Maybe BAIC should consider making a big move to go global. They already have Saabs in their stable—-some really nice cars and more to come. BAIC gets Phoenix. BAIC sets up shop in North America under a new name so Saab AB doesn’t have to be involved. BAIC does an end around to welcome all Saab owners to their dealerships in North America…[Read more]
Well, precisely. This isn’t NEVS biding time…this is TIME, buying relief for NEVS perhaps. If there aren’t hawks watching every movement of every penny—-it’s conceivable that the rats are stuffing the pockets of their overcoats and every crevice of their beings with anything of value they can get out of there with. I sure hope there are…[Read more]
Avelik: My recollection is that the story changed on this. Originally, the Receivers stood firm on that requirement and that sent M&M packing—-might have also weeded others out. Then they enforced the bid deadline but dropped that requirement—-not giving a reasonable lead time for bidders to jump back in, hence, NEVS was left standing. …[Read more]
Well, your dose of reality is quite depressing. Regarding Swades time at Saab—-that still doesn’t mean he has an accurate number. A very small fraction of the Saab workforce would have privy to the books before doctoring them.
Avelik: Keep in mind, my proposal is to bleed money temporarily, to reestablish the brand. For one thing, I’m not convinced that Swade’s profit margin number is correct. That seems impossibly low to me. Be that as it may—there’s very little R&D involved in bringing the 9-3 line back to market—some, yes. I understand there are asinine…[Read more]
Jond: I’m surprised more people didn’t jump in and reply to this. I’ve been watching your comment the last couple days. I get what you’re saying, but based on where things stand now, do you think this has gone according to plan (i.e. NEVS a commercial disaster, but still on track to provide electric vehicle capability for the Chinese)? Or did…[Read more]
Yes, inflated relative to what less money will buy from other manufacturers. Seems to be a dastardly Catch 22 going on here, Avelik. They can’t sell Saabs at reasonable prices because they’re not producing enough Saabs. They’ll never produce enough Saabs then, because they’re charging too much for them. Wow, what a sinister paradox.
No, not give cars away, but sell them close to a break-even point in the first couple years. Avelik—-their prices are inflated and ridiculous. I like Invicta watches—I’m a fan. They are stylish and often use watch movements sourced from TMI (Seiko) and Ronda (Swiss). Their case designs are big and bold—interesting complications, fun to…[Read more]
He had adequate capital waiting to be invested from Russia. But apparently, “insiders” claimed it was “that awful Rooskie underworld money” and they let Vic die on the vine. I wonder if pieces were already being moved into place back then to roll the red carpet out for NEVS?
Restarting the business, I’d rather lose money selling 50,000 cars and have a profitable future—-than make money selling 5000 cars and end up out of business in a few years. Saab’s idea of selling cars for sixty thousand dollars will never result in them staying in business. Re-establishing the brand by getting new cars on the road, in peoples…[Read more]
Patrik: Sadly, resurrecting the old 9-3 and exporting it back to some traditional Saab markets made more business sense than producing a new electric Saab to be built in Sweden and exported for sale in China. Honestly—-if they had gone full force on the 9-3—-wagon, convertible and sedan—-as quickly as possible and as cheap as…[Read more]
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