Archive for March, 2007

Minnesotean driver okay after rollover in Saab 9-5

Posted on 31. Mar, 2007 by .


A woman from Minnesota has recently posted a video on youtube that depicts her Mother’s 9-5 sedan that she recently crashed. I have recently e-mailed her to see if she could provide some descriptive text about what exactly happened.

The extent of the damage that the 9-5 took once again provides a case for Saab Automobile’s ongoing committment to safety.

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Swedish Government Offers Discount to Buyers of Green Cars

Posted on 31. Mar, 2007 by .


This just in from one of my Saab Colleagues

“Good news for Saab in its home market, as it just extended the “BioPower” flexfuel portfolio beyond the 9-5 to the 9-3 as well”

Swedish Government Offers Discount to Buyers of Green Cars
Deutsche Presse DPA, March 30

Sweden’s government approved a plan Thursday to award consumers who buy environmentally friendly cars a discount of 1,070 euros.

The discount on cars emitting less than 120 grams per kilometer of CO2 starts Sunday and will be offered through December 2009.

“The discount aims at encouraging more people to buy fuel-efficient cars and cars that are fueled with environment-friendly fuels,” Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said. “You should feel the benefits to the environment in your heart, but they should also be noticeable in your wallet.”

The government said it would allocate 5.4 million euros for the rebate this year, and twice that amount for 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The Swedish Road Administration estimated the discount would boost green car sales by 10 to 15 percent.

Carlgren said Sweden is a large country and cars are necessary, but its environment must be protected.

The Swedish Road Administration is in charge of administering rebate payments and will also check the vehicles against the national vehicle registry.

A new Swedish law requires all major filling stations to provide an alternative fuel. In addition, Swedish cities will offer free parking for green cars.

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The Next Saab Film – Saab Scania – 22min, 22sec

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .



This is the next vintage Saab-Scania film done in July of 1979. I did not get a chance to get any video clips of this one, but I have managed to scan a scene from one the reel’s frames using my scanner. I don’t have any more information the film other than this.

I would like to get donations moving for this film at this time so we can wrap up these reels and get to the most recent footage that was submitted. We should see the light blue bar graph on the left-hand side grow to over $436 including shipping ($450) to ensure that this film can begin processing.

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Saab Salomon Transalp X-Wing Rally (March 23-31st)

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .


I had mentioned in an earlier post that the Saab-Salomon X-Wing Rally had recently toured through the United States, beginning on the West coast and ending up in New England.

On March 21st, Saab-Salomon partnership continued the international X-Wing Rally by starting their own web blog in order to provide coverage of the Saab-Salomon Transalp X-Wing event. The Saab-Salomon Transalp X-Wing event involves 20 performance ski teams that compete in a number of countries in Europe over the course of 7-days (March 23rd through the 31st) These teams will be traveling to each destination in a fleet of brand new Saab 9-3 SportCombi X-Wing edition V6 Aero models through some of the most beautiful ski resorts that the Alps has to offer. These resorts include Cervinia/Zermatt, St. Moritz just to name a few.

Here is their schedule for the remainder of the event.

March 29th РSkiing in St Anton, Austria and Dining & Lodging in Șlden, Austria
March 30th РSkiing in Șlden, Austria РDining & PARTYING in Șlden, Austria
March 31st – Bus trip back to Annecy, France


Here are some photographs of the Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi fleet that from the first day of the event. I have been promised more photos in the coming days, so please check back in by the end of next week.


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon

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The Saab Convertible & The Elements

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .


The previous press release from Saab Automobile France highlights how the driver of the Saab convertible enjoys the natural wind through their hair, an exciting experience especially in Saab convertible.

The moment I managed to read the press release, I suddently remembered some of the best convertible television advertisements in my opinion that best illustrate this connection with the natural elements that we are truly fortunate to have here on earth besides the wind such as the Sky, the Sun, the Stars & the Snow. Here are some of those television advertisements that were made in 1994, 1995 and 1997 thanks to Saab Cars USA, respectively.

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Saab celebrates 60 years with a new color, Ice Black

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

This just in from Saab Automobile France. I have translated this press release with Google translation this time, so if there are any suggested changes, please let me know.

I really like the color! I wonder if we’ll see this color again in the super secret “Black Turbo” project this summer at the Saab Festival in Sweden?

Saab celebrates its 60 years with the Living room Car Pleasure in “Ice Black”

Saab is the uncontested specialist with the convertible, and will be present at the new edition of the living room of the convertible, the Living room Car Pleasure which is held with the Door of Versailles (of March 30 to April 1, 2007). The mark celebrates this year its 60 years of existence in the automobile field, and will expose a special version of its 9-3 Convertible, the Limited Series “Ice Black”.

Saab made the convertible possible in becoming an accessible a pleasure to all, operating as a vehicle during the good weather to a an automobile that allows 4 people to comfortable drive in at anytime. It was just over 20 years ago when the convertible began, and again Saab proves that the 9-3 Convertible is a success as exhibited with the new “Ice Black” color.

Saab contributed significantly to the development of the convertible cars, by transforming them into means of transport practise, perfectly usable throughout the year. Saab Cabriolet became a modern mystic, and a symbol to the whole world as a beautiful and desirable car, synonymous with the pleasure of leading hair to the wind. This statute played an important part in its commercial success.

Saab 9-3 Convertible reaffirms the position of Saab to the head of the manufacturers of the prestige of the convertible. It is the fruit of the experiment of more than twenty years of design of convertibles four places all times knowing to show itself as functional and elegant.

Saab Cabriolet has a level of rigidity, of quality of construction and comfort which place it at the head its category. Innovating with many regards, this car goes even further in the philosophy of Saab, for which convertible must be “more than one simple convertible” while making it possible to roll the every day of the year. In addition to its practical qualities, the Convertible brings also a pleasure of leading real, because it begins again excel it frame of the range 9-3.

The range of motorizations very provided proposes the choice between V6 2,8 liters any overfed aluminium developing 250 CH (184 kw), three turbo four-cylinder engines 2,0 liters any aluminium developing 150 CH (110 kw), 175 CH (129 kw) and 210 CH (147 kw) and a turbodiesel 1.9TiD common rail with direct injection of 150 CH (110 kw).

Profiting from a maximum note of five stars allotted to the cash-test of EuroNCAP, the Convertible is proposed in completions Linear, Vector or Aero, or with a new completion called “Ice Black”, which will be exposed to the Living room Car Pleasure. This version receives in series a system of navigation with touch screen color and a cartography on DVD, a system Audio Premium 300 W 13HP with box of low and Bluetooth function, of the headlights Bi-xenon, a black leather saddlery and rims alloy 17 inches specific. Saab 9-3 Convertible limited Series “Ice Black” will be proposed only with 100 numbered specimens, with the engines 1.8t (110 kW/150 CH), 2.0t (129 kW/175 CH), 2.8 T V6 Aero (184 kW/250 CH) or 1.9 TiD FAP (110 kW/150 CH).

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Saab BioPower 100 to make American debut in New York

Posted on 28. Mar, 2007 by .



This just in from Saab Automobile USA.

North American Auto Show Debut

Saab BioPower 100 Concept Arrives in New York

· First production-based turbo engine optimized for pure bioethanol (E100)
· 300 hp with greatly reduced CO2 impact
· Demonstrates further potential of bioethanol fuel
· Scope for future ‘rightsizing’ with turbocharging to give ‘large’ engine power
· Saab extends leadership of “flex-fuel” bioethanol engine technology
· Precursor of Saab BioPower production vehicles coming to the United States

The Saab BioPower 100 Concept, first unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show last month, is making its North American debut at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York.

“Saab is the sales leader in the “flex-fuel” car segment in Europe, and we are eager to extend that success to North America”, said Jay Spenchian, Saab Automobile USA General Manager. “The BioPower 100 Concept shows the way to go. Beyond highlighting the first production-based turbo engine to be optimized for pure ethanol, this hi-tech concept also foreshadows the arrival of Saab BioPower products in the United States in the near future.”

The exciting BioPower 100 Concept brings Saab’s technology to a new level by showing the true potential of combining turbocharging and sophisticated engine management with pure bioethanol fuel. It is one of the best examples that greener motoring can also mean even sportier driving.

At the heart of the Saab BioPower 100 Concept is a modified version of a 2.0-liter turbo production gasoline engine from the current Saab 9-5 range, which in standard specification gives peak power of 150 hp. A test and development program – involving modifications to the engine management system and internal components – now enables it to exploit the high octane benefits of E100 fuel by using a higher compression ratio, together with more boost pressure. The outcome of this work is peak power of 300 hp and a remarkably high specific power output of 150 hp per liter.

“This exciting concept shows the tremendous potential of bioethanol, in terms of both performance and future opportunities to ‘rightsize’ engines,” says Saab Automobile Managing Director Jan Åke Jonsson. “Bioethanol is already entering the market as E85 fuel and we look forward to seeing further supply infrastructure developments that will make it more widely available in the future.”

The Saab BioPower 100 Concept is presented as an evolution of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi. It is visually distinguished by styling features such as ‘ice block’ front and rear light units – extending a theme seen on the 9-3 SportCombi – and 19-inch ‘turbine’ alloy wheels inspired by those of the award-winning Saab Aero X concept, first shown at Geneva last year. The interior is upholstered in unique white leather, complemented by the main fascia and door trims, which are finished in black leather overlaid with a carbon fiber-effect pattern. The car is also equipped with Saab’s innovative AlcoKey, an easy to use, pocket-sized alco-lock device that helps drivers steer clear of drinking and driving.

Total BioPower
· Saab 9-5 BioPower, Europe’s top-selling bioethanol (E85)-powered car
· 300 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from concept’s production-based engine
· E100 enables high compression ratio with high boost pressure

Saab is already established as the leading player in Europe’s emerging market for “flex-fuel” vehicles able to run on gasoline and/or bioethanol (E85). Its current Saab 9-5 BioPower model is the best-selling flex-fuel car in Sweden, a title which also extends to the European continent. At Geneva this year, Saab also announces BioPower’s introduction throughout its 9-3 product range in Europe.

So far, Saab BioPower development has been focused on using E85 fuel, (85 percent bioethanol/15 percent gasoline). Now, with the announcement of the fully functioning BioPower 100 Concept, Saab confirms its leadership position by showing how bioethanol technology could be further extended. In combining pure bioethanol with Saab’s expertise in turbocharging, the BioPower 100 Concept offers drivers an exciting win/win proposition: greener motoring with dramatically enhanced power and performance.

Running on E100, the concept car’s engine delivers peak power of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm and an exceptionally strong 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,000 and 5,100 rpm, with almost 85 percent available at just 2,000 rpm. This strong and flexible power delivery gives the Saab BioPower 100 Concept car zero to 62 mph acceleration in just 6.6 seconds and 50 – 75 mph (fifth gear) in an even more impressive 8.2 seconds. The standard 150 hp gasoline engine produces 177 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800-3,500 rpm, giving zero to 62 mph in 10.2 seconds and 50- 75 mph (fifth gear) in 16.3 seconds.

The secret behind such enhanced performance is the ability of E100 fuel to resist harmful self-ignition, or ‘knocking’, as the fuel/air mixture is compressed in the cylinder. This attribute is denoted by E100’s high 106 RON octane rating. It permits the use of an engine compression ratio that is higher than normally possible with turbocharging, giving more power and greater combustion efficiency without risk of knocking.

The BioPower 100 Concept’s engine operates with a compression ratio of 11.0:1, compared to 8.8:1 for the standard gasoline engine. This has been achieved by modifying the shape of the piston crowns to reduce the volume of the combustion chamber, thereby raising the engine’s compression ratio.

New software for Saab’s powerful Trionic engine management system, which controls the throttle setting, ignition timing, fuel injection and turbo boost pressure, looks after the different ignition timing and fuel/air mixture requirements of E100 fuel.

More durable valves and valve seats are fitted to the engine, together with bioethanol-compatible materials throughout the fuel system. The only other modification necessary is pre-heating of the fuel. This is required to achieve good cold-starting performance, which is the main reason why bioethanol is currently blended with gasoline and sold as E85 fuel.

In ambient temperatures below 60°F, the chemistry of E100 makes it resistant to vaporization and, as a result, it can be difficult to start the engine. To overcome this issue, the Saab BioPower 100 Concept has an experimental fuel heating system, using small heating elements in the inlet ports downstream of the injectors. When the engine is cold, these elements warm the incoming fuel sufficiently to allow it to vaporize. Shortly after start-up, the function is automatically deactivated.

On The Road
· Driver enjoys ‘on demand’ performance typical of 4-liter engine
· ‘Less is more’ turbo philosophy with E100 offers engine ‘rightsizing’ potential
· Future hybrid application for further energy savings
· Gasoline flex-fuel capability retained

In optimizing the potential of bioethanol fuel, the Saab BioPower 100 Concept turbo engine offers improved drivability as well as greater full power performance. The high compression ratio allows the engine to generate more torque more quickly, particularly from low engine speeds. On the road, the driver of the BioPower 100 Concept will immediately notice a sharper engine response, with a better low speed pick-up before the turbo is engaged.

On full throttle openings, the turbocharger packs up to 1.2 bar (17.4 psi) boost, without risk of ‘knocking’ from the high octane fuel. It gives the BioPower 100 Concept driver access to the sort of in-gear performance typical of a modern, naturally-aspirated engine of four liters or more. The smooth power delivery – without fossil fuel emissions – takes Saab’s traditional ‘less is more’ turbo philosophy to a new level.

That impressive 150 hp/liter specific power output also indicates considerable potential for engine ‘rightsizing’, giving the driver the performance characteristics of a ‘large’ engine without incurring its additional weight, greater complexity or higher fuel consumption. In this way, E100 offers significant potential to reduce the displacement of an engine – thereby reducing fuel consumption – while still achieving a desired power level.

The overall fuel consumption of the current Saab 9-5 BioPower engine using E85 is about 30 percent higher than on gasoline and the optimized BioPower 100 engine is expected to yield a near 10 percent gain against this. Bioethanol burns at a lower temperature than gasoline, which reduces thermal stresses on the engine and benefits fuel consumption at higher cruising speeds. With the future addition of direct injection and lean-burn technology, E100 fuel consumption can move even closer to gasoline levels.

For optimum energy saving, E100 applications could also be combined with electric hybrid technology, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions still further. This development has already been previewed in the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept, the world’s first such vehicle to use pure bioethanol.

While the BioPower 100 Concept is focused on performance, it still retains a ‘flex-fuel’ capability and the engine will also run on gasoline, or E85, although power levels are not so high. Trionic monitors fuel quality after every visit to the filling station and automatically makes any adjustments necessary for running on E100/E85 and/or gasoline in any combination.

To handle the increased performance, the BioPower 100 show car is fitted with a limited-slip differential and larger front brake discs (13.6 inches) and calipers, while using the sport chassis settings of Saab 9-5 Aero SportCombi. It also has a dual pipe rear exhaust system, with tailpipes similar to those of the Aero X Concept.

Superb Fuel

· High quality, clean burn fuel
· Single chemical compound allows more precise engine management control
· Modern fuel meets current environmental challenges
· Experience gained from Saab Variable Compression (SVC) engine

Bioethanol is a clean burning fuel that can be produced in many parts of the world from a wide range of agricultural crops and biomass. More efficient second-generation processes, using ligno-cellulose extracted from forestry and agricultural products, are also under development.

Bioethanol’s simple, fixed chemical composition opens up new possibilities in engine management and control. It consists of just one hydrocarbon molecule, whereas retail gasoline is a cocktail of several hundred different hydrocarbons as well as additives to prevent engine deposits which may not be necessary with bioethanol. It is also biodegradable and will dissolve in water.

As it is a single chemical compound, bioethanol allows engineers to exercise much greater precision in maximizing engine performance. For example, it is possible to maintain an ideal fuel/air mixture (Lambda 1) at all throttle openings without impairing the smooth running of the engine.

Saab’s experimental variable compression (SVC) engine, revealed at Geneva in 2000, has played an important role as a test bed for BioPower development work. It has been used to help determine the optimum relationship between compression ratio and boost pressure for the BioPower 100 application.

“Bioethanol is a potent, high quality fuel which opens up exciting possibilities in helping to meet the environmental challenges that face us,” says Kjell ac Bergström, GM Powertrain – Sweden president and CEO, who has led the Saab BioPower 100 engine development team.

He adds: “As the need to reduce energy consumption increases, we are exploring ways to run smaller engines that give relatively high power, with and without hybrid technology. Bioethanol can play a key role in this ‘rightsizing’ process, while also minimizing fossil fuel emissions.”

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2007 model year, Saab markets seven engines/transmissions that perform at an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway. Saab also offers vehicle warranty coverage for five-years or up to 100,000 miles. Visit for more information.

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Note to Editors:
Bioethanol fuel is produced commercially from agricultural crops, such as corn and sugar cane, and other forms of biomass. Also under development are second-generation processes which offer greater energy efficiency by using ligno-cellulose extracted from forestry and agricultural products, such as wood, straw and grass.

Unlike gasoline, bioethanol consumption does not raise atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main ‘greenhouse’ gas. This is because emissions during driving are balanced by the amount of CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere when crops for conversion are grown. In contrast, fossil-based fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, release new amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere which have been locked away underground in oil deposits.

Saab BioPower 100 Concept:

Technical Specifications
1,985 cc. Four cyl. in-line. Bore/stroke: 90/78 mm. Cast iron block, alloy cylinder head.
DOHC chain-driven, 16-valves. Twin balancer shafts. Turbocharged, intercooled.
Saab Trionic 7 engine management. Direct ignition, multi-point fuel injection, electronic throttle control


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The Swedish RallyCross Film – 1980

Posted on 28. Mar, 2007 by .


This film covers the Swedish RallyCross with Stig Blomqvist once again, this time in his 300hp 99 Turbo in 1980.

This film is the third official rally film from Saab in addition to the Swedish KAK Rally in 1971 and the Finnish 1000 Lakes Rally in 1977 that are now stored permanently in the saab videos archive. The film length is approximately 16 minutes.

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Production Concept