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Cherry Hill Saab Receives First MY 2010 Saab Deliveries

Posted on 09. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Cherry Hill Saab

Cherry Hill Saab, a longtime Saab History advertiser and supporter who recently attended the New York Auto Show, that will be starting up advertising efforts here again shortly, have just received their first 2010 model year Saab deliveries.

The two deliveries that traveled from Sweden via Wallenius Wilhelmson to the Port of Newark, New Jersey consist of a Saab 9-3 Aero convertible as well as a 2.0T convertible in silver and carbon gray.

Today marked their first new products in over 400 days, a significant milestone for them with their new agreement with the newly created Saab Cars North America organization under Spyker ownership.

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Saab's Future Design "Form No Longer Follows Function"

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by .

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It has been a while since I’ve covered a topic so dear to me, and that topic is design. Design is an area that I’ve personally spent a decade working in professionally prior to the launch of Saab History.

When it comes to Saab design, not the past or present, but specifically the future as illustrated with the all new Saab 9-5 , I’ve had a significant challenge in interpreting this new vehicle as a continuation of Saab’s historical “form follows function” design approach. It took me a while to realize that there must have been a very good reason for this.

However, today, I had one of those “ah hah” moments, after watching one of the best design documentaries of our time in my opinion, a film titled “Objectified”. This film highlights the design of many companies including Apple, the company that Saab has indicated that they aspire to be like in the car business.

This new design approach that Apple has applied to their latest products involves “form not following function”, a complete departure from Saab’s historical “form follows function” approach as previously indicated.

As we continue to see new products unveiled from Saab, one can easily guess that the design will include many design elements and cues that may not specifically serve a functional purpose, but should serve as a unique Saab way to express the new design language that began with the Aero-X concept car all the way back in 2006.

The success of Saab’s future design will depend on the complete execution of this new design language in parallel to the continuity of traditional “form follows function” design in the key Saab areas that we’ve all come to expect.

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The Saab 9-3 Aero True Electric Promotional Video

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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Electro Engine, part of the new consortium, that builds the engine & powertrain for the True Electric Saab 9-3 has made a video of their Aero version vehicle.

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SAAB 9-3 Aero True ElectricTM specifications

Engine Specifications True Electric TE6M

Environmental class Electric
Engine type Double synchronous engines TE6M
Max. power output 335 bhp
Max. torque 2480 Nm

Fuel Electricity
Top speed 180 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 6.3 s
Consumption with mixed driving conditions 0.17 kWh/km
Carbon dioxide output (CO2) g/km 0 g/km
Range > 150 km
Charging 230-400V, 10-32A, charging time 10-0.5 hr

Dimensions
Luggage capacity 352,000 cm3 VDA, 235,000 cm3 with top down
Battery capacity 26 kWh
Max. trailer load 1600 kg
Curb weight 1580 kg-1680 kg depending on configuration
Max. total weight 2040 kg-2080 kg depending on configuration
Number of seats 4
Drive Front wheel drive

Transmission
True Electric™ direct

Brakes Regenerative brakes, hydraulic, dual-circuit
system, vacuum assisted, ABS, TCS, MBA,
EBD, CBC
Steering Rack and pinion, electric-hydraulic.
Turning circle 10.8m

Suspension
Front: MacPherson struts with gas
shock absorbers. Stabilisers.
Hydroformed sub-frame. Rear: Multilink
rear-axle with independent suspension and
toe-link. Gas shock absorbers. Stabilisers.
Sub-frame

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Saab Sighting Of The Week: Saab Enthusiast’s 9000 Aero

Posted on 08. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

I frequently see Saabs throughout the Portland, Maine region, but this past weekend was quite a rare occurrence.

soc2008.jpgThis week’s Saab sighting of the week, is none other than a 1996 Saab 9000 Aero. This Saab sighting was not just another person’s transportation, it was clearly owned by an enthusiast. It was a nice sign to randomly see a Saab with Connecticut plates touting both a 2008 Saab Owners Convention sticker in the rear window as well as an Aero emblem on the hood.

By sharing this information here on Saab History, we can hope that the rightful owner of this car can give us some more insight into their interest and passion for the Saab Automobile brand.

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A Behind The Scenes Look At The Saab On Burn Notice

Posted on 27. Oct, 2009 by .

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Film Credit: USA Networks

For the past few years, the former Saab Automobile USA organization partnered with USA Networks on the Miami, Florida based “Burn Notice” television series.

This series included a 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible in black for Fiona, one of the leading characters in the film. This arrangement was managed by former Saab Automobile USA Advertising & Promotions Manager, Steven Haener.

The following film has been recently located that provides you a behind-the-scenes look at the Saab 9-3 Aero convertible being filmed in high-speed chase scenes in addition to some of the details as to why Saab partners with USA Networks in Burn Notice to begin with.

I quick look at the official Burn Notice website results in no current details as to the continued partnership with Saab in the United States now that they are a new organization with new leadership.

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Saab Automobile Launches Saab 9-3 Convertible TX Edition

Posted on 19. Oct, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

Saab Automobile is launching a TX edition Saab 9-3 Convertible, inspired by the Saab Turbo-X.

A new look for a Saab icon

Saab is giving customers the chance to drive away in an even more luxurious drop-top as it introduces its popular TX Edition upgrade onto the Convertible range.
Inspired by the Saab Turbo X, the new TX edition vehicles are generously equipped and come complete with a number of premium design features as standard including titanium effect exterior styling, special turbine design alloy wheels and sport leather steering wheel, while under the bonnet the Convertible TX Edition boasts a high performance turbocharged engine.

The launch of the new Convertible TX Edition coincides with Saab’s announcement that all Convertible production will be moved to Trollhatten in 2010, bringing Saab’s iconic vehicle back home to Sweden.

The 9-3 Convertible is featured here in red – what colour do you think best suits Saab’s drop-top?

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Linear TX package
° Glacier Silver metallic exterior colour
{5 optional metallic and 2 optional solid colours]
° Front fog lights
V spoke `I7″ alloy wheels {ALU F9]
‘ Carbon fiber effect interior trim
° Sport. leather steering wheel
’ Sport chassis (option)
‘ I4-spoke l6″ [ALU?1. optional}

Vector TX package
° Glacier Silver metallic exterior colour
{5 optional metallic and 2 optional solid colours]
‘ Anthracite grey front bumper insert
° Titanium effect 3··hole grille
° Titanium effect boot lid handle
° Front foglights with Titanium-effect trim
° V-spoke 17″ alloy wheels (ALU F9]
° Carbon fiber effect interior trim
‘ Sport leather steering wheel with extra thick rim
° Black textile floor mam with contrasting grey piping

Aero TX package
° Glacier Silver metallic exterior colour
(5 optional memllic and 2 optional solid colours]
° Anthracite grey front. bumper insert
° Anthracite grey rear bumper insert
incl. visible round end pipes
° Titanium effect 3··hole grille
° Titanium effect boot lid handle
° Front foglights with Titanium-effect trim
° ¤’··spoke I?” alloy wheels (ALU Ii’9]
° 3··spo|

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2009 Saab Owners Convention Live Auction Continues

Posted on 11. Aug, 2009 by .

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The 2009 Saab Owners Convention live automobile auction continues, this time with absolutely incredible rare finds such as a 1986 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible, the first model year of the convertible, a 1978 99 Turbo and many others linked below.

Folks …. The last of the YouTube Auction Car videos have been posted….. go to YouTube.com and search for the “ElkMtnMan” channel. There are now 10 of the 2-minute Auction Car videos including the last batch that has the 99Turbo, the 99EMS, the original ’86 900T Convertible, the elegant “Aero” Convertible and the latest RMSC club project – the ’92 900S 3-door.

These Saabs, and more rare goodies, are all on Proxibid.com in the Saab Convention Auction Catalog so go check them out and register to bid now, (You can place prebids, as many have already done) or at least bid on August 14th during the live Auction which will be streamed with live audio and video worldwide.

The Proxibid Catalog will get a few more additional items in the next couple days, including some rare and unusual Saab stuff that may even go cheap. Don’t miss out… be registered to bid come Friday night!!….. 8:00 PM Mountain Time at Copper Mountain, Colorado. And it’s for a great cause…. the fees and commissions go to the RMSC
Convention Budget to help defray the expenses of hosting this annual event for the Saab community.

The Auction Catalog can be found at http://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=21109

Once again…. please forward this message out to all your lists: Jerry/Ryan Kapple to the SOC mailing, Paul to Turbo!, Ian to Saabnet, Dan to NWSOC, Ryan Emge to SaabHistory…. and all the other lists…. Thanks for the promo help guys!

Tom Nelson
RMSC/SOC09 Auction Chairman
Evergreen, Colorado
(303) 526-9138
tom10@wispertel.net

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Saab Enthusiast Shares Excitement About Saab Ownership

Posted on 17. Jul, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Kurt Kraus

I recently received an e-mail from Kurt Kraus of New Jersey about a great new 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Combi with XWD he has acquired.

I am delighted to hear that Saab History has helped him continue his Saab ownership, it means so much to me and I am proud that he really appreciates what I’ve been doing all of this time.

I must say, his new ride is quite nice, having the great opportunity to test drive one myself back in April, thanks to Saab Automobile USA. It looks like he’s already enjoying it, with that great “Made in Trollhattan” sticker already properly placed on the right rear window.
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