NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) wasn't able to secure the Saab name, despite having bought assets of bankrupt Saab Automobile in 2012.
Rights for the name and logo belong to Saab AB (the Swedish aerospace company that owns the Saab brand) and they will not allow NEVS to use them.
If NEVS starts production of cars (including plug-ins) at some point in the future, those cars will not be called Saabs.
"Saab AB withdrew NEVS' right to use the Saab name two years ago after NEVS sought protection from creditors. NEVS was never granted the use of the Saab AB's iconic griffin badge and developed its own Saab logo.
Saab AB reaffirmed that NEVS will not be allowed to use the Saab name. "We have revoked their right to use the brand name" and there is no longer a discussion about NEVS using it, Saab AB spokesman Sebastian Carlsson told Automotive News Europe."
NEVS said earlier that it is building a new factory in China, and announced that it will provide up to 150,000 electric cars to Panda New Energy and 20,000 to Volinco, as well as introducing five new plug-in models.
Source: Automotive News