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Saab History Receives Donation Of Press Releases

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .

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Saab History has received a very kind donation of a number of Saab Scania of America press releases from MY 1992, as well as other years from a former Saab History advertiser, Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon.

I will be showcasing these items here on Saab History of course as the archive continues to grow in that area of vintage material.

A thank you to them for the donation. If you are in possession of any original press releases along with photographs, please don’t hesitate to donate them to Saab History so that future generations may also enjoy them.

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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Southern, California

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Drew

The Southern California “Save Saab” convoy has just gotten back to Saab History with a Saab count of about 30.

The event seemed to go quite well for them as they described in their summary below. For more photos, click here.

We took about a 120 mile road trip up the California coast, to near the small town where the *Sideways* movie was filmed. We had about 30 cars in attendance, and had after party at a local tavern that was originally a stage coach stop in the pioneer days of the West Coast of America.

It was a balmy 55 degrees F despite how much clothing people appear to be wearing, and since we didn’t think there was a support convoy in Hawaii or Alaska, we were probably the last Save Saab Caravan still at it (the caravan part at least).

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Saab History Year In Review – 2009

Posted on 31. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab History marks it’s third full year since its launch in the fall of 2006. This year was quite unlike any that Saab has had over its lifetime including the past twenty years under GM ownership.

I have decided that unlike previous years writing a review about the happenings about Saab History specifically, it seemed more appropriate and timely to cover Saab’s own history over the course of the year.

Below is a month-by-month summary I have provided which will be updated based on the events over the course of the next three days.

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January

At the first of the year we understood that GM was was strategically reviewing the Saab brand and gave Saab 3-months to find a buyer. If no buyer was found and a deal secured, GM would keep Saab running until December 31st, 2009, then wind the company down.

Following this news, speculation grew rapidly on what company could be the new buyer for Saab Automobile ranging from Fiat, TATA, BMW to Porsche, all stating that they are not interested in buying the company.

As dialogue rapidly continued about the sale of Saab, we heard from Saab and representatives from the Swedish Government attending the 2009 North American International Auto Show about the status of Saab. Saab Automobile’s own, Jan-Ake Jonsson stated “that in order for his company to be successful, it needed to become separated from GM. It was here where we learned about the “official talks” beginning with GM’s interest in selling Saab. This included everything from the company’s business plan to potential loans needed from the European Investment Bank in order for to become independent of GM.

In parallel, the 2010 Saab 9-3x and 9-4x official spy photos were released combined with those of the all new Saab 9-5 sedan. On the others side of the spectrum, GM was forced to sell the Pikes Peak heritage collection car.

At the end of this month, we learned that there was a significant date coming up of February 17th, which was the date that GM submitted their viability plan to the US Government.

February

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At the first of the month, Saab Automobile began to update their global marketing strategy as they continued to work hard to develop their sustainable business plan.
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Saab Dealerships In Canada To Continue

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by .

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Saab History has covered the status of Saab dealerships in Canada earlier this fall, but now there seems to be a good resolution in place.

Evidently, according to the global and mail, the dealerships will continue by Saab Cars North America working directly with distributor, International Fleet Sales, Inc. of California to make it all happen.

While this is positive news, how is it that so many of these dealerships have been told that they are to close, and now many months later, they are asked to stay?

Saab’s history in Canada started in 1975 with a distributor, so continuing this plan will not be any different than it was since it began.

Here’s the story below.

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Saab, one of four brands being jettisoned or sold by General Motors Co., will continue in Canada under new ownership and a smaller dealer network, Canadian dealers say.
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Saab Cars North America Website Adds New 9-5 To Lineup

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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The New Saab Cars North America organization has recently refreshed and updated their website.
The notable changes include the following:

* Replacement of Born From Jets to “Move Your Mind”, a continuity of the global brand message.
* Notable that the Saab 9-3x is not shown, although it was launched in the U.S. back in April at the NYIAS
* Addition of the all new Saab 9-5 since it’s NA Miami launch in October.
* Deletion of the Saab 9-7x SUV, but you can still build your own?

I should note that it looks like the website still needs more updates such as inclusion of future models, current press releases such as the North American debut of the all new 9-5, videos, etc. and other material. In addition, it looks like the icon on the website still shows the griffin emblem, and not the SAAB word mark like the other global Saab websites.

This is a good move for the new SCNA organization and I hope to see the website continue to be developed between now and the end of the year. Perhaps we’ll see their new headquarters address and contact information on the website as well?

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Saab Owners Convention – 1988

Posted on 11. Aug, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Doug Chadwick

The 1988 Saab Owners Convention took place on July 22nd through the 24th, 1988 in Wilmington, Delaware.

This location in Wilmington, Delaware is known as “New Sweden” and the convention was “themed” under a special anniversary year since the first Swedish Immigrants entered America in 1638.

A thanks to Bill Jacobson at Sports Car Service for the information from a posted he loaned Saab History in order to capture the following information in lieu of a booklet and official writeup of the event from the planning committee at the time:

The event was kicked off by Jenny Trostel, who introduced a number of Saab personalities such as Bob Sinclair, Lennart Lonnegren, Karen Nobile & Arsey Miller who also sponsored the convention as part of the Saab-Scania of America team.

soc_logo_300.jpgSAAB OWNERS NATIONAL CONVENTION
JULY 22-24, 1988
WILMINGTON, DEL.

New Sweden 1638-1988
Celebrating The 350th Anniversary of the Swedes and Finns First Permanent Settlement in North America.

A Gathering For All Saab Owners

* Concours & Rallye
* Saab Dignitaries
* Parts & Sales Exchange
* Technical Sessions
* Awards Banquet
* Family Fare Historical Tours
* Fun, Fun, Fun!!
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Wilmington Hilton Hotel
I-95 & NAAMANS ROAD
CLAYMONT, DE 19703

For More Information Write:
Delaware Valley Saab Club
Convention Information
36 S. Cliffe Drive
Wilmington, DE 19809
(302)763-7439

Also special thanks to Saab Enthusiasts, Doug Chadwick for the photography and Stefan Vapaa for the emblem and Tim Winker for the video.

I am still looking for the original booklet and any photography of this event as well.

This convention is also listed on the Saab Convention Archive here on Saab History.

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The Real “Swedish Chef” Lars “Kuprik” Backman Emerges

Posted on 11. Aug, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Photo: Courtesy Lars “Kuprik” Bäckman

Saab Automobile launched a “Swedish Chef” web game where you could turbocharge the chef’s speed at which he prepared a meal. I thought the game was rather creative and an easy way to understand the idea of how a turbocharger works.

As a continuation of the famous Swedish Chef cliche that Sweden has unfortunately been referenced to for so many years by Jim Henson’ Muppets, now this emerges according to slashfood. A man in the town of Rättvik, Sweden by the name of Lars “Kuprik” Bäckman asserts himself as the original “Swedish Chef”, of which the Muppets series was based on.

Here is a quote from Mr. Backman “I was live on TV in America, and I was paralyzed. I couldn’t speak! I couldn’t remember any English or any Swedish. But I knew the show had to go on, so I started talking, but the only thing that came out were these guttural sounds,” Bäckman tells ABC News. “It was unintelligible, and I was still holding that silly pastry bag, shaking with fear. The only thing I wanted right then was to go home to my mother in Sweden.”

I thought this would give us some nice humor this week in light of the Koenigsegg-Saab news as of late.

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Robert J. Sinclair, A SlideShow Of Memories (1932-2009)

Posted on 30. Jun, 2009 by .

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Saab History has just received a very nice slideshow representing the memories and accomplishments of former President Of Saab-Scania Of America, Bob Sinclair.

Robert J. Sinclair, former CEO of SAAB in North America and beloved father, husband, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2009. He was a gifted pianist, raced sports cars, offshore powerboats and his beloved Volvo Burro dunebuggy, and had a lifelong passion for fine automobiles, motorcycles, classical music and native american fishes which he avidly studied and collected for his aquaria. His good friend John Stein assembled this slide show of snapshots from his life, which was played at a celebration of Bob’s life on June 20th 2009 near his home in Santa Barbara, CA.

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