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Saab Media Event In New York City : Photos

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History

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Saab History Attending 2010 New York Auto Show

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History is attending the 2010 New York Auto Show on the press days, March 31st & April 1st.

Having attended the 2009 NYIAS for the 9-3x and 2008 NYIAS for the 9-X BioHybrid debuts, I am expecting a good presence this year following Saab’s new start at independence since being purchased by Spyker Cars N.V. last month.

This is a great city and I think that the press and all attendees should expect to be impressed by this year’s auto show. Let’s not forget, New York has a great following of loyal Saab owners and enthusiasts as depicted at the “SAVE SAAB” event in NYC this past January too and of course, Saab USA’s first headquarters was here back in 1956 on Park Avenue.

If you are a member of the press, also attending the show and want to connect, please contact me here and provide me your telephone number in our e-mail.

Here are the details below:

What: New York Auto Show

Where: Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

When: March 31st & April 1st (press days) / 2nd-14th, 2010 (Public Days)

For more information, please visit the New York International Auto Show website directly.

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A Summary Of The Saab Dealer Meeting In Boston

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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The U.S. Saab Dealer meeting took place in Boston today and apparently 80% of the national Saab dealer body attended.

These dealer principles got the chance to meet with Victor Muller, Jan Ake Jonsson as well as Mike Colleran.

The items discussed or depicted as part of the meeting involved the following items.

* The Global “Save Saab” Campaign
* No Dealerships would be closing
* Saab 9-5 Sedan (open ) & Completed Saab 9-4x (locked)
* New Saab 9-3 Sketch Shown
* Electrification of the Turbo
* Electric Saabs with Boston Power discussed as well as Saab Hybrids
* Sourcing Power trains & Platforms from other companies than GM.
* Leasing To Return
* 2010 Saab 9-3 Aero Interior upgraded

All in all, the Saab dealers that attended were left with a strong positive opinion about their future supporting Saab and that’s a great start to this new era of independence.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-3 In Portland, Maine"

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has discovered yet another small business owner in Portland, Maine that owns a Saab. This business is Brian Boru, a notable Irish Pub located right in the heart of old port in Portland.

I find that now that I walk by this pub, I refer to it as Björn Borg, not just because the owner drives a Saab, but because the crown in the logo reminds me of Sweden’s National Emblem, “Tre Kronor” (Three Crowns).

In the meantime, I’m now going to track down the other Small business owners here that also own Saabs, including the one that drives a similiar 9000 as mine with the license plate “SMALBIZ”.

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The Winding Road Test Drives All New Saab 9-5

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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The Winding Road have just test driven the all new Saab 9-5 in the Netherlands.

Here is their article below of the review.

The first-generation Saab 9-5 had a thirteen-year shelf life, and stopped being produced in Tröllhattan, Sweden only when the suppliers stopped delivering all of the necessary parts back in July of 2009. And the suppliers stopped delivering parts because General Motors (with an embarrassing sense of near enthusiasm) had announced that Saab would be either sold or shuttered, sending Saab sales worldwide into a tailspin.

We were as shocked as many of you surely were. Just one more move in GM’s long history of dubious achievements: the near eagerness to kill this hallowed Swedish brand which, by all accounts, it never even tried to understand adequately.

But we step into the lobby of our very 1970s-feeling Marriott hotel at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to meet our collaborator on this stealth mission, the Spyker Saab CEO, Victor Muller. Joking, sort of, our host looks at us and says, “Crazy isn’t it? To get the first 9-5, I had to go and buy the company.”

Saab’s new Dutch owner Victor Muller is an adamant, outspoken kind of car guy. Exemplifying this sometimes impulsiveness, while we were talking with him near the airport he handed us the key fob to his pre-production 2011 Saab 9-5, and said we could have a spin in it so long as he was our constant passenger.
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U.S. Saab Dealers Meet In Boston Early This Week

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History / Logan Airport Saab 9-5 Friction Tester

Saab History has learned that U.S. Saab dealers will be meeting in Boston early this week. The invite was extended to all Saab dealerships in the United States.

The meeting will be the first official in person gathering for Saab dealers following the acquisition of Saab Automobile by Spyker Cars, N.V. The meeting begins this evening with a meet & greet reception at 6pm, followed by meetings on Tuesday.

This looks like a good opportunity to meet the new leadership of Saab Cars North America and quite possibly, Spyker Cars as well.

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Mike Colleran, President Of SCNA – Autoline Interview

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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Mike Colleran, President & COO of Saab Cars North America was recently interviewed by Autoline Detroit this past Friday.

Click here for that 47 minute interview.

Below is the summary:

Mike Colleran, SAAB, Todd Lassa, Motor Trend, Jeff Bennett, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: Reinventing SAAB.

You may recognize the headline above as a famous ’60s song written by the Kinks. However, when GM exited from bankruptcy last year it almost turned that hallowed tune on its head. With brands being jettisoned left and right, “Stop Your SAABBING” — recorded by Big Ed & The Board — seemed like the song Detroit was ready to export to Trollhattan, Sweden, home of the iconic motor company SAAB. And as word of its impending doom grew you could practically hear the cries from the Swedish automaker’s loyal community for a white knight to save their favorite cars. But instead of resolution came the teeter- totering spectacle where one moment the the brand was saved by some international buyer, while the next the doors were being locked for good.

Yet in the end, Dutch businessman Victor Muller rode in to save the day on a white hand-built Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder and stopped all the potential sobbing with his purchase of SAAB. And now the resurrection begins. But how can a car company that sold less than 9,000 vehicles last year in America be reborn?

For those answers and details on the plan itself join John McElroy and his Autoline panel — Todd Lassa of Motor Trend and Jeff Bennett from the Wall Street Journal — as they talk SAAB with Mike Colleran the man in charge.

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Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

* Independent Saab strengthens executive team
* New Business and Purchasing Directors appointed
* Both tasked with forging new commercial partnerships

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile is making two key executive appointments, effective 1 April, to exploit new business opportunities as it moves ahead as an independent company.

Martin Larsson, 41, former Executive Director – Purchasing, takes up a newly created role as Executive Director – Business Development, responsible for forging new commercial partnerships for the company. He is succeeded by Kjell-Åke Eriksson, 58, who will lead the purchasing organization while remaining General Manager of Saab Sweden until a replacement is named.

Announcing the directorial appointments today, Saab Automobile President and CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We are now up and running as an independent company with great opportunities to develop new commercial relations with businesses outside the General Motors organization.

“I have great confidence in both Martin and Kjell-Åke as they have the necessary experience, through working for Saab in Sweden and abroad, to build these new alliances.”

The management changes are part of a strengthening of the executive leadership team in Saab Automobile’s development as a stand-alone business. They follow the appointment last week of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

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