Saab Festival: Kinnekulle

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I have one more event from the Saab Festival left to cover – the track day at Kinnekulle. Kinnekulle was the primary event on the Saturday, the second day of the Saab Festival. Kinnekulle is about 80km away from Trollhattan. It’s a nice easy drive, but one that you want to be committed to if the weather’s looking dubious. And dubious it was. So dubious, in fact, that I chose to stay in Trollhattan. The forecast called for a reasonable amount of rain in the morning, clearing in the afternoon. I was jetlagged and doubly tired due to a late […]

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Saab Festival – Sunday Display

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Today was the last day of the Saab Festival, which saw the big car display in the car park surrounding the Saab Car Museum. I don’t know how many cars were in attendance but I can tell you it was a LOT. There was a special tribute to mark the recent passing of Erik Carlsson and that’s as good a place as any to start. A stage was set up near the entrance to the museum and the museum director, Peter Backstrom, conducted a number of interviews with Erik’s friends and co-conspirators. Erik loved his food and the photo of […]

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Saab Festival – NEVS Tour: Technical Development

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NEVS opened (some of) their doors on day 1 of the Saab Festival with a great tour of the Technical Development building on offer. It was a short tour. It only covered about 2% of the facility but it was a GOOD tour and a wonderful gesture by NEVS to get the fans involved with the company. NEVS did not allow photos during the tour and I can understand why. You don’t want 50 people in a tour group with all of them snapping pictures at will. It’s not a look that your clients will appreciate and contrary to popular […]

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Saab Festival – Day 1 Dispatch

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At any other time, this would be an extraordinary photo. This weekend, it’s just another day in Sweden 🙂 Congratulations to the graduates, too. Every time I’m here I seem to wake up to this Swedish tradition – students on trucks making lots and lots of noise now that their basic schooling is over. Time for the real world, kids. It’s Saab Festival time once again. The sun is shining (mostly), the people are smiling and a convoy of two-strokes screaming down the street is no longer unusual. As usual, there are all manner of Saabs here. As I sit […]

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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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NEVS Take On Two NEW Chinese Owners/Partners

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Here’s the press release, and there’s a little more to read below it. Nevs grows with two Chinese strategic part owners Together with two new Chinese part owners Nevs will establish its second global factory with focus on electric vehicles and a second global research and development center in the city of Tianjin, neighboring Beijing City and Hebei Province, three highly-integrated economic regions with a population over 100 million. With the new part owners, Tianjin city’s Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech industrial Development Area (THT), and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SRIT), Nevs has got two new strategic partners. […]

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NEVS Press Conference at 11am Swedish Time

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This, via Pingu, in comments….. NEVS just announced a press conference at 11 AM CEST (90 minutes from now), where they will present their plan to be “successful manufacturer of electric cars” and two new Chinese partners. No Mahindra then (something I suspected long ago)… Will be interesting to see if this is the final deal. No Mahindra could mean the use of the Saab name has been denied. If that’s the case, it’ll reduce interest for a lot of observers. We wait and see……

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The Saab Car Museum Support Organisation

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I’m grateful to Alex at Saabtala for posting about the Saab Car Museum Support Organisation last week. I didn’t even know this group existed prior to that post and for those of you who missed it, I figured it might be worth writing about it here. I’ve just sent through my support donation and I think it’d be worthwhile if you consider doing the same. The Saab Museum is the spiritual home of Saab Automobile. Peter Backstrom, Ola and their crew of contributors and volunteers do a sensational job of keeping Saab’s legacy alive. The Museum is visited by thousands […]

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Press: NEVS Has Exited Reorganisation

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The press release…… Nevs has exited the reorganization The District Court of Vänersborg has today, April 15, 2015 decided that the reorganization of Nevs shall cease as the purpose of the reorganization is fulfilled. The reorganization of Nevs was initiated August 29, 2014 for a period of three months. The reorganization was prolonged for a period of three months at two occasions, December 11, 2014 and March 11, 2015. On March 23, 2015 the District Court of Vänersborg approved the composition proposal by Nevs after a vote where 98,2 percent of the creditors representing 98,6 percent of the amount of […]

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Apr 14 – NEVS Should Exit Reorg Today

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UPDATE: According to Tom at Saabtala, the exit from reorganisation is likely to be tomorrow. That’s contrary to the story at TTELA but Tom’s been on the phone to the court so the information should be reliable. Whether it’s today or tomorrow is neither here nor there, by dinner time on the 15th NEVS should be free to make a deal. —— Just a reminder….. Today should be a significant day for NEVS and the potential for any future cars with a Saab name attached to them. According to their own press materials late last month, and a story on […]

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