Archive for December, 2007

The 2008 Saab 9-3 Premiere Promotional Film

Posted on 31. Dec, 2007 by .


Wrapping out the year I give you the 2008 Saab 9-3 Premiere Promo Film. This 8 minute long film was first showcased live at the Saab 9-3 Unveiling in Trollhättan, Sweden on June 10th, 2007 that I attended.

This film was shown just before the 2008 Saab 9-3 model lineup had their covers taken off to more than 1,600 strong who traveled around the world for the 2007 60th Anniversary Saab Festival.

This addition brings the entire Saab Video Archive here on Saab History that I have collected over 3-years up to a total of 372 films, just before the year is out.

I hope you find this film as awe inspiring as I did, it was worth the 6-month wait.

To a bright and exciting 2008!

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2007 Saab 9-3 Convertible TV Ad – Lynx Yellow

Posted on 31. Dec, 2007 by .


Saab Automobile have released a new variation on television ad “Release Me” that debuted this summer in anticipation of the 2008 Saab 9-3 models.

This particular ad features the new 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible in “Lynx” Yellow. Enjoy.

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Saab History’s Saab Model Color Charts Updated

Posted on 31. Dec, 2007 by .



In January of this year, I created a color chart here on Saab history that listed each and every production model Saab ever produced along with a substantial amount of corresponding colors, codes and if submitted, a photo that best showcases the color.

As a follow-up to this massive effort, I have finally updated the page substantially. The color chart, best optimized for firefox web browsers, is now fully integrated in the website with a more intuitive interface for image viewing (when applicable). This page now includes more thumbnail colors, more color codes, even spaceholders for the 2008 model years, as well as all images up-to-date that were submitted by Saab Enthusiasts around the world over the past year.

In addition to the production model cars, I will also be seeking the actual colors for the concept cars that have been produced (ie. 92001, EV-1, 9-X, 9-3X, 9-3 Sport Hatch, Aero-X, etc.)

The objective of this project remains unchanged in order to provide more accuracy, completeness and clarity of the Saab colors from 1947 until present.

I urge you to not only review this section and contact me for any corrections that need to be made, but also submit your own photos of your Saabs that are not yet showcased in the respected sections:

Below are the guidelines to help us both with this process:

Rules for submission:
All submissions via email, the address is info (at)
You will remain the copyright owner of any pictures you send,
and your name will be listed in the contributors section, unless you
want to remain anonymous.
Please check whether the list already has a picture of the colour code you’re about to submit
Please submit pictures that have only one car in them, if at all possible.
Please submit the your respective car year to the proper section (ie. 1985 900)
Please provide pictures in jpg format, no larger than size 640×480 (this is due to disk quota limitations)
Please blank out any registration plates yourself for privacy sake.
Please include the colour code in the filename! (eg. 242.jpg) for a Ruby Red car.

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The Saab 9-3 SportCombi Anniversary Edition Test Drive

Posted on 27. Dec, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

In March of 2005, the Saab 9-3 SportCombi as it is called, not to be labeled as a “wagon”, made its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. This first public viewing of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi was the final production version which originally began as a concept car. By June of the same year, the Saab 9-3 SportCombi marked the four-million milestone of vehicles produced for Saab Automobile, which was celebrated at the 2005 Saab Festival in Sweden. This concept car that the SportCombi was designed from, actually debuted a whole two years earlier during the Frankfurt Auto Show in September of 2003 which is known today as the Saab 9-3 “Sport Hatch” concept. The Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch concept included many unique design elements thanks to the team of Saab designers such as Anthony Lo, Simon Padian and others whom were led by the then head of design, Michael Mauer. The execution of the Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch was also influenced by an earlier Saab concept car itself, known as the Saab 9-3X. The Saab 9-3X embodied many unique design elements but perhaps the most notable result of this design exercise was the C pillar “hockey stick” design, which became a unique design cue for the future Saab design language. This C pillar is now a recognizable design element, unique to the Saab 9-3 SportCombi.

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Happy Holidays from Saab History

Posted on 25. Dec, 2007 by .


A Happy Holidays from Saab History. As I continue to prepare more material for the new year, I hope all of you are enjoying your holidays and are looking forward to a bright 2008.

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Saab History Visits Garry Small Saab in Portland, Oregon

Posted on 21. Dec, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

I have finally made it safely to Portland, Oregon where I will be staying for the holidays this year. During this time, I got the opportunity to visit Saab dealership and site sponsor, Garry Small Saab of Portland.

While visiting Garry Small Saab, the only exclusive family-owned and operated dealership in this region, I got the opportunity to get a nice tour of their dealership first hand. This experience was by far one of the most nostalgic I have had in a Saab dealership. In the 21 years of operation of Garry Small Saab since they started in 1986, their signage, memorabilia, vintage material and products on hand, certainly represented all of Saab Automobile’s history stateside and abroad since 1947.


There were numerous take-aways and notables from this experience:

* Garry Small Saab is the only exclusive Saab Dealership in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States

* Garry Small Saab sales reflect an equal amount of Saab 9-3 models in comparison to the Saab 9-5s.

* Garry Small Saab receives requests almost daily, for both Cross-Wheel Drive equipped Saabs as well as Diesel powered Saabs from perspective customers in the Pacific Northwest region.

* Garry Small Saab have loaned vehicles for two movies “Feast of Love” starring Morgan Freeman this past year as well as “Bandits” with Bruce Willis back in 2001.

* Garry Small Saab are restoring a well preserved SAAB 96 Monte-Carlo and currently own an extremely rare 1954 SAAB 92.

At the end of the visit I have had the privilege to depart in a 2007 Saab 9-3 Anniversary Edition SportCombi, similiar to what I test drove at the Saab Festival back in June for the weekend. Please expect a thorough writeup while I explore the 9-3 SportCombi over the weekend.

A special thank you goes to the staff at Garry Small Saab in supporting Saab History and also offering their time and resources for my visit today at their comfortable family owned dealership.

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Saab History Travels to the Pacific Northwest

Posted on 18. Dec, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

During the holidays this year, I will be travelling to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and will be enjoying some quality time in the cities of Portland, Oregon as well as Seattle, Washington.

Outside of visiting with friends and family, I will be meeting with two of my sponsors, both Garry Small Saab as well as Atomic Auto, both in Portland, Oregon as well as others.

If you find yourself in the neighborhood, please send me an e-mail as I would love to meet up with some Saab Enthusiasts from this region during my 10-day stay in the Pacific Northwest from December 19th through the 29th.

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Automatic Performance Control (APC): Saab Innovation

Posted on 18. Dec, 2007 by .


Automatic Performance Control is a Saab innovation that started in 1980 that was first implemented in all 1982 Saab 900 Turbo models.

In the promotional video above, although in Swedish, illustrates the engineering and practicality of the Saab APC system in a 1982 Saab 900 Turbo.

1980: APC – Growing concern for the environment and reduced emissions led to the development of APC, Automatic Performance Control. APC enables the engine to run on fuels with a lower octane rating, with no loss of efficiency and durability. This is achieved using combustion process monitoring to control the turbocharger.

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