Archive for February, 2010

A letter to all Saab Owners from Jan Åke Jonsson

Posted on 27. Feb, 2010 by .


Here’s a letter from Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile AB’s Managing Director.


Dear Saab owner,

It is a great pleasure to announce that Spyker Cars N.V. now has acquired Saab Automobile AB from General Motors, thus securing our future.

I would like to thank you and all Saab customers, who have stood by us throughout this journey. Many of you have rallied, convoyed, blogged and otherwise helped carry the torch to save Saab. Your commitment underlines the remarkable strength of the Saab brand and bodes well for the future.

This new ownership has the full potential of bringing Saab successfully into the future, and ensuring that you as a customer will be able to experience true Saab cars that differ from the ordinary and offers a safe and a sporty fuel efficient driving experience paired with Scandinavian design and smart solution.

It also means that we, together with our dealer network, can continue to offer the best possible treatment and service, for you as well as for your Saab. We welcome you to come visit us – already today you can experience the latest addition to the Saab range — the new Saab 9-3X. Later this spring we will launch the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan and within the next 16 months we have more exciting news to introduce in the market – the new Saab 9-5 SportCombi and the new Saab crossover 9-4X.

A new Saab era begins today. You can continue to follow our progress here on Saab Newsroom and you´re always welcome to experience it from the best place of all: behind the wheel of a Saab at your local dealer.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Åke Jonsson
CEO Saab Automobile AB

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Saab Factory Gears Up For Increase In Saab Car Production

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab Factory is gearing up for an increase in Saab Car production, with the 9-3 Sedan, SportCombi, 9-3 Convertible, 9-3x and all new Saab 9-5 Sedan according to TTELA.

In the near future, the Saab factory will be prepared to take on a significant upswing in production meeting the expected demand.

In addition, there are also plans to focus on the recruitment of staff in order to support the new Saab’s mission.

The road ahead is looking bright, for newly owned Saab Automobile.


Now Saab gears up new recruits and new ways of working to take the company into the future

Recruitment of staff in key positions in finance and purchasing, as well as new employment in production.

There are some concrete things that are now waiting for the new Saab leaving GM and concentrating all its activities to Trollhättan.

With the final documents that make Saab into an independent company signed on Tuesday, now begins a frantic activity to tow the company out of the frozen lake that GM put the Swedish subsidiary in, while setting a new course on the global market again.

There is much that must happen in a short time now, “says Mats Fägerhag , director of technology development at Saab, and mentions the sub-contractors must begin to deliver the material again.

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Göteborg Saab Facility Consolidated To Trollhättan HQ

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credits: Saab History

As Saab Automobile completes its facilities consolidation, the Mölnlycke office in Pixbo/Göteborg office has finally closed and the approximately 100 people that worked there, have moved to the headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden according to TTELA.

This process started last fall as reported here on Saab History and has taken time to completely phase out. At one point, these offices included up to 125 people including the former Saab design team.

Nearly 100 people have moved up to the Trollhättan factory in Mölnlycke.

Yesterday, it was those in finance & marketing that have moved from Pixbo in Mölnlycke to Trollhättan. In total, nearly 100 people have thus moved up to Trollhättan.

Saab’s business plan included efforts to concentrate its operations geographically to Trollhättan to have all operations and employees close to each other. Production has also taken home the manufacture and development of models from Germany and Austria to Trollhattan, which also will be emphasized in marketing which recognizes the mark as genuinely Swedish.

But even the more geographically related activities conducted in the office of Pixbo outside Gothenburg has gradually moved from there up to Trollhättan. Even before the design department had moved away and in the process of creating the new Saab so now people in financial, marketing department and in the aftermarket gradually started to move up to Trollhättan. Yesterday marked the last day for most of those who worked there in Pixbo and a move to Trollhättan.

For the Union, it is about one hundred members now been transferred to Trollhättan. A slight chance to work down there in the Gothenburg area will remain.

– There will be no teleworking, “says Ms Gustav’s information department.

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Saab 9-3 TX Edition & New Concept Car At Geneva Show?

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .


Saab History has recently learned from the folks at the Geneva Motor Show that while the Saab stand will have products we know and recognize, Saab 9-3x, all new Saab 9-5, it’s supposed to also have the Saab 9-3 TX edition as well as a concept car?

Anyone have any guesses as to what this concept car could be? I’ve tried contacting Saab Switzerland to no avail: I wonder if this is entirely accurate? It’s showing on their website, so maybe it’s a surprise? I would like some clarification from Saab on this, if they are reading this post.

Here’s what Saab History has recently learned from Dimitri in Switzerland, who will be kindly providing photographs for us at the event.

This is the only information we have from the Geneva Salon website:


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New Products Arriving For U.S. Saab Dealers, Top Priority

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .


According to the Oakland Press, getting new vehicles to the 218 216 Saab dealerships in the United States is the first priority for the new stateside organization, Saab Cars North America.

In addition, it’s also good to hear that leasing will be resuming for these new products as that will significantly help Saab dealerships throughout the United States.

Here’s a few excerpts from the article:

Colleran said Saab’s top priority is to get vehicles to its 216 dealers across North America. “We’ve got to get some product to our dealers (as soon as possible). We’ve got some cars pre-built and they should be at dealers by end of the first week in March,” Colleran said.

“We’ve also been out of the leasing market for some time and important for to resume leasing,” said Colleran, adding Saab is now working on a new deal with GMAC to get back into leasing.

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Saab Dealers In U.K. Host Independence Day Event

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .



Saab Dealerships in the United Kingdom are hosting an independence day event beginning this Friday, February 26th through Monday, March 1st.

“With new independent ownership to luxury Dutch carmaker Spyker in place, this really is an exciting time for us and all our customers. So over the weekend of Friday February 26th to Monday March 1st, we’re celebrating Saab independence. And you can celebrate too.”

For more details on this event, please click here.

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Saab History Receives Donation Of Press Releases

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .



Saab History has received a very kind donation of a number of Saab Scania of America press releases from MY 1992, as well as other years from a former Saab History advertiser, Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon.

I will be showcasing these items here on Saab History of course as the archive continues to grow in that area of vintage material.

A thank you to them for the donation. If you are in possession of any original press releases along with photographs, please don’t hesitate to donate them to Saab History so that future generations may also enjoy them.

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Victor Muller Takes Delivery Of All New Saab 9-5

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .



Proud new owner: Victor Muller takes delivery of a new Saab, just 24 hours after completing the purchase of Saab Automobile AB

Outside Saab Automobile’s factory in Trollhättan, Sweden, Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars was handed the keys to a top-of-the-line Saab 9-5 sedan by Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. It is part of an all-new 9-5 product range which will go on sale later this year.

“I am delighted to take delivery of this stunning new car ahead of our customer orders,” said Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV, which yesterday completed the acquisition of Saab Automobile AB from General Motors. “The 9-5 will be the first of three exciting new Saab cars which we plan to launch in the next 16 months”

Muller’s car, powered by a 300 hp 2.8V6, with all-wheel-drive, adaptive chassis control, a head-up information display, a lane departure warning camera and surround sound hi-fi, will spearhead the most sophisticated model range Saab has ever produced.

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