Does Mini operate on these volumes? Are they profitable with their product mix? I think Mini may be the closet comparison to Saab when it comes to volume & number of product offerings. Does anyone know if they are profitable? I think they are…if so, why can’t Saab make money with the comparable volumes and only a couple of models. I’m not…[Read more]
Come on, Tim — don’t be dissing the peeps that support SU. I know you’re passionate, but lighten up…and at least try to be polite. I think you’re a bit out of line on this one. Just sayin’…
Bring back “The Most Intelligent Car Ever Built”. Best tagline Saab has ever had. I place it on par with BMW’s iconic “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Saab needs to go back to the basics. Marketing 101.
Hopefully the past relationship with Mr. Mahindra (and his deep pockets) can secure the Saab name. This sounds like an ideal set up for a Saab come back. This makes me somewhat optimistic that something positive is going to happen and bring Saab back to North America. I wonder how long it will take. Fingers crossed!
No. 9, I think it would be more appropriate to say the western world doesn’t need another heavily government subsidized, non-market driven electric automobile. If I’m not mistaken, the demand for ICE’s far, far outstrips demand for EV’s…without taxpayer subsidies.
Scand, I would say that the Swedish government’s influence failed on all three counts you sited: [ a) insist that the entity was sold ‘as a going concern’, as far as it could be, to preserve some sort of long term employment and industry, and b) Saab remained Swedish, and c) if the new entity was ‘green’ – then that slotted in neatly with the…[Read more]
I also believe there has been some kind of payoff or tip of the hat to make sure Saab was awarded to a “green” company. Something is definitely fishy about how the whole process went down.
I think it would make more sense to use existing platforms from a new owner/investor initially for new Saab models — then work on Phoenix…if it is still viable. There has been so much time pass since Phoenix was “developed” that I would not be surprised if it is still a workable platform at this point.
I think the only way to save Saab is for a major auto manufacturer to buy out the majority shares of NEVS (or buy them out totally, which I personally prefer). This will give the new owner the power to bring manufacturing, marketing and every other process under their control — thus saving Saab. This is no time for half measures. A real auto…[Read more]
Here is an article only a couple of weeks old from the New York Times that’s even more in-dept. Pure battery propulsion is not feasible according to Toyota. EV success is tightly linked to the laws of physics.
Toyota also funded Tesla — and they are now dropping their entire EV “battery” program to devote their resources to hybrids and fuel cell technology. They realized that battery power is a dead end and only good for city commutes. If Toyota realizes this, then it won’t be long before the other large OEM’s will follow suit. And Tesla won’t be far…[Read more]
saabdog commented on the post, First version of the electrical drivetrain ready for the 9-3 sedan 7 months, 1 week ago
Angelo, I love the term Eco-Bullies…I will start using this!
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