I’ll tell you a story I heard from a supplier. When the managers of NEVS visited him he told them that they could sit in specific chairs in the conference room. Before they started talking he told them that 15 years ago, purchasing people from GM sat there, they promised huge volumes with the new 9-3SS, it didn’t happen, 7 years ago Jan Åke…[Read more]
As a supplier one has the choice to dictate the payment period of the contract. If I were I supplier and I feel that I might not trust the buyers payment potential over a longer term its well within my rights to dictate payment upon deliver or even payment upon order, that way the risk is pushed from the supplier to the buyer. Many suppliers did…[Read more]
I’m sure you’re not…
By that reasoning NEVS should have been gone a long time ago and with that any hope of there ever being more Saab cars built ever again. NEVS has a large debt to exactly the kind of small companies you describe…
I for one dont drive a Saab anymore but that doesn’t change the way I feel about the company.
Well, as long as its not your money, its not your problem! =)
If there is one thing I’ve learned there are tons of people who are willing to bet money on the most wild ideas, building a sports-car that doesn’t look like anything else is pretty high up on many rich mens list of cool things to do. And if they want to do it then fine and Spyker is a…[Read more]
Tim commented on the post, There is only ONE possible future owner of SAAB Cars and that is SAAB AB 1 week, 3 days ago
Very good points!
We just bought two new BMW’s based more or less on the safety tech and the comfort of the cars. Both cars are fully loaded with all forms of nav, lights and safety tech BMW has to offer.
The main reason I fell for BMW was the safety that the new LED headlights offer, that I can drive with high-beam on regardless of on-comming traffic or not. The…[Read more]
Well Steve, Saab did exactly the same thing. The manual seats in the 9-3 and 9-5 was a joke as well and to be honest I dont think I’ve seen a Saab with manual seats for almost a decade. Extremely few BMWs are sold as the basic set up and nor were Saabs…
Thats a good question and I’d say no way as an answer to that. Whomever takes over the Saab brand needs to get things right from the start, not just whip together something thats good enough, it has to really blow people away. Otherwise it’ll just be another short chapter in the history of Saab…
Those 4 last words are especially important! =P
But I can agree with you to a level, it all depends on what the customer expects of the product and what you intend to charge for it. If you dont have all the gizmos then you cant have all the bucks either. If a brand is to go truly premium it has to do so from the start, it cant start half-way and…[Read more]
That I can agree with, things used to last longer in older products. New car life-span is estimated to 120’000 km and 4 years until things are supposed to start breaking down. The 9-3 was designed to this specification as well. Manufacturers care about one thing, new car sales, so why spend money on things that will benefit customer no 3-4… its…[Read more]
The latest Jags that I’ve driven have been at basically the same level as Lexus, great machines but in the end low-tech compared to the germans and especially bmw… When you really dig into the inovation of the spec sheet things get pretty clear quickly…
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