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Saab Owners Reconvene near Boston this Weekend

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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This just in from Saab Automobile USA about the 2008 Saab Owners Convention.

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For Immediate Release — August 19, 2008

Celebrating 30 Years of Saab Turbocharging

North American Saab Owners Reconvene near Boston this Weekend

Detroit – Saab owners and enthusiasts from all over North America and beyond are planning on gathering for the annual Saab Owners Convention in Devens, Massachusetts west of Boston this weekend. Celebrating the passion for their cars and the Saab brand, around five hundred owners and their cars are expected to attend the event which opens Thursday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 24.

The 26th consecutive annual Saab Owners Convention is organized by the Saab Club of North America. The center of activities is the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Hotel at the Common Center in Devens, Massachusetts. The venue has excellent facilities and is ideally located, as it is close to most attractions in the area. Though registration for this year’s event is now closed, day passes can still be obtained at the Saab Club registration desk in the hotel. Continuing updates, including details on the exact location and program activities are available at http://www.saabclub.com/soc08.html.

Main theme of the 2008 SOC is 30 Years of Saab Turbocharging Leadership, which started with the 1978 Saab 99 Turbo. Now widely known as a true “cult car”, the original 99 Turbo laid the foundation for many of the essentials that carry on in Saab’s current product portfolio, largely consisting of cars with highly efficient turbocharged engines.

Steve Shannon, Saab Automobile USA General Manager and a native of the Boston area, is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the Banquet Dinner on Saturday night. “I am looking forward meeting many owners and their cars in person again, and participate in their unparalleled passion for Saab”, Shannon said.

Beyond exhibiting the very best examples of its turbo heritage collection and latest array of products, Saab Automobile USA has selected this venue to showcase potential future classics such as the all-black 2008 Turbo X performance car as well as the exclusive and very sunny-looking Convertible “yellow edition”. In addition, the award-winning 2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept car is coming over from Sweden to be one of the key attractions.

Already labeled “Best Concept” by AutoWeek Magazine upon its world debut at the Geneva auto show last March, the Saab 9-X BioHybrid has been voted “Specialty Concept Car of the Year” by a jury of 25 professional North American automotive journalists. The award ceremony took place last June at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.

“The Saab 9-X BioHybrid blends organic form with ecologically sound propulsion for both aesthetic and environmental appeal”, said jury panel member Arv Voss of Auto Impressions. Added Bob Kroupa of the Automotive Writers Group: “Saab takes center stage with a new design approach for a compact vehicle. With the BioHybrid turbo engine included, we have a winner”.

“We are honored by this important recognition from an expert North American media organization,” said Saab Automobile USA marketing director Roger McCormack accepting the award. “Following in the footsteps of the highly inspirational Aero X, and the 9-4X BioPower crossover concept which also debuted earlier this year, the 9-X BioHybrid demonstrates that Saab is truly on the move.”

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1992 Saab 900 Turbo Project Ready For 2008 SOC!

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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Saab History Prepares to travel to the 2008 Saab Owners Convention, now that the 1992 Saab 900 Turbo Project is complete, just one day shy of the opening day!

This project was quite an undertaking since I acquired it in rough shape this past December in rust-free Washington, D.C., but it’s finally done, and I’m a very proud owner of a beautiful 1992 Saab 900 Turbo!

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New Salem Saab Announces GM Employee Pricing

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History


New Salem Saab
, site sponsor of Saab History announces GM Employee Pricing beginning this weekend though September 2nd, 2008.

New Salem Saab will be at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention, so if you find yourself the market this weekend, please look them up as they are right off of route 2 West on the Massachusetts / New York border in Albany, NY.

Here’s the notice from Reuters / USA Today:

GM Returns to Employee Pricing Promotion to Lift Sales

DETROIT — General Motors, aiming to boost sagging sales, rolled out a major promotion for U.S. dealers Monday that includes employee-level discounts on almost all the Chevrolet cars and trucks in its showrooms. The discount offer takes effect Wednesday and marks GM’s return to a strategy it had abandoned in the last two years in an effort to make its pricing more transparent and to wean American consumers from fire-sale blowout deals. “It’s not a new theme, but, on the other hand, the track record of GM’s incentive programs has been very good,” said the dealer briefed on the new discounts.
Source: Reuters

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The Saab 9-X BioHybrid To Be On Display At 2008 SOC

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept car that made its global debut in Geneva, Switzerland, and North American debut in New York City this past March, will be on display at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention in Devens, Massachusetts this weekend.

Having attended the North American launch of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid with co-editor, Carl Levine in New York, it will be interesting once again to see what becomes of this concept car when it comes to a production version.

To find out everything you need to know about the Saab 9-X BioHybrid, please check out the designated section where I have over 46 postings about it at this time.

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The Introduction Of The Saab 99 Turbo – 1978

Posted on 19. Aug, 2008 by .

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the first Saab 99 Turbo in 1978, so I believe it is necessary to provide us with as much information about this important milestone for the Saab Automobile brand.

I will begin by providing you summaries from the original press kit here at Saab History that includes content such as photographs, press summaries and drawings of how a Saab Turbo works and what the inspiration was behind it.

Saab Introduces the Power of the Future. The Turbo.

turbopress.jpgThe Saab Turbo is an engineering masterpiece. Saab has taken the turbo power that dominates the big trucks – Le Mans and Indianapolis — and harnessed it to work at speeds you drive at everyday.

The Saab Turbo breakthrough is its ability to deliver 34% more torque at low 3500 rpm’s. More torque at low rpm’s means more power at your command in daily situations. When you have to pass, feel that surge of power shoot you ahead. Feel the take-off thrust of turbo power move you on to a highway. That’s power!

Yet, the Saab Turbo isn’t merely cold, engineering innovations. Its performance as definite psychic compensations. Here’s ow a few of the car experts have responded to driving one.

“Saab now has fetched up a model that’ll get second gear rubber and double the double-nickel any day of the week…Saab’s Turbo installation offers more pleasure per dollar than any other on the market” – Pat Bedard, Car & Driver

“One heroic blast down the highway is enough to convert anybody” – David E. Davis Jr., Car & Driver

“Saab Turbo… a genuine Fourth-of-July driving experience, full of sudden pleasure and high spirit..” – Steve Thompson, Car & Driver

“The Saab Turbo is exhiliarating to drive..it’s so much fun, the price is irrelevant…” – Road & Track

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Herb Chambers Saab Announces GM Employee Pricing

Posted on 19. Aug, 2008 by .

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Herb Chambers Saab of Boston, Massachusetts, site sponsor of Saab History and host of the Saab 9-3 Turbo-X Event this past May is announcing GM Employee Pricing.

If you are in the market for a brand new Saab 9-3, 9-5 or 9-7x, this is your time as you will pay exactly what they pay up until September 2nd, 2008!

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1978 Saab 99 Turbo To Be On Display At 2008 SOC

Posted on 18. Aug, 2008 by .

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At this year’s Turbo themed 2008 Saab Owners Convention, there will be an appropriate display of the first production model 1978 Saab 99 Turbo that will be on display at the Saab USA Heritage Collection area.

Having personally driven this first production model of the Saab 99 Turbo at the Turbo-X drive event in Boston this past May as well as at the 60th Anniversary event in San Diego, last February, I must say that it feels as powerful as it would have been brand new.

If you get the chance, take a look at this car up front as you may not see a vehicle in such pristine order again!

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Saab Automobile Wordmark Indicates Future Design Intent

Posted on 18. Aug, 2008 by .

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The Saab Automobile wordmark is to be indicated in the future design intent of the brand, says Saab Chief designer, Simon Padian at the Saab Design Center in Pixbo Sweden in a recent dialog with Saab History.

The Saab badge/ emblem will be an important part of our visual identity for the foreseeable future but without giving too much away we are looking at a re-prioritization of the emblem vs. the wordmark with regard to positioning on the vehicle etc. Already today if you look at show stands or merchandising the Saab wordmark is the most widely used compared to the emblem.

Simon Padian.

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