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Free Winter Battery Check (UK)

October 12, 2014 in News

Here is an offer from The Saab Service Club in the UK
Free Winter Battery Check
Winter’s a tough time for any vehicle, even one designed to survive harsher seasonal conditions than ours. And a flat battery is the last thing you want to catch you out on a freezing cold morning. Yet it’s the most common cause of breakdown calls throughout winter. So now’s the right time to get a free battery check at your nearest Saab Authorised Service Centre. There’s no need to book and it only takes minutes to diagnose whether your battery and charging system are ready for winter’s worst.

£99 Fixed Price Battery Offer including fitting
Remember your car’s battery is the only power source you have to get everything up and running. So if our check proves it’s raring to go, you can drive off without worrying. But if it confirms your battery is under the weather, we can install a brand-new one as specified for your Saab and fitted by trained Saab technicians for only £99.00 which includes a 3 year warranty.

Get off to a good start this winter
To claim your free winter battery check, simply register with Saab Service Club and download your voucher. Existing Saab Service Club members can download a voucher directly by entering your membership number where requested. Simply take the voucher to your nearest Saab Authorised Service Centre and hand it over at reception. Click here to find yours now.

Claim your voucher now!
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by Red J

Not SAAB related

October 11, 2014 in Technical

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 it I will try to deliver a “Not SAAB related” post each week.

My first post is about a,quite funny in my opinion, article about the BMW i3 in the USA. The original article is from consumer report although I’ve found it somewhere else.

bmw i3 rear engine bay

BMW i3 rear engine bay

The guys at consumer report summarise the problem with this sentence

Relying on that gas engine when the main battery is depleted works well in most cases, including high-speed steady cruising, but not, we’ve discovered, if you demand more of it.

They’ve discovered? C’mon even some BMW manager talked about the drawbacks of such a range extender configuration at its presentation in Munich.

So let us talk about range extender and its problems.
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SOTW, JJ 1 & 2

October 11, 2014 in Sotw

Hello

In April this year, a number of car dealers in Sweden got the first new Saab cars for their showrooms and for test driving. But the situation changed at Nevs, and I think some dealers are tired of waiting for Nevs to start production again, so they are now selling these cars at a discount. I decided to replace my 2011 9-3 SS Vector, and a couple of weeks ago, I found one of these cars, driven 1000 kilometers, and I bought it at a good discount.
I send you some pictures, where you can also see the Sotw from April 19, 2013, my 2012 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition.

Now I am just waiting for a miracle to happen, so I can continue working. I started working for Nevs in January this year, but had to leave in June, when all consultants were dismissed. I am 65 now, so if no more job at Nevs, I will retire.

Best regards,
Johnny Johansson

Thank you very much JJ, as always there are a few extra pictures here.

 

A special thanks to the Swedish police – Axel the stolen and found Saab 90

October 9, 2014 in Classics

Axel Saab 90 '85

A picture of the police officers with Axel the Saab 90 ’85

 

My sister’s (though it’s registered on my mother) Saab 90 was stolen during the night to today in Skara, Västra Götaland Sweden (9th of October). We found out about it this morning at 06:00 when my sister called my mother. And of course we reported the car as stolen shortly after we received this call. My sister was devastated and heartbroken, and it didn’t take long before we arrived in Skara to start the search after the car. Unfortunately we couldn’t find him anywhere and started the trip back home again. On the road halfway between Skara and our home we glanced a cirrus white Saab, stranded right next to a river far out on a crops field. We pulled over and I ran towards the car, belive me, I ran like I’ve never done before. And there he was, – stranded on smaller hill of grass and rosehip bushes, beaten down, dirty and a very sad looking Axel.

The police shortly arrived and started examine the car. They were extremely nice and understanding, handling their job perfectly fine. They also had a great sense of humor which made the whole situation less depressive. After the examination they asked us how we were going to get the car out of there, and since we had no idea if a tow truck would be able to drive in the soaking wet soil, we couldn’t really answer their question. But these two lovely police officers actually offered to drive it home to us if we could get the car to start.
My mother turned the chewed up ignition on, and like a true champion he started right up – wounded but never defeated.

During these few hours we’ve been to a certified Saab dealer who did a full inspection and examination of the car.
It breaks my heart to say this, but the future for our beloved Saab 90 doesn’t look too bright right now.
We’ll have to wait for the insurance company’s verdict and just go from there.
But we will do everything in our power to save this rare and beautiful car, and we will never stop fighting for one of our Saab family member.

I want to thank the police officers who helped us through this heartbreaking journey. For doing a great job and for also helping us to drive Axel home to our house, with a police escort for maximum safety.

I also want to thank each one of my friends who helped me share the stolen report post on Facebook early this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My take on NEVS plans to bring back SAAB

October 9, 2014 in Editorial

I’ve given the NEVS plans a lot of though as to bringing back a number of new models into the SAAB line-up. Of course if NEVS were to succeed this would be every Saab drivers dream come true and even though I’ve already placed an order for a brand new car from another brand I’d still be very interested in getting a new car from SAAB. This is the extreme Saab enthusiast talking, but what about the rest of the people out there?

To be able to succeed in bringing SAAB back to the market NEVS will have to do a number of things in order for people to actually gain interest, this is my take on whats needed!

  1. A Chief Designer. In order to bring back Saab to the market NEVS can’t just build upon old stuff, which to this date is simply way too old in terms of design elements and materials used. NEVS needs to get hold of a new Chief Designer, preferably one who knows the brand already and can create a brand new line-up of cars with a common design language and who can work with engineers to bring out the technical features expected of a high-end luxury brand which Saab needs to be come in order to be profitable. I’m not gonna make a secret that I think NEVS should have hired my good friend Jason Castriota a long time ago. If NEVS does not do this but relies upon external design firms they’ll lose the soul of the brand, building a brand and getting people to feel connected takes time and people have to get used to the design. Who hasn’t felt that a new car looks like crap compared to the old, but after a while become insanely in love with the new design? Design is controversial and needs time to grow on people.
  2. Build brand new cars. If NEVS decides to just continue the development of the 9-3 and launch a facelift it’ll be a dead end from the start. The company needs brand new models in order to succeed, this costs a shit load of money (~€500M / model) but there can’t be any compromises done on this point. To build cars from generic products with seats purchased from a Volvo supplier won’t work. Everything about these new cars need to be exciting and new in order to attract new customers because in reality there are very few “old” customers left. If I’m to buy a brand new 9-5 in lets say 6 years, it needs to be inspiring and new but without a doubt it also needs to be recognizable as a Saab in terms of design. But the rest needs to be brand new and not something bought from the shelf of a generic supplier. People pay to get exclusive stuff, there is no doubt about that but they don’t want a product that has a radio that could have been bought at any electronics store. Sure component sharing between the models can be used. Both Mercedes and BMW use essentially the same interior parts for all their cars, steering wheel, radio, acc, shift-lever etc are all the same in every model and they’ve proven that this type of component sharing works. What doesn’t work is me spending €50k on a brand new Saab only to find that the seats came from an old Volvo and the shift lever comes from a Mahindra car, that would de-value the product too much and this very fact was the thing that de-valued Saabs for so long since you could find most of Saabs components in almost every other GM product as well. This is the main reason why the 9-5 was regarded by a lot of people as an over-priced Opel Insignia.
  3. Distribution Network. There are people who are great at selling cars out there, who can look customers into the eye and tell what kind of car a person might want to have and what a person might be looking for. These are people who are knowledgeable about the brand and the products and they can answer any type of questions or at least help a person to find it. I’d like to say that the sales guys at ANA in Trollhättan are exactly these kind of people. Read the rest of this entry →
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NEVS NEWS: Reconstruction continues! =)

October 8, 2014 in News

The decision was taken today that the reconstruction of NEVS is to be continued until November 29th. None of the creditors called for a bankruptcy of NEVS which is indeed very good news. A committee consisting of representatives from the creditors will be formed and will have insight into the progress of the reconstruction.

Mattias Bergman told P4 West that the goal is to have the deal completed with the two partner companies before the 29th of November.

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NEVS: Judgement day for the reconstruction

October 8, 2014 in News

Today is the day that will determine if NEVS has a future in the auto industry or not. Its judgement day for the reconstruction and NEVS has to disclose how it intends to remake its business in order to pay its creditors.

In Trollhättans neighbor city Vänersborg lies the district court and town hall and thats where the event will take place, in the same facilities where Victor Muller had to explain to his creditors how he was supposed to save Saab with the help of Youngman and Pang Da. This time there are also two companies who wants to save Saab but as you all know one of them is Indian and one Chinese.

Today NEVS will tell the court and their kreditors about the reconstruction plan, if the creditors continue to believe in the fact that NEVS has a future they will vote for the continued reconstruction of the company if they vote to discontinue the reconstruction the judge of the Vänersborg district court will take over the process and make a decision with the vote as a guideline only.

In normal cases the reconstruction almost always continues since if a bankruptcy would be forced then the creditors would most likely not receive any payments for their outstanding debt at all, all of it would be lost. This has proven to be the case with the still ongoing bankruptcy process of SAAB Automobile AB.

Several experts have given the NEVS plan thumbs down, as Fredrik Sidahl explains to P4 West, it lacks a concrete time-line. It doesn’t give the creditors anything to relate to as to when they might receive payment. Also to consider is that there is no real information in the plan as to how NEVS intends to keep the company running since it does not have any more funds available nor is able to borrow any money. Fredrik Sidahl also explained that the best option for the creditors is of course if the reconstruction continues and becomes a successful one.

So does NEVS have a future or not, according to sources I’ve talked to a new owner would not really matter in the end unless NEVS can start to actually produce something that can create an income to run the company. NEVS needs to get both its deals in place for their plan to work and they’ve been talking with the two partners for almost a year now without reaching a conclusion. They’ve spent more time on this than they did with the official purchase of Saab Automobile ABs bankruptcy estate.

There is no question in my mind that time is running out fast and NEVS needs to find some way to bring money into the company and according to the reconstruction plan NEVS is supposed to build other brands in their facilities but as most people know, there really isn’t a shortage of production capacity in Europe, more like the other way around. However there are a number of brands who would like to build their cars in Europe in order to gain market credibility and a foothold in the region, perhaps Qoros or Dong Feng? Dong Feng is already a major sponsor of events in Europe including sail racing boats and other high-class events.

I still keep all my fingers x’ed for a bright future for Saab and that I one day can buy a new 9-5 with the SAAB badge on it, but I also have no illusions that a bankruptcy can create something new out of this, if it ends now, it ends for good!, there is no coming back! Anyone believing that Mahindra is stalling in order to force a bankruptcy and thus buy the place cheaply is misinformed. That is never going to happen!

The bankruptcy estate would have very little money to operate with so an immediate liquidation of assets would take place and that means the end of it all. I’ve herd through other sources that there are already plans in place to buy the factory and to convert it into a warehouse which will support the Gothenburg & Uddevalla harbors which is in desperate need of space, Trollhättans proximity to the two harbors make it an excellent location.

You could say that NEVS is the last hope of us ever seeing a new car with a Saab badge on it again.

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by RobinM

SOTW on holiday in Spain

October 5, 2014 in Sotw


Hi Robin,

I often visit the SAABSUNITED web site and thought I would send you the attached photo of our SAAB taken during a recent driving holiday to Southern Spain. This SAAB has served us well over the years touring through Europe. As well as the Hirsch 19ins wheels seen in the photo, the car has also a Hirsch 252bhp power upgrade and Hirsch springs. This makes an ideal combination for touring on the continent and in particular through the Alps and Pyrenees.

Best Regards,

Mel Baynham

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NEVS Reconstruction plan in English

October 3, 2014 in News

The full version of the reconstruction plan from Lars Eric Gustafsson at Hamilton Law firm responsible for the reconstruction of NEVS can now be found in English here: http://hamilton.sidvisning.se/reorganisationplan/

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NEVS Plan A and Plan B

October 3, 2014 in News

The news Yesterday of NEVS approaching third parties although they are still in Talks with the two Assian car manufacturers.

The OEM track

The OEM track

Well later yesterday they sent a preliminary reorganisation plan to their creditors, and helped us understand what this Plan B means.

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P4 West: Talks with other parties as well

October 2, 2014 in News

According to P4 West, NEVS is also talking to other interested parties on top of the two main figures Mahindra and Dong Feng. Mikael Östlund confirmed to Victor Jenssen at P4 West that the talks with other parties were in progress but that the main track still remained the two auto manufacturers from Asia. Mikael Östlund also states that it would be strange not to look at other solutions as well on top of the two main companies that NEVS has been dealing with for the past 8 months. Main article in Swedish here: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=125&artikel=5980169