But Mahindra has great interest in the brand name, an to get access to that was much easier some months ago.
Angelo, if they had signed that Letter of Intent a couple of months ago, the whole thing could have been more straightforward for all parties, imho.
But I’m no CEO, and I don’t have to take such decisions.
The Griffin Logo do not belong to SAAB AB, but to SCANIA AB, which is part of the VW-Group.
DO you think that all mighty VW is willing to help?
At last, Mahindra (or whoever) is starting to act in an intelligent manner, imho.
From my point of view, if Mahindra wanted to have Saab as a brand, making the process so sluggish wasn’t positive to achieve that.
BTW, I have no inside on why did all take so long.
Trued, I subscribe to your guess, as I think it was the only logical move…[Read more]
VM Motori and Fiat had no relation at all in the past. That 2.0 diesel engine used by Mahindra has nothing to do with the 2.0l Diesel used by the NG 9-5 or Opel.
For instance Opel also uses a 2.2l Diesel with the Opel Antara or the Chevy Captiva from VM Motori, as those cars where jointly developed by GM in Korea.
Speaking from an outsider point of view I must say, that the idea of diesel engines saving Saab feels right, but I don’t think that it is the only reason. I mean at the beginning of the 2000 BMW had to buy an Austrian Company to get competitive Diesels, and Merc invested lots of money to develop 2nd best Diesel engines, and on the other side at…[Read more]
Mahindra has the Ssang Jong Brand with SUVs and CUVs that at least look as good as the KIAs and Hyundays, and in order to make it more easy to Europeans and Americans to buy the cars, the management is thinking about changing the name to something more international.
I also think this way about that.
The fact that the Volkswagen group is trying to use their whole production capacity before building new production facilities has nothing to do with OEM outsourcing the production of niche models, or taking care of production peaks.
But I agree with Tim when he says that Plan A is the only way to see once…[Read more]
I do agree with you, but this has nothing to do with an article from China that it simply repeats the facts from the reorganisation plan, without any further information.
If NEVS secrecy is good or bad, I don’t want to tell, I do only want to react on facts, and currently the facts are that NEVS is waiting to ink some contracts,…[Read more]
This is the reason why I’ve deleted his post, again and again.
There is no new news in that. Plan A says that up to 80% will be sold to an OEM.
OEM3 is simply a company that has expressed its interest to contract NEVS industrial services.
BTW, this article is prior to October 8, thus most of their conclusions are not up to date.
As I wrote in my Post one week ago the english version of the reorganisation plan was not published. So all of I wrote was mostly based on the Appendices 2 and 3. In the meanwhile I was able to read the reorganisation plan in English as posted by Tim and this are my thoughts about it. This is only my view, an engineer that has worked for the…[Read more]
Why delivered Ford its V4 engine to SAAB?
SAAB at that time was dying. Only the very few wanted to buy a two stroke engine, so it was competitor less for Ford, even at that time. But after the V4 period Bob Lutz (at that time at Ford) said that that was on of the best business cases for Ford.
So at the end of the day BMW, Mercedes or whoever…[Read more]
I have been long thinking about starting a series of posts about news in the automotive industry that have no direkt link to Saab or NEVS but could have an effect on the way we look at future products from Trollhättan [sorry guys I don't want to start a discussion about the brand, so till next notice I will call the cars this way]. So if you like…[Read more]
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