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Saab History Travels to New York Auto Show

Posted on 18. Mar, 2008 by .

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Saab History Travels to New York Auto Show

I will be travelling North from Washington, D.C. to New York City shortly in order to cover both the Saab Reflective Event on Tuesday as well as the New York Auto Show on Wednesday.

The New York Auto Show will mark the North American Premiere of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept car that recently debuted at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3rd, 2008. I understand that in addition to this, there will also be the Saab 9-4x Concept car as well as some other surprises.

What: Saab Reflective Event & New York Auto Show

Where: Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

When: March 18th, 19th-30th, 2008

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

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Saab History Seeks Sponsor To Film NYC Auto Show

Posted on 15. Mar, 2008 by .

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Saab History Seeks Sponsor To Film NYC Auto Show

I have been invited as a guest of Saab Automobile & General Motors to cover the Saab 9-X BioHybrid event as part of the New York Auto Show where I will be flying out early Tuesday morning for New York City.

This event is the North American premiere of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid that recently made its global premiere in Geneva back on March 3rd, 2008. I believe, that much like that event, it is again, important that I capture the most complete coverage of this event through written, photographic and the increasingly important segment of digital video and get showcase it here on Saabhistory.com for us to enjoy.

Update: Saab of Hunterdon is sponsoring this coverage as of now

I am hoping that with donations and preferably a sponsor, I can cover this event much like I have with the Turbo-X North American Premiere at the Boston Auto Show, thanks to Saab of Hunterdon and the Saab 9-4x BioPower World Premiere in Detroit thanks to Saab Colorado, Inc.

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I hope that enough donations can come in as well as a sponsor, so that I can not only cover the cost of filming this event, but cover my own costs as well. I look forward to your submissions between now and Monday.

Please contact me if you are interested in being a sponsor, so we can discuss the details and cost outlay for this coverage. As part of being a sole sponsor for this coverage, you will receive a DVD.

Please click on the paypal donate button below to submit your donation to support this cause (please be sure to type “2008 NY AUTO SHOW” in the subject area so I know what this donation will be going towards).

Note: Many of you have been experiencing problems when trying to get to sending me a donation, please send paypal donations to donations@saabhistory.com


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

I thank you for your time and look forward to your support!

Sincerely,

Ryan / Saab History

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Saab 9-X BioHybrid Makes American Debut In New York

Posted on 10. Mar, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept makes a debut in New York beginning on March 19th, 2008 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Jacob Javits Convention Center
11th ave between 34 & 39 Streets
New York, NY

http://www.autoshowny.com/

Voted ‘Best Concept’ at Geneva Auto Show World Premiere

Saab 9-X BioHybrid Makes American Debut In New York

NEW YORK – Following its world premiere at the Geneva auto show earlier this month, the award-winning Saab 9-X BioHybrid premium compact concept is scheduled to make its American debut at the New York International Auto Show media days, beginning March 19.

The editors of AutoWeek, one of North America’s most respected and longest-standing automotive enthusiast magazines, voted the Saab 9-X BioHybrid “Best Concept” of the Geneva show. With this award, the 9-X joined the very successful Saab Aero X coupe concept, which received AutoWeek’s “Best in Show” honors at its debut two years ago in Geneva.

“After its stunning performance in Geneva, we can’t wait to show the 9-X BioHybrid to the press and public here in America,” said Steve Shannon, Saab Automobile USA general manager. “Following in footsteps of the highly inspirational Aero X, as well as the 9-4X BioPower crossover concept that debuted in Detroit just a few weeks ago, the 9-X BioHybrid demonstrates that Saab is truly on the move.”

The 9-X BioHybrid is a vivid vision of what a future compact car from Saab could look like. It is designed to reflect the priorities of youthful customers who seek progressive looks, responsible performance and high-tech communications, all in a sporty, fun-to-drive package.

Exploring design themes from Saab’s award-winning Aero X and earlier 9-X concepts, the 9-X BioHybrid also demonstrates the potential for ultra-efficient power from a 200-horsepower (147 kW), 1.4L BioPower turbo engine backed by GM’s next-generation hybrid system. Projected combined cycle CO 2 emissions of just 105 g/km on E85 fuel are testimony to the promise of this package.

The interior showcases an entirely new expression of Saab’s driver-focused cockpit design, together with innovative, seamless connectivity for personal nomadic devices and a rear cargo deck with a “low-friction” loading system.

“This car is all about efficiency in design and performance,” said Anthony Lo, director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe, who led the 9-X BioHybrid design team in cooperation with the Saab Brand Center in Sweden.

With its turbine-style wheels placed at all four corners, minimal bodywork overhangs and an extended roof line, the proportions of the three-door Saab 9-X BioHybrid bring a dynamic, new dimension to conventional compact hatchback looks.

The smooth fuselage-style bodywork, now without any visible handles or door mirrors, the bold wraparound window graphic and deep front grille are all themes inspired by the Aero X coupe concept.

The car’s distinctive “shooting brake” silhouette and rear functionality are developed from the 9-X multi-role concept shown in 2001 in Frankfurt. “You could say we designed this car from back to front,” said Lo. “The shape of the 9-X is right for a car of this size, and the longer roof line helps the aerodynamics and provides more rear headroom and interior space.”

Echoing Saab’s roots in aircraft design, the 9-X BioHybrid also explores the potential for using active aerodynamics to reduce drag – and fuel consumption – at cruising speeds. Above 43 mph (70 kph), the upper and lower bodywork is reshaped as the roof spoiler automatically extends to further lengthen the roof line. An underbody diffuser is deployed from the bottom of the rear bumper.

The four-seat cabin introduces an entirely new execution of Saab’s driver-focused cockpit design. The central, floor-mounted console, with its angled controls and displays, is now eliminated. Instead, the driver-focused layout incorporates a main instrument panel that sweeps out from the top of the door molding, arching across the driver. The embedded 3-D graphics appear to be “frozen” in ice, continuing a Scandinavian design theme first seen in the Aero X.

Reflecting the needs of youthful customers, who expect easy access to multi-media both inside and outside the car, Saab has cooperated with Sony Ericsson to provide seamless, in-car connectivity for a range of nomadic devices. The result is a wireless interface for streaming data, entertainment and satellite navigation functions for display and use. The interface also allows the simultaneous use of multiple devices when passengers are in the car.

At the rear, the cargo deck features an electrically powered slide-out floor, which is activated when the bottom half of the split tailgate drops down. The floor and the backs of the folding rear seats are covered by high-friction rubber carpeting that grips items and holds them securely in place. For easy loading and unloading, aluminum bars automatically rise up and down as the tailgate is opened and closed.

The treatment of light is an important part of Scandinavian design. This is evident in the use of variable, white ambient lighting inside the cabin. The level of suffused illumination can be changed in intensity from bright and cold to warm and soft. It’s a personalized feature that can be programmed, for example, to reflect the pattern of the changing seasons.

“This car shows how our concept work can be carried forward into a compact format,” said Lo. “It has a number of features that we will be developing further, such as the new driver-focused design theme, the importance of clean, uncluttered surfaces and the easy, seamless connectivity inside the car.”

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Tenth Anniversary SAAB Picnic in Oneonta, New York

Posted on 23. Jul, 2007 by .

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On Sunday, July 8th, 2007 Cameron & Ed Lorenz held the tenth anniversary Saab Owner picnic at their home in Oneonta, New York. There were many in attendance including the former veteran Saab training czar, John Moss as well as many others who traveled in some cases quite some distances to attend. The variety of SAAB models were plentiful and it appears that everyone had a great time overall.

Here is some coverage of the event from Ed Lorenz, as well as some photographs by Thor Carlson, enjoy.

Sunday, July 8th, was our
“Tenth-Anniversary-Edition-Saab-Picnic-in-Oneonta (New York)”.
We had a fine day, with 28 Saabs in our front yard. Thank you to all
who attended!

Also, thank you to wife Cameron and son Riley for their assistance with
everything.

Thank you to Bob Abels, for donating a box of service manuals and other
literature, that was auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Vintage Saab Club of
North America.

Thank you to John Moss for being the auctioneer. Thanks to Mike St. Pierre and Bruce Turk for their help. In a quick recap, “People’s Choice” went to Bob Abels and his ’64 GT-850. “Almost People’s Choice” went to Frank Allocco and his ’72 95. In the category of “Riley’s Choice” the trophy taker was Larry Feer with his V-4 95, and the winner of “Almost Riley’s Choice” was Todd Coggshall and his turbo Sonett III.

“Longest Distance?Traveled” went to Tom Shipman and his V-4 96 from Kansas (!!!!) and “Almost Longest Distance Traveled” went to Mike St. Pierre.

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Saab Club Winery Tour – New York

Posted on 29. May, 2007 by .

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The New York Saab Owners Club (NYSOC) is hosting their annual winery tour again this June 30th, 2007. Here is some information about this interesting event below, so mark your calendars if can make it.

This year, the winery tour will be taking place in Dutchess County, NY. We will be hitting all three wineries along the Dutchess Wine trail.

We will begin the day in the parking lot of Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, NY (click here for directions). If you would like to eat some lunch, they have a small diner on-site. We will be leaving the airport promptly at 12 Noon, so please be there early.

Our first winery stop will be Millbrook Vineyards. After Millbrook, we will head to Alison Wines. From there, we will end the run at Clinton Vineyards.

The tour is scheduled to take all day and you are invited to join us for dinner at the Hyde Park Brewing Company in Hyde Park, NY. While a table has been arranged for us, their entire menu will be available for you to choose from, so you will be responsible for your own portion of the bill.

The total driving time for the tour is about 3-4 hours. Please be sure to have a full tank of fuel prior to arriving at the airport in the morning. There are some parts of this drive that are either poorly paved or unpaved (dirt), but this is only about 1% of the total drive. We will be driving very cautiously along these portions since they are unavoidable. This shouldn’t pose a problem to anyone, but it is best to let you know beforehand.

For more information about this event, please visit the NYSOC website here.

New York Saab Owners Club
Website: http://www.nysoc.com

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Robert J. Sinclair – The Early Years with SAAB

Posted on 09. May, 2007 by .

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Robert J. Sinclair was President of Saab-Scania of America from May, 1979 until he retired in Sept. 1991. Mr. Sinclair who has been quite active in the Saab community for a number of years since his retirement, attending Saab Owners Conventions, and other such events including the recent Saab 60th Anniversary launch in San Diego, has recently decided to kindly provide us a writeup in his own words about his early years with SAAB before he re-joined in 1979.

A thank you to Bob Sinclair for taking the time to provide this writeup in his own words, it is an honor to share this with the Saab community.

bob_sinclair.jpgRegarding my first tenure with Saab (then known as Saab Motors, Inc., of course, and headquartered at 405 Park Avenue, NYC), I signed on as a Field Sales Representative in March of 1958. The management group at that time was as follows:

President – Ralph Millet, Exec. VP – J. Bruce McWilliams, Sales VP – John Potter, Service Manager – Bob Wehman

I don’t recall the name of the parts manager, who ran the parts depot at Hingham MA.

I was the second field sales rep hired. John Goff was the first. When I joined the company, John was assigned New England. I had all the rest. “All the rest” extended west to the Mississippi; south to the North Carolina border, as Saab was very much a regional operation in the early years. There was one service dealer at Culver City CA, Lindquist Motors run by Ingvar Lindqvist. For a year or so I covered the territory in a 93B stroker.

We then hired five more sales reps, and I was called into the home office with the title of Field Staff Supervisor. Soon after that, Harvey Janes was hired as PR Manager and Jim Dailey was hired as Advertising Manager. It turned out that he was a bit overly fond of liquid luncheons, and in due course he was released and I was asked to add responsibility for the company’s advertising. I knew literally nothing about advertising.

The first thing did was walk over to a bookstore on Park Avenue and buy a book: “The Fundamentals of Advertising.” Dissatisfied with the quality of the company’s press releases, I took up the self-appointed task of editing them before they were issued. The PR Manager wasn’t exactly thrilled by this, but I left him no choice. He eventually resigned, and I took on the PR job as well. During these times the Sales Manager, John Potter, had differences with Ralph Millet and was fired. My title was changed to Acting Sales Manager…and I continued handling advertising and PR as well. As I have often commented, “Life is a learning experience.” Those few years sure were a learning experience for me, still in my 20s.

After some time passed, the parent company sent Jonas C:son Kjellberg over to be Sales Manager; the same Jonas Kjellberg who returned to Sweden a few years later, but came back as President in 1972. Soon after that, Mr. Millet got approval to move headquarters from New York City to New Haven CT. Moving to New Haven wasn’t congruent with my personal career goals, so I resigned and joined Volvo’s eastern distributor with offices across the Hudson in Englewood Cliffs NJ. My title was Ad Manager, but I soon started handling the PR function, plus distribution and a few other activities. Basically, I because Marketing Manager of the distributorship, but my title remained Advertising Manager until 1967 when I was promoted to President of Volvo’s western distributorship headquarters at Torrance CA. In 1978 I moved back to Volvo North America headquarters, then at Rockleigh NJ, as VP Marketing. I resigned one year later to re-join Saab.

Click here to visit the interview of his later years (1979-1991)

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The Saab Presidents of the United States

Posted on 17. Apr, 2007 by .

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There have been a number of Presidents that have represented the Saab brand in the United States over the years, so I thought it would be a good time to provide such historical information for your reference beginning with Ralph T. Millet, the individual that was responsible for bringing the SAAB brand to the U.S. back in 1956.

This information has been verified, but there are still some additional pieces of information that need to be included and possibly corrected at this point. If you would like to submit your additions or corrections, please add your comment to this post.

Ralph T. Millet – Dec.1956-1971, Board of Directors 1979-1987
J. J. (Jerry) Upham – 1971 (15 months)
Jonas C:son Kjellberg – 1972 – May 1979
Bob Sinclair – May, 1979 – Sept. 1991
Sten Helling – Sept, 1991 – Oct, 1991
Bill Kelly – Oct. 1991 – Feb 1994
Jim Crumlish – Feb 1994 – June, 1996
Joel K. Manby – June 1996 – Apr. 2000
Dan Chasins – Apr. 2000 – Sept. 2002
Debra Kelly-Ennis – Sept. 16th, 2002 – Mar. 2005
Jay Spenchian – Apr. 1st, 2005 – April 13, 2007
Steve Shannon – April 16th, 2007 – (October 17th, 2008* No longer President, but reclassifies position while also splitting up responsibilities by a 1/3rd with Cadillac & Hummer as Executive Director, Marketing, Premium Channel North America)) – April 16th, 2009
Mike Colleran – Sept 3rd, 2009 – Present

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1961 SAAB 96 – Rally New York 2007

Posted on 10. Apr, 2007 by .

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Rally New York has recently taken place in Narrowsburg, New York between March 30-31, 2007. rnyusa07-mlogo_small.gifTwo long-time Saab Owners and Enthusiats have recently participated in this event which were Bruce Turk, president of the Vintage Saab Club of North America, who is the owner and driver of his 1961 SAAB 96. The co-driver was Seth Straight of Rutland, Vermont who is part of the Saab Rally Team that I have posted about previously.The video and text that I have just received from them includes an in-car video and some descriptive text on their experience of the 1961 SAAB 96 that is outfitted with a GT750 engine and 3-speed transmission.

Here is a a quote by Bruce Turk about the event:

Special thanks to Co-Driver Seth Strait of Rutland Vermont for keeping me going in the right direction and for taking some really awesome in car video.

The video shows just a portion of one stage. We finished the rally without any mechanical problems, 20 stages, 13 hours in total. This is some hand held in car footage taken using a Cannon S3IS at rally New York. The car was the triple “0” car or “000” which is a … all » course opening vehicle which pre-runs the rally road prior to competitors. Top speeds of 75 mph were reached which is impressive considering the car has only a 750cc 2 stroke 3 cylinder engine with 30 or 40 hp.

You can check one out here:

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