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Merry Christmas from SaabsUnited

December 24, 2015 in SaabsUnited Related

As the year comes nearer to its end I have to admit that 2015 has been one of the more difficult ones in terms of finding things to report due to long periods of silence from Trollhättan. With recent news it seems that more life will return to Stallbacka so there should me more things to talk about. Additionally we will take a look over the fence from time to time and look what other brands are doing, still through the eyes of a Saab fan of course. I hope we can find the right mix to entertain you properly.

But for now and on behalf of all crew members of SaabsUnited I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to thank you for your ongoing support. We hope you all can take some time off from the daily routine, recharge your batteries and spend some time among your beloved ones.

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by till72 Project: Hirsch 19″ 3-Spoke Rims Reproduction

December 21, 2015 in News


A while ago we had a set of 19″ 3-spoke Hirsch rims for sale. Not only that this set went quickly, we also realized that a lot of people added themselves to the waitlist. This made us look into the possibilities to make a new batch of those rims while still keeping the price in the region where it always was: Euro 1660 ex VAT (Euro 1975.40 incl 19% VAT).

We are very happy to announce that this project could become reality if we collect enough orders – and given the number that has already joined the waitlist we are rather optimistic.

Here is how it will work:

If you are interested in purchasing a set please add yourself to the waitlist on the product page.

In the week after Christmas you will get an email asking if you are still interested so we can see if the required number of orders is met. If this is the case we will collect a 50% downpayment.

When the rims are ready for delivery we will charge the other remaining 50% plus shipping cost.

To give you an idea of the shipping cost for one set here are some numbers: EU Euro 45, North America Euro 125, Singapore Euro 145

Please keep in mind that we won’t produce too much more than we have orders for so if you want them join in.

CNETonCARS: Volvo XC90 The rebirth of the big Swede

December 21, 2015 in CNET on Cars, Competing Brands Familiarization

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“A Man Called Ove” – The Movie!

December 20, 2015 in News

A while back I wrote a few words about what quickly became one of my favorite books. This week, the movie based on the book premieres in Swedish movie theatres. Judging by the trailer, it is the perfect movie for the holidays.

The story begins with Ove who, quite rationally, decides to off himself. As the story unfolds, the reasons behind his decision becomes clear. Along the way we are also treated to the story of his next–door neighbour, Rune, who drives a Volvo… (why the Volvo–driving character is named “Rune” is a worrisome question, but as this is a work of fiction don’t let that stop you)

Some hastily translated dialogue from one of the trailers:

– Stop! Stop I said! Read the rest of this entry →

CNETonCARS: LA Auto show

December 20, 2015 in CNET on Cars, Competing Brands Familiarization

Car Tech – Tesla Model X: First drive of the all-electric SUV

December 19, 2015 in CNET on Cars, Competing Brands Familiarization

This is the first post on our new CNET on Cars category, we’re gonna be sharing their videos as part of a new series here on SU called “Competing Brands Familiarization” and since CNET is probably one of the best at creating videos from auto shows and the auto industry in total, we figured this is a good source of info on what NEVS and a possible future Saab needs to compete with, its always good to know “the enemy”. Today we’re starting with the Tesla Model X:

Thoughts about the New Panda deal

December 19, 2015 in Editorial

According to Swedish radio (link here) it looks like Jiang Dalong, also known as Kai Johan Jiang is behind the company New Panda Energy (NPE) in China that placed the order for a great number of cars from NEVS a few days ago.

Tim got in touch with Mattias Bergman regarding the deal and for Trollhättan it means producing and painting the body structure of the car and shipping it to China for final assembly on location. This means that NEVS will need to employ a great deal of people for the Trollhättan plant.

I’ve talked to Tim and the others at SU about this and it is a good first step. People might ask themselves who is actually paying for the cars in China, in the end it doesn’t matter as long as the money actually show up. And it really doesn’t matter if it is Kai Johan Jiang who owns New Panda Energy because that company will just be a step on the way for the cars until they reach their final user or owner. If the cars are leased out by New Panda Energy to various other actors this could turn out to be a highly profitable deal for NPE.

Chinas push towards electric mobility is high right now, especially since several Chinese cities have made headlines about poor air quality, Beijing issued its second red warning yesterday and if one pays a bit of attention to the rest of the Chinese cities, you’ll find out that Beijing is far from the worst. So bringing a great deal of electric cars into the Chinese market in times like this could turn out to be a profitable deal since the situation regarding change in mobility in Chinese cities has a higher priority now than 3 years ago.

This type of funding for NEVS operations has a lot in common with the Pang Da deal that VM struck in summer 2011, had the deal worked back then it would have been great for SAAB, if this deal works now it will be great for NEVS which will be able to continue working on its business plan for the future.

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SAAB driving, Volvo Powertrain director comes to NEVS as VP Environment & Quality

December 18, 2015 in News

According to Ttela paper 49 year old Maria Oinas from Västerås owner of a 2003 9-3 Sport sedan and a Suzuki GSX motorcycle has been hired at NEVS. She comes from Volvo GTO Powertrain and will get a managerial position at the NEVS company. Hope NEVS is prepare to celebrate her 50th birthday on the 6th of January just 5 days after starting her new job in Trollhättan, what a start of a new career. Maria will replace Kjell AC Bertram who enter a new life as senior citizen with retirement.

Maria welcome to the SAAB car world and great to see a more gender mixed group of VP´s at NEVS.