by emphasizing performance is the way to go. The 9-3 won’t be stellar in terms of refinement anyway so there is more to be gained by giving these last…[Read more]
In the past, I would not have considered Volvo (the Oldsmobile of Europe in my opinion). However, with SAAB out of action I took a look. From what I can tell, they offer only automatics (at least in the US). Just what one would have expected from Oldsmobile.
How things change. 3000 Euros for lighting options today. I doubt that a new SAAB 99 cost that much. I understand that incomes have risen as well, but back them it was not uncommon to pay cash for a new car and, even if it was financed, the loan term was a lot shorter than the 5-6 years common today.
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