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Thursday, 23 June 2016

No more new Saab cars

Well, we haven't seen any for quite a long time anyway. The press is full of the story that National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the Chinese-backed company which took over the bankrupt carmaker's assets, has lost the right to use the Saab name - which, I believe, always belonged to the aircraft manufacturer, which only hived off car-making into a separate company in 1989, just in time for GM to take it over and - well, the rest is history. Reminiscent of VW buying a car-making business based in Crewe and discovering that the name was only licensed to it by an aero-engine manufacturer. It's sad to see a well-known marque like that disappear, though it could be worse - it could be continued on a completely unsuitable range of cars, like MG.

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