Saab enthusiast meeting at NEVS (with Q&A)

A couple of days after the news that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab, a number of Saab car enthusiasts were invited to a meeting with NEVS at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Among others, the chairmen of Svenska Saabklubben and Saab Turbo Club of Sweden were there, with the Saab Car Museum curator. NEVS held a presentation and showed the group around the plant.

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Saabklubben chairman Karl Ask with Jonas Hernqvist, Sales & Marketing at NEVS.

A more throughly analysis/editorial from the chairman of Saabklubben will follow here at SaabsUnited soon, but for now we have a Q&A (questions & answers) with NEVS along with a large number of pictures from the meeting. These are questions from us and from the readers of SaabsUnited.

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Restoration of 1987 900T16 Cab

DSC_0160Here are two of my SAAB’s in sunny weather at my summer house.

I bought the Cab last autumn in Malmo and drove it to my summer-house in south-west of Sweden, in the belief that I had a car for the summer season 2016. It was not passing the MOT this spring – because of rusty floors. When uncovering the metal from the inside, I realized that I had a big job waiting in replacing the rusty floor panes. I have bought another (cheap) 900 with fine floors which I will “move” to the cab. Another project was to get all the vacuum controlled devices work. After replacing about 6m of vacuum rubber tubes, things started to work again – even the cruise control! The soft top and the rear window has to be replaced – it has probably been replaced some years ago by a non-professionel person, bad workmanship. The rear window lifts are not working – no 12V supply to the switches, even though the front lifts work (same fuse).

These cabs (900OG) seems to increase in value these days since they are approaching the magic age of 30 years. SAAB enthusiasts do everything to keep SAAB’s running! That’s the good reason why I want to save this Cab.

So far my SAAB’s are: 1987 900T16Cab, 1972 96 (newly restored by me), 1997 9000CSE and my daily car 2011 9-5 NG. I will keep you posted as the Cab restoration proceeds.

Fly a Saab in Gripen Fighter Challenge

As you all know, new Saabs are still being built. Though these Saabs tend to stay out of reach for the ordinary Saab enthusiast, in terms of cost and driving skills. I’m of course talking about the Saab aircrafts and in particular the recently updated Gripen.

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Saab Gripen. Picture from https://flic.kr/p/q1Ramj

On May the 18th, Saab revealed the new JAS 39 Gripen E fighter jet. JAS stands for Jakt (hunt), Attack and Spaning (reconnaissance), while Gripen is Swedish for Griffin. Gripen replaced Viggen and was originally launched back in 1987 (marking the 50th anniversary of Saab).

The E model of Gripen is the latest and greatest fighter jet from Saab. Gripen is currently in use in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. I’m no expert on these planes, so check out the Gripen website for more information.

The promotional video for Gripen is rather impressive:

If you have ever wanted to fly a Saab, then now’s your chance.

To promote the Gripen E, Saab has just released the game Gripen Fighter Challenge. The game can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It’s rated from 3 years and above, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being violent or gory.

Here’s an official trailer for Gripen Fighter Challenge:

I’m personally not much for mobile gaming, but I did try it out. The controls are easy, with the plane moving as you move the phone. There’s a number of challenges, with an excellent tutorial, so the game should last a few hours. The graphics are nice (depending on your iOS/Android unit) and the sound is great.

What do you guys (and girls) think about Gripen Fighter Challenge?

Tidbits on NEVS from TTELA

TTELA recently posted an interesting article that sheds some light on the development work and progress of NEVS and their new electric cars. In “Här skapas Nevs nya bilmodeller” (Here the new car models of Nevs are created), TTELA got access to three out of four development rooms at the Stallbacka plant.

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NEVS main entrance at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Picture: Michèl Annink

According to Frank Smit, project manager at NEVS, the whole company is involved in their projects, with 8 people being responsible for different main areas. They work with a large number of engineers in Trollhättan, while close to 80 people are working simultaneously in China (among other things with the new plant there).

As mentioned, they didn’t get access to one particular development room. That room might contain a new Phoenix based electric car.

One of the current projects at NEVS is the development of the third generation NEVS 9-3. “We are working on a new battery and a new electric engine”, Frank Smit says. Even though these cars are based on the Saab 9-3 from 2002, they have basically been built from scratch. There are about 30 NEVS 9-3 in existance in Trollhättan right now and approx. 10 NEVS 9-3 in China.

They also discuss transportation of the cars from Trollhättan to China, where NEVS claim that the Trans-Siberian railway is faster than transport by boat. Tests of the train rails in the Stallbacka plant has therefore recently been made.

Finally, there’s a clock counting down above one of the doors to the development rooms. It’s marked “Time Remaining” and at the time of TTELA’s visit (last Saturday), it was at 334 days. This is most likely a count down for the first car in China. According to Frank Smit this will happen in the second half of 2017.

Be sure to check out the article at TTELA for more pictures from their visit!

Good News Keeping the 900 Classic Running

My Classic 900 has suffered two age related problems in the last while. The first was the Air Conditioner compressor leaking, and the second was clutch cylinder failure.

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I live north of Brisbane Australia, and was concerned I would never find service or parts as required. The Saab dealer I had bought my 900 from was not interested in fixing the clutch, claiming they didn’t have the right tools anymore.

Well, I was lucky that a local A/C service (Nambour A/C on Price street) went out of his way to find a new off the rack A/C unit that could be modified to fit, so now I have a brand new A/C that anyone can service. He also machined a brass fitting to replace the plastic junction that linked the heater to the radiator, because it shattered when moved. Good work.

I also found a local European mechanic (Sunshine Coast Roadworthy Inspection Centre at Kunda Park) who took on the clutch repair with no difficulty. He had to parts come from Victoria overnight, and replaced the master, slave and throw-out bearing. Wonderful to have the clutch right up again.

This has been a relief to me as I was beginning to wonder what would happen to my 900 if I couldn’t get it serviced. Looks like it will be around a few more years now. So, don’t be too quick to dispose of your Saab until you look for a solution that may be closer than you think.

Arnold

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SAABSTANCE Singapore

Hello and greetings from Singapore!

Firstly, will like to congratulate the new refreshed SAABSUNITED page as well as the new Svenska Saabklubben Team for taking over this fabulous site that all SAAB Fanatics globally have grown to love and to appreciate over the years.

Personally used to have had the pleasure of 5 SAABs and it has been nothing short of an exciting journey and relatively fuss free.

MY 01 SAAB 9-5 2.0t

MY 06 SAAB 9-5 SC 2.0t

MY 00 SAAB 9-5 2.3T HOT AERO

MY 06 SAAB 9-3 SC 2.0T VECTOR

MY 08 SAAB 9-3 SS 2.0T AERO – VRN “360” as you may have seen in some photos

Will be showcasing to you some images taken by yours truly as well as a short write up of Singapore. Scroll on!

 

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SaabsUnited, a slight facelift

As you probably can tell by now, we’ve changed the theme of SaabsUnited. The old theme had been abandoned (by its developer) since more than two years back. This caused the old theme to lack certain functions and potentially contain security holes.

We’ve carefully selected a new theme that is similar to the old one. The new theme is actively updated and works well with all screen sizes (from smart phones to computers and even 4K resolution screens). We’ve also tried to keep all things “as they were” in regards to menus, login form, ads etc.

Again, SaabsUnited will still be SaabsUnited.

We’re not done with the new theme. Among other things we’re gonna add the right logotype (an original of it doesn’t exist, to my knowledge, so it has to be recreated). We also want to make it easier to browse the archive and find (older) interesting posts.

As always, feel free to let us know if there’s something you like/dislike in the comments.