Archive for January, 2007

Saab USA – RSS Feed

Posted on 30. Jan, 2007 by .


rssicon_small.jpg Saab Automobile USA has recently created an RSS feed for anyone to get up to the minute information on news, events and other promotions direct.

RSS is short for “Real Simple Syndication” and is the new internet file format that has received widespead use to communicate content around the world quickly and efficiently.

Take a look at the new Saab RSS Feed by visiting the following website.

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Saab Sponsors Fashion Fair in Copenhagen,Denmark

Posted on 29. Jan, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile Denmark


370px-flag_of_denmarksvg.png Saab is the car sponsor for this years CPH Vision – The Fashion Fair i Kopenhagen

Four Saab’s will do the transportation of international press people under this year big special trade fair CPH Vision, that will have about 25.000 visiotors during the period 8 to 11 February.

Saab have put four cars to be used for the guests, that because Saab is sponsor for CPH Vision – The Fashion Fair together with SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System), the fashion magazine IN, Norman Copenhagen, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Alfaview.

The four Saab’s will on the car sides advertise for both the fashion show and Saab Biopower – the fuel that is very popular in Sweden and for the moment is much debated here at home (in Denmark) as an alternative fuel.

Crown princess Mary, that self drive a Saab 9-3 Cabriolet, will come to visit the show and will then give a distinguished prize plus 50.000 kroner (about 8600 USD) to a talent Nordic design student. The prize name is Designers’ Nest. This happens 11 February.

Thansk to Mioh for the Danish translation!

For more information on the CPH Vision Fashion Fair, please visit

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Odoardo Grey Saab Paint

Posted on 29. Jan, 2007 by .


odoardo_paint_small.jpgThe new paint code charts here on Saabhistory have gotten some people in a frenzy lately on some of the Saab bulletin boards. This debate is on the paint color typically found in the classic 900 SPG model between 1986 and 1989. The color that is under question is “Odoardo Grey”, which for some reason is also known as “Edwardian Grey”. Since the name of the color was named after Odoardo Pagani, Italian importer of Saabs in Turin, Italy.

I would like to get some clarification on this matter as to why the name “Edwardian” has been loosely used over the years.

The rumor is that the word “Edwardian” was a North American translation of Mr. Pagani’s last name and therefore it was used ever since, although the official name is “Odoardo”.

Please post your comments below to set the record straight.

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Washington, D.C. Auto Show – Saab Display

Posted on 26. Jan, 2007 by .



The annual Washington, D.C. Auto Show is in town again at the convention center downtown, and as you may have guessed, I had to show up and see the Saab display, and what some of the competition looked like.

Arriving at the Saab display, I was immediately drawn to the showcased Saab 9-3 Convertible with the “electric blue” color which is now standard for the 2007 model year. 9-3convert_small.jpgThe 9-3 convertible was placed atop a translucent glass platform that was encased with a brushed aluminum frame and railing. The consistent use of choice materials such as these that are commonly found in Scandinavia, were evident throughout the display.

As I made my way around the display, I continued exploring the other Saab models in-depth by taking advantage of some of the features available in the “parked” position such as moving the seats, popping the hood, trunk, etc. I was fortunate in this visit to have arrived in the morning, which means enjoying the experience without having to wait my turn to make my way around the display while also having some clear and unobstructed photo opportunities.

9-3ss.jpgThe visit was was short, but pleasant. As I headed out of the hall, it was necessary to wrap up the visit with a stop over at the “other” Swedish Automobile company’s display as well. At their display, I began exploring their new concept car’s motion sensing obstruction technology which was similiar to the posting I made earlier on the subject of “Saab 9-3 SportCombi – V2V technology“. While I was in this concept car, I was began talking out loud about some of the technology with another auto show visitor shotgun to me. While we were engaged in conversation together, I was approached by a friendly Swedish Product Specialist, who kindly elaborated on the technology and other questions we had. This conversation continued from English into Swedish with me, where we began talking everything Swedish including Saab automobile (not surprising). During this conversation on Saab Automobile, I heard how excited this Swedish Company is for Saab’s most recent successes in having their “best year ever”. Hearing those words from this individual was music to my ears. At the end of our conversation together, I thanked the individual for her help and referred the crew on hand from Sweden, to visit the “House of Sweden” while they are here. The response I received from the the crew of product information specialists, was an overwhelming “Javisste” as a way of assuring me that they wouldn’t leave Washington without doing so.

I had a great time at the show, and urge you if you are in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend to not only visit the “Washington, D.C. Auto Show”, but the “Cars & Transportation” Exhibit at the House of Sweden” as well for two back-to-back events featuring the Saab Automobile!

The Washington, D.C. Auto Show runs from January 24th until January 28th.

The House of Sweden Cars & Transportation program runs until runs until March 23rd.

For more information or to visit yourself, please visit their websites at the following addresss

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The Saab 9000 (1984-1998)

Posted on 25. Jan, 2007 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

I am following up to the previous post with a comprehensive model year by year description of each Saab 9000 produced along with the total production numbers for those years. I think you will find this data quite interesting.

I have also integrated video in the same way I have in the video archive, but this time linked in the text. I think this is a really nice feature and I look forward to your feedback in having the videos that were made in each year inline.

Here is the data from that original press release posted previously.

Saab 9000 – Model year by model year

1985 model
The Saab 9000 was unveiled to the press at the Kolmbden Game Park on 24 May 1984. ne car was initially available only with a 2.0-1itre, bivalve turbo engine delivering 175 bhp. When deliveries to customers began in the autumn, the demand proved to be very keen, and the waiting lists were long.

1986 model
The Saab 9000i 16 powered by a 2.0-litre injection engine developing 130 bhp was launched. Other news included wider high-speed tyres (205/55 VR 15), side direction indicator lamps in the front wings, and a more sophisticated trip computer available as an option.

1987 model
In the autumn of 1986, Saab set up two world records and 21 international speed records at the Talladega Speedway in the U.S.A., using three Saab 9000 turbo 16 cars taken directly from the production line in Trollhättan. ABS anti-lock brake were introduced as optional equipment on certain markets. Turbo cars were fitted with water-cooled turbocharger, and variable heat output we introduced for the front seats. A new four-ratio automatic transmission was also introduced delving the model year. The 2 000 000+ Saab car – a white Saab 9000 Turbo 16 – was produced in March 1987.

1988 model
The Saab 9000 CD Sedan model was presented in Nice in January 1998. Just as in the launch of the CC variant, the 9000 CD was initially available only with a turbo engine. Later in the same year, the saab 9000 Talladega – named after the speedway in the U.S.A. – was also launched. The chassis of this model was lower and the suspension was stiffer. Other new features on the 1988 model included automatic seat belt pretensions.

1989 model
The Saab Direct Ignition (DI) system was introduced on all cars with turbo engines. The engine ratings of cars with catalytic converters were raised – from 125 to 130 bhp on cars with the injection engine and from 160 to 165 bhp on cars with the turbo engine (to 175 bhp on the Talladega model). A ugh-level brake light was fitted as standard, and electrically operated seats were offered as an option. The Saab 9000 CD with injection engine was unveiled in the autumn of 1988 at the Birmingham Motor Show.

1990 model
A new four-cylinder, 2.3-1i|e ejection engine with four valves per cylinder and |111 balancer shafts was presented. ne engine was equipped with the Saab DI system and delivered an output of 150 bhp and a torque of 212 Nm at 3800 lpm. The turbo engines were equipped with a new turbocharger, and the rating of the Saab 9000 Talladega engine was raised to 185 bhp and the torque to 280 Nm at 3000 lpm.

1991 model
The turbo variant of the 2.3-1ite engine was unveiled. The engine developed 200 bhp and a torque of no less than 330 Nm at 2000 lpm. The Saab 9000 T16S model replaced the Talladega variant and had similar equipment, although now naturally with the new 2.3-litre turbo engine. ne live-door variant was given the same sloping front as the 9000 CD which, in turn, was equipped watts a bodywork-coloured aluminium strip between the 2 lamps instead of the black plastic decorative strip previously fitted. Other new features included reinforced side crash protection and an electrostatic ventilation air filter. ne Saab TCS anti-spin system was made available on certain models.

1992 model
The new Saab 9000 CSE model was launched.
Restyled Font and rear, side crash protection improved further and much higher torsional stiffness of the body were the main items of news. Saab was the first car maker to introduce a Freon-free air conditioning system. Freon was replaced by the new, chlorine-free R134a refrigerant. On certain markets, the CD variants were equipped watts a rear air conditioning system with air outlets in the parcel shelf. ne designation of the original five-door variant was changed to Saab 9000 CC. In December 1991, a Eucalyptus been Saab 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo became the 2 500 0001 Saab car produced.

1993 model
The Saab Trionic engine management system developed in-house at Snnh was introduced on cars with turbo engines. The Saab Trionic system is controlled by a rabbit microprocessor and controls the ignition, fuel injection and turbocharger boost pressure. ne catalytic converter was moved 70 cm closer to the engine for more effective emission control when the engine is started from cold. A 2.0-litre, 150 bhp light pressure turbo engine was launched. The Saab 9000 Aero, powered by a 2.3-litre turbo engine developing 225 bhp and delivering a torque of 350 Nm at a mere 1950 lpm was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1992. ne car had a top speed of 240 km/h. ne four leather-upholstered seats were of a new design, with much more pronounced dishing the the standard seats.

1994 model
A new engine variant was launched – a 2.3-1itre light pressure turbo delivering 170 bhp. The 2.0-late engines were fitted with |111 balancer shafts, which had previously been reserved for the 2.3-litre engines. Other items of news on the 1994 model included an improved automatic transmission, and heat-absorbing glass. Electric windows and door mirrors became standard equipment on all variants. The Saab 9000 CC was taken out of production.

1995 model
A of engine watts unique variable induction system was presented. The engine was developed in cooperation with GM. ne displacement is 3 lives, the engine rating is 2 10 bhp, with a torque of 270 Nm at 3300 lpm. The CD variant was given the same low front as the 9000 CSE and was fitted with new tail lights.
White direction indicator lenses at the front were introduced on all markets except the U.S.A. and Canada.

1996 model
Saab Ecopower was launched as the collective name for Saab turbo engines. ne 2.3-li|e
injection engine was discontinued and was replaced by a 2.0-1itre light pressure turbo delivering 150 bhp. A new anti-theft system with automatic engine immobilizer was included in the equipment of certain models.

1997 model
On the occasion of the 50+ anniversary of Saab as car manufacturer, a specialjubilee variant of the Saab 9000 was produced in 1997. ne car is equipped with unique aluminium wheels, same spoilers and skirts as the Saab 9000 Aero, a wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, and exclusive, two-colour leather upholstery with the classic Saab aircraft symbol embossed in the backrests.

1998 model
The last model year for the Saab 9000. Production of the Saab 9000 reached half a million cars in December 1997. A11 metallic paints were now water-based. A new bespoke aluminium wheel watts visible wheel bolts and the Saab Griffm symbol on the hub caps was introduced. The CD variant was taken out of production. The very last Saab 9000 – No.
503 087 – rolled out of the factory on 6 May 1998 for delivery to the Saab Car Museum.

Number of cars per calendar

1984 470
1985 13,721
1986 34,816
1987 49,081
1988 52,199
1989 49,556
1990 45,648
1991 45,533
1992 45,906
1993 37,384
1994 32,196
1995 36,844
1996 32,992
1997 24,201
1998 2,540
Total 503,087



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The Last Saab 9000, #503,087

Posted on 25. Jan, 2007 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9000, that I have mentioned earlier in a campaign to introduce an original film that depicts the Saab 9000 introduction, pre-development and other such areas is one of the most versatile models Saab has
ever rolled out of the factory.

I am providing the last press release by Saab Automobile of final 9000, which was a 9000 CSE in silver, # 503,087.

Saab Automobile AB
Trollhättan, 6 May 1998 98/16

The end of an era: Last Saab 9000 rolls out

The very last Saab 9000 rolled out of the Trollhättan plant on Wednesday 6 May 1998. A total of 503 087 Saab 9000s have been built since the beginning of production in 1984. This milestone car is a silver Saab 9000 CSE with a 2.3-litre turbo engine. The car is equipped with launch aluminium wheels, colour-coded spoilers and skirts, wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, and exclusive, two- colour leather upholstery with the classic Saab aircraft symbol embossed in the backrests. This commemorative car will now be on show at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan.

Lively performance and high occupant safety

The Saab 9000 has gained acclaim for its lively performance, excellent handling, and high standard of safety in a crash. Due to its very generous interior and ample luggage carrying capacity, the Saab 9000 has long been the only imported car to be classified as a ‘Large Car’ by the American authorities. The seats are very comfortable, and there is a distinct cockpit feel about the driver’s environment – the part of the dashboard facing the driver is slightly curved, with the instruments and controls arranged logically in groups according to their functions. The classic design has remained largely unchanged during the lifespan of the car, and has also served as a school of thought for other car makers.The interior styling of the Saab 9000 merited the 1986 ‘Excellent Swedish Design’ prize.

During the first year, the Saab 9000 was available with only one engine – a 2.0-litre turbo developing 175 bhp. The combination of good handling and powerful turbo engine made the Saab 9000 widely appreciated right from the beginning as an enjoyable car to drive. ”The new Saab 9000 will be the luxurious family car with a sports car temperamental wrote the Swedish motoringjournal ‘Motor’ after the first road test.

The ‘Long Run‘ endurance test on the Saab 9000 at the Alabama International Speedway in Talladega, Alabama, U.S.A. in October 1986 played a major role in strengthening the sporty image of the car. Over a period of 20 days, Saab staged an incredible record run with three standard production Saab 9000 Turbo cars. This resulted in 21 new international records and two world records – the foremost of which was a distance of 100 000 km at an average speed of 213.299 km.

The Saab 9000 is still one of the world’s foremost cars in terms of trustworthiness. In three successive biannual reports between 1989 and 1994, the folksy insurance company declared the Saab 9000 to be Sweden’s safest car. The results of the Folksam survey were confirmed by studies undertaken by the American Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Even though cars of more recent design have been launched on the market, the Saab 9000 still does very well in safety appraisals. In the latest IIHS report dated September 1997, for example, the Saab 9000 was awarded top mirks for the lowest level of ‘Driver death rates’ in the ‘Midsize Luxury Car’ category.

Many of the principal sob innovations in recent year were introduced on the Saab 9000. In the Saab Direct Ignition (DI) system launched in 1988, a separate ignition coil that generates a spark firing voltage of 40 000 volt is fitted to each individual spark plug. Three years later, in 1991, Saab was the world’s just car manufacturer to introduce a Freon-gee air conditioning system.
In 1992, Saab unveiled the Saab Trionic engine management system developed in-house at Saab. The system can perform two million calculations per second and controls the ignition, fuel injection and turbocharger boost pressure, at the same time analysing the combustion in each cylinder after every ignition stroke.

Swedish car with Italian lineage

The work of developing the Saab 9000 began in earnest in 1979, when Saab concluded a cooperation agreement with Fiat and Lancia forgoing development of a new, large car.
However, the cooperation was abandoned in 1981, largely because of Saab’s focus on the American market, from which Fiat and Lancia had decided to withdraw. Since the new Saab car was to be designed to withstand the tough American crash tests, while Fiat and Lancia would be designed to conform only to the much less stringent European demands, Saab chose to ‘go it alone’ in the anal development of the Saab 9000. The end product was thus totally different from its original Lancia Thema and Fiat Croma sisters, in spite of a certain amount of similarity among the components used.

The original five-door version of the Saab 9000, later designated the Saab 9000 CC, was launched on 24 May 1984, and 216 385 cars of the model were produced up to 1993.
The Sedan version of the Saab 9000 CD was unveiled in Nice in 1988. Up to the end of 1997, 112 177 cars were produced. A thoroughly redesigned Saab 9000 CS was launched in 1991. When the last CS variant rolls oft-the production line in Trollh|ttan, 174 525 cars of this variant will have been produced.

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The Next Saab Film – Saab 9000

Posted on 24. Jan, 2007 by .


From the poll we had here some time ago, you voted and prioritized films that we should convert from highest priority to lowest. Since we have now have the first two films available on this site “EMS/99 Rallye” and “Swedish Amazing Auto Mobile” films, the next in line according to the poll is the introduction of the Saab 9000.

Here is a clip from the “SAAB 9000” film that I managed to film with my point and shoot digital camera in video mode during the $45 daily rental of a 16 millimeter projector I was able to rent from a local camera store in my neighborhood. The content on this film looks terrific, so I look forward to taking in donations for this film so that we can get the conversion moving along, hopefully even faster than the last film, now that we have a reputable and proven film-to-dvd conversion company that provides outstanding results. The company told me that with the last film we just received “Swedish Amazing Auto Mobile”, it had about another year or two on the film’s lifespan and then it would be impossible to convert, so time of of the essence here.

The price should be about the same as the last film, roughly $109 shipped.

I think now having these clips will help you justify understanding what exactly we will be seeing once these are converted and then making that donation to our saab vintage footage project here at Saab History by clicking on the Paypal link below.

(incl. 2.50 paypal trans.charge) contributes towards 25% of the overall conversion cost of this 16mm film being converted.

$60 (incl. 5.00 paypal trans.charge) contributes towards 1/2 the cost of this 16mm film being converted.

$90 (incl. 7.50 paypal trans.charge) contributes towards 75% of the cost of this 16mm being converted.

$120 (incl. 10.00 paypal trans.charge) contributes towards the entire cost of the 16mm film being converted, plus the remaining cost goes towards the cost of your copy of the resulting DVD.

If you want to contribute towards this effort, please click on the paypal button below to submit your donation.

* Note you do not need a paypal account to make a donation as the site allows secure payments from credit cards and debit cards as well.

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Saab History Film – 1979

Posted on 24. Jan, 2007 by .


Finally, the Saab History film has arrived and it is now available, so remember, you’ve seen it here first.

This film is narrated by non other than Erik Carlsson by describing how SAAB came into the automobile business. Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson begins describing the SAAB model 92, followed by the 96 and with help from,Stig Blomqvist, the model 99.

The film as well as the others, would not be possible without the gratious donation of films by former Saab Cars USA employee, John Moss.

Another special thanks to those that gave financial donations towards the project for making this possible by turning the 16 millimeter film into digital format.

A memorable donation to the Saab community all of you, thank you.

John at
Anders Jenson of
Carl Levine of Granite Embedded Systems, maker of the Saab AudioTroll
Lester Ewing, President of the Saab Club of North America

I look forward to working with anyone else in the future on the remaining 3 films we need to convert, to complete the project. I will be providing a poll in the coming days on what you would like to see next.

The film below has taken a long time to get to this stage, but the content is well worth every minute of your time. Enjoy!

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Production Concept