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!
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)
OurcolleagueTimonsaabsunitedhadaninteresting conversation today with MattiasBergman,ceo of NEVSin Trollhättan.MattiasBergman and NEVS will annonce tomorrow thattheywantemploy40 new engineersto the factory, they also want to employa number ofbuyers andother keypersonnelof the company.
Soeven though we gota false alarmabouta“Newsecret SAABprototype” (which was most likely a GeelyGC9)at the factoryin Trollhättan, Nevsseems tohaveplansfor further workwithin the walls of the plant in Trollhättan.
Autoweek.nlpostedan article based on apicture taken of one of their readers outsidethe factory inTrollhattanon June 22nd.And today theSwedish newspaper Aftonbladetwrotean article aboutthe same picture comingfrom the same source,with theheadline“Saabs new sectret prototype”. The articlehas createdgreat discussionsin theSaabworld,but what we seein the picture isnota Saab,but morelikelyaGeelyGC9.
Wemust not forget that NEVS currently rents out parts of the factoryto othervehicle manufacturers in order toget an extra income until their own production has started.
I hadan interestingconversationwitha fellow Saabenthusiast earlier today.And we discussedSaab9000andhowthis vehicleis nowanearlyextinct unicorn these days.In addition, webothquicklyagreedthat Saab9000isone ofSaab’smodelsthat have been broughtbehindthe spotlightandis somewhat a bit ofa forgotten classicicon.Myfriend possessesnot onlya whole lot of knowledgeabout Saab,butheis also one of thefew people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what.Heis alsoan extremelypassionate9000owner,and one ofthe carshe ownsis trulyinterestingonmanylevels.Solet me introduce you to JohanLööf’sMCYSaab9000Aero‘ 94andhisstory of howhe foundhisdream car.
To take you to the beginning of thisstory,we have to rewind the time back to theyear 2000, when I was14 yearsold and the interest for cars started to increase rapidly.I bought myselfmy very firstmotor sports magazine fore a school trip, a swedish car magazine called “Bilsport”, more particularly Bilsport No.5. Saabwas alsohighly interestingat that time (thanks tomy brother). So I closelyexamined and eyed downallSaabsthat werefeatured in the magazine, and theSaab thatstood outthe most wasa small articlewith2 smallpictures ofa Saab9000Aeroin thecolor YELLOW!
Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE.Most people whoseesBenny‘syellowSaab 9000Aerowillreact.“What the heck,a yellowAero. It must’vebeen repainted!?“And sure enough,in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow9000Aero’s – besidesthis one!Benny‘s copyis the only one inthe whole world who was originally paintedintheMontecarlo yellow color”
As a 14 year old boy my instant thought was “One day I’ll own a car like that”. But then again, we all have to admit that we’ve all had our own crazy teenage dreams.Time passedandI soonforgot all aboutthecarin the magazine.Untilone dayinApril2006,when a friend of mineshowed meacar thathis brotherwas going to pick up.And his brother had already asked me if I was interested in buying a 9000 Aero since I was in the need of a car at that moment. WhenIgot to seethe salesad for the car that he mentioned I flew off the chair. It was a MCY9000 Aero! And I instantly recognized the license plate number.Assoon as I got back home I searched through my old Bilsport car magazines and found the article I was looking for, I compared them, and sure enough, it was my teenage dream car that was up for sale! So there wasn’t any doubt about it,Iwas more thaninterested in buying my dream car. The day after this I took the car for a test drive, and it didn’t take long before I was the new owner for it.
“Yes, I’m the owner of a Saab 9000 Aero – and it’s Monte Carlo Yellow! – Johan Lööf”
TheAeroJohanownsis a9000AeroMY1994,Andit was first purchasedbya woman fromLuxembourg,andaccording toSaab automobile, this woman was workingfor the EuropeanParliament. This car was sold as an IDS (International and Diplomat Sales) car, and we all know that this was something very exclusive. And the car was most likely repainted by a dealerbefore itwas handedout to thecustomer. Though there’sno received confirmationonthat issue yet. The carwas later imported and registrered inSweden1998.
These are the followingspecifications for the carwhenit was commissioned:
Doubleelectric front seatswithmemoryon the driver’s side
During theyearsJohanhas ownedthe carhe hasupgradedwithinstallation ofJT 3t”exhaust system withsportcatalyst.MountedH&R40mm lowering kit andBilsteinSportshocks. He also convertedtomanual transmissionwith Quife diff.He iscurrently in the process offixingrust on wheel arches andtrunk,andhe hasrecentlyfixed therust damage to thewindsheildframe because itwas in a very bad condition.Heis committed to restoringthe carto it’s former glory, includingengine overhaul isin his future plans,andhe hasabsolutelyno plans or wishes to changethe body colour.Thiscar isin safe hands with it’sowner who is willing to do anything tosave hisextraordinarygem.We atsaabsunitedwould like to thankJohan for sharinghis story of hisdream car,andwehope thathe will be able to enjoy his very own unicornfor many years to come.
It is now almost a week ago the great festival weekend in Trollhättan, and what a weekend! Many great cars and people as usual, the only thing that could be better is if the festival could be for a few more days…. 😉
As usual I had a plan to take many photos, and this time was no exception, but things have a tend to go wrong. This time was no exception, there was too many people to talk with or cars to look at so I simply forgot to take so many pictures that I have planed… 😉 This year the cars was sorted by model, the organizers had plans to place 800 exhibition cars inside the area, an I think they reached that number of cars, in the morning there was pretty full at the parking. There was also a lot of cars outside the exhibition area, so there was many Saab-fans at the museum-area this Sunday! At Friday the highlights was the parts outlet at Bildelslagret Trollhättan (former ANA Used Parts dept.) and the seminars at the museum. Nevs also have a open day on Friday, that was pretty interesting and well visited. At Saturday there was a day at the Kinnekulle race track, but the weather was rather bay that day, so many people that not had plans to take the car out on the track spent the day in Trollhättan at the museum-area, and some people (like me) took a trip to a smaller scrapyard a few miles outside Trollhättan before returning to the museum.
Here are some of the pictures I took during the weekend. I’m sorry that I not have posted them earlier this week, but I was not at home before 04.30 Monday morning, and straight on to 4 days travelling at work after a few hours sleep… But here they are, hope you will enjoy them, and thanks you all for a great weekend – a special thank to the organizers that make this happening possible! =)
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