Thoughts On Rumors And Reality

A lot has been said recently about production restart and some rumors have been floating around about future production but as always, NEVS has remained quiet to some extent. NEVS has always maintained that they will speak when there is something definite to talk about and they will not talk about rumors but real news. NEVS are not the only company out there like this, if we look back to trying to get any info from Mahindra when they were looking into Saab, they would say nothing. Even in Canada, we have Magna who have looked at buying car companies in the past and talk to no one about any plans except to say that they will not talk about rumors. My point being that this is not unusual in any way for a company to behave and especially not in the automotive world where you have seen former employees at North American manufacturers selling top secret information to other manufacturers.

What we do know is that there have been conversations with previous suppliers and that most of those discussions have been positive and it looks like a sooner then expected restart can possibly start in the summer. Is this aggressive to think this can happen that quickly? Personally I would think yes, but then what do we know about what is happening behind the scenes? We only know what we can confirm through press releases or discussions with NEVS themselves. For obvious reasons NEVS will not release future product development information until they have something to show us. Is it important to be secretive like this? Some would think no but you don’t have to look too far for a reason why it is important. Jason Castriota has a Phoenix based 9-3 that has never had photos released to the press yet there have been photos so close to the real thing released that some of his work is available to all for nothing and remember he hasn’t been paid in full for this design as it never made it to production. A designer is like an artist and their work is theirs and they are protective about such things being released or stolen but the manufacturer is even more protective when it comes to technologies and design.

What all of us can look to when trying to paddle through the sea of rumors and opinions of others is we can look to what they are doing and it doesn’t take much to see they are moving forward. There has been a constant stream of job positions coming up and positions being filled. In the last few days, I have seen three job postings come up and the one that has peaked my interest the most has been one of the positions posted today for two positions. These positions are for two full time staff in climate wind tunnel techniques, a brief description of this posting is as follows:

Description
We are looking for people who want to work as a technician in our climate wind tunnel. Responsibilities include, among other things
– responsible for deploying different climatic conditions during testing
in climatic wind tunnel
– detailed plan testing
– calibrate
– responsible for preventive maintenance and technical expertise
on climate wind tunnel systems
– contact with both internal clients and external could 

Qualifications We are looking for people who have – knowledge of the control system – experience in preparing specimens for the climate test – calibration of knowledge – used to working with a lot of customer contact – 3-year upper secondary school with electricity / technical school or equivalent   experience – Driving license B

From the description of the job, it would seem this is a job for testing products and yes it will take time to get the testing techniques in order but in any case, this is very promising as it would seem they have a need to start testing soon as this is an “as soon as possible” starting dates for the selected employees.

image001Where does that leave us? Well we have a new Saab logo to the left that was recently released to give brand identity and is thankfully very close to what we had in the past, we also have a team that is being put together piece by piece, we have an agreement for a production facility to be built in China for the Chinese market (this will take time to build and get operational) and with the job postings today, I would have to think that we have a redesigned 9-3  in the process of being designed and I for one can’t wait to see what NEVS/SAAB have in store for us.

There are still questions to be answered about dealer networks and when we can expect to see traditional markets being restocked with Saab product and those answers will come. Before markets are added or replenished, they need a product to offer and they are working tirelessly to get this completed as it is not as easy as to just flip the switch and turn the production line on again.

Recently while speaking with Mikael from NEVS, Till asked the question about the possibility of using the SAAB Parts AB network to re-establish a dealer network for Saab Cars and the reply was that it can be an option, “because there is a big synergy between service and distribution.” So for those that say the dealer network is destroyed, they seem to have a possible solution for that as well. Also when asked if work had been completed on the redesign on the 9-3 Mikael answered “It will not be a complete redesign, but yes, there has been work done for the look of the car.” During their conversation, Mikael stressed that their market would be global and not limited at all to China.

50 thoughts on “Thoughts On Rumors And Reality”

    • Any kind of optimism is good to me, it’s too easy to just see it one way or the other. This is why as frustrating as it may be to not have some info on what they may or may not be bringing forward, I like this better then the alternative of getting really excited about something that never happens like the 9-5 Combi that didn’t make it.

  1. Very well written, Jason! I completely agree. 🙂

    The job posting that caught my onterest the most was the one named “Cellingenjör”. I think you can translate it to “Cell engineer” and the posting specifically states that they are searching for an engineer with experience in “transmission technology, HYBRID technology and electric propulsion”. Maybe they are looking into hybrid systems after all! An E85/electricity Saab BioHybrid would be a dream come true! I also like the title of the contact person for that posting: “Manager Development Laboratories”. It gives me the feeling that there are some pretty advanced stuff going on there. 🙂

    • well to be honest, they all catch my attention but for me the wind tunnel stands out because you are usually pretty far into something when you start those tests.

      • Jason,
        they are not talking about a wind tunnel but a climate wind tunnel, which is slightly different.

        With the first you check the aerodynamic capabilities of the car, with the second one you can check the cooling performance of the cooling package that is normally specific for an engine.

        So, if you need some technicians to run climate tests, you must have to test some kind of cooling system, and I can’t believe that a facelift would justify those tests if you use the same cooling package/engine. 😎

    • Till had asked about auto shows this year as well and was met with this response: “All our market plans are not yet completed, but as for now we will not attend any motor shows this year.” They are careful with their wording though and have said clearly, as for now…..

  2. Hopefully I am not a Saab dealer. They just had not a single news from NEVS. At least it means that NEVS still does not know if they will work with the old global Saab customers base. The less we can say is that a dealer should forget it for a couple of years.

    For Quingdao future plants, it is still a MOU and not a legal agreement as they will need – as far as I read correctly chinese blogs – the NDRC approval for building a new car plant. She-bao (“Saab” BAIC) could make some trouble as well…

    At least it looks like National Modern Energy made a great deal with buying Saab assets for a possible price around 450K€ as Quingdao would take 22% shares in NEVS for 240K€ (new cash).

    My point is to be about to ask myself if the plants in Trollhattan is in fact the very difference between Saab and Rover case, and if that difference will at the end lead Saab brand to another destiny than Roewe…

    I hope I am awfully wrong of course.

  3. Jason: I think you need to enter politics. Wow—-to compare Mahindra not rerifying bidding on a bankrupt company to NEVS now owning the company—-but not reaching out to potential customers and Saab enthusiasts—–well, there really is no comparison. I can’t think of any car manufacturer who has been less forthcoming/more secretive about their intentions for new models, expanding markets, etc. No one is asking for the minutes of their corporate meetings. Very simple, rudimentary comments about what might POSSIBLY be on the horizon and when—-I really don’t think that’s too much to ask and I really don’t think sharing aspirations would hurt them at all. Could only help and couldn’t possibly hurt. We’re not looking for a commitment—-just a vision. In fact, many car companies actually feed the rummr mills by deliberately leaking “spy photos” or drawings of cars that might be three years away. That’s been done for decades. What choice do I/we have but to go along with this peculiar managing of Saab that NEVS is partaking in? Very curious to see how it all works out for them and for us. Very curious to see if stiffing potential buyers and then trying to play catch up after they’re onto other car lines will work. We’ll see.

    • Don’t worry Angelo, I’m sure they’ll realize at some point that burning bridges and having little understandings of the concept of “public relations” will not work for them in the long run and that they’ll potentially have to seek out customers, rather than assuming that the Chinese are going to go crazy for their products.

      But I could be wrong, this is an odd case of a former automobile manufacturer that had a functioning public relations department go bankrupt, then purchased by an investment group that simply doesn’t it.

      I think that they’re expecting China to be their saving grace and that they’ll ultimately not need the Western markets at all. Hence why they have only commented about China and said little to nothing about Europe or the United States.

      I realistically doubt that we’ll ever be seeing that many new Saabs in the West ever again. We might see a few, but not for a reasonable price or in a traditional form. Speaking only about China and giving the West the cold shoulder speaks much louder about their intentions than any press release would.

      But who knows, I could be dead wrong…

    • Angelo, you have to at the very least admit that there is nothing you can really compare this to. I don’t know of any other purchase that happened like this or a company having to in a lot of ways start over with suppliers and such. Companies will ad to rumors with leaked spy shots and stuff when they have already tested the vehicle. We have nothing that I can think of to compare this to. What do NEVS own? They own the Phoenix platform and have stated they will build vehicles off of that platform in the future, they own the 9-3 platform too and have said they are trying to re-start production and build petrol vehicles too. What more should they tell? Where they plan to market them? Well as stated here, they still say that they will be a global brand. Timing is all dependent on suppliers and being able to have what is required to put the car together. There really isn’t much more to tell right now, Mikael had stated that some work has been done to the refresh on the current 9-3 and I don’t think you’ll see that for some time yet. It would seem that we talk more about what is not said and focus so much on that, that we don’t look at what has been said. I know you like some of what you’ve read lately and you even seem optimistic, I don’t think I’m sounding like a politician, I think I’m just pointing out that lots of companies act in the same manner and no car company that I know of has had to reverse engineer stuff the way NEVS have and if they give too much info out without have signed agreements with suppliers, it could put them in a bad spot for negotiations especially given the short timeframe of trying to restart. Is this good or bad, I guess time will tell. BTW, I hate not knowing everything, so this isn’t exactly the way I like it either but it’s not in my control.

      • Forget the bankruptcy. That is over. Compare them to any other company who has started from scratch with a new brand. There have been tons of those in the last generation or so—-Infiniti, Acura, Lexus, Saturn, Fiskar, Tesla, etc. I actually don’t care at all about their negotiations with suppliers. THAT, they can keep secret. But honestly Jason, look at their website. Just look at it. We’re in 2013 now. They need to be doing something better with their public interaction. Do they not have the rights to a library of old Saab photos? Are they allowed to show a history of Saab and a vision of Saab’s future? Are they not inclined to say “We’ll Be Back.” and not even be committal of when—-but assure Saab drivers in North America that the brand is alive and well—-and slated for a return in due time? They seem to count on people like you and Tim to guess about things and report news instead of them taking the lead. Frustrating doesn’t begin to describe it.

        • Angelo, you mention brands like Infinity, Acura, Lexus, Saturn… All of which had a parent company did they could spring off from.

          Lets give NEVS some breathing room… at least they are going it a go.

          • I also mentioned Fiskar and Tesla, who have done a remarkable job of publicizing overpriced cars with technology most of us can’t use right now—–and they were doing it long before production and sales began.

            • Angelo, Fisker and Tesla have maybe done a good job of publicizing but at what costs? I don’t want to see that kind of publicity, they are exactly what I talk about when I say I don’t want NEVS to tell us about stuff that in the end never happens. Fisker and Tesla have been great at showing us concepts of what might be and then under deliver time and time again. Fisker for one has had nightmare after nightmare and as of right now, are they not still idle in the factory? As far as Tesla goes, I don’t even know how many are on the road now but Tesla is the one who has strategic partnerships with the likes of Toyota and others which bodes well for survival. These two companies to date though have over promised and under delivered which is not something I like to see ever.

              • Jason: You make valid points RE Fisker and Tesla. I’m amazed at the Kool-Aid drinkers who are salivating over the “great things to come” from Tesla—–things most of these people won’t ever be able to afford. But I still think there’s a middle ground. I’m not asking NEVS to overpromise on anything. Simply being more visible—-with a real website—–would be a huge start. And I do think NEVS can talk about visions for Saab and future markets they hope to sell Saabs in—even with approximate timelines—-sweeping generalities—–but still something. Being invisible and silent is really not smart at this state of their development. Being a carnival barker is not what I’m asking for—–we’ve had enough of that. But just meet us halfway with a public presence. I don’t think that’s too much for potential future buyers/current owners/enthusiasts to expect. I think a lot of us share the same frustration over this.

  4. Jason and 9-5: I would agree with your comments 9-5. Nevs has not yet spoken a word about selling Saabs to anywhere, but China.

    Here are the facts as we know them. Someone, who else could it be but the Chinese central govt.? has agreed to purchace the entire first year production. Meanwhile a Chinese city has also agreed to buy 20% percent of Nevs . Reason? The only reason I can think of is job creation. These two facts together mean this. Saab is not dead, and cars will again be made with that name on their front hoods.

    That is all we know. Unless I missed something. What we don’t know is that we ever see a new Saab in the west. As you know Chinese cities now have the worst air pollution problem is the world. My personal theory on this is that the central Chinese govt is taking every step they can to reduce air pollution. Part of that, and only part of it, was to make sure Saab was part of a Chinese manufacturer producing EV’s. They have helped other EV producers in the last year as well. It appears to be part of a greater plan to reduce deaths from air pollution. ( China Car News is a great website by the way)

    In this they must be congratulated. But is it clear that selling cars in the west is a minor concern for them. Unless they can smell profit for doing so.

    If they are reading this site, I would tell them this. Saab is only as good a brand as the rest of world judges it to be. If the cars disappear from the west, so will it’s brand value. If one wants a high end European car brand, it must sell cars in Europe, and other places, to remain so, or with a few years will become another or Singer, Plymouth, or Hillman, and have no appeal to up and coming Chinese customers.

    • But even in my post here, NEVS has said to us that they WILL be a global brand. This means they will sell in more then just China. To have the rights to use the Saab name from Saab AB, I would not be surprised to find that one, Saabs have to be built in Sweden and two, the cars will be for more then just the Chinese market. Saab AB did not have to let them use the name and one would have to think some assurances were made to acquire the name.

      • I think it’s time for NEVS to start to say these things on their corporate website. Their “plan” is cryptic when it’s interpreted through interviews—-or when you have to reach to try to put a positive spin on their words. Example: “Till had asked about auto shows this year as well and was met with this response: “All our market plans are not yet completed, but as for now we will not attend any motor shows this year.” They are careful with their wording though and have said clearly, as for now…..” So you’re asking us to extrapolate from this statement—-that because they said “as for now” it means they MIGHT be doing auto shows this year? And we’re supposed to feel optimistic about that? Or we’re not supposed to feel discouraged? Or we’re not supposed to feel anything either way since they actually didn’t say anything? This is a prime example of why I’m not the only one who is frustrated with NEVS and how they are communicating with us—-or NOT communicating with us as the case may be. not withstanding our love for Saab, and putting all else aside—-it’s bad business on their part. Not smart.

    • A significant pollution problem in China seems to be electrical power generation with coal. Initially, this problem will not be solved by EVs. Only when China invests enough in solar poewr or wind turbines, will this pollution be alleviated

  5. If they had changed components in the electric version 9-3 over the previously planned one, that would probably also require new testing, since the cooling requirements of electric cars are quite specific.
    Also if the body was changed, cooling needs to be tested. And they better change the body, since a cw-value of 0.28 for the sedan is not good at all for an all-electric car.

  6. Good article. The last two sentences, however, are most important to me. I am, in fact, very surprised that Mikael confirmed that we will indeed see some changes to the 9-3, the question only remains whether this relates to more than just mounting different badges. I’d love to learn about what exactly they considered to change for a facelift. Also the statement that their market for the renewed 9-3 would be global and not limited to China leaves one question: Do they need to undergo any homologation at all or don’t require these changes any particular qualification? This is getting more and more interesting. I still don’t see how they want to manage a significant update in this short period of time, considering that not only the product needs to be changed but the whole production’s – the whole d**n company – got to be relaunched. If NEVS get this done… chapeau!!!

    • Christian,
      I don’t know in how many articles, but at least in more than one, different people from SU have said that the EV-1 will have an updated front (visually updated) and that the interior will also be updated. As the ICE 9-3 can be seen as a preparation of the factory for the production of the EV-1, I suppose that the MY ’14 ICE 9-3 will have all or most of the updates of the EV-1.

      In one sentence, the MY’14 ICE 9-3 will not be a Griffin 9-3 nor a MY’ 08 9-3.

      As NEVS is working in secrecy, I don’t know how much do we know about what they have already done, and what they still have to do to accomplish their goals. Remember that NEVS started in 2011 to work on their SAAB project.

      • Red J, I for my part would be happy if they would only bring the latest 9-3 back to life, I don’t necessarily need it to be a facelift, although it would be a nice bonus! The 2009 MY looked even better than the Griffin, if you ask me, but that’s just not a big thing. All I truly care about is the DI Biopower engine. However, this seems to be the hardest part, unfortunately… Yet, I find the schedule more than sporty to implement any changes at all.

        • I agree. Getting that car back in important markets around the world as soon as possible would be terrific. I think a minor facelift would at least imply new product—-which is all that most buyers need or want. I know the popular notion is that it’s old, boring, outdated—-and I think that’s rubbish. If the car could be sold for a little less than previous sticker—–with a minor facelift and a real promotional campaign—-it would reach a new young market in many places. It’s doable. Remember—–it’s still a safe car, an attactive car and a luxury European nameplate. All of that matters. Here in the U.S., this has never been a fleet car or a “me too” car that is seen everwhere. The sheetmetal is still fresh when people see the car up close for the first time. The key is getting people in for a test drive. I firmly believe that despite what many of you are saying—–driving the 9-3 is believing. It could still sell.

          • I fully agree that it’s doable! The 9-3 is no outdated car at all. Looking forward to seeing an official photo of the relaunched version – although I would also recommend not to over promise and then disappoint, it’s perfectly understandable that they don’t want to market anything that they don’t have (yet).

  7. Nope. Not “outdated car at all.” My “new” 2011 9-3X evokes a lot of comments from friends and passerby’s. “Nice looking car.” “Oh, I didn’t know that Saab was making cars again.” etc.

    • As I’ve mentioned—-I have a 9-5. But the discussion now, for NEVS, is the 9-3. At the Saab dealership where I’ve had service, I’ve sat in 9-3s many times and had the opportunity to examine them carefully. Great cars—-and I don’t use “great” lightly or randomly. If everything is done correctly from a marketing standpoint—-the car can definitely be “reintroduced” successfully. No—-they aren’t going to outsell Corollas. But is that really the point? I think that with the right message—-the 9-3 can be the car to pick up where Saab left off. It can be the bridge to the past and to the future. It can be the “getting your toes wet” foray into manufacturing for NEVS—-a proven platform that might be “experienced” but far from tired or worn out. And with the right product positioning and promotion, it can sell in healthy enough numbers to serve the real purpose—-which is to get NEVS up and running—-to spread the message that “Saab is back.” A tweeked 9-3 can be the workhorse for a couple years while new product comes to market. I know it’s asking a lot from an aged platform. But this is a Saab. Historically, cars like this one would span many years for Swedish and other European manufacturers, with gradual evolution. I like Kia too—-but their 4 year product cycle for many of their products doesn’t impress me. If the car is fundamentally good—-I don’t need it to have a makeover every 3 or 4 years.

      • Angelo, Tim has pointed out several times that the 9-3 was never profitable in the U.S. Maybe there are markets where a reintroduced 9-3 will make money, but if it didn’t sell well enough to do that when it was a relatively new design, I am not sure how well it will work out now. I, like you, am happy to drive my OG 9-5 and don’t care about a short design life cycle, Maybe there are enough buyers like us willing to pay the price for a reintroduced low volume car. You seem to have marketing experience and have confidence that a proper product rollout can overcome the hurdles of selling an old platform in low volume at a profit. It will be quite an accomplishment if NEVS can accomplish that in the U.S. based on SAAB’s track record here.

        • I lived some years in te US and as European I was puzzled how cheep the cars are there. Even European premium cars are app. 30-20% cheaper than in Europe where they are produced. Being successful in the US obviously needs more than just a good product. I remember that Audi (and VW too) faile badly the first time and obviously doing better now. And I do know many small companies that burned down by trying to enter the US market. So, I agree with 3cyl comment and think a re-launch of Saab/Nevs would most likely easier in Europe where naturaly people have a closer boundary with this brand (because its Swedish the lots of European like it and UK anyway loves Saabs as well).

          • WFG: Volkswagen was very successful in the U.S. for many years—-with the Beetle, Fastback, Squareback and VW Bus, not to mention the Kharman Ghia. Good, basic cars, easy to service, affordable, reliable, interesting. Then, in the mid 1970s, they gave us the Rabbit, Scirrocco and Dasher. They followed with the Quantum to replace the Dasher. The cars jumped in price dramatically—–and VW began to stumble badly. They tried introducing the VW Fox to compete at the low end—-but didn’t offer it with an automatic transmission, which means it didn’t do well in the U.S. When VW has lowered the prices on their cars and made them a value, as they did with the Jetta and new Passat—–they have sold very well in the U.S. Yes, price matters. People don’t want to be duped. Offer a good product at a good price and it will sell. The only other catch is marketing/advertising. Peugeot had some decent cars available here for a number of years—-were considered “the best kept secret on the American roads.” Being a “secret” isn’t a good thing when you’re trying to move inventory. If they had invested in a real ad agency and real advertising—-there’s no telling how history might have been different. Oh—-and they made the same horrific mistake Saab made—-they didn’t have an entry level offering. If Peugeot had sold their wonderful 205 in the U.S., they would have hooked younger people into the brand—-their dealers would have enjoyed something resembling volume—-could have made a world of difference. But stubbornly, they did what Saab did—-stuck with a quirky model line starting at luxury car pricing territory. Both failed.

        • 3 Cyl: I am supremely confident that with the appropriate product positioning and effective advertising—-the 9-3 can carve out a little niche in the U.S. that will pay the bills until “the next generation” is ready for prime time. I don’t think the 9-3 can sell in dynamic numbers—-sales won’t set the world on fire. But the platform can hold its own with Saab enthusiasts and with decontented, lower priced models, perhaps bring some new, younger buyers to the fold—-badly needed. Can NEVS use their technology and business sense to find ways to produce the cars for a little less money than previously? Can they offer sedan, sport combi and maybe convertible again? I think the idea of Saab coming back as “champagne taste on a beer budget” will strike a chord with a lot of buyers. “The Swedish safety of Saab—-in a timeless design—-now available at a more affordable price. This is your Saab.” The key is to advertise a price leader that will get people in to see the cars and drive them. And fear not—-as NEVS evolves, there will be new models that are state of the art luxury cars, positioned as such—-and priced accordingly. There is no reason why this car line can’t include Saabs with the original mission of something different at an affordable price—–and also the larger high tech models that will command more. Eventually, the 9-3 will be phased out, leaving a higher priced vehicle—-and my vision would be for a smaller, lower priced hatchback too. The 9-3 will have to straddle both ends for now. Then a more expensive eventual replacement for it will arrive—-and depending on how things are going, maybe the 9-3 soldiers on as the budget alternative Saab. Then it gets replaced by the smaller car that will sell in the same price range. The current 9-3 won’t make NEVS very profitable—-but it can be a place holder for them. The bigger purpose will be to make sure Saab isn’t gone for such a long time—-that relaunching them will no longer be feasible.

          • Angelo, I can see the placeholder approach at niche level volume, but that doesn’t sound synonymous with making money during the placeholder period. If NEVS has the money to get through that and into the launch of a newer, broader product line, they will have the potential to make money.

            As for the concept of champagne for the price of beer, the car business is supposedly very competitive so NEVS will need to have low costs per unit (not easy at niche level volume) to accomplish this and make money.

            It comes down to whether NEVS can make money during a placeholder period or does NEVS have the money to get through the placeholder period.

            • All of that makes sense. I’m thinking if the placeholer period costs them money—-it will still be a savings in the long run. To keep Saab in mothballs several more years and then release a new, unproven product (which likely will have some bugs to be worked out) could be another deathnail. Even if they lose money during the placeholder period—-the reestablish some semblance of a dealer network. They get their factory in order and get more hours of car assembly under the belts of the employees—-retraining. They have a presense of the brand in the market place, at car shows, etc. If they don’t get a product to market really soon—-it almost makes no sense to call the new cars Saabs. There might be more stigma to that then benefit.

  8. Once again, I agree with Angelo V but I like Jason’s calming-down policy a lot though. I think, we have to cool down and accept the way NEVS wants to operate while we as potential customers have the final choice to purchase the product the will come up with or not…and, this major issue NEVS appears to ignor by doing this no-information policy. For me, such attitude of almost non-existing public relation initiates worries that they dont really care on us as the dont plan that they will offer their product to us. Thus, as we will not be the potential buyers, its not important what we think…I know its the worst szenario for all of us, but as a company knowing that, would you not try to feed our urgents needs?

    Jason, though I like your article a lot, I was rather shocked to read that you compared NEVS’s strategy with that of Mahindra and Magna….becaus both finally failed!

    But I am still optimistic. I think after too much press during VM’s ownership it bounces back to too less press now. But the “old” 9-3 XWD is a brilliant car that perfectly matches the cars now. So the product is good and without a bad press like in GM’s times, NEVS has a chance to sell it in Europe/North America as well.

    And honestly, NEVS HAS TO sell it in Europe/North America!!! Because obviously the majority of Chinese buyer of premium cars are eager to purchase cars that are sold outside China too. Accordingly, If NEVS wants to sell cars in China, the have to prove the Chinese customers that this product is good enough to survive other highly competitive-markets too. Underwise NEVS’s cars will be meant as cheep, non-competitive outdated cars, nobody and in particular not the Chinese customers will buy.

    As I experienced NEVS as a rather smart company, I am certain, they know that. Thus, I can live with the no-press policy yet, but hope that they will start reconsider thsi strategy once all issues have been solved hopefully very soon from now.

    P.S: By the way, I just talked with an Saab dealer here and they said, they still hope to be able to work with NEVS too…sounds great to me.

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