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Saab Automobile France Launch Saab 9-3x This Weekend

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

It looks like Saab Automobile France have launched the Saab 9-3x in their market at a Parisian garden in the heart of Paris this past weekend, emphasizing sustainable development can co-exist in nature.

The focus of this 9-3x launch will consist of their E-85 BioPower Engine range.

Saab introduced the Scandinavian garden from 5 to 7 June at “Gardens, Garden.”

* The Swedish first present the Saab 9-3X in the middle of pure nature.

Saab is now for the third consecutive year to “Garden Garden” (from 5 to 7 June 2009 at the Parc des Tuileries, Paris), the event ephemeral Parisian garden in the heart of Paris where the red wire is sustainable development.

The Saab stand, designed by Bruno Fortuner, landscape architect of the Jardins de Gally, presents its latest model, the Saab 9-3X, at every turn in a whole declined in white and transparency: the white pots and the cosmos, the transparency of water and mirrors, the color symbolic of Scandinavia. The presented car, the Saab 9-3 X first Cross-Hatch (all paths) flex-fuel, changes in the white world without degradation, trace its path in the flowers without damaging them, because it has a BioPower engine that works E85 fuel, consisting of 85% ethanol from the distillation plant. This technological choice justifies the presence of the Swedish manufacturer, which was entirely in line with the philosophy of “Gardens, Garden” event held itself in the heart of a metropolis.

Bruno Fortuner, Jardins de Gally: white, symbol of purity

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Saab, the market leader in flex-fuel in France

Posted on 08. Jan, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

This just in from Saab Automobile France.

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

Saab, the market leader in flex-fuel in France

# Saab is positioned at the top of Flex-Fuel marks on the French market with its BioPower models in 2008
# The Saab 9-3 is the Flex-Fuel car the best-selling
# Saab bat son record de vente de cabriolets en France Saab beat its record sales of convertibles in France

After a Christmas marked by removing the penalty on BioPower, the year began well for Saab with a cascade of good news.

The most important first: the Saab brand ranks first in the French market for flex-fuel vehicles, with 1028 cars sold during the year 2008, divided between 9-3 and 9-5. It is a just reward for the Swedish manufacturer with an emphasis on responsible performance through the use of bioethanol. Saab now offers its entire range with BioPower engine running on E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline), a fuel with a much less heavy footprint on the environment…..

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Saab Automobile France Launches BioPower Website

Posted on 27. May, 2008 by .



Saab Automobile France has recently launched their own BioPower website, check it out.

On a side note, couldn’t they have had a more identifiable website domain like

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Saab France Launches Interactive XWD Experience

Posted on 28. Feb, 2008 by .



Image Credit: Saab Automobile France

Saab Automobile France has recently launched an interactive XWD ‘Cross-Wheel Drive’ online experience microsite.

This site gives you short of a real-life test drive in suitable driving conditions, a way to see how the XWD responds. I found that this experience almost reminded me of the previous Saab BioPower game offered for people on their cell phone.

While I found the site to be somewhat helpful and informative. There are a lot of signs for XWD here as you can see on the signpost, and I bet most of the people in the United States are wondering where the sign is leading them to purchasing XWD in United States at this time.

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Saab Exhibition at French Agriculture Show

Posted on 26. Feb, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab France

Saab Automobile France showcases their new Lynx Yellow Saab 9-3 BioPower Convertible at the French Agriculture show. Please read about this below for those able to read French.

Le superéthanol, une solution disponible immédiatement

Saab, leader européen des constructeurs de véhicules au superéthanol, sera présent au Salon de l’Agriculture 2008. Plus que jamais, pour le constructeur suédois, la performance responsable passe par le superéthanol. Saab propose aujourd’hui toute sa gamme avec des motorisations BioPower fonctionnant à l’E85 (85% d’éthanol, 15% essence), en attendant d’autres futurs modèles. Un carburant en accord avec la nature, et avec le monde agricole pour lequel il offre de nouveaux débouchés.


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The Saab-Salomon TransAlp XWing Rally – Day 1

Posted on 10. Apr, 2007 by .


Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

The Saab-Salomon Team arrived on March 21st into Geneva, and the actual first day of the event officially began two days later. Here is Jason and his fellow teammates account of this arrival in their own words”

As many of you may know or remember myself and my buddy lucked out HUGE and won a 12 day all expense paid trip to compete in the SAAB – SALOMON X-wing Rally in Europe. This contest was won by getting the most votes for our secret spot on the Salomon X-wing rally website. Many individuals gave us votes and we are sincerely thankful for this as we experienced a trip of a life time. We left Edmonton on March 21 Flying into Toronto and then to Zurich where we transferred to Geneva. We then got a free taxi to Annecy France arriving mid day in Annecy. We walked around town and ate some great food and drank great drinks. I had one of the best pizza’s I have ever eaten along the canal in Annecy.

The First official day of the Saab-Salomon TransAlp XWing Rally that began on March 23rd, 2007 in Annecy, included a thorough classroom preparation prior to the beginning of the event.

Following the preparation and suiting up with gear, etc. the teams head out to get into an icy and snowy parking lot that is filled with brand new well-equipped Saab 9-3 SportCombi Aeros. Here is Jason and the teams account of their experience at this stage in the trip:

Then we were led up to the parking lot to get our cars. HOLY SH*T ! ! brand new Black 0069 KM on the clock SAAB 93 Aero Turbo, leather seats, fully loaded, GPS. Jackpot baby ! It was all starting to sink in how lucky we were to win this wicked kick ass trip. We were only loosely told how to use the car and were told how to read the navigation book.

Once the teams packed their Saab 9-3 SportCombis, they headed out for a 1-hour drive / 52 kilometer drive to an Air Field Base in Albertville. At the Albertville Air Field where they got a unique opportunity to see the Swedish Saab Performance Team in action, then get behind the wheel themeselves for some specialized offensive and defensive driving skills training on the airfield runway.

Here is a photograph of the official route map that each team drove to get from each resort destination.

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Here is the Team’s account of some of the rules that each team was required to meet throughout the TransAlp XWing Rally in their own words:

At the beginning of each driving stage we are given a start time and a projected completion time. The close to the projected arrival time we were the more points we got. We also got points for keeping a clean car.

Each team was to have one camera.. (this was later changed to as many camera’s as the team had) This was to be used for taking of picture of at least 2 team mates in front of the checkpoints to prove finding it & to take pictures that were to be scored by a panel of judges and picture points awarded. Pictures were turned in at the end of each day and only the previous 24 hours pictures were allowed.

One Suunto S6 ski watch was given to each team at the beginning of each day and returned at the end of the day. This watch was set to record all downward vertical performed during the day. The more Vertical obtained each day the more points you got.

Each morning a map of where (loosely) the check points would be and a schedule of events. IE start time, special event times, checkpoint value’s.

The first morning they handed us a REECO belt that had 4 sensors on it for us to wear during the skiing. We did have to give this back, but it was a great idea and easy to use.

Most times we were handed a simple lunch for the day (greatly appreciated).

The special events thorough out the week consisted of: Dual Slalom, Supercross, Syncro, Moguls, Jumping, GS, a Freestyle mogul run, beacon search.

We were given a race start time and a picture and watch hand in time.

Below are some of the best photographs taken from Day 1 of the Saab-Salomon X-Wing Rally between Annecy and Albertsville.


Photographs of Saab-Salomon TransAlp XWing Teams 9-3 SportCombi in the Annecy Parking Lot

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photographs of Saab-Salomon TransAlp XWing Teams En-Route to Albertsville Airfield

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photograph of the Saab-Salomon TransAlp XWing Team at Albertsville airfield experiencing driving skills training

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photographs of the Saab Performance Team at Albertsville Airfield

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

Photo Credit: / “J.Hayes”

I hope you are enjoying this incredible adventure that these teams had the unique opportunity to experience. Please expect continued coverage of this even in the coming days.

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Saab Salomon Transalp X-Wing Rally (March 23-31st)

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .


I had mentioned in an earlier post that the Saab-Salomon X-Wing Rally had recently toured through the United States, beginning on the West coast and ending up in New England.

On March 21st, Saab-Salomon partnership continued the international X-Wing Rally by starting their own web blog in order to provide coverage of the Saab-Salomon Transalp X-Wing event. The Saab-Salomon Transalp X-Wing event involves 20 performance ski teams that compete in a number of countries in Europe over the course of 7-days (March 23rd through the 31st) These teams will be traveling to each destination in a fleet of brand new Saab 9-3 SportCombi X-Wing edition V6 Aero models through some of the most beautiful ski resorts that the Alps has to offer. These resorts include Cervinia/Zermatt, St. Moritz just to name a few.

Here is their schedule for the remainder of the event.

March 29th РSkiing in St Anton, Austria and Dining & Lodging in Șlden, Austria
March 30th РSkiing in Șlden, Austria РDining & PARTYING in Șlden, Austria
March 31st – Bus trip back to Annecy, France


Here are some photographs of the Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi fleet that from the first day of the event. I have been promised more photos in the coming days, so please check back in by the end of next week.


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon


Photo Credit: Saab-Salomon

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Saab celebrates 60 years with a new color, Ice Black

Posted on 29. Mar, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

This just in from Saab Automobile France. I have translated this press release with Google translation this time, so if there are any suggested changes, please let me know.

I really like the color! I wonder if we’ll see this color again in the super secret “Black Turbo” project this summer at the Saab Festival in Sweden?

Saab celebrates its 60 years with the Living room Car Pleasure in “Ice Black”

Saab is the uncontested specialist with the convertible, and will be present at the new edition of the living room of the convertible, the Living room Car Pleasure which is held with the Door of Versailles (of March 30 to April 1, 2007). The mark celebrates this year its 60 years of existence in the automobile field, and will expose a special version of its 9-3 Convertible, the Limited Series “Ice Black”.

Saab made the convertible possible in becoming an accessible a pleasure to all, operating as a vehicle during the good weather to a an automobile that allows 4 people to comfortable drive in at anytime. It was just over 20 years ago when the convertible began, and again Saab proves that the 9-3 Convertible is a success as exhibited with the new “Ice Black” color.

Saab contributed significantly to the development of the convertible cars, by transforming them into means of transport practise, perfectly usable throughout the year. Saab Cabriolet became a modern mystic, and a symbol to the whole world as a beautiful and desirable car, synonymous with the pleasure of leading hair to the wind. This statute played an important part in its commercial success.

Saab 9-3 Convertible reaffirms the position of Saab to the head of the manufacturers of the prestige of the convertible. It is the fruit of the experiment of more than twenty years of design of convertibles four places all times knowing to show itself as functional and elegant.

Saab Cabriolet has a level of rigidity, of quality of construction and comfort which place it at the head its category. Innovating with many regards, this car goes even further in the philosophy of Saab, for which convertible must be “more than one simple convertible” while making it possible to roll the every day of the year. In addition to its practical qualities, the Convertible brings also a pleasure of leading real, because it begins again excel it frame of the range 9-3.

The range of motorizations very provided proposes the choice between V6 2,8 liters any overfed aluminium developing 250 CH (184 kw), three turbo four-cylinder engines 2,0 liters any aluminium developing 150 CH (110 kw), 175 CH (129 kw) and 210 CH (147 kw) and a turbodiesel 1.9TiD common rail with direct injection of 150 CH (110 kw).

Profiting from a maximum note of five stars allotted to the cash-test of EuroNCAP, the Convertible is proposed in completions Linear, Vector or Aero, or with a new completion called “Ice Black”, which will be exposed to the Living room Car Pleasure. This version receives in series a system of navigation with touch screen color and a cartography on DVD, a system Audio Premium 300 W 13HP with box of low and Bluetooth function, of the headlights Bi-xenon, a black leather saddlery and rims alloy 17 inches specific. Saab 9-3 Convertible limited Series “Ice Black” will be proposed only with 100 numbered specimens, with the engines 1.8t (110 kW/150 CH), 2.0t (129 kW/175 CH), 2.8 T V6 Aero (184 kW/250 CH) or 1.9 TiD FAP (110 kW/150 CH).

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