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Saab To Introduce Hatchback After Decade Long Absence

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile, known as a historical leader in the hatchback segment of the automotive industry, has not offered a true hatchback model since 2002.

However, with the recent details of the new 9-3 to arrive in 2012, that history of the hatchback, is expected to be continued.

The 28 year history of the hatchback began for Saab in 1974 with the Saab 99 Combi Coupe model and concluded in 2002 with the 9-3 model.

It is logical that Saab is choosing to offer the hatchback in their latest Saab 9-3 model, effectively picking up where they left off a decade ago, in a continuation of the same 9-3 model lineage.

I am very pleased to hear of this good news and look forward to seeing this model come to market in the near future.

How many of you will be interested in buying a hatchback once it becomes available? Please voice your opinions below.

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New 2012 Saab 9-3 Details Revealed (Hatchback, Hybrid)

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 by .

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Autocar has recently learned new details about the 2012 Saab 9-3, touted as the “93“, harkening back to Saab’s 2nd ever model, introduced in 1955.

Here are the known details of the new generation Saab 93, based on a new “Phoenix Architecture”

The following product segments will be available in this model which include a convertible, 3-Door Hatchback, Sedan and Sport Wagon. In terms of technical details, it should have an electrified turbo as we learned about at the Saab dealer conference in Boston, along with a hybrid powertrain option amongst its right-sized engine choices combined with an Interior & Exterior Designed by Jason Castriota [...]

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New Design Director at Saab Automobile

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 by .

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New Design Director at Saab Automobile

* Former Pininfarina and Bertone designer joins Saab leadership team
* Will lead design for Saab’s product expansion program

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of former Bertone and Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota as its new Design Director.

Castriota, 36, now takes the lead role in design at Saab, reporting directly to Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. He and his design company will be responsible for exterior and interior design and will lead the design activities at Saab as the brand renews and broadens its product range.

Announcing the appointment, Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jason to our leadership team. He has an outstanding track record in automotive design and will help us take the brand forward. He will play a key role in expressing all that’s best in the innovative tradition of Saab design as we carry our brand’s roots into the future.”

“I’m greatly looking forward to joining such an iconic brand,” said Castriota. “Saab has a very strong and distinctive heritage which gives it great potential to develop. This is an exciting opportunity for me to help shape its future products.”
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Saab Boss Victor Muller Speaks About Electric Cars

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by .

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As we know, the future of the automobile industry will require Hybrids and fully electric EV’s, and it’s the auto industry that must create the demand which will then in turn, help to justify developing the sustainable “smart grid” powered infrastructure to fully support it.

Saab Automobile’s new Chairman, Victor Muller of Spyker Cars has recently spoken to Just Auto about his slightly different take on the future of EV’s in the automobile industry.

While Saab continues to develop it’s new era of independence, it must maintain it’s continued vision and passion for sustainable transportation solutions as a historical leader in technological solutions within the automotive industry.

It’s important to indicate that partnerships with companies such as Boston-Power, are just the beginning of this process.

As Saab Automobile emphasizes it’s interest to be a leader in this space, it will need to ensure that these products become a reality for consumers just as other manufacturers are doing, so that this global smart grid infrastructure powered by sustainable energy sources, can begin to take shape.

Muller is also skeptical about full electric cars, although he said Saab will run an electric test fleet when it launches the new 9-3.

“I lose sleep over electric cars – they are a contradiction in terms. They are only as good as the grid they get their electricity from.

“In Stockholm EVs are truly zero emission because the country has nuclear and hydro-electric power stations. You can’t say the same for New York because the car might have an electric motor but 500 miles away someone is shoveling coal into the generating station.

“We have to look at where the electricity comes from. There is a long way to go before EVs can be truly classed as zero emission. I see the future for now in hybrids, smaller, high performance internal combustion engines aided by electric solutions.”

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Next Gen Saab 9-3 Is More Than 2 Years Into Development

Posted on 03. Mar, 2010 by .

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Edmunds Inside line indicates that the next generation Saab 9-3 is more than two years into development at this time, according to Victor Muller of Spyker Cars.

In addition to this vehicle, Muller indicates that he would also like to build a premium compact vehicle known as the 92.

This is all very good news for future product development at Saab.

TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden — Saab-Spyker chief Victor Muller says he would like the company to build a what he calls a 92, a compact, premium model drawing inspiration from the original 93, “though not a retro design,” he stresses.

The car would be positioned “somewhere north of the Mini” and would need a technical partner for Saab to be able to bring it to market. For this reason, it is not part of the business plan intended to return Saab to profitability by 2016.

However, Muller and Saab CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson say they have been surprised by the level of interest shown by other manufacturers in selling Saab hardware and technology. Jonsson is also hoping to sell Saab expertise, including its experience with turbos, transmissions and gasoline engines.

Muller also says that the next-generation 9-3 is more than two years into development, “with basic engineering done, with two years in which to add more Saab DNA,” before launch. That will have allowed Spyker to get the fully engineered new 9-5, the 9-4X, the 9-3, and a re-equipped factory “for the price of a wind tunnel.”

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Saab Automobile Sweden To Build NG Saab 9-3 By 2011

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .

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As a follow-up to both my recent posting about Saab Automobile’s premium compact to be built by 2011, I have found a post back from June of last year stating that the next generation Saab 9-3 will be built in Trollhättan, Sweden.

I recall that this press release was posted in response to the media’s speculation that the NG 9-3 would be built in Germany, so to set the record straight, Saab Automobile AB issued this satisfying press release that I am reposting in order to keep us up to date.

2008-06-19

Trollhattan plant to build next generation Saab 9-3

General Motors has allocated production of the next generation Saab 9-3 to the Trollhattan plant in Sweden. This morning the Saab staff was informed by GM Europe President and Chairman of the Saab Board Carl-Peter Forster.

“This is obviously extremely positive news for our organization and the region and a clear signal of the confidence in our ability to deliver world class production quality and efficiency”, says Saab Automobile Managing Director Jan Åke Jonsson.

“Since we had been allocated production of the next generation global Compact Vehicles in April of 2007 it’s really good to know we can start focusing on building a range of next generation Saab 9-3 vehicles”.

To achieve leading competitiveness the Trollhattan plant has introduced the GM Global Manufaturing System GM-GMS with strict standards related to quality, involvement of the employees, continuous improvement and short lead time in the production process.

The plant currently has roughly 1700 employees.

CONTACT(S):

Eric Geers
Director Communications Saab Automobile AB
+46 (0) 520 85 110

Frank Klaas
General Director GME Corporate Communications & TV
+ 41 44 828 25 88

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Saab Automobile’s Premium Compact To Be Here By 2011?

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by .

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According to U.S. News, the next generation Saab 9-3 may be here in 2011, and it will be the first vehicle to be built using non-GM architecture based interestingly enough off of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid and Saab 9-X Air concept cars for the both the sedan and convertible models.

Since Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan, Sweden already got the go ahead for production of this premium compact car in early 2007, it will be interesting to see if there are any prototypes on the road sometime next year.

I also understand that both of these vehicles will be hybrid models, with the convertible having some ingenius canopy roof system as well, so it will be interesting to see these models designed and built in their home market, I just hope they are not too late.

If this timeframe continues to hold true, it should be mentioned that Saab designers at the GM Design Center in Germany state that conceptual designs go from the digital drawing board to production in about 18-months time, which would put these models at about 2011. This marks another question, will the existing Saab design center in Sweden be able to do this as well, in the same time or less with all facilities right in the immediate Trollhättan region, once the transition to independence begins for Saab Automobile to depart from GM?

For all intents and purposes, this model lineup designation originally planned to be touted as the Saab 9-1, has been designated as the next generation Saab 9-3 (9-3 NG) here on Saab History for the time being according to all references as of late.

I am hopeful about this model as well, following the Saab 9-4x (2010), next generation Saab 9-5 (9/2009), and 9-3x Cross Combi (3/2009) models.

In the meantime, here’s a quote from U.S. news about this recent reference.

“The first Saab to be free of GM influence may well be the next 9-3. A redesign of that car was cancelled last year when Saab determined that it wouldn’t meet strict 2011 European emissions standards. They scrapped the effort and decided to start from scratch on a smaller 9-3 with a new design effort this year.”

“A return to domestic ownership and the ability to conduct its own R&D and design future products like the long overdue 9-3 replacement are exactly what the brand needs.”

U.S. News

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Trollhättan plant to build next generation Saab 9-3

Posted on 19. Jun, 2008 by .

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This official press release just in from Saab Automobile Sweden now makes it a fact that the next generation Saab 9-3 will be built in at the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.

For the record, this now negates the previous news about the next 9-3 to be built in Germany.

This is excellent news with the Saab model lineage continuing to be built in Sweden from here on out.

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2008-06-19

Trollhattan plant to build next generation Saab 9-3

General Motors has allocated production of the next generation Saab 9-3 to the Trollhattan plant in Sweden. This morning the Saab staff was informed by GM Europe President and Chairman of the Saab Board Carl-Peter Forster.
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