Time goes by

Time goes by and its now about 8 years since Saab went out of business in its original setting.

NEVS have had their ups and downs. They have mostly been struggling under harsh financial conditions. Something employees from the Saab days are used to, but probably not too happy about. Lately a new major owner, Evergrande, has entered the scene and the wheels are spinning faster again in Trollhättan. Focus is still on the Chinese market and there are currently no formal plans for launching products in Europe or the US.

Quite surprisingly, NEVS lately bought about 20% of the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg and NEVS are also planning for a joint venture company which will produce electric cars and hybrids. Rumors say that Koenigsegg would like to gain access to the Trollhättan plant in order to produce “cheaper” electric cars. The reason for NEVS doing this deal is not that clear. NEVS are focusing on sustainable transport solutions, which has little to do with supercars.

You may remember that Koenigsegg was one of the potential buyers of Saab back in the days. Koenigsegg is now the employer of Saabs United´s founder Steven Wade, Swade.

Another car manufacturer in the western part of Sweden is Volvo. Volvo has been doing great lately, better than ever, I imagine. New plants, lots of new models, lots of sales. Many former employees of Saab have found a new job at Volvo Cars.

The picture below was taken last weekend in the heart of Volvo-land, Torslanda. You may recognize the slogan from Volvo commercials with Swedish celebrities like footballer, Zlatan. The car in the foreground however, is made by Trollhättan.

It was a long day…

…at least for me, but maybe also for the guys at NEVS. Today they had their first public exposure, and from what I’ve seen and read, it looks like they have managed it quite well.

NEVS booth. Credits: NEVS

On the booth you had on the one side the cars in a more traditional way, in the form of the 9-3 and the 9-3X, but in the center you had, what they think it is the future for the urban mobility, the InMotion Concept. Yes it has a capital I and a capital M.

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CES Asia is about to start

And the preparations at the NEVS booth are going forward.

Opportunities in motion in the making! Tomorrow we'll reveal the future of mobility. Keep an eye out for more updates! #NEVS #OpportunitiesInMotion #cesasia

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NEVS will be together with BMW, Volvo, Honda , Hyunday and Merceds-Benz in the same hall.

Tomorrow will be a stressful day, but I’ll try to publish things as they happen.

Another day, another picture of the NEVS 9-3 EV and snippets from the Swedish press

Yesterday some pictures of the exterior of the real cars were posted by NEVS on their weChat channel. Today NEVS have posted again, this time a video with a Chinese man talking in the background. Pictures of heavy traffic and pollution.

Then a title is shown reading “NEW VEHICLE”. (The titles are shown in Chinese and english. After that you can see an exterior view of the NEVS 9-3 X and what it looks like a mock-up of the interior (as the A-pillars are missing).

Dashboard NEVS 9-3 EV. Credits: NEVS

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NEVS 9-3 and 9-3X first impressions

Today NEVS has published pictures of the first EV by NEVS the 9-3, and a second car, a 9-3X which is an electric version of the old 9-3X. So let me share with you my first impressions on those cars.

NEVS 9-3 EV sedan

Photo Credits: NEVS

One or two weeks ago somebody asked me, what makes currently a car modern and why could a NEVS 9-3 feel dated. I don’t say look dated as the design of the 9-3 still looks modern and fresh even compared with newer cars.

Cars haven’t changed much in the last 20 years, they are lighter have changed the lightning technology used and have some kind of connectivity with the net and allow to interact with the car via your smartphone. There have been also some changes in the drivetrain, but it is of no relevance in this case, and some more expensive cars have some kind of active dampers for a better ride or a change of the riding feel depending on the mood of the driver.

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