National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the Chinese-Japanese investment group that bought SAAB in June has not yet secured the rights to use the Saab brand name and logo.
NEVS is still in discussions with Saab AB and truckmaker Scania AB over the rights to the brand name.
When asked by inautonews about this issue, a NEVS spokesman said:
“All parties want to solve the brand issue as soon as possible, and have agreed on a process how to solve the issue. We will publish information when the discussions are finalized”, without giving more details.
NEVS has said that it plans to develop a new pure electric model based on the current Saab 9-3 and put it on sale by the end of 2013 or early 2014, while it will also work on a second EV.
Saab had been struggling since at least December 2009, when Detroit-based GM announced it might dissolve the Swedish brand as it did with the Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac divisions in the U.S. With sales peaking at 133,000 deliveries in 2006, Saab sold just 31,700 vehicles in 2010.