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The Saab 900 Convertible : 1986 – 1994

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saab 900 convertible 1986 The Saab 900 Convertible : 1986   1994

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The convertible idea was conceived by Bob Sinclair, former President Saab-Scania of America, Inc. and the engineering was conducted by Steven Rossi & American Sunroof Company.

The Saab 900 Turbo Cabriolet prototype in 1983. was unveiled to the crowd at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Saab in 1983.

A year later, this vehicle was also featured in the Saab Olympics which took place in Los Angeles in 1984.

The first production model of the Saab 900 Convertible arrived in 1986 of which there were 400 made that year and was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The final year for the production of the convertible took place in 1994, a year after the 900 ended production.

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Nearly 70% Of Swedes In Favor Of Nationalizing Volvo & Saab

Posted on 30. Nov, 2008 by .

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Dagens Nyheter as well as the local, two of Sweden’s foremost respected newspapers have recently conducted a poll on where people stand on Nationalizing Saab.

The results from the poll are staggering, whereas nearly 70% of the Swede’s who participated in the poll are in favor of nationalizing Volvo & Saab.

I would like to conduct a poll here to see where you stand when it comes to ownership of Saab Automobile, with the understanding that if and when GM goes under, Saab needs to have an owner other than GM to survive whether that is privatized or nationalized.

Before you vote, research the issues.

Should Saab Automobile Be?

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The Saab 900 Notchback : 1981 – 1993

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notch1 The Saab 900 Notchback : 1981   1993

Photo Credit: Saab-Scania

The Saab 900 notchback sedan was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1981. That year, the models traditional 3-door & 5-door hatchback model lineup was expanded to include sedans which featured a new body style known as the “notchback”, which effectively eliminated the hatch leaving a trunk.

This new body style was included in not only the initial sedans, but between 1985 and 1986, it had a 3-door model people refer to as the “notchback”. It’s design continued through the years until 1993, and it even served as the basis for the Saab 900 convertible in 1986.

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If Volvo Group Offers Help To Volvo Cars, Would Scania Also Offer To Help Saab Automobile?

Posted on 30. Nov, 2008 by .

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support If Volvo Group Offers Help To Volvo Cars, Would Scania Also Offer To Help Saab Automobile?

As a follow-up to the post on Nationalization of Saab Automobile, the Local, has posted another interesting piece concerning Volvo Group’s Truck division offering financial assistance to Volvo Cars

Scania, Saab’s former big brother truck company, had no interest in buying Saab Automobile as of the last time I checked with them in according to their press manager back in 2005, So, I have sent a follow-up to see if they are interested in financially supporting Saab Automobile, opposed to flat out buying, so we’ll see what they say later this week.

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The Saab 900 : 1979 – 1993

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .

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900 The Saab 900 : 1979   1993

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The Saab 900 continued the legacy of the 99 as a Combi Coupé / hatchback and was first introduced in 1979 and was produced for 15 years until it came to an end in 1993.

The 900 was designed by Saab designer, Bjorn Enväll and was produced in Uusikaupunki, Finland, Arlöv, Sweden, Malmö, Sweden and Trollhättan, Sweden

The Saab 900 became known as the classic 900 when it rolled off of the production line on March 26th, 1993 in an Imola Red 900 Aero, which was subsequently driven directly to the Saab Museum in Trollhättan.

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GM Asks FAA To Stop Tracking Flights Of Private Jets

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .

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n5116 GM Asks FAA To Stop Tracking Flights Of Private Jets

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Bloomberg, BBC & Aero News announces that General Motors, in an attempt to continue their isolation from the reality of the rest of the world, has instead of selling all of their private jets, have asked the FAA to stop tracking the flights of their private jets. These are the jets that GM executives fly including CEO, Rick Wagoneer as recently exhibuted during his visit to the United States Congress to beg for a no-strings handout.

General Motors and their leadership still do not get it. Why can’t they just get off of their “high horse” and they fly coach, drive or take public transportation like the rest of us? I am really starting to believe that their company is actually not in the dire straights that they are in because it takes a lot of money to fly and lease these private jets, so where is that money coming from exactly if they “don’t have any”?

Furthermore, for General Motors to request that the Federal Aviation Authority to bar the public (us & the media) from being able to track their flights is absolutely appalling and the epitome of arrogance. Message to General Motors: The 400 pound gorilla in the room is NOT that we can SEE you flying, it is the fact that you are FLYING these jets period!. Get a clue and start living a modest lifestyle so that you don’t take your company further into debt and wasting everyone’s money including, quite possibly the tax payers here in the United States!

As expected I checked to see if I could track one of their 8 jets with the registration N5116 from Aviation Air LLC in Danbury, CT and that website now shows “This flight is not available for tracking per request from the owner/operator”. No surprise! Anyone know the remaining 7 registration #’s for their private jets?

I leave you with Blogging Stocks best response to this appalling news as of late:

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) just doesn’t get it. After flying in a corporate jet to Washington last week with tin cup in hand, its executives have not wised up. Rather than flying on public airlines like the rest of us do, they want to keep flying those corporate jets. But they want to make sure nobody in the public can track their flights.

If this is not the height of arrogance I don’t know what is. Bloomberg News interviewed a GM spokesman who said, “We availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed” from a Federal Aviation Administration tracking service. But he declined to discuss why GM made the request.

GM doesn’t need to explain why it made the request. I already know — it wants its executives to be able to keep flying on corporate jets and it doesn’t want Congress or the public to know about it. I think GM executives should consider three options: flying coach, getting the boot from the executive suite, or continuing to fly in their corporate jets until they run out of money.

If they pick the third option, they should not get a penny’s worth of taxpayer money.

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The Saab 90 : 1985 – 1987

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .

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saab90 600 The Saab 90 : 1985   1987

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The Saab 90 began in 1985, following the 99 model and continued until 1987 and was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland. This model was hybrid between a 99 front forward of the a-pillar, and the successor to the 99, the 900 in sedan style with a trunk after the b-pillar and was only available in Europe.

According to Wikipedia, there were 10 “limited edition models called the Saab 90 Lumikko (Snow Weasel). These models were all white and had extra trim.”

The 90 later inspired a “notchback” version of the 900 which was available in 1985 and 1986 which was not only available in Europe, but the United States as well.

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SAAB SK-37 Viggen Jet Arrives In U.S. Ready Spring 2009

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sk37 SAAB SK 37 Viggen Jet Arrives In U.S. Ready Spring 2009

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The super rare SK-37 SAAB Viggen that I mentioned this past September, has arrived in the United States at the Collins Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts.

This one of 18 produced two-seater SAAB Viggen, was the last jet used by the Swedish Air Force in 2007 when they were all decomissioned.

The SAAB SK-37 Viggen Jet will apparently be ready sometime in the spring of 2009

Please read the press release below:

Collings Foundation receives a unique fighter jet from the Swedish Air Force

The Collings Foundation is excited to announce a new one-of-a kind addition to its aircraft collection. After extensive footwork by Else-Marie Lindgren, member of the Swedish Parliament, the donation of a Swedish Air Force fi ghter aircraft popularly known as the Viggen was fi nalized in the spring of 2007. (Viggen translates to Thunderbolt in English) During the Cold War, Sweden pursued a policy of neutrality between East and West. A major component of this strategy was a series of combat aircraft built by SAAB. One of the most impressive of this series was the SAAB 37 “Viggen,” a multi role combat aircraft that was the backbone of Swedish air power from the 1970’s to the end of the century. Our new Viggen will be the fi rst on United States soil ever!
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