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United States Treasury Says No to Aiding General Motors

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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treasury United States Treasury Says No to Aiding General Motors

Photo Credit: Saab History / U.S. Treasury Department – March 16th, 2008

Reuters and now CNN Money reports that the United States Treasury says no to General Motors in providing the additional $10 billion dollars in aid to help with a merger with Chrysler.

” WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department is not negotiating with General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the owners of Chrysler LLC on a request to provide direct government aid to their proposed merger, a Bush administration official said on Thursday.

Instead, the administration is working to speed the distribution to automakers of $25 billion in factory retooling funds authorized by Congress last month, the official told Reuters.

Earlier this week, industry sources said GM had asked for roughly $10 billion in an unprecedented government rescue package to support its acquisition of Chrysler from Cerberus Capital Management [CBS.UL].

The request was viewed as over and above the $25 billion in funds to enable the automakers to produce fuel-efficient vehicles.

“Treasury is not negotiating with the automakers, the administration is working to get the $25 billion Congress already authorized to the industry,” the official said.”

If you are interested in the options on the table for GM, I would highly suggest you watch a very well done analysis video by Fortune’s Alex Taylor III.

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The Office’s Jim, Drives 2008 9-3 Sport Sedan

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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office2 The Offices Jim, Drives 2008 9 3 Sport Sedan

Jim in the television series, “The Office” is seen happy once again to be driving his 2008 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan.

I wonder if he’ll miss his all-wheel drive Saab 9-2x at all, now that he drives the sport sedan? We’ll see what happens when snow hits Scranton, Pennsylvania later this season. I don’t believe he was provided an XWD equipped sport sedan, but time will tell!

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General Motors To Merge With Chrysler?

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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merger General Motors To Merge With Chrysler?

There has been a tremendous amount of news coverage lately speculating on discussions between General Motors & Chrysler about a possible merger.

This merger apparently will require United States taxpayers another 10 billion dollars in addition to the already requested 25 Billion dollars.

Here’s a question, why not put this vote on the November ballot asking us taxpayers if we want to allow you to merge, since you’re planning on using our money?

Secondly, where is Saab in all of this, just more reprioritization from GM that won’t ever come Saabs way now that they are focusing on a merger? GM holds the crown jewel (Saab), but think that it makes sense to focus on merging with a completely different company instead of turning the brand that they own, around for a profit.

I for one won’t approve of anymore bureaucratic mergers, acquisitions, if given the chance to vote on it, this is just more “shuffling of the deck chairs of the titanic”…

I leave you with a growing list of reputable news outlets covering this developing story over the past week:

The Los Angeles Times “In Troubled Times..”

Reuters “GM Chrysler Merger..

Wall Street Journal“Chrysler Faces Massive Cuts in a GM Deal”

Detroit Free Press “Why help for GM, Chrysler seems to be coming soon”

Autoblog “GM merger would eliminate Chrysler vehicles”

Business Week “GM’s Latest Retooling: The Chrysler Merger”

CFO “Will GM Take Driver’s Seat at Chrysler?”

CNN Money “GM, Chrysler Face Liquidity Challenges Even With Merger -S&P”

Bloomberg “GM Rises on Report Issues Resolved in Chrysler Merger”

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The Saab Blackbird Concept Car – 2020

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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blackbird The Saab Blackbird Concept Car   2020

Credit: Mark Kruse

Mark Kruse, an independent contractor for the design company Formation Design out of Atlanta, Georgia has just produced a concept car design called the “Saab Blackbird”.

This design slated for the year “2020″, was evidently inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird stealth jet from the 1960′s and obviously a take off of the Aero-X, it recalls my memory of that Aero-X video produced by an outfit in California called “Blackbird”.

Finding out about this design exercise, I initially decided to disregard it, but the photos of all of the renderings both inside and out tells me that someone was paid to do this, so why? This brings up a ton of questions, and here are my first two:

1) Are the designers at the General Motors Europe design studio now outsourcing design ideas for future Saabs?

2) Have these designers given up on having future designs inspired by other Saab jets. Do they know there was more than just the Draken, Viggen & Gripen, right?

It’s almost like this design exercise, although done by a professional firm, was funded in a similiar way that design student at UmeÃ¥ was with his design excercises on the 9-CX concept.

To take a look at all of the rest of the photos, visit this page here:

Here is the details:

The Saab Blackbird concept is a creation of Mark Kruse, a contracting designer working for Formation Design Group in Atlanta, GA. The concept is a tandem configuration two-seat sports car inspired by the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird jet. Developed for the year 2020 the concept interior The Saab Blackbird Concept Car   2020features many innovations and unusual features not yet available on production cars.

The narrow design of the Saab Blackbird helps it to carve through city traffic and congested roads. The suspension can also pull in close to the body (making the vehicle taller and slimmer, thus shrinking its footprint) making it perfect to occupy special highway lanes developed for this specific type of narrow car platform. In slim mode the Blackbird is just 52″ (132 cm) wide.

Powering the Saab Blackbird concept are four in-wheel electric motors and batteries charged via a solar skin covering the top of the vehicle.

Inside the concept are more interesting features; including seats which can expand or contract to fit the occupant, these are controlled by a dial on the side of each seat. The driver has a concise LCD display screen mounted directly in front which offers up all vital driving information. The passenger has a wrap around display which can stream video, connect to the internet, show movies, or project outside scenery.

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The Saab 9-5 “Griffin Edition” 2009

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 by .

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9 5griffin The Saab 9 5 Griffin Edition 2009

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The final year for the 9-5 will be 2009, and for that year, much like the Saab 9000 CD, there will be 9-5 “Griffin Edition”.

There is no indication as to what markets will receive this edition, so our hope is all of them.

The Saab 9-5 “Griffin Edition” will be include the standard enhancements from a Saab 9-5, in addition to the following:

Exterior:

The front grille will feature a matte chrome-effect matching the matte chrome effect of the headlight frames and roof rails (SportCombi).

The colors will be more than one, those being Polar White, Pepper Green Metallic, Snow Silver Metallic, Nocturne Blue Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, Carbon Gray Metallic, and Glass Gray Metallic, complete with the Saab Griffin badge on both front fenders.

Wheels:

New Griffin Edition 17″ PGV wheels.

wheels The Saab 9 5 Griffin Edition 2009

Interior:

Seats: Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition seat in special two-tone with perforated leather in the center. Two combinations offered, black with parchment inserts or parchement with black inserts (vice-versa)

seats The Saab 9 5 Griffin Edition 2009

Cockpit: High Gloss Black interior, stitching accent color on steering wheel, shift lever and floor mats with grey piping.

cockpit The Saab 9 5 Griffin Edition 2009

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The Next Generation 2010 Opel Saab 9-5 Spy Photo

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 by .

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opel95 The Next Generation 2010 Opel Saab 9 5 Spy Photo

Photo Credit: Auto Motor & Sport

Blog, Jalopnik believes they have spotted the next generation opel based Saab 9-5.

The next generation Saab 9-5 will be based on the GM Epsilon II platform, built in Russellheim, Germany at the former Opel factory, now GM Europe that include the following vehicles.

* 2009 Opel Insignia
* 2010 Buick LaCrosse
* 2010 Saab 9-5
* 2011 Saturn Aura
* 2012 Chevy Malibu

The irony in all of this is that this next generation 9-5 model for GM’s Saab brand, will evidently be a high-end luxury model. I certainly hope that they differentiate it every way possible because its brothers and sisters listed above, aren’t exactly brands known as “premium”.

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The Saab 9000 CD “Griffin Edition” – 1992

Posted on 28. Oct, 2008 by .

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griffin edition The Saab 9000 CD Griffin Edition   1992

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

In 1992, Saab Automobile manufactured a limited edition Saab 9000 CD Turbo called the “Griffin Edition”.

This model was limited to 400 for the United States as illustrated by the dash plaque showing what number out of the total production you owned. griffin plaque The Saab 9000 CD Griffin Edition   1992

This model not only completed the Saab 9000 CD range that began in 1988 and ended in 1992. This model, also completed the 9000 CC body style that began in 1985, continued until 1990, including facelifts to the range in 1991 and 1992.

Here are details that made this model unique in comparison to the other models at the time.

Exterior:

Eucalyptus Green Exterior

Interior:

Burled walnut fascia

Taupe leather & suede combination seats

Portable Celullar telephone

Engine: 200 horsepower Turbocharged engine

Pricetag : $40,000 USD

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Saab City – Framingham, Massachusetts 1997-2007

Posted on 28. Oct, 2008 by .

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framingham saab city 600 Saab City   Framingham, Massachusetts 1997 2007

frsaab Saab City   Framingham, Massachusetts 1997 2007Saab City, formerly Framingham Saab, began as an exclusive Saab dealership serving the metro west region of the greater Boston, Massachusetts region in 1997.

Their location on Worcester Road in the old Swiss Chalet style facility was an icon in the area and had probably the best visibility that any Saab dealership could ever hope for.

frsaab logo Saab City   Framingham, Massachusetts 1997 2007In 2001, their logo changed but their committment to stellar service did not. In 2003, Framingham Saab began Saab City as it was purchased by the Village Automotive group.

In June of 2007, Village Automotive group closed Framingham Saab permanently without giving proper to employees, ultimately replacing it with a Cadillac & Hummer dealership.

Saab City, is now another dealership to join the ranks of the “Lost Saab Dealerships of New England Project”

What: Framingham Saab/ Saab City

When: 1997-2007

Where: 1800 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

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