Archive for April, 2008

General Motors Announcing 2nd Biofuels Partnership

Posted on 30. Apr, 2008 by .

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Saab Automobile’s parent company, GM will be announcing their 2nd biofuels partnership following the news of partnering with Coskata back on January 13th at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan just after the Saab 9-4x BioPower concept made it’s world debut.

GM’s President, Fritz Henderson who spoke at the 2007 Saab Owners Convention last August will be speaking at this press conference tomorrow that takes place in Saab History’s former headquarters, Washington, D.C.

I quickly phoned Greg Martin, GM’s Washington, D.C. communications director who indicated that we need to wait until tomorrow morning at 10:30am to find out this information. It should be interesting what becomes of this announcement, stay tuned! At least I tried!

General Motors To Announce Second Advanced Biofuels Relationship

WHO: General Motors Corp. President Fritz Henderson

WHAT: News Conference on Sustainable Biofuels

WHEN: Thursday, May 1 – 10:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: GM’s Washington, D.C. office – 25 M St. NW, Suite 400

CONTACT: Greg Martin, 202-775-5008

On May 1, at 10:30 a.m., GM President Fritz Henderson will announce General Motors’ Corp’s second partnership with a cellulosic ethanol manufacturer. Non-grain based sustainable biofuels are critical to meet rising energy needs and decrease dependence on foreign oil.

GM leads the auto industry in offering vehicles that can run on either ordinary gasoline or E85 – a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline – or any combination of the two. There are more than 7 million flex-fuel vehicles on U.S. roads, 3 million of which are GM cars and trucks.

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Saab Automobile At Advanced Auto Battery Conference

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As a follow-up to the Scandinavian Hybrid collaborative mentioned back in March, Saab Automobile along with a number of other Swedish automotive companies such as Scania, and Volvo, will be presenting at the Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference and Symposia in Tampa, Florida USA on May 12-16.

If you are a Saab owner or enthusiast that plans on attending, please let Saab History know the results of your visit and please take some photographs, especially the Saab Automobile booth #61 so we can see what was exhibited!

This event showcases some very progressive hybrid battery technology that I think the public would be very interested in this.

For more information, please take a look at the agenda for the conference and symposia below.

http://www.advancedautobat.com/AABC/index.html

Here is the press release below from Invest in Sweden:

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Sweden hosts a world class automotive cluster represented by leading brands such as SAAB Automobile, Scania, Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Group alongside some 1,000 suppliers. Sweden now looks to expand its research and development of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Delegates from the Swedish automotive industry will be present at Booth 61 at the Advanced Automotive Battery and Ultracapacitor Conference and Symposia in Tampa, Florida on May 12-16 to meet international representatives from the vehicle battery industry. The aim is to strengthen the Swedish vehicle battery cluster with further investment.

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Saab Automobile USA’s BioPower Plan – 2009

Posted on 30. Apr, 2008 by .

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Image Credit: E85prices.com

Saab Automobile USA’s president, Steve Shannon, indicated during the 2008 Saab 9-3 Media Event in Washington, D.C. last August and Saab Automobile USA’s communications department recently confirmed that 2009 will be the year when Saab Automobile USA will be importing BioPower (E-85 capable) Saab vehicles to the United States.

Products:

Currently, Saab Automobile offers BioPower in the 9-3 as well as the 9-5 range, but not the Saab 9-7x. In 2009, it has been indicated during the Global Launch in Detroit that the Saab 9-4x will make it’s debut as the Saab halo vehicle for BioPower in North America, replacing the Saab 9-7x.

While this is all good to hear, I guess it is now safe to realize that Saab Automobile USA will be importing the BioPower Saabs, beginning with the Saab 9-4x halo model, then the current aforementioned BioPower Saab 9-5 and 9-3 models in 2009.

Infrastructure:

When it comes to the E-85 infrastructure in the United States, we know that it still has a long way to go even in 2008, so by 2009, we shall see. Furthermore Coskata, the company that GM is now partnering with to produce cellulosic (non government subsidized) based E-85, has recently informed Saab History as of late, that they plan to begin offering their fuel not by 2009, but by 2011.

So here’s the question: Do you believe that it is logical for Saab Automobile USA to maintain their position on importing their BioPower Saab’s with the current E-85 infrastructure prior to Coskata going live with production two years later? My take on this is that Saab Automobile is all about firsts, then 2009 is the year for a BioPower launch in North America.

Furthermore, with 45% of Saab Automobile USA’s sales within the North East region of the United States, what percentage of growth do we need for the current E-85 infrastructure to grow between now and then, given that there are currently 13 stations in Pennsylvania, 4 in New York, 1 pending in Massachusetts, 1 in Maryland and 1 in Washington, D.C.?

Will there be a pilot program in Minnesota given that they are the national leader in E-85 before the vehicles hit the public (ie. the North East region and elsewhere)?

I leave you with Coskata’s answers to Saab History’s two questions below:

Question: Is Coskata’s Cellulosic E-85 government subsidized?

Answer: Coskata’s economics of less than $1 per gallon are not based on government subsidies. There may be subsidies available down the road for next generation ethanol, but to air on the side of caution, Coskata has not included that in its model.

Question: When will Coskata’s Cellulosic E-85 be available?

Answer: Coskata’s next generation ethanol should be available to consumers sometime in 2011.

I encourage you to offer your thoughts on Saab Automobile USA’s BioPower Program in 2009 by posting your comments below.

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Swedish Car Day In The United Kingdom

Posted on 30. Apr, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Robin Morley

Robin Morley, a Saab enthusiast has been responsible for organizing Swedish Car Day in the United Kingdom this past Saturday at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford.

It is very nice to see more Swedish Car Days, given that the North East of the United States now has two strong, we can use more of these events being spread out to other towns, cities, and countries all over the world.

Lastly, it was also nice to see a pair of Saab 9-3 Turbo-X’s present, representing both the Sport Sedan and SportCombi variations.

For more information on Swedish Car Day U.K, please visit their website directly. http://www.swedishday.co.uk/ and for more photographs, please visit her Flickr page

A thank you to Robin for providing the photographs and writeup below, enjoy:

Dear Driver

As you know I organized a Swedish Day here in the West Country at Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford.

The day was a fantastic success with everybody commenting on what a great day they had had.

The gates to the museum opened at just before 9am and we got down to getting the party tents erected. A few of the early arrivals helped and with-in the hour we were ready. By 10am a good dozen Saabs had turned up and we started to park them round the car park area that we had been reserved by Haynes.

By about 11.30 we had a very nice gathering of Saabs then the first Volvo turned up with a cheer from the Saab owners. After all it was a Swedish Day. The Volvo was a very smart gold C70.

During the day we had a total of 41 different cars turn up. A couple of Saabs did turn up as visitors to the museum so were invited to park with us. It was great to talk to so many enthusiasts.

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The Turbo-X Lands in Russelsheim, Germany

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-3 Turbo-X lands in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The photo above shows a local German Saab dealer with their new customer in front of the Saab Germany headquarters.

Here is the press release below for all of you native German speakers:

flagDE The Turbo X Lands in Russelsheim, Germany

2008-04-29

Turbo X-Zwischenlandung in Rüsselsheim

* Saab Fan holt Turbo X persönlich im Werk Trollhättan ab
* Innovatives XWD-System setzt Maßstäbe bei Allrad-Technologie
* Günstige Versicherungseinstufungen machen das limitierte Sondermodell noch attraktiver

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New England Saab Association – Logo Change

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .

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The New England Saab Association, an all-inclusive Saab club in the New England region of the United States that I started back in 1997, are now in a period of growth. This growth period is due to new leadership and an evolving membership base that have not only supported their website re-launch last fall, but have also recently supporting the updating of their logo, shown above.

From meeting with Seth Hedstrom, the new president of the NESA at the recent “Springtime in Sweden” event this past Saturday I asked why the logo was decidedly changed as I read their first official well executed newsletter, and here is his response.

“The club needs to be reflecting fresh and new ideas, and this new logo is our second change including the website update that maintain these focuses”

These words were encouraging and indicative of a leadership at the NESA that is doing their best to leverage the best past practices as well as the current trends and demands in the Saab club scene today.

I leave you with another quote from Seth in the latest NESA newsletter:

I think our progress so far shows that what will make this club excel in combining the diverse talents we all have with equal distribution, so as to always keep this an enjoyable experience. We are all here to have fun: to take a break from our professional, academic, or otherwise boring routines. That is what you can rely on in return for your contributions. That is my promise to you, and that is our goal of the club.

Best,

Seth Hedstrom

For more information, please visit their website http://www.nesaab.org

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Saab of Hunterdon Services SAAB VIGGEN Jet

Posted on 28. Apr, 2008 by .

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viggen service Saab of Hunterdon Services SAAB VIGGEN Jet

Photo Credit: Saab of Hunterdon

Saab of Hunterdon, a site sponsor of Saab History, has recently taken the “Born From Jets” ad slogan to a whole new meaning by showcasing a SAAB JA37 VIGGEN fighter jet for service in their “hangar”.

This goes to show you that Saab of Hunterdon’s service department has more than enough training to work on their jets on the ground, they are now reaching to new heights by servicing those jets in the air.

viggen book Saab of Hunterdon Services SAAB VIGGEN JetIf you find yourself an owner of a SAAB jet whether on the ground or in the air, and need servicing, please give them a call, I am sure they will be more than happy to take care of your SAAB service needs.

By the way, will your service department be in need of a SAAB JA37 VIGGEN Haynes workshop manual anytime soon to repair that $45 million dollar SAAB?

For more information on Saab Service at Saab of Hunterdon, please visit their website directly. http://www.hunterdonsaab.com/

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Saab Performance Team in Beijing, China – May 3rd

Posted on 28. Apr, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab China

The Saab Performance Team will be coming to Saab Beijing and performing on May 3rd, 2008.

The Saab Performance Team who came to be during the Saab-Scania Saab Car Divisions 40th Anniversary Celebration in Sweden, have been performing ever since, including the 50th Jubilee 10 years later in 1997, and most recently during the 60th Anniversary Celebration in Trollhättan, Sweden. In parallel to the automobile acrobatics they perform, they also work as Saab engineers at Saabs technical center, also in Trollhättan, Sweden.

I have had the chance to see them three times, for the first time in 2005 during the Saab Festival in Sweden, in 2006 in Western, Massachusetts during the National “Born From Jets” tour, and most recently during the 2007 60th Anniversary Festival in Kinnekule racetrack in Sweden.

If you live in this region, I highly suggest you go and check them out, you will be glad you did!

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