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Have You Ever Shipped A Saab From Sweden?

Posted on 03. Feb, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

I am wondering if you have ever shipped a Saab from Sweden. As the title states, I am not referring to the now defunct European Delivery Program, but I am actually referring to whether or not you chose to ship a pre-owned Saab from Sweden to your home country through a shipping company.

My reason for asking is that I have recently received an e-mail from an individual looking for a 1979 to 1986 Saab 900 5-Door Turbo. This individual lives here in the North East region of the United States, and realizes that the only 5-door models that were imported here, were 1979-80 model years. She is interested in getting a newer model up until 1984 with more choices elsewhere, which means looking outside of the states and shipping it back.

I have indicated to her in our correspondence that she should probably be looking in Sweden or Finland for a model that would best suit her needs, especially since she wants a right left-hand drive model. I also realized that she needs a car no later than 1984, given that due to NHTSA regulations, she can only import a car no younger than 25 years old without problems, so 1984 would be the most recent.

Evidently, this process is simpler than I originally imagined as a company called Wallenius Wilhelmsen does this all the time, where they ship from the port of Göteborg, Sweden 30 minutes South of Trollhättan, Sweden, worldwide.

So the question here is, does anyone have personal experience in shipping an older pre-owned Saab from Sweden via Wallenius Wilhelmsen? I know Saab USA did, but that was for new cars, so we’re talking vehicles 25 years or older.

Please post your comments below!

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Sweden’s Own SVT24 Indicates That GM Is Selling Saab

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Sweden’s SVT24 indicates that GM is planning on selling Saab as illustrated in both the video above as well as the writeup here.

Those that can read and understand Swedish will be interested to watch this video and read the post, otherwise, it makes good visuals that we rarely get to see at the Trollhättan, Sweden.

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Saab History On Nationalizing Saab Automobile

Posted on 28. Nov, 2008 by .

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I am proud to say that The Local, Sweden’s news in English, has just published a piece I did on nationalizing Saab Automobile after recently urging General Motors to sell the brand.

This piece is a good follow-up to the piece a professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden wrote recently on the topic. In addition, it also relates to the reports that Saab Automobile AB has been talking to the Swedish Government about possible financial support if and when GM goes under.

Please read this piece I wrote below for The Loca or click on the link here. I encourage comments!

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Saab History On Nationalizing Saab Automobile

Since 1947, Saab Automobile has been inextricably linked with its Swedish roots as an innovative and progressive automobile company. The heritage of Saab Automobile originally began in 1937 as an aircraft company. The formation of Saab was in response to the immediate requirements of the Swedish Government during the War, so it’s foundations began as a byproduct of the Government’s needs.

Saab’s connections to its Swedish roots and aircraft heritage has been over the years, strengthened. This can be seen during recent ad campaigns which focused on the ties between the aircraft engineers and Swedish design. This branding has become commonplace during the 19 years of ownership of Saab by General Motors.

While there is no question that Saab is a Swedish brand, the dire straights that the parent company (General Motors) is currently in, could mean the end of Saab. This could effectively end 60+ years of uniquely Swedish innovations, engineering and significant contributions to the automotive industry as a whole. Not only will there be an economic void of monumental proportions, there will also be a total loss of national pride and identity for the country of Sweden.

Across Sweden, industry, academia and Government will all be affected if Saab were to be relegated to the backburner of the GM portfolio. It is clear that reversing this trend is the best way for Saab to maintain its unique Swedish design, engineering, innovation and identity. While there have been rumors that GM is thinking about potentially selling Saab to another car manufacturer, I believe that nationalizing the brand is the proper and most suitable method in order to continue Saab Automobile.

Having lived in Sweden, I have seen first hand, the nationalized public transportation system which is as a critical infrastructure for the Swedish economy to thrive. In this respect, I do not see why a car company like Saab could not be nationalized as well. The infrastructure in which the vehicles travel, has already been paid for by the Swedish Government and are some of the best roads in the world. In addition, the academic institutions, through governmentally funded programs, have also been subsidized by the Swedish Government when collaborating with Saab Automobile’s future product development. Finally, the Swedish Government will be at a significant advantage by owning Saab as it will have the full autonomy to design, build, and regulate the next generation of private transportation which will meet their goals of ending fossil fuel driven vehicles by 2020.

If the Swedish government is truly serious about meeting their goals of economic and environmental security, much like they were back in 1937, they will move quickly to nationalize Saab Automobile today.

Ryan / Saabhistory.com

Sources:

Saab’s Aircraft History – 1937

http://www.saabhistory.com/2006/11/11/the-saab-scania-story/

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KTH University

Integrated Design Methods for Mechatronic Servo Systems

This research project was a part of the “Gröna Bilen”/FCHEV (Fuel Cell & Hybrid Electric Vehicle) program sponsored by the Swedish government, Saab Automobile, Scania AB, Volvo AB and Volvo Car

Cooperation.

The objective of the project was to develop a model based design and optimization methodology for mechatronic actuation modules, primarily intended for automotive applications, but applicable to electromechanical servo systems in general. The project started in September 2002 and ended in September 2007.

http://www.md.kth.se/research/projects/mda/p8.shtml?sve

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Swedish Government Seeks Clarity On Research & Development Aid With Saab & Volvo

Posted on 24. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB Sweden / Saab Technical Center

Reuters reports that the Swedish Government is seeking clarity on Swedish companies, Saab & Volvo’s role in research and development aid.

Here is the story:

STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Swedish government on Monday ruled out any financial support for the Nordic country’s crisis-hit automakers Volvo Car Corp and Saab Automobiles until the intentions of their U.S. parent companies became clear.

Ford-owned (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Volvo Car Corp and Saab, owned by General Motors (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have seen sales plummet in recent months while their struggling parent companies have sought a bailout from the U.S. government to stave off bankruptcy.

Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson said the government sought to gain a clearer picture of the situation facing the two carmakers before any economic assistance was considered.

“What will Ford and GM do? Will Ford and GM move forward with Saab and Volvo? Will they develop new car models?” Olofsson told journalists.
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An Insider’s Reasons General Motors Won’t Sell Saab

Posted on 21. Nov, 2008 by .

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Almost immediately after posting my reasons why I believed it was best to sell Saab, I almost immediately received an anonymous tip from a Saab insider that General Motors is not interested in selling Saab because for the following reasons.

As you can read below, this relationship between General Motors & Saab Automobie AB is getting more and more parastic by the minute as we fast approach the 20th year of ownership of the brand.

I really hope that General Motors does the right thing and sells Saab to an owner that truly understands and appreciates the brand, but by the looks of it below, this will take a long time to change over to a new owner.

Here are some the finer points thanks to an anonymous insider:

* Sweden had agreed to put in about a billion $$ in infrastructure improvements in that area.

* GM has designated Saab as a center of safety research.

* GM has signed mutual contracts to develop a plug in with Sweden.

* GM has seeded with money a research group at the University there.

* The productivity/wages are better than Germany.

* Saab has design responsibility for the small cadillac.

* Sweden is smart enough to support jobs and auto manufacturing for the good of their country.

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Saab Sweden Sells 100,000th BioPower Saab

Posted on 03. Jun, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile Sweden

Saab Automobile Sweden has recently sold their 100,000th BioPower (E-85) capable Saab.

The tax incentives, congestion waivers, lower priced e-85, better performance and significantly reduced C02 have all been significant contributors to these sales.

Having literally witnessed the prices and ubiquitious availability of E-85 in Sweden last summer during the Saab Festival, I can assure you that it’s a logical and obvious choice to go to BioPower.

This milestone is another contributor towards Sweden’s efforts to be off of fossil fuels by 2020.

Here is a snippet from Saab Sweden’s recent press release to reduce CO2:

The market for E85 flex-fuelled cars is booming. Saab, the largest seller of flex-fuel cars in Europe, recently delivered the 100,000th flex-fuel car in the Swedish market – a Saab 9-3 BioPower. In fact, Saab BioPower models have been the main contributor to Sweden’s leading position in the switch to renewable fuels within Europe.

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The Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Centre in Sweden

Posted on 02. May, 2008 by .

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Saab Automobile has introduced two Hybrid concept vehicles over the years, one being the Saab 9-3 BioPower Hybrid Convertible Concept in 2006, followed by the most recent Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept.

While we have not yet heard about a production ready Saab hybrid, yet, we can hope to see one in the near future with all of the recent investment in research and development as of late by Saab Automobile.

Since 2007, Saab Automobile has been collaborating with the Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Center that involves KTH University, Lund University while being hosted by Chalmers University in Göteborg, Sweden.

The Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC), as it is indicated, is a “distributed Center of Excellence with the objective to develop and optimize existing and coming technologies for propulsion and energy storage to find the most fuel effective and cost effective hybrid vehicle concept.”

Furthermore, Autoblog Green reports that there is currently $40 million dollars invested in the SHC over the next five years.

For more information about this interesting collaborative, please visit their website directly http://www.chalmers.se/shc

Below are the their mission and objectives.

The Swedish Hybrid Vehicle Center (SHC) is a Center of Excellence established 2007 by the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) with three Swedish universities and six Swedish industrial companies as partners. Chalmers is the host for SHC.

Mission:

The mission of the Centre is to be a strategic knowledge and competence base for education, research and development within hybrid electric vehicles, and to form a framework for cooperation between industry and academia.

Our main objectives are:

* Create knowledge and understanding for the fundamental processes in hybrid vehicle technology through experiments, simulations and modelling
* Define and investigate new technologies and hybrid vehicle concepts that will lead to more fuel effective vehicles

Focus of the research work is on a systems perspective, emphasizing on integration of and interaction between components and subsystems, but work will be divided into three areas:

* System studies and tools
* Electrical machines and drives
* Energy storage

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Springtime in Sweden Limited Edition Convertible – 1988

Posted on 27. Apr, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Larry West

In 1988, Saab-Scania’s Saab Car Division, presented during a “Springtime in Sweden” event, a limited edition Saab 900 “Springtime in Sweden” convertible.

The following are the specifications on this limited edition Saab 900 convertible:

Production: There were only 288 Springtime in Sweden or SiS models produced during this time.

Distribution: These vehicles were specifically designated for each Saab dealership in the United States at that time.

Engine: 2.0 Liter Turbocharged engine

Transmission: 4 were Automatic, 284 were manual transmission.

sis_300.jpgExterior: All of the vehicles were painted black, included a matching black convertible top, all badges were removed, and included SPG wheel arch mouldings, SPG body panels and the SPG three-spoke alloy wheels.

Interior: The interior included buffalo grey leather seats rounding out with a commemorative badge indicating that it is a “Springtime in Sweden” edition shown below.

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Existing owners of this vehicle take pride in knowing that they own a true limited edition Saab convertible.

*There has been talk of a registry to list current owners and locations in the United States, so if there has ever been a good time, perhaps we can begin one here:

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