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Saab Sighting Of The Week – Saab 9-7x At Sunday River

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

As part of this week’s Saab sighting of the week, I noticed a silver Saab 9-7x at the Sunday River Ski Resort.

This makes three vehicles as part of the Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine that I have spotted since 2007. The other two vehicles include a black Saab 9-5 Sedan as and Sport Combi.

There were a number of other Saab vehicles in the parking lot that were not official vehicles of the resort, so that in and of itself was also good to see.

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Saab Automobile Existing & Future Product Rollout Details

Posted on 11. Nov, 2008 by .


I just received updated future product rollout details from an anonymous internal source today from Saab Automobile:

Here are some more elaborate details on existing as well as future product rollouts as briefly announced this past friday at the GM Press Conference.

Future Products:

Next Generation Saab 9-5

The Next Generation Saab 9-5 (saw pic, its ugly) is pushed back 3 months (until 1qtr 2010)

Saab 9-4x

The 9-4x is pushed back 12 months (until 4th qtr 2010).

Saab 9-3x

No Word Yet on the 9-3x.


Existing Products:

Saab 9-5 (1998-2009)

The Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition will be the only 9-5 available for 2009

Saab 9-7x (2006-2009)

There are 260 9-7x units available in GM inventory worldwide.

Saab 9-3

The Saab 9-3 Convertible, Sport Sedan & Sport Combi will need to carry the brand in addition to the 9-3x until 2010.

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The History Of The Saab 9-7x (2004-2009)

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-7x history is now coming to an end or production this December, so it is about time to cover the model from the introduction to the recent plant closing.

The Strategy:

The 9-7x, Saab’s first SUV, was put into place in late 2004 as a 2005 model year due to Saab Automobile USA’s statistics of nearly 40% of their customer base who have left to go on and purchase SUVs. It was under the authority of Saab USA President, Debra-Kelly Ennis, who gave the go ahead for this vehicle to go into production in order to broaden the model portfolio and extend its reach into this growing segment.

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GM Permanently Closes Saab 9-7x Plant In December

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .


As of this Monday morning, General Motors CEO, Rick Wagoner announced the closing of the Saab 9-7x plant in Moraine, Ohio will take place in December.

It should be noted that the Saab 9-7X was introduced in 2004 as a 2005 model year which was Saab Automobile USA’s stop gap measure for model years, 2005 through 2009.

This news is consistent with Kjell-Ã…ke Eriksson’s transition from Saab 9-7x Vehicle Line Director to the Managing Director of Saab Automobile Germany.

It is my understanding that the Saab 9-4x that will be built in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico was to be a seamless transition as a replacement to the 9-7x within the Saab Automobile model lineup, we’ll see as that is expected to arrive in the fall of next year, ultimately leaving Saab with the same product portfolio that they have today.

Below is a snippet from the wire:

WILMINGTON, Del. – General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday before the automaker’s annual meeting in Delaware the plants to be closed are in Oshawa, Ontario; Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wis.; and Toluca, Mexico. He also said the iconic Hummer brand may be discontinued.

Source: Yahoo News

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New Salem Saab’s 1st Ever Saab Sales Event!

Posted on 01. Jul, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Ryan / Saab History, Oct. 2007

New Salem Saab of Albany, New York, a site sponsor of Saab History, is now offering the 1st ever Month of July sales event offering GM employee pricing on all 2008 Saab models in stock.

Here are their details below!

New Salem Saab is offering GM EMPLOYEE PRICING on all 2008 Saab models in stock!! Plus all customer rebates, incentives and owner loyalty where applicable.

We have Over 75 New 2008 Saabs in stock.

Please Visit our website at We also have a huge selection of preowned Saabs and non Saabs all discounted as well!!

I can’t fix the economy, but I can give a sound economic reason to purchase a new or used Saab. Super Safety, Great fuel efficiency, Terrific warranty with free maintenance and a Dealer Principle that is also the Service Manager and will answer the phone as well as give you my cell phone number which is good to all my customer from 8am to 8pm Mon thru Sun. Find another dealer who does the same……

We have also converted a Saab 9-5 to run on E85 @ $3.09 a gallon. Keep your eyes on the website for updates as to when this system will be available for your Saab.

New Salem Saab’s July Sales Event. Happening Now! GM EMPLOYEE PRICING ON ALL NEW IN STOCK 2008 SAAB MODELS.

Have a teriffic July 4th weekend with your families and friends!!

We will be open in Sales and Service July 5th if you would like to visit us.


Darryl F. Carl
President / Owner / Service Manager
New Salem Saab
2041 Central Ave Albany, NY


3.5 miles west of I-87 {Northway}

.8 miles west of Taft Furniture

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The Saab Project Designs by Model

Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by .



As a follow-up to the previous writeup on the past and present Saab designers and their achievements, it was necessary to include a chronological up-to-date listing of Saab projects both production and concepts.

This listing includes each Saab project, year introduced along with each designer and/or engineer that contributed to the given project.

This list is a work-in-progress, so any additions and/or modifications that you see necessary below, please add your comments to ensure correctness and accuracy.

Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Design Contributions by Model

SAAB Scandia 90 (1946-1958)


Bror Bjurströmer

SAAB 91 (1947-1966)


A.J. Andersson

SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)


Sixten Sason

Gunnar Ljungström


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The Saab Naming and Model Nomenclature

Posted on 25. Feb, 2008 by .



Image Credit: Saab History

As a follow-up to the posting I made back in November of 2006 on the logo history, it is about time that I compliment this information with the following on the correct capitalization and nomenclature of the models of the Saab Automobile brand. I hope this sheds some more light in our dialog about Saabs, SAABs and all of the great products that have been developed over the years.

I have provided a fairly well written piece already done on Wikipedia that I would like to articulate if I may regarding the correct capitalization and model nomenclature as a guide.

It is my hope that as a result of this posting, others will be able to better articulate their writing and speaking when referring to all of Saab’s products from 1947 until present. I also think that this posting will help to end search criteria that is typically entered in Google as follows: (SAAB 93 XWD, SAAB 92 ABS, Saab 94 Ski Rack, 2001 SAAB 95, 1999 93, etc.) If this search criteria was taken literally, as it should as google can only do just that, we would have had Cross Wheel Drive available in the late 1950’s, ABS in the late forties, and two long production runs for the SAAB Ninety Five and Ninety Three. Let’s hope that this clarifies this naming and model nomenclature once and for all.

1947-1969 (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 1947 and 1969, it is proper to use SAAB in all capital letters to refer to these vehicles.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and pronounced as 92 (Pronounced: Ninety Two), 92 (Pronounced: Ninety Three), 94 (Pronounced: Ninety Four), 95 (Pronounced: Ninety Five), 96 (Pronounced: Ninety Six), 97 (Pronounced: Ninety Seven)

1970-2000 (Saab-Scania)

* Note: Although the merger took place in 1990, the original products continued. (excluding NG900, 9-3 & 9-5)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 1970 and 1990, it is proper & acceptable to refer to them as Saabs in lower case letters or Saab-Scania vehicles, also in lower case letters.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and produced as 97 (Pronounced: Ninety Seven), 98 (Pronounced: Ninety Eight), 99 (Pronounced: Ninety Nine), 90 (Pronounced: Ninety), 900 (Pronounced: Nine Hundred), 9000 (Pronounced: Nine Thousand), 9-5 (Pronounced: Nine Five), NG900 (Pronounced: New Generation 900), 9-3 (Pronounced: Nine Three).

2001 – Present (Saab Automobile / General Motors)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 2001 and the Present, it is proper & acceptable to refer to them as Saab in lower case letters and/or Saab Automobile / GM vehicles.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and produced as 9-X (Pronounced: Nine X), 9-2x (Pronounced: Nine Two X), 9-3x (Pronounced: Nine Three X), 9-3 (Pronounced: Nine Three), 9-4x (Pronounced: Nine Four X), 9-5 (Pronounced: Nine Five), 9-7x (Pronounced: Nine Seven X)

I leave you with a brief summary from Saab Automobile’s entry from Wikipedia.

Saab / SAAB Correct Capitalization and Model Nomenclature:

While Saab is in fact an acronym, and, as with many other manufacturers, the word “SAAB” appears in all-capitals within the corporate emblem and in on-vehicle badging, the current correct capitalization of Saab when in print is “Saab,” and not “SAAB.”[citation needed] Other manufacturers such as Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, Acura, and Chevrolet employ the use of all-capitalized vehicle badging, but they are still considered proper names and capitalized as such when written. Likewise, Saab is treated as a proper name and not an acronym, despite its origins..”[citation needed]

Furthermore, all current Saab vehicles are badged with a large 9 and a smaller 3, 5, or 7x following the 9, such as “9³”. However, the digits are considered separate, and are spoken as, for example, “nine three,” and written as “9-3.” Nearly every Saab model ever produced has begun with the number 9 (Saab 600 being an exception), and Saab’s two models became 9-3 and 9-5 in the late 1990s, which was likely a marketing attempt at positioning the vehicles as direct competitors to the BMW 3-series and 5-series, respectively.


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Kjell-Åke Eriksson – Vehicle Line Director

Posted on 17. Jan, 2008 by .


kjell-ake_200.jpgKjell-Ã…ke Eriksson, is the vehicle line director for Saab Automobile AB. He has worked with Saab Automobile back in the Saab-Scania days beginning in 1972.

Some of his work have involved the Saab 9-2x, Saab 9-7x as well as the future Saab 9-4x BioPower.

His work in managing the product lines is a tough job, but his experience with Saab has been extensive.

Here is some information about his background.

Date of birth November 28, 1952
Place of birth Ekshärad, Sweden
Family Married to Elisabeth, two children, Hanna and Johan
Current position Vehicle Line Director Saab 9-2X and 9-7X
Date of employment August 1972

1988 – 1991: Purchasing Manager, Saab Automobile
1991 – 1993: Director, Parts & Service
1993 – 1997: Chief Engineer
1998 – 1999: Executive Director, Saab 9-3 / 9-5
1999 – Executive Director, Future Products

Technical College, Mechanical Engineering

Golf, skiing

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