Saab History Suggests Saab USA Heritage Collection Cars Return To New England In Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Posted on 12. Aug, 2009 by in 2000-2009


Photo Credit: Pease Development, Portsmouth, New Hampshire & Saab History

I have previously mentioned how I hope for a day when the new Saab Automobile USA can relocate back to its roots in New England, much like it’s head office is doing in Trollhattan, Sweden by bringing everything back to the homeland such as the convertible production, ng 9-5 and so on.

Here in the United States, should be no different of a mission. That new office, hopefully at 2 International Drive in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that I mentioned is just half of the story. The other half is where that entire 28-car collection of the Saab USA Heritage Cars will be stored is the other.

As eluded to in the previous writing about the Saab Belgium facility which appears to resemble the original Saab-Scania of America headquarters at 60 Marsh Hill Road in Orange, Connecticut (1972-1992), I see an old aircraft hangar (think “born from jets”), down the street from the 2 International Drive office, just the place for the vehicles. Just think, the cars are right near the office for staff, press and media having immediate access to them anytime they want for test drives and reviews close to breathtaking seacoast drives in Maine or mountainous drives in the nearby White Mountains of New Hampshire, or Green Mountains of Vermont or for their advertising agencies to create promotional videos or print ads. Furthermore, why not keep the Saab USA Press vehicles in there too? The nearby airport is in Manchester, only 45 minutes away. You won’t get that in downtown Detroit or Boston, that’s for sure. Oh, and for added measure, Portsmouth is only just over an hour to L.L. Bean’s main facility where the 9-3x needs to be cross-promoted at launch that I have previously written about.

Here are the details for those folks leading the new Saab Automobile USA organization and would suggest they call them to see about a partial lease of the building for say 5 or 10 years, with the ability to renew. I’m serious, the time to act is now.


200,000 +/- Square Foot Aviation Hangar

Portsmouth International Airport “PSM”

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Fifty miles North of Boston’s Logan Airport and immediately adjacent to Interstate I-95, this former United States Air Force hangar # 227 has been extensively renovated with 38,000+/- square feet of office space, 18,000+/- square feet of maintenance shop areas and parking for over 250 cars.

The hangar consists of 6 large bays with a clear height of 60 feet and 66 feet height at the hangar doors (can accommodate DC-10 or 767 aircraft). A concrete apron area of 8+/- acres is exclusive to the large hangar as well as another 28,000+/- square foot nose dock hangar #229 situated nearby. Also adjacent is a tank farm with 4 tanks totaling 120,000 gallons of fuel and 1 tank with 6,500 gallons of glycol.

PSM has a massive 11,321 foot long runway and a 55,000 square foot International and Domestic terminal complete with US Customs services available on site. For additional hangar information or information about the advantages to doing business in New Hampshire see or call David Mullen at 603-433-6088 or e-mail .

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  1. Will

    12. Oct, 2009

    Interesting ideas.

    Portsmouth is a fantastic town, but it’s a little north-ish.

    BMW NA area around new york, or their old place in Conn would be better.

    But the old Pease AFB is really a great place for businesses.


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  2. Ryan

    12. Oct, 2009


    Thanks. You may not believe it, but there are more Saabs in the Portsmouth, NH/Portland, Maine area than Connecticut area today.

    The shift has already taken place , so in additional all of the other reasons, Pease AFB “Born From Jets” location is ideal, convenient and perfect.


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