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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Geneva, mostly

A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market i...

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up...


Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.


Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.


Glenn Brooks | 2 Jun 2015

The doubters appear to have been proved wrong, if sales of the new XC90 in Sweden are any indication: Volvo's pricey SUV on its own took a full percentage point of the May new car market, even though brand sales were down by four percent.


Graeme Roberts | 29 May 2015

As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook page may have guessed, when I'm not helping to cover the current cutting edge state of the autobiz, I like to wallow in a rose-tinted backview of the 1960s when British, Australian and Canadian cars dominated my import-restricted former colony, V8s were an attainable aspiration (one could put one in one's Cortina if one so wished), petrol was cheap (diesel for trucks only) and the Holy Grail for a Kiwi Kar Nut was the annual Earls Court show in London.

Latest Interviews

Tony Lewis | 27 Nov 2012

Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is currently on tickover and operating at around 65% capacity. But that is about to change, as Martyn Cray, the plant's director, tells Tony Lewis.


Simon Warburton | 20 Mar 2012

Newly-appointed managing director of Scandinavian supplier body, FKG, Fredrik Sidahl, was 25 years with Volvo before working for Saab. In the first of two interviews, he talked to Simon Warburton in his Gothenburg office about the collapse of the iconic Swedish brand and gave some frank views on the government's attempts to save it.

Latest News

Simon Warburton | 17 May 2016

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has appointed Fredrik Ahlström as vice president Purchasing from 1 June and will take over from Per Svantesson, who will be responsible for Strategy and Business Development as well as lead the Project Management Office.


Simon Warburton | 13 May 2016

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formally signed the contract to acquire a stake in the New Long Ma manufacturing company in Fujian.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Feb 2016

General Motors in the US is recalling 2003-2011 Saab 9-3 vehicles manufactured from 31 May, 2002, to 15 February, 2011, 2010-2011 9-5s made from 23 June, 2010 to 21 February, 2011 plus 2008-2009 Saturn Astra vehicles manufactured from 11 April, 2007, to 24 July, 2008. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the Takata inflator to rupture.


Glenn Brooks | 15 Apr 2015

NEVS has issued a short media statement announcing that it has left court administration.


Simon Warburton | 23 Mar 2015

Approval from the District Court of Vanersborg for National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) composition proposal, will see 469 of its creditors out of 573 paid in full.


Simon Warburton | 11 Mar 2015

Sweden's District Court of Vänersborg, has approved an extension of National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) reorganisation for a further three months to 29 May.


Simon Warburton | 27 Feb 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says it considers it "very likely" it will secure approval for a compensation plan from 60% of creditors and exit the current reorganisation status.


Simon Warburton | 26 Feb 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says around 50 creditors have been called to what it refers to as an "information meeting" today (26 February) in its manufacturing facility at Trollhattan.


Simon Warburton | 19 Feb 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says it could settle debts with 469 of its 573 creditors in a 'composition' arrangement that could see the remainder paid half of what they are owed.


Simon Warburton | 19 Feb 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) new potential owner is embroiled in intense talks with Saab AB surrounding any use of the totemic brand name for future vehicles.


Chris Wright | 9 Feb 2015

In a move reminiscent of the post-bankruptcy wind down of MG Rover in 2005, Saab’s new owner said it would finish assembling 100 cars that have lain idle on the production line since May, according to media reports from Stockholm.


Graeme Roberts | 23 Dec 2014

Orio AB, formerly Saab Automobile Parts AB, said it had signed a contract with Nevs and has acquired all the tools located at suppliers and used for producing original [OEM] spare parts for all existing models.


Simon Warburton | 11 Dec 2014

Scandinavian automotive supplier body, FKG, is welcoming the latest potential for National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) to secure further investment following the automaker's reorganisation extension announced today (11 December).


Simon Warburton | 11 Dec 2014

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says it has until 2 March to "get things in order" as it secures a latest approval to extend reorganisation.


Simon Warburton | 9 Dec 2014

A decision regarding National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) application for a three-month extension to its reorganisation, could come as early as this week.


Simon Warburton | 3 Dec 2014

Spyker, with its Spyker Automobilien subsidiary, says it has filed a voluntary petition for financial restructuring in an effort to address unnamed "certain short-term operational and liquidity challenges."


Simon Warburton | 2 Dec 2014

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says it has applied for a three month extension to its reorganisation amid speculation Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra is waiting in the wings with a bid.


Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2014

Volvo says it is to start a third shift at its Torslanda plant in Western Sweden, creating around 1,300 new jobs.


Simon Warburton | 10 Oct 2014

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says it has slashed its monthly operating budget from SEK200m (US$27.7m) to just SEK35m, as it continues its reorganisation period.


Graeme Roberts | 24 Sep 2014

Nevs, which has been attempting to revive Saab car models, said it would lay off up to 200 employees due to lack of work, because "the decision to re-start production will be further delayed".


Graeme Roberts | 29 Aug 2014

The District court of Vänersborg, Sweden, on Friday (29 August) approved the application for reorganisation from Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden.


Glenn Brooks | 28 Aug 2014

NEVS, which has been attempting to revive Saab, has announced that, while it fully intends to pay creditors, it has nonetheless entered administration so as "to create more time for negotiations" [with potential investors].

Latest blogs

Glenn Brooks | 7 Oct 2014

There's all manner of interesting stuff in this document, which has surfaced on the web. Such as some supposed future models for the brand. And the possibility that Saab will become a contract assembler.


Simon Warburton | 10 Oct 2013

My hotel in Gothenburg's hosting an undertaker's company conference - not something I've ever encountered before - but it is and a cheerful bunch they are too.

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