Vale Erik Carlsson

Ironic that this should happen just a few hours after NEVS’s positive news……. but it’s turned into a sad day for Trollhattan and Saab fans in general. It’s with great sadness that I report today on the passing of a Saab legend, perhaps the biggest Saab legend of all – Mr Erik Carlsson. Erik passed away in his adopted England today after a short illness. He was surrounded by family. “Mr Saab” was born in Trollhattan, Sweden, in March 1929 and the story of his life is inextricably bound to the city and the car company that was based there. […]

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Video: Saab 96 on For The Love Of Cars

I’ve just finished watching this episode of For The Love Of Cars and I just had to share it here. It’s a great story, but even more than that, it’s a great little Saab 96. There’s a bit of a story to this. The program you’re about to see was aired on Channel 4 in Britain last Sunday. The auction you see in the video was actually conducted back in January, but the day before the show went on TV (i.e. last Saturday), the car was auctioned once again. The reasons behind all this back-and-forth become clear at the end […]

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Exclusive: Saab Assets Purchased by Apple Computer

Finally! After months of negotiations and more suspense than a Steig Larsson sequel, the story can finally be broken – Apple will seek to break into the car market using bargain basement technology on offer under duress in Trollhattan, Sweden. Apple is going to buy what used to be Saab Automobile from National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in a deal that is set to shock both the electronics and vehicle industries. Speaking exclusively, Apple CEO, Tim Kook said the following today: There’s been a lot of speculation about Apple moving into this area and we can finally confirm that it’s […]

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First Cars – Saab and Alfa Romeo

I was cleaning some stuff up at home yesterday when I found the following photos of my first (and second) Saab and my first Alfa Romeo. I figured they were nostalgic enough to share here on the website. First, I have to apologise for the poor quality photos. These are photos of photos and the original prints were a bit blurry to start with (taken in low light with slow film in a fully manual SLR that I didn’t understand at the time). Nevertheless…… Saab 99E My first Saab was a red Saab 99E, from around 1973. It was 1998, […]

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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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Poll: Saab vs Spyker

Time for a little light-hearted amusement…… One of my favourite sports shows has a question every week – Who would you rather be? There are two possible answers and they usually pose an upside and a downside. e.g Who would you rather be? Prince Charles, or Prince Harry? It sounds easy at first, but think about it. One’s going to be King, probably sooner rather than later. And let’s face it, it’s good to be King. The other is loved by the people and will still have a pretty good life. But he’s unlikely to ever be the King and […]

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Saab Hits A Financial Wall, Stops Production

For those who are wondering, it’s been quiet here because I was away for work, and bracketing that trip is the demise of my computer (which will hopefully be fixed soon). I’m actually enjoying the hiatus. I had to get back online for this, however. My thanks to ctm for posting this press release from NEVS in comments. A few cents worth of thoughts at the bottom….. Status update from Nevs National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) is preparing an extensive investment to develop a new platform on the Phoenix architecture, which will be the base for future car models. This […]

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