Paul Willis

  • Thanks for the info. It is nice to see SU having some content, so I appreciate that. I will say that I just cannot get excited about this NEVS product, as the architecture is from a model that is so dated now. I […]

  • I must say that now, coming to SU, I feel like I am kind of going to the graveyard to visit the SAAB tombstone. I have submitted a couple of things to be published concerning interesting Saabs either for sale or […]

  • I was hopeful once upon a time that NEVS could really rescue and revive Saab, but I have given up entirely, and now don’t care what NEVS does. When and if they do get around to offering something to the US or EU, […]

  • Wow, Angelo, that was pretty optimistic! When was the 9-3 initially launched? How old will the platform be in 2019? I never really cared much for the 9-3, except for convertibles. But I occasionally see the […]

  • So, we are back to NEVS focusing yet again on production in China. Nothing about any production plans for the Trollhattan plant. Who cares if NEVS makes a ”9-3” in China? I couldn’t care less. Its a pipe dream […]

  • I just read an article on Italian automotive design houses and how much work they are doing for Chinese automakers (some for India, but China is the major player for many). They are hanging in there, but the […]

  • Very cool. Thanks for posting

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 4 månader, 1 vecka sedan

    Holy cow, this is the best addition to SU for a long time. Getting some parts for classic 900s in the US is becoming a real challenge, so thanks a ton for this.

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 4 månader, 2 veckor sedan

    Very cool! That was some tight autocross course! And a swap meet (what we call it in the US) for Saab parts would be pretty awesome. Thanks for posting.

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 5 månader, 4 veckor sedan

    I know, I have kept the faith over 340,000 miles on my old Saab. But as the time marches on, there are going to be fewer and fewer acceptable choices. The repair shop could not even source a replacement headlight assembly for my car. I can get it on-line, but that is the sort of thing that will be more nails in the coffin eventually. Only true…[Läs mer]

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 6 månader sedan

    I think this is kind of sad—sort of the final nail in the Saab coffin, as it were. My old Saab (1991) is so old that after a lady backed into it in the parking garage, no repair facilities can source parts for it, at least not from places that will stand behind the work. So I am going to have to chase down the parts myself and do the work…[Läs mer]

    • Don’t give up, Paul, I haven’t. I own many Saabs, three are daily drivers for my wife and I. Parts aren’t hard to come by yet, but I take great pride in our Saabs. I live in Florida and I don’t see a single 9-3 hatchback besides mine, in a way it makes me proud to own such a fine vehicle but in another way sad to think I’m the only one who cares…[Läs mer]

      • I know, I have kept the faith over 340,000 miles on my old Saab. But as the time marches on, there are going to be fewer and fewer acceptable choices. The repair shop could not even source a replacement headlight assembly for my car. I can get it on-line, but that is the sort of thing that will be more nails in the coffin eventually. Only true…[Läs mer]

      • Amen Jesse. I bought my 9-5 2.3T sedan new and it is now ten years old. I was getting in it the other day and had feelings similar to what you express. namely how much I still look forward to driving this car (also manual transmission). And the car still receives compliments from strangers despite being an old design. It seems that there are…[Läs mer]

    • I have all my Saab cars still well looked after by my former dealer.
      So even my Saab 900 from 1987 is maintained without any issue. Only the Saab 96 from 1960 is not accepted anymore but for that beauty I am member of the Saab Club. Till now; cross my fingers but never had any issue in getting spare parts.

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 9 månader, 4 veckor sedan

    The sad truth is that Saab hardly ever made money, independent or as part of GM. It had interesting products (I have had 12 Saabs over the years) that connected with a lot of folks like us, and that was great, but in the end you have to make money. Operating a small company on a shoestring budget and by seat-of-the-pants, do-or-die gumption is…[Läs mer]

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 10 månader sedan

    Just to be fair, the deranged fool who mowed down those poor folks in Nice had been in France for 10 years and was from Tunisia, a former French colony. So, this didn’t really have anything to do with the recent issues of immigration vis-a-vis EU policies.

    The point I was trying to make was that globalization is pretty much a fact of life,…[Läs mer]

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 10 månader sedan

    As always, I hope that the good folks in Trollhattan stay employed by NEVS. I totally support that, if it can happen. I just do not think that NEVS has the traction to really keep the Saab light burning. Their responses seem clear that they are taking the Google-car approach to transportation where it is just an appliance of sorts and not tied…[Läs mer]

    • Paul: I understand Peugeot/Citroen is looking at coming back to the U.S. and possibly Canada. It will take a few years—-might happen by 2020 or 2021 according to what I read. But they are a large company, actually making cars and trucks. That’s a far cry from NEVS, making nothing. NEVS is no longer Saab, we know that. NEVS will not make…[Läs mer]

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 10 månader, 1 vecka sedan

    I posted a comment a few weeks ago about a news segment I had seen that discussed the Chinese car market. China is earnestly trying to further develop and expand its OWN manufacturing capabilities, with an emphasis on alternative energy platforms. Already, the Chinese market exceeds both the US and EU car markets, and is growing rapidly. What…[Läs mer]

    • It’s indeed the new reality. I have my 2004 9-5 and I drove the car all over the place today. Such a beautiful, well engineered car. So comfortable—-the best balance of space, driving satisfaction and fuel efficiency I’ve ever had in a car, and I’ve had a lot of cars. It’s low mileage and no issues to report. But reality is that the first…[Läs mer]

      • It wasn’t so long ago that many SAAB fans thought it made great sense for an investor to spend huge sums to keep the SAAB production lines going despite a long history of financial losses for the brand, so we shouldn’t balk at spending some of our own money to keep these cars going just because it may not make be practical or make the most…[Läs mer]

        • In fairness though, I think we were saying that if the brand is handled the right way and marketed properly, it could be profitable—I never suggested that Vic Muller or anyone should absorb years of losses just to satisfy my desire to own a Saab. The point was that previous owners hadn’t run things in a way that made sense. At least speaking…[Läs mer]

        • Of course, that’s why I replaced our beloved 2001 9-5 by a high milleage 2007 E320 Bluetec. Even if I miss a few SAAB caracteristics, I have to admit the Merc is a far superior product. My biggest complain, and it was a shock to me, is that I don’t have foldable rear seats. Oh, they exist, as an option! Now, that you would never encounter in a SAAB!

  • Paul Willis kommenterade en aktivitet 10 månader, 1 vecka sedan

    Tjalle, come on, let’s not devolve into shooting barbs at other Scandinavians. People who live in Sweden may feel there is a big difference between it and Norway, but the rest of the world sees it all as pretty much the same thing. We have to think globally, because that is the reality. No offense, but as a market, all of Scandinavia (Norway,…[Läs mer]

    • Paul, Norwegian stories were a sideline – I admitted they are because of Norway struck oil.

      My message about NEVS having difficulties in recruiting engineers were a response to input from Romac and Red J, who claimed that the fact that NEVS were able to recruit engineers – so far about 300 – was proof of confidence in NEVS. I don’t think…[Läs mer]

    • I wonder if the folks in France who had family members mowed down would agree with you that Brexit is ”nonsense” or if they wish they had moved in that direction years ago. Back on topic, I am familiar with the Chinese market and the vast majority of buyers there aren’t interested in another Chinese start-up. They like their Buicks, European…[Läs mer]

      • Just to be fair, the deranged fool who mowed down those poor folks in Nice had been in France for 10 years and was from Tunisia, a former French colony. So, this didn’t really have anything to do with the recent issues of immigration vis-a-vis EU policies.

        The point I was trying to make was that globalization is pretty much a fact of life,…[Läs mer]

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