Archive for October, 2007

Saab BioPower: the beauty of nature

Posted on 26. Oct, 2007 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

This just in from Saab Automobile France, loosely translated thanks to Babelfish

Saab BioPower: the beauty of nature

Conscious of the responsibility for the automobile in quality of the air, Saab created the BioPower flex-fuel engine, running on the fuel E85, Ethanol mixture (85%) and gasoline (15%). This Saab 9-3 is showcased at the event “Breathings d’Enghien” (from the 9 to November 11, 2007, Enghien-the-Baths). The Swedish manufacturer will also sponsor the “Oxygen Awards” rewarding the technology for more innovating at the begining of the event on the evening of official reception of Friday November 9.

In Sweden, it a long time that we have had worries about the quality of the air, because the environment formed there over there integral part of the life of the Scandinavian population. This respect is found in the achievements of Saab, car manufacturer who celebrated in 2007,its 60 years of existance. Saab innovated as well while being the first manufacturer to assemble brake pads without asbestos as of the systems of air-conditioning completely without CFC. The BioPower technology makes it possible to counter the most serious threats weighing on the environment, the multiplication of the gas emissions responsible for the effect of greenhouse gases such as the carbon dioxide (CO2). Saab BioPower embodies the will of the manufacturer to to offer an immediate solution for a more durable future; in fact flex fuel vehicles make it possible to run to both E85 or gasoline, whatever the mixture of these two fuels present in the tank. The diffusion on a large scale of the BioPower engines can also take part to overcome our historical dependence with respect to the fossil fuels.

This engine is an answer to two questions which must be tackled if one wishes to preserve the facility of displacement offered by the road transport. Initially, there is urgency to start to fight the general reheating caused by what what is called ” the effect of greenhouse gases”. In the second place, it is necessary to find solutions of replacement to overcome our dependence with regard to oil. The total resources soon will no longer be able to follow our demand. The total number of available sources is now just a question of time.

The use of ethanol can contribute to reverse this environmental tendency, because its consumption does not raise the CO 2 levels in the atmosphere. To the difference of the gasoline or gas oil, the ethanol consumption does not add CO2 in the atmosphere, because its emissions in transport are counterbalanced by the quantity of CO2 eliminated by photosynthesis at the time of the growth of harvests of conversion. Thus, CO2 already present in the atmosphere is simply re-used. On the other hand, the use of a fossil fuel such as the gasoline releases from new quantities of CO2 until there locked up since million years in the ground.

A complete environmental policy

Saab, as a car manufacturer, is a truly environmentally aware. Its confidence in bioethanol was introduced to propose to the public a whole range of vehicles functioning with various BioPower engines that include the 1,8 turbo (175ch) to 2,3 T of 210 CH, on a broad pallet of body styles: 9-3 Sport Sedan and Sport Combi, 9-3 Convertible, 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi. The BioPower engines do not reject that 35 to 50 grams of CO2 with the kilometer function to 100% of ethanol E85. The E85 present has many advantages. In addition, the purchasers of flex fuel vehicles profit from advantageous tax measurements granted by the government. Let us recall that the Charter for the development of the ethanol was signed at the end of 2006 by l’Etat, the agricultural representatives, the distributors, the tankers and the car manufacturers, of which Saab use.

BioPower technology is one of the three facets of the environmental policy of General Motors. For the short term, the use of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, and the improvements brought to the gasoline and diesel engines will make it possible to reach a first stage. Then, it will be necessary to resort to hybrid vehicles also exploiting electric motors. They will constitute one second stage, before the final analysis of the fuel cells supplied with hydrogen, which will offer the final environmental answer. And the return to a definitively respirable atmosphere.

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Saab Owners Convention – 1992

Posted on 26. Oct, 2007 by .

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Photo Credit: Mary Egan

The 1992 Saab Owners Convention took place in Columbus, Ohio during Aug 7th-9th.

The Photograph above was kindly donated by Bill Jacobson of Sports Car Service in Delaware that I have recently visited and written about, as well as the official convention booklet that you can download below that was kindly donated this weekend at Swedish Car Day 8 by the Stottler Family.

I am still looking for any video footage taken during this event, so if you have any or know of someone who has any, please contact me.

This convention is also listed on the Saab Convention Archive here on Saab History.

saab_convention_1992_logo_200.jpgWELCOME SAAB OWNERS…

…to the 1992 National Convention. On behalf of the SAAB Club of Central Ohio, I am happy you made the trip to Columbus, the largest city in the world named for the explorer and where the 500th anniversary of his voyage is being celebrated community-wide.

It was two years ago this weekend, while attending the National Convention in Sturbridge that I decided to host this yera’s event. Since that date, much time and energy has gone into making the convention a success. Hats off to all the volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and others who have made this convention a reality.

Please look through this program to familiarize yourself with all the activities being offered. We have a very full, tight schedule all weekend and we hope to keep things running along. If you ever have questions or need information, please see the people wearing the red ribbons on their name tag. You can also stop in the registration room which will also be our information and message center.

Again, I want to welcome you to the 1992 National SAAB Owners Convention and I hope you enjoy yourself!

Sincerely,

Dan Orzano
Convention Chairman

Here is the official convention booklet available for download below.

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Turbo! Enthusiasts Donate to Saab Film Project

Posted on 26. Oct, 2007 by .

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Image Credit: Rob Lodes

A number of devoted Saab Enthusiasts on the long-time running Turbo! listserve have recently rallied support for donations to the 2nd phase of the much enjoyed Saab Film Project. Their donations now ensure the quick turn-around of both the 1999 and 2000 Saab Master Technician films as well as a little extra for future film conversions that may come down the road in the near future.

An enthusiastic thank you goes to the members that continue to enjoy the idea of “saving” more films from that may end up otherwise disappearing into the ether.

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Saab’s Motorsport Manager on Saab Motorsport Today

Posted on 25. Oct, 2007 by .

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Saab Automobile AB’s very own Björn Berglöf, Manager Saab Motorsport, has recently provided Saab history an exclusive historical account of his background in motorsport with Saab Automobile.

We are very priveledged to receive this information and a tremendous thank you goes to Mr. Berglöf for sharing this information to the Saab community here on Saab History. As they say in Sweden, Tack Så Mycket! (Thank you Very Much!)

Please enjoy his writeup in his own words below:

Saab’s Motorsport Manager on Saab Motorsport Today

1.jpgTo start with myself, I entered Saab in 1964, when we still had the two-stroke Saab 96 and 95 in production. The development work of Saab 99 had just started and I was a part of the Interior Design Team, responsible for seat belts, mirrors, front seats etc.

In 1971 I became the supervisor of the department, responsible for the complete interior design work. The department was later on divided in groups and I was the group leader for seat belts, air bag and instrument panel.

After a short stay on the purchasing department, I went back, in 1985, to the technical department to start up the Accessories Development and some years later was Saab Special Vehicles included as well.

2.jpgIn 1994 we were contacted by Anders Norstedt who had won the Rally Cross European Championship, for three years, with the Saab 900 Classic. He wanted to build a new car based on the new Saab 900, for the highest division, with four wheel drive. We had an AWD-concept for Saab 9000 going on and found it interesting to test it on a race car. I got the job to my department! 🙂

3.jpg Today Anders has a rally team, Team Motorsport (http://www.teammotorsport.net/) with a Saab 9-3 CC, participating in the Swedish Championship, on ethanol of course. We still support him!

4.jpgIn 1996 Erik Carlsson asked Per Eklund if he was interested to change over from Subaru to Saab in rally cross, and come back to the family. I was asked to investigate the possibility with Per and one year later we had the car finished and he won the Swedish Championship the same year. In 1999 he also won the European Championship. As a bonus for that, we promised him to support a start in Pikes Peak and a hectic job started to build a complete new car for the race.

5.jpgThe car was built in Per’s garage in Arvika with support from us. You have probably seen the film? In his first race 2000 he won his class, Pike Peak Open, in 11 min. and 22 sec, witch still is the record. The car was rebuilt for the Unlimited Class and 2002 he won that class as well.

6.jpgToday Per is participating in the Swedish and European Championships with a Saab 9-3 Aero SportSedan (http://home.ict.nl/~mikjager/). We still support him!

7.jpg We also support a rally team, Green Rally (http://www.greenrally.nu/). In 2003 they were the first racing team, in the world, running on ethanol. As we worked with the BioPower concept at that time, it was interesting for us to support the team and show the potential of the fuel.
They have been very successful and won the Swedish Super Cup in 2005. The first victory with an ethanol car.

8.jpg In track racing we support two teams.

Swede Team Motor (http://www.swedeteammotor.com/) participates in endurance racing with a Saab 9-3 TiD. They introduced diesel cars on the track in 2003 and had the first diesel car on the podium ever. This year the team won their class and were on the third place totally in tough fights with Porsche, BMW and other high performance cars. With a diesel engine!

9.jpgSwede Team Motor also participates in Historic Racing with a Saab 96. In 2003 they won the Historic 1000cc-Cup in Sweden

10.jpgAnders Weglin Racing (http://www.awr.nu/) runs the Nordic Super Car in a Saab 9-3 SportSedan BioPower. It is a high performance car in a very tough competition with Viper, Porsche and Ferrari. They won the last race of the season and will use the winter to reduce the weight of the car, with more carbon fibre parts. So perhaps next year!

The support the teams get is in form of technical know how, standard parts and racing parts produced in our prototype shop.

Björn Berglöf

Manager Motor Sport
Saab Automobile AB

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You Voted and the Classic Saab 900 Wins!

Posted on 25. Oct, 2007 by .

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You voted back on October 18th about what you thought a “real” Saab was, and the results were interesting.

So here is the question, WHY did you choose the way you did and what do you think about the results in the order in which the 60 votes came in?

Please post your comments below as I would like to see what you really think about that favorite Saab you voted for that you believed was the best representation of a Saab.

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Chicago Sun Times on Peter Gilbert’s Million Mile SPG

Posted on 24. Oct, 2007 by .

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Photo Credit: Peter Gilbert

The story continues for Peter Gilbert who donated his million mile 1989 Saab 900 SPG to the Hartford Auto Museum in Hartford. Wisconsin lately.

The Chicago Sun Times have written a nice piece on what it takes to push your car to this monumental milestone.

Here is an excerpt of this story:

Gilbert’s million-mile car, a 1989 Saab 900 SPG, is now in the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. But he said washing it twice a week by hand was crucial to keeping it going. “Seventeen winters in Wisconsin is brutal,” said Gilbert, who has become a celebrity among Saab devotees, making appearances at auto shows and Saab conventions. He got a brand-new Saab from the company free, and a video on YouTube shows the odometer turning from 999,999 back to zero.’

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Immitation is The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Posted on 24. Oct, 2007 by .

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I was casually browsing the Saab media archives today until I came across a section titled “videos” which this site was founded on and noticed some very “interesting” similiarities.

I have gone ahead and contacted the necessary folks in order to see where they got their “ideas” from, so we’ll see what happens from here. In the meantime, I have provided a nice little comparison sheet just so you know what I am referring to.

Design Anomaly or just a coincidence? It is up to you to decide.

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Forbes Auto Reviews the 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Posted on 24. Oct, 2007 by .

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Forbes Auto has recently written an outstanding review on the 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible titled “Fair and Foul-Weather Friend” that illustrates the capabilities that we have come to expect from Saab Automobile.

This is a great read, so please check it out here.

“The convertible comes with a particularly well-finished fabric top that provides ample protection from the elements, as you might expect from a country that endures severe winters.”
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This statement is true and reminds me of a great television ad done by the former advertising agency, Angotti, Thomas & Hedge Advertising agency that depicted a 1994 Saab Commemorative edition 900 convertible illustrating that the convertible has always been designed as a well-equipped “all season car”.

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