Saab Snippets – Time, Koenigsegg And Double Dipping

Time It’s well past December 31, which is the time we all expected a decision from Mahindra as to whether or not they were going to invest in the ghost of Saab. NEVS’s money was expected to run out by then and Mahindra were going to provide two tranches of funds IF the deal was going to go ahead – $5mil for January and $5mil for Febraury – to keep the ghost afloat in ‘reorganisation’ (bankruptcy protection) until the deal is finalised. NEVS got a financial lifeline by selling tooling for spare parts to Orio, which explains why there was […]

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Death In Trollhattan – Saab and Insolvency

In reaction to yesterday’s negative press about an appointment being made at bankruptcy court, NEVS managed to convince the petitioner to withdraw his claim. That’s good news. NEVS’s anaemic PR division followed this up with a press release: Nevs hereby clarify that the company is not insolvent. The company does not have enough liquid cash as today to pay all outstanding debt but Nevs’ assets are larger than its debt. Nevs today cannot say exactly when, but Nevs’ suppliers will get paid. During the summer, the dialogues with the two major vehicle manufacturers have continued and developed in a positive […]

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Death In Trollhattan – Saab Bankruptcy Looming (again)

Scandinavian thrillers have been in vogue for the past 5 years or so, but this one’s becoming less of a thriller and more of a “why-dunnit?”. The conclusion is fairly well known to most objective observers; Saab is highly likely to be skewered and fairly soon. The only remaining questions are to do with any minor flips or twists along the way and the inevitable examination of why it happened. My memory on the exact procedure from years ago is fuzzy, but hopefully I’m not putting anything out of context here. Petition for Saab Bankruptcy So what’s the latest? Here’s […]

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Spyker Vs Saab, Victor Muller, Porsche-Porsche-Porsche and GM’s Recall

So the results from the Saab vs Spyker poll from last week – i.e…… Which car do you think we’ll see available for sale first? The Spyker B6 Venator, or An electric Saab? …. were almost split down the middle. Spyker held a handy lead right from the get-go but the Saab pollsters chimed in later and the result evened out by the end. Thanks for your participation. I’m very keen to see which one will actually be built first. Actually, I’m keen to see if either of them will be built at all. —— In related news, Autoweek has […]

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On Saab: Final Thoughts For A While… Probably… Maybe

[hr] Prompted by a recent comments thread over at Saabs United and the level of detail at which people were examining things, I figured it was probably time for me to reflect on my own interest levels. Are the measures people apply to the company within normal parameters – myself included? Maybe it’s time to shut up, wait and then evaluate any new product from Saab when the company has one to show (and no, I don’t consider the 2014 Saab 9-3 to be a new product). I’ve been critical of various parts of NEVS’s operation and my critical approach […]

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My 2 Cents On Saab Building Cars As Of Today

NEVS/Saab have done it – the first vehicles are rolling off the production line and NEVS even announced today that they’re embarking on a web-based sales model in order to sell some cars in Sweden! All of that’s good news, but I’ve still got some questions, few of which seem to have been answered today. Some thoughts, too. Let’s take a look at the car, first.

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Press Release – Saab Built A Car On Monday

Congratulations to the folks at NEVS/Saab in Trollhattan on the ceremonial start to their vehicle production endeavours. Plenty of questions and curiosities remain, but for the moment, things are on the move in Trollhattan and that’s good for the company, the employees and the town. This presser was released hours ago and anyone who cares will have already read it, but I’ll put it up here for posterity. My 2 cents will be coming shortly…. —— Production of Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan has started in Trollhättan National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan […]

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On Saabs and Production

I’ve been meaning to write this for three or four days but never got around to it. Today’s news that NEVS have tied up the last of their suppliers makes it more poignant than ever, though, so here we go. What I’d like to do is tie last week’s Saab news in with and earlier report as well as some whispers that have come through from Trollhattan. Now, I should mention at the outset that this is not your normal Djup Strupery. In fact, it’s not Djup Strupery at all. The bits and pieces that I’ve heard are from people […]

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Some Thoughts on Material From Saabs United

I’m in two minds about whether to write this post. On one hand, it can be regarded as bad form to analyse the contents of a website that you have had some sort of relationship with, however distant that relationship is now. On the other hand, experience tells me that I might have something to contribute on matters raised in a recent SU article and the ensuing comments section – and that it’s something worth talking about. The article in questions is The last Saab is no longer the last Saab – and I think we could all really benefit […]

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Saab 9-5 is now called Senova

I don’t want to sound down about the future, but let’s just say the present ain’t looking all that great. BAIC bought technology from Saab just as the company was being sold by GM in 2009. It’s four years later and their vehicle based on the Saab 9-5 – called the Senova – has just been tested by Autocar magazine in England. You would hope that with a solid working base and 4 years to remodel that things would be reasonably good. And parts of it are. Plenty of it wasn’t, though. In short: The drivetrain shows its age. The […]

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