Turkish Epsilon1 car- So what´s in it for NEVS-Really?

Turkish test vehicles made in Trollhättan
Turkish test vehicles made in Trollhättan

Updated with Press release from NEVS

Wow that was a short Press Conference for us that only participated via www.saabcars.com and the live feed…

So what information did the Press Conference give?

NEVS CEO Mattias Bergman, talked a bit about what we already know in regards to the signed partnerships, being debt free etc.

He then went on to talk about the signed agreement with Turkey with regards to  Epsilon1 9-3 technolgy.

Tiz nice to know that Turkey signed the dotted line to buy the IP rights for the current 9-3 back in June and that NEVS have manufactured a variety of Test vehicles for Tübitak. Variants of the 9-3 that we never got to see from NEVS like the Sport Combi, or in this case the BLS Estate.
But did this tell us Anything regarding financials, what NEVS will stand to gain from this sell of IP?

Eight bullet Points were displayed on a screen behind NEVS CEO Mattias Bergman:

  • IP
  • Product development
  • Demonstration cars
  • Production start up
  • Supply and distribution

This will create synergies in:

  • Purchase
  • Product development
  • Shared Resources


Hmm… How will the sale of the IP rights regarding the current 9-3 give synergies in Purchase? Turkish politicians have already uttered that they will have 90% of the parts made in Turkey… So in what way would NEVS stand to gain from that? Will Saabs be built using Turkish made Components?
Synergies in Product development… In what way?
Synergies in Shared Resources? How?


I´m actually stunned that this Press Conference went up as a live feed at all… What happens now is the media will make up their own stories and twist it what ever way they seem fit.
A Press Conference like todays will only lead to wild speculations.
Wild speculations from the media is something NEVS does Not need.

What we got to know today- NEVS will see to that a newly formed Turkish State owned car industry will get 9-3 based Saloon and Estate cars…

Come on NEVS-Give us something a Little more solid in regards to your Own Product line up and not a teaser of what someone else will get that many of us Wanted to have come from a Saab cars manufacturing NEVS.

You feel me?

A quote from Myself and No one else

I´m not negative towards the future of NEVS and future Saab cars, on the contrary I´m informed enough to go -“Yes!”, only:
I´m not into this tension build up and the following what feels like an Anticlimax

You make up your own mind. But Please what ever you do support NEVS and support the notion of a future strong Saab car brand.





NEVS has been chosen by TÜBITAK as its partner for developing a Turkish National Car

TÜBITAK, (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) which has been assigned to develop “Turkish National Car” and realize this important mission, has chosen National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, Nevs, as the industrial partner for the project.

The cooperation has started in June 2015 between Nevs and TÜBITAK and future industrial synergies in terms of development and manufacturing shall be generated with this cooperation. In the short term perspective this cooperation shall put Nevs’ assets to work and shall give Turkey quick access to extensive automotive knowledge and experience.

Nevs shall also provide its know-how in the developing of the business plan and establishing of the supply and distribution chains to TÜBITAK.

Together with the new shareholders Tianjin and SRIT, the partner Teamsun as well as the cooperation with Dongfeng Motor, the cooperation with TÜBITAK is an important step in building up Nevs as a strong automotive company with industrial, technological and financial partnerships.

“I am very proud to have this strategic cooperation in place. Turkey will be a long-term partner and we will both gain a lot from this cooperation. With Turkey’s focus on electric vehicles we also see this as an important step towards our vision of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future”, said Mattias Bergman, President of Nevs.

Facts about TÜBITAK

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TÜBITAK, is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. TÜBITAK was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers.

TÜBITAK is an autonomous institution and is governed by a scientific board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions. TÜBITAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities. Further, TÜBITAK is one of the key institutions involved in the Turkish national car project.


5 thoughts on “Turkish Epsilon1 car- So what´s in it for NEVS-Really?

  1. So, NEVS is getting more partners, getting more income sources and by that getting stronger as a company.
    That is a good thing in my book. But as you say, it isn’t music for us who whould like to hear about NEVS own plans.

    If Turkey have bought the IP of and consultant help developing the 9-3 to an electrical car. That sounds to me they are geting paid for part of the development done and the small production start NEVS poured money in to.

    Now, all the new part owners, all the new partnerships and the projects NEVS seems to be doing for others looks to me like the plan B has kicked in big time. And the development of their own technical solution are at risk to be used elsewere.
    That is a good economical way to go for the company as a automotive solution company. But as an automotive manufacturer it must be harder to create an own and unik car with leading techs.

    1. “But as an automotive manufacturer it must be harder to create an own and unik car with leading techs.”

      TTAero, if you re-read al the announcements you will notice that NEVS will not develop a car for a partner with all their technology.

      For DongFeng they will develop a petrol car based on the phoenix platform, and now they want to develop a electric car based on Eps-1, on the other side NEVS, from what i know, wants to build an electric car based on the phoenix-platform.

      In other words, if you want a car with all the latest tech from THN you will have to buy a NEVS car.

      On the other side, if you look at modern cars there is few that differentiates one brand from another besides of the looks. As an example if you want to buy a hot hatch from the VW group you have three options (Golf, A3, Leon) that offer almost the same. Which car would you choose? For me there are 3 things that differentiate those cars, the price, the looks and the brand, and talking with people, those are the arguments that people take into account when buying a car.

      So if NEVS builds a car with indistinguishble nordic design that can be defined as SAAB with or without the badge on the bonnet, it will be my first option compared to a DongFeng or a Turkish car.

  2. Am I the only one who thinks ‘oh dear, here we go again’?

    SAAB is no more. It is a truly sad fact, but a fact it is.
    Yet some do not seem to be able to accept it.
    So please stop trying to resurrect it from whatever parts become available, inwhat may be its many guises, as some sort of the motoring equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster. My only hope is the people of Trollhattan (at some point in the distant future) can benefit from whatever is eventually cobbled together and called a car.

    1. Having re-read my previous comment I realise it may be misunderstood.
      My complaint was against NEVs and its continued use of the SAAB brand as some sort of carrot to dangle to us enthusiasts.
      It is not aimed at the excellent SAABTALA site.

      1. Thanks David for the posive words regarding Saabtala.

        However I do not think of NEVS displaying the Saab brand as dangling carrots. They use it because they are allowed to by Saab AB Defence and security, and have high hopes of being able to manufacture high quality Saabs in Trollhättan again.


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