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Posted on 21. May, 2010 by Ryan.
I want to wish everyone attending the 10th anniversary of Saabs@Carlisle this weekend, a great time. It should be good weather and a good turnout!
Every year the Central Penn SAAB Club hosts North America’s largest regional Saab event as part of Carlisle Events’ Import & Kit Nationals.
It’s called SAABs@Carlisle and for eight years running, owners of new and vintage Saabs have brought home the event Participation Award for the greatest number of any single make of automobile in attendance. Last year, 183 Saabs were present — more than 2nd place Volvo and 3rd place Audi combined. This is quite an achievement when you see just how many cars of all makes are present at this show every year.
2010 marks SAABs@Carlisle’s 10th anniversary, and with Saab now virtually assured of a bright future, the Central Penn SAAB Club is optimistic that even more Saabs will show up than ever before. It looks like the club has set up a great event for this year, with the standard People’s Choice awards, the classic SAABarbecue dinner on Saturday night, and an all-new Drive In Movie Night. Popcorn is even included!
As an added incentive, Carlisle Events is giving away a car on Sunday. Upon entry to the event, you’ll be given a “Giveaway Car” ticket and you must be present on Sunday at 3pm to win. SAABs@Carlisle is also a great place to find parts or even a deal on a whole car.
Posted on 25. Apr, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: © Saab Automobile AB
Saab Enthusiasts to Flock to 2010 Saab Festival
Saab Festival to be held on 15-18 July in Trollhättan, the home of Saab
Focus on newly-launched 9-5 sedan and 50th anniversary of Saab 96
Trollhättan, Sweden. Thousands of Saab enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the 2010 Saab Festival in Sweden between 15 – 18 July, the first to be held since Saab became an independent company earlier this year.
The biennial festival is traditionally the world’s largest gathering of Saab fans. Based around the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan, the home of Saab, this year’s event will focus on Saabs past and present, including the newly-launched Saab 9-5 sedan.
In addition to factory tours, parades, presentations and automobilia sales, the festival will include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Saab 96, the car that took Erik ‘Mr Saab’ Carlsson to the first of a hat-trick of RAC Rally victories in 1960.
“This year’s event has special significance as it comes at the start of a new era in our company’s history,” said Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. “Many Saab fans around the world demonstrated great support for Saab during the sale negotiations and we are delighted to take this opportunity of showing our appreciation.”
Note to Editors:
Saab Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company) – was founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer and revealed its first prototype passenger car 10 years later after the formation of the Saab Car Division. In 1990, Saab Automobile AB was created as a separate company, jointly owned by the Saab Scania Group and General Motors, and became a wholly-owned GM subsidiary in 2000. In February 2010, Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands, acquired the company from GM as an independently-run business.
Saab cars reflect the brand’s unique Scandinavian design ethic, which is fused with its aircraft engineering heritage. The company is a global premium car maker with a distinguished history of innovation. It is recognized for its pioneering role in turbocharging, as well as occupant safety and the introduction of flex-fuel technology through Saab BioPower. Saab Automobile AB currently employs about 3,400 staff in Sweden, where it operates world-class production and technical development facilities at its headquarters in Trollhättan, 70 km north of Gothenburg.
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797
Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Saab History , 2005
Saab History has just learned via the curator of the Saab Car Museum’s twitter feed, that the Saab Festival will take place this year July 15th-18th, 2010
Having attended the Saab Festival in 2005 & 2007, which is typically every two years, I like many of us was hoping to see one again in 2009, but of course it was not possible given what was going on at that time for Saab.
Now that there is clarity with Saab now owned by Spyker, this year should be absolutely incredible, perhaps better than the 60th anniversary festival in 2007!
More details are expected soon, although no details on the Saab Festival website yet.
Posted on 19. Apr, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Seth D. Bengelsdorf
The Saab Club of North America (SCNA) welcomes Saab-Spyker Automobile CEO Victor Muller, Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America to the 2010 Saab Owners Convention.
Check out their website for more details on the convention, the website looks great!
Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Matt G
Saab History frequenter, Matt G in Minnesota, managed to attend the Minneapolis Auto show recently where he took some good photos and provided us with a summary of his experience.
SAAB had an awesome floor spot – right at the main entrance when people walked in – you couldn’t miss them. The people at the booth were very nice.
I asked if they could open up the 9-5 or the 9-3X and unfortunately they could not. They said the 9-3X would be available later this spring and the 9-5 this summer.
The 9-5 in person is an awesome looking vehicle. Even my fiance said it was one of the best looking cars at the show. The interior looks really high-end in person. Even though I couldn’t get inside, I got the feeling that it has a real premium, high-quality feel, a big step up from the current 9-5. All in all, I was really impressed with their display, it was one of the nicest, if not the nicest, at the show.
The people seemed excited for the future, that’s for sure. BMW was not there, which was a surprise.
For more photos click here.
Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret Saabhuy.Net
Here are the photographs from Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret that are in attendance at the first of the two days at the Geneva Motor Show.
Today is the first day at the show and tomorrow, there will be a press conference at 3:30pm.
For more photos, please click here.
Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret Saabhuy.Net
1 March 2010
Saab at 2010 Geneva Motor Show
All New Saab 9-5 Sedan Opens New Chapter in Saab History
The all new 9-5 Sedan, due to go on sale later this year, is the centerpiece of the Saab stand. It celebrates the start of a new chapter in the history of the Swedish premium brand as an independent car manufacturer.
Main Geneva highlights:
Start of a New Era for Saab
Saab Automobile attends Geneva only days after its future as an independent premium car-maker was secured following the completion of its purchase from General Motors by Spyker Cars N.V. This transaction signals the start of an exciting new era for the brand with the launch of three new products – including the new 9-5 sedan – planned over the next 16 months. Spyker Cars N.V. – the Amsterdam Euronext-listed parent company – is committed to securing Saab’s future success under the direction of Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the current management team.
All New Saab 9-5 Sedan
Showcasing ‘stand out’ Scandinavian design backed by an array of high-tech functions, Saab’s distinctive new flagship brings a fresh, alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.
The clean, ‘organic sculpture’ of the bodywork, with elements inspired by Saab’s award-winning Aero X concept, heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language for the brand. The spacious, driver-focused cabin features a new iteration of Saab’s signature cockpit layout.
Packed with advanced driving and comfort technologies, the new 9-5 features an all-turbo powertrain starting at just 1.6 liters and carries forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy. A 190 hp, 2.0-liter turbo, with two-stage turbocharging, leads the diesel line-up and will be available with two-wheel drive and Saab XWD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.
This versatile sport wagon is a rugged all-rounder equipped to handle rough terrain with a raised ride height and sure-footed grip from Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive system. It is distinguished by unique bumpers and a protective lower body finish. Offering an attractive alternative to heavier Crossovers or SUVs, the Saab 9-3X is powered a 210 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine, also available with Saab BioPower flex-fuel technology. A 180 hp, two-stage 1.9-liter turbo diesel option has two-wheel drive.
Saab 9-3 Convertible
Saab pioneered the concept four season, four seater, top-down motoring and the latest 9-3 Convertible is the product of more than 25 years’ experience in designing soft-top cars that are as stylish as they are practical. Now being built for the first time at Saab’s state-of-the-art production facility in Sweden, more than 250,000 Saab Convertibles have been sold worldwide.
Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by Ryan.
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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