NEVS hiring engineers once again

Since June/July (can’t remember exactly) NEVS has started to advertise job positions on their site. As they are beginning to search for engineers, I like to see what kind of engineers are they looking for, as you can read much into that.

Most of them are the normal engineers that a car company needs, some of them have to do with Batteries and some with electric powertrain, but there is also a small group of job offers that have this sentence in the description.

You will be part of the CV propulsion organization within Powertrain/Chassis.

Where CV means Conventional Vehicle or Vehicle with an Internal Combustion Engine.

What is my opinion on that? I’ve heard some rumours that say that it is planed to design and build conventional vehicles side by side with electrical vehicles. Will all this vehicles have the same brand? Will they be good enough for SAAB AB to allow them use the SAAB brand? I don’t know, but it would be nice if NEVS could tell anything about that this Autumn.

Intelligent A-pillar

WARNING: Long post!!!

I never thought that I would say that active structures makes sense, as I still don’t think that an active bonnet makes a big difference if a car collides with a young child, but in this case I will make an exception.

Autoliv in cooperation with Saab is developing an expandable A-pillar, so reports the Automotive Engineering International magazine in its printed version. The full article can also be found here.

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The month is almost over, but not the snippets on Saab

Bad news sell newspapers. And they produce hits on a blogging- site. We are having the third in a row record month at SaabsUnited, not only in absolute views per month, but also in views per day. But since Friday the amount of views have dropped dramatically.

I think the next months won’t be that good for SaabsUnited, but that means that Saab is not facing further problems, and this is OK for me.

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Saab research fields sneak peek.

It is not that I have access to such a precious piece of information, but if you spend some time on the Swedish Saab site, you will sooner or later end at the list of Master Thesis that can be done at Saab.

I don’t want to present all the Master Thesis themes available, so if you are interested, go and take a look, the descriptions are in English.

Lets have a look at three of them.

Misuse objects for pedestrian protection sensing development.

The 9-5 had only average pedestrian protection values in the EuroNCAP test. Any car, 5-Series for instance, with an active bonnet(hood) performed much better.

As you can see a future Saab will have such an active hood, and a student has to find out hot to differentiate a foot-ball from Kids playing near by the car from a pedestrian falling on the hood.

Adhesive Intense Body Structure

Saab is working in every possible aspect to get the weight of the car down. And not by reducing parts or using expensive materials. Saab is rethinking the way things are done, and trying to do it in a different way.

Enthalpy Based Boost Pressure Control

Boost pressure control is one of the three original “duties” of the Trionic SAAB ECU.

Therefore we can say that Saab is working on a Trionic NG, as this master thesis talks about the needs of future emission legislation.

There are many others, mostly about hybrid car themes, but also about seats, or HMI, or vibration questions.

Press Release: Saab Automobile Launches New Engineering Structure

• Shaping highly efficient and capable engineering organization
• New organization gears up for developing competitive future vehicle program

Trollhättan, Sweden: As it continues to establish itself as a successful independent premium car manufacturer, Saab Automobile today announced a new organizational structure for its engineering department. The new structure will optimize Saab Automobile’s ability to build competitive premium cars for the 21st century and allow the company to realize its ambition of creating one of the most efficient engineering organizations in the automotive industry.

Since becoming an independent company on February 23, 2010, Saab Automobile has worked intensively to revitalize its engineering department which until then was integrated in the General Motors structure. The new engineering organization is now well-equipped to support Saab Automobile’s extensive development program and current product offensive, with vehicle electrification and the successor to the current Saab 9-3 being two major focal points.

Announcing the new structure, Saab Automobile’s Executive Director Product Development Vehicle Mats Fägerhag said: “The car industry has changed immensely in recent years, as flexibility and sharing know-how have become keys to success. Virtual tools such as CAD and computer simulations have changed the way we work and have led to increased efficiencies and class-leading development times for new vehicles, as well as the need for a new mix of skills and competences within Engineering.

“The new engineering organization embodies the new way of working at Saab Automobile, for instance in the new highly advanced vehicle architecture we have developed for future Saab models. This architecture, on which the successor to the current 9-3 will be built, is based on a modular approach with a set of components and systems, as well as a bandwidth flexibility allowing it to serve multiple vehicle needs.”

The fresh approach within Engineering is also reflected in several strategic technology partnerships with parties such as BMW, Boston Power, American Axle Manufacturing and VICURA, while Saab Automobile is also sharing its engineering know-how with third parties.

In order to facilitate all this, Engineering is creating the right balance of skills and competences for the future through retraining, new hirings, internal redeployments, voluntary separation packages, specialist consultants and other ways. Going forward, the department will continue to improve this balance by hiring highly-skilled people and experts in key areas, which will be instrumental in developing and meeting customer demand for highly-competitive premium vehicles.

Red J here:

It seems like Saab is slowly throwing away all those GM structures that a small company like Saab doesn’t need, and is getting ready to play the game of the future, which means: No more isolated OEM’s, a OEM can also e a supplier or even a consultant, and sharing is the word of the game.
I think it is a bet against the point of view of those that think that only bigger is better.
GM failed, Toyota failed, Mercedes failed even trying, why should someone else succeed???

UPDATE: has an interview with Mr. Fägerhag on that.

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