July 9, 2015 in News
As the most of you know, we got the sad message on Wednesday 27th of May that Erik Carlsson had driven his last mile. Erik is the true “Mr. Saab”, and in all respect for other that do and have done a great job for Saab, Erik is probably is the greatest. Erik promoted Saab very well in the years he was challenging with a Saab, and maybe even better after he started working with public relations for Saab (at that time I’m not sure “public relations” was a position – but that was what Erik do). I had the honour to meet Erik a few times, and two things impressed me very much. The one thing was how patient he was, everybody that wanted a autograph or a picture together with Erik get it – the other thing was a remarkable memory regarding people he had meet earlier. It was like “where are you from” the first time we met, “you was from Norway, right” the second time, and after that like “how is it going in Norway”….
At the Saab-festival 2015 in Trollhättan last month, there was a ceremony commemorating Erik Carlsson. Instead of a a moment of silence, there was a few two-stoke Saabs that was started up to honour Erik. Later, Peter Bäckström from the Saab Car Museum had Gunnar Palm, one of Eriks co-drivers, at the stage and shared some memories from his time with Erik. I captured this with my pocket camera without a tripod, so I’m sorry for the motions – it was a bit difficult to hold the camera in the exact same position over my head for half an hour or so… 😉 I also have a clip of the two-stokes, that I will share with you later. But here is Gunnar and Peter with some great stories – ENJOY. (English language)
Rest in peace Erik, you will never be forgotten.
edit: I got some reports that there was some problems with the sound on the YouTube-clip, that is now fixed.
Like the news from last Wednesday said, Nevs celebrated the ground breaking yesterday in Tianjin, China, There will they build facilitates for production and R&D, with a capacity for 200 000 units/year.
Chairman Kai Johan Jiang was on site together with president Mattias Bergman, and they even had more news to come with; a new partner. This new partner is Teamsun, a it-company based in Beijing. Together with State Research Information Technology (SRIT), Teamsun and Nevs has registered two new joint ventures, one for production and one for R&D. The investments in the joint venture will be initially 1 billion RMB/CNY (~161 million USD) respectively 200 millions RMB/CNY (~32.2 million USD). At the same time, Nevs announces a agreement with Bank of China that grants Nevs a credit of 10 billion RMB/CNY (~1.61 billion USD) to support Nevs business in China.
So what now? Nevs is as we see on their way back in business, but this is only a small step. There will be many more small (and of course some big) steps before we all can breathe out, and the Stallbacka factory again produce cars again. We can only cross our fingers, if the good news continues as it has done so far this spring I hope it not will be the last positive news we hear from the guys at Nevs this summer!
Read the full press release under the picture!
The construction of Nevs’ Chinese factory in Tianjin starts June 28
To mark start of construction of Nevs’ New energy vehicle factory in China, and the establishment of a R&D-center, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Tianjin June 28.
The Tianjin manufacturing plant will be Nevs’ second global production base focused on EVs, initially for the Chinese market. Nevs’ research, development and production will be managed from its headquarters in Trollhättan.
(From our friend Talija, translated by my wife, comes a report from a recent club meeting)
Last Sunday in Italy (Friuli district) an annual gathering of 900 OG convertibles took place.
This year only six beauties turned up. At last year’s meeting more than 20 retro convertibles attended. All belong to longtime owners who know each other.
Organizers of the meeting of the club were SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO.
We discussed food (an important topic for a conversation in Italy), the destiny of Saab and how sad that the glory days of the great brand rests in the past. And how great, that these Swedish convertibles were made in Uusikaupunki, Finland.
Passing cars saluted us with a solid blast of their horn – their passengers all waves and smiles.
Next meeting of the SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO (Italy) club is scheduled for September. Region Veneto. (Venice)
June 23, 2015 in News
Our colleague Tim on saabsunited had an interesting conversation today with Mattias Bergman, ceo of NEVS in Trollhättan. Mattias Bergman and NEVS will annonce tomorrow that they want employ 40 new engineers to the factory, they also want to employ a number of buyers and other key personnel of the company.
So even though we got a false alarm about a “New secret SAAB prototype” (which was most likely a Geely GC9) at the factory in Trollhättan, Nevs seems to have plans for further work within the walls of the plant in Trollhättan.
June 23, 2015 in News
Autoweek.nl posted an article based on a picture taken of one of their readers outside the factory in Trollhattanon June 22nd. And today the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet wrote an article about the same picture coming from the same source, with the headline “Saabs new sectret prototype”. The article has created great discussions in the Saab world, but what we see in the picture is not a Saab, but more likely a Geely GC9.
We must not forget that NEVS currently rents out parts of the factory to other vehicle manufacturers in order to get an extra income until their own production has started.
June 22, 2015 in Classics
I had an interesting conversation with a fellow Saab enthusiast earlier today. And we discussed Saab 9000 and how this vehicle is now a nearly extinct unicorn these days. In addition, we both quickly agreed that Saab 9000 is one of Saab’s models that have been brought behind the spotlight and is somewhat a bit of a forgotten classic icon. My friend possesses not only a whole lot of knowledge about Saab, but he is also one of the few people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what. He is also an extremely passionate 9000 owner, and one of the cars he owns is truly interesting on many levels. So let me introduce you to Johan Lööf’s MCY Saab 9000 Aero ‘ 94 and his story of how he found his dream car.
Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE. Most people who sees Benny‘s yellow Saab 9000 Aero will react. “What the heck, a yellow Aero. It must’ve been repainted!? “ And sure enough, in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow 9000 Aero’s – besides this one! Benny‘s copy is the only one in the whole world who was originally painted in the Monte carlo yellow color”
“Yes, I’m the owner of a Saab 9000 Aero – and it’s Monte Carlo Yellow! – Johan Lööf”
Model year: 1994
- Sweden/SE specified car (that is, not a Europe/EU specified car).
- Saab 9000 Aero
- CS 5 door body, no sunroof
- Left Hand Drive (LHD)
- Engine: 2.3 Turbo (200 hp/294 Nm) with engine number B234L6A00R127081
- Automatic transmission with transmission code FA43201198136
- Exterior color: Cirrus White (color code 153)
- Interior: Rocky Black Sports Interior
- 16 “Super Aero rim (3–spoke) with 205/55 Z–16“ tires (probably Michelin MXM)
- Double electric front seats with memory on the driver’s side
- Double Airbags