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Saab To Redefine Global Sales Operations By Oct 1st

Posted on 31. Aug, 2009 by .

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Saab Automobile according to Swedish Radio, will be redefining sales organizations worldwide, such as Saab in Canada as indicated earlier last week.

I am very interested in what the new United States sales organization will look like, do you think it will be operating out of a few Saab dealerships as originally rumored to be, with the hope that it eventually relocates and builds a new staff back in the North East if things go well?

If there are only sales departments in Sweden, U.K. and the United States, that means the rest of the world including countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and South Africa & the Middle East will only be operating as private importers? I understand that most of these countries, are already operating as private importers anyways, so those operations may not be effected much like the importer in Belgium who reports having no problem receiving 2010 Saab product models.

Here’s the piece from Swedish Radio and below that, an entire list of every country that currently sells Saab as either an official sales organization or private importer. Keep in mind once again, it’s Sweden, U.K. and the United States that will be the only countries that will have an official sales channel, all others will be private importers.

In a quick e-mail from Saab Automobile AB, Eric Geers tells us that they are in the process of defining this program, but nothing has been finalized as of yet.

Fewer sales departments for SAAB

Saab gets a new sales organization by October. General Motors has said the agreements with outlets in Canada and a source within GM says to Expressen that it will be up to private importers to buy Saab cars there and in other countries.

According to Expressen there will only be sales departments in Sweden, UK and in US.

That it is changes in the sales organization is confirmed by Saab’s CIO Eric Geers.

– It is true that we will review the sales organization. But Saab will continue to be sold globally. Some contracts have been terminated, but we’re working on it there, “he said.

Saab Automobile List Of Sales Organizations Worldwide

Asia-Pacific – Private Importers Only
Australia
China
Hong Kong
Japan
New Zealand
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
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The Saab 9-5 Global Debut & Press Conference In Frankfurt

Posted on 28. Aug, 2009 by .

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tn saab 9 5 frankfurt The Saab 9 5 Global Debut & Press Conference In Frankfurt

The next generation Saab 9-5 global debut following Thursday’s online launch, will be taking place on September 15th, 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany.

I’ve said I’d like to be present for this debut as it would be an excellent opportunity for Saab Automobile, but I’ve learned that there are many people that won’t be attending this from the United States this year for some reason.

I still hope to get a sponsor to support me to get out there to do my best as always to cover such a momentous product launch, so here’s my kind request once again.

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Saab History Hears From Saab Dealer In Mexico

Posted on 28. Aug, 2009 by .

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I have recently heard from a Saab Dealership in Mexico about the ongoing process with Koenigsegg and their dealerships.

Here’s their note.

In the whole of Mexico we are at presently 19 dealers but we are also Cadillac ,Hummer ,and Saab.

To this day we are still waiting from General Motors Mexico as to what is going to happen to Hummer and if we are going to become a dealer to a Chinese Co.

In respect to Saab we are still waiting to see what is going to happen with Koenigsegg and G.M. Mexico.

On the other hand Saturn is a vehicle that is not sold in our country.

So for your information we have not been asked by G.M to close the store and we are awaiting to hear from them.

Also as of today Buick has been absent in our market for several years. Another dealer channel is G.M.C. Pontiac which we have been told they will cancel Pontiac and substitute with Buick . And finally there is a Chevrolet only dealer channel.

I hope this information will be enough for you.

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Electric Vehicles To Be Built In Finland, Not Sweden

Posted on 28. Aug, 2009 by .

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Sweden’s SVT indicates that there won’t be electric cars built by Norwegian company, Think in Trollhattan, Sweden. Instead the company is planning on moving production to the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

It’s too bad, as I was thinking that there could have been some future production of these vehicles in collaboration with Saab at some point as stated with the Power Circle company consortium in Trollhattan, Sweden as originally planned.

No electric cars in Trollhättan, Production may instead go to Finland

Think electric car can go past the West Sweden and instead be Finnish. The Norwegian electric car manufacturer plans to move production to the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Verdens Gang reported.
While the cars will be manufactured in Finland is responsible for delivering the car’s heart, the batteries, the United States according to the Norwegian newspaper.

Earlier this year, a Swedish Electricity Power Cooperation group Circle painted vision of an electric car cluster in Trollhättan-Uddevalla, where construction of the Think could be an important part.

Think building small electric cars in Aurskog outside Oslo, vehicles going to include car pools in Gothenburg and Oslo. The company has approximately 200 employees, many of them Swedes. The goal was to produce 10 000 vehicles this year, but the recession has brought great economic problems for Think.

The relocation of production is as VG condition from Valmet to the Finnish company will participate in a rescue operation for Think. Valmet in Uusikaupunki have previously built, among other things, Saab 900 Convertible. Now being built where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman models.

When the German sports car giant in 2012, move the production to Austria Valmet plans to start producing super eco-car Fisker Karma – and perhaps then the much more modest Think.

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Saab Launches “Changing Perspectives” Website

Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by .

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changing perspectives Saab Launches Changing Perspectives Website

Saab Automobile has launched as part of their changing perspectives ad campaign, a website in addition to their print and television ads.

It’s interesting how they used my tagline “Past, Present & Future” in their ad. Looks quite familiar doesn’t it? The location on the upper-right-hand corner of the website also seems “interesting”. It would have been nice for an acknowledgment in the borrowed idea from Saab History at least. I guess these days are all about ripping off ideas and spinning them as your own.

However, I do like what they did on the site, and wonder how they’re going to measure the effectiveness of it as Saab continues to re-brand itself as an independent entity complete with scandinavian roots and clean yet subtle minimal-modern visuals.

To visit the website, click here to try it out for yourself.

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All New 2010 Saab 9-5 Sedan: Intro With Simon Padian

Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by .

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In this promo video, Simon Padian, chief brand designer for Saab communicates this online launch for the new 2010 Saab 9-5 Sedan.

This video is number 483 as part of the Saab History Video Archive

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All New 2010 Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by .

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All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

* All new premium sedan to debut at Frankfurt IAA
* Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X and Saab heritage
* Engineered with driver in focus for segment leading sporty driving experience
* Excels in responsible performance for safety and environmental concern
* Most technically advanced Saab with an array of “high-tech” features
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Saab 9-3x Print Advertisements Released

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by .

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9 3xprintads Saab 9 3x Print Advertisements Released

Saab Automobile AB have released a series of Saab 9-3x Print advertisements. Each of the five print ads features, Power, Control, Fuel, Inspiration & Safety. Three of them are displayed above as I have requested the two remaining ads from Joe At Saab in Goteborg.

These print ads have been launched in concert with the television ad also recently published.

The ads look good, bu only appear to be just for the European market at this time, so we’ll see what happens.

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