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Historic SAAB 93 At Geneva Show En Route To Mille Miglia

Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret Saabhuy.Net


2 March 2010

Saab at Geneva Motor Show 2010

Historic Saab 93 on Show at Geneva en route to Mille Miglia

· Unique heritage: Saab celebrates first major international rally success
· Historic recreation: Saab and Spyker CEOs to run Saab 93s in 2010 Mille Miglia

Saab is celebrating its first major victory in international motor sport by showing a replica of the Saab 93 sedan which won the Finnish 1,000 Lakes Rally in 1957.

With Erik ‘Mr Saab’ Carlsson at the wheel, this historic victory brought international recognition for the Saab brand. It also presaged back-to-back Monte Carlo and a hat-trick of RAC Rally victories that Carlsson would achieve in the early 1960s.

Powered by a 748 cc, three cylinder engine, but weighing only 810 kilos, the Saab 93’s agile handling enabled it to embarrass far more powerful, larger cars. It established a winning ‘David beats Goliath’ formula that was to be a cornerstone of Saab’s rallying success.

mullerThe Saab 93 is now about to see competition action again. The car on show – from Saab’s car museum in Trollhättan, Sweden – will be driven by Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller on Italy’s historic Mille Miglia road race in May. He will be joined by Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson at the wheel of another Saab 93. Both will be following, at a more leisurely pace, in the wheel tracks of the 1000 Lakes winner, which won its class on the same event back in 1957.

“Unique cars like the 93 are a key part of the Saab brand’s wonderful heritage,” said Victor Muller “I shall enjoy driving it and being able to share in some of Saab’s history.”

Between 1955 and 1960, 52.731 Saab 93s were built at Trollhättan. Its frontal styling introduced a new face for Saab, carried forward by the 96 sedan and 95 station wagon which stayed in production until 1980.

Technical data: Saab 93, 1957, Group 2 competition regulations:

Engine: 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engine, 748cc Solex 40 AI carburetor

Power: 55 hp/ DIN / 5.500 rpm (Standard 33 hp/ DIN / 4200 rpm)

Transmission: Front wheel drive, 3/4-spd manual gearbox, freewheel, steering column shift

Body/chassis: Unitary. Front suspension: double A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: rigid, U-shaped rear axle, coil springs. Drum brakes all-round

Dimensions (mm): Length 4.010, Width 1.570, Height 1450 mm, Wheelbase 2.488
Track front/ rear 1,220

Weight: 810 kg

Performance: 0-100 km/h: 13 secs. Top speed: 150 km/h

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Jan Ake Jonsson and Christian von Koenigsegg

Posted on 19. Aug, 2009 by .


Trollhattan, Sweden’s TTELA covers the historic handshake between Saab’s CEO Jan Ã…ke Jonsson and Christian von Koenigsegg shaking hands at the Saab Car Museum.

In this interview, it’s interesting how Christian Von Koenisegg states that other governments have acted differently to their local automobile companies, clearly referring to Germany’s support of Opel.

Here’s hoping that the Swedish Government finally comes through for Saab Automobile & Koenigsegg.


Photo: Jerry Lövberg

Historic handshake But now the three billion picked up …

Yesterday was confirmed as expected that GM made a deal with Koenigsegg Group on the sale of Saab. The transaction is subject to the Saab with the help of government guarantees may clear with a loan of over four billion of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the affair may become clear only in autumn (information from the EIB probably in October).

And just the financing was a source of many questions in Saab and Koenigsegg met the media at the car museum yesterday. Currently states namely Koenigsegg, although EIB loan becomes clear, they need three billion kronor to realize their business plan for Saab.

Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of Koenigsegg Group, believes that Koenigsegg Group, GM and the Swedish government have a responsibility to solve it.

– Saab now has a good solvency to provide opportunities for bank loans for this part, but when the financial market looks like it does, it is not really possible, “says von Koenigsegg.

Therefore he wants state help to obtain a loan on commercial terms. His argument is that there is an interest to find a solution for Saab, and that other governments have acted differently.

– Then there are of course other ways to get this money. It could be venture capital, private equity or additional contributions from owners, but we do not believe that it is Koenigseggs individual responsibility to solve this.

According to Koenigsegg, the Group invested 720 million in Saab, but von Koenigsegg is sparse with details about the group’s financial strength.

– It consists of our three founders (Koenigsegg, BÃ¥rd Eker and aUgi Fabel), in the form of our own assets and our contacts.

It is then Koenigsegg left its mark on the Saab’s business plan costs have increased and led to more capital must be developed. Basically, it is positive, as new owner has the environment in mind.

– They want a greater focus on the environment. Electric cars, hybrids and so on which perhaps we were more cautious, at least in time, “says Saab’s CEO Jan Ã…ke Jonsson.

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Saab Automobile Investor Meetings To Determine Future

Posted on 24. Apr, 2009 by .



Photo: Stefan Benn Hage / New Saab 9-5 in check checkered camouflage. The picture taken the same week that Saab has multiple stakeholders here to show the company and its new products.

Magnus Nordberg at TTELA has been at the forefront of the Saab Automobile dialogue in Trollhättan and has significantly contributed to a number of columns on the future of the company.

In speaking with him on the phone last month, I thanked him for his hard work and said that if I am over in Trollhättan again sometime (hopefully sooner than later), that I would like to sit down and grab a bite to eat with him at the local Pizza place that serves “SAAB Pizza” just beneath their offices near the train station to talk Saab.

In the meantime, here’s another piece with some insight into the future for Saab Automobile that discusses apparently 10 out of the 27 investors getting the chance to visit the facilities, 2 last week, 4 this week and another 4 next week.

Saab-meetings to determine future

MAGNUS Nordberg:

Last winter: imposed by a unanimous expertise. Today: canvassed by at least 27 potential buyers.

Game Saab have taken a rather unexpected turn. And now are meetings more or less every day that can be decisive for the future of the company.

Maybe you, like TTELA’s photographer, intercepted masked cars that move in and around Trollhättan.

Or perhaps you have seen a column of well-equipped Saab cars traveling in the area.

The reason is that Saab has a great presence.

Ten potential buyers pass Trollhättan for a few intensive weeks. Two of them were here last week, four this week and so the next four.

They may one day each. Stakeholders are given a deeper insight into the company, visit Car Museum followed by factory visits to Stallbacka and test of future Saab products.

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Trollhättan, Sweden Celebrates “Saab Days” July 17-19

Posted on 18. Mar, 2009 by .


Trollhättan, Sweden will be celebrating what is known as “Saab Days” on June 17th-19th, 2009. This event will not be an official Saab Festival like 2007, but more of a club organized event.

However, Saab Automobile and the Saab Car Museum will help support it says Peter Backstrom, curator of the Saab Car Museum in his e-mail to Saab History below:

Hello Ryan!

The Saab days is an initiative from the Swedish Saab Club, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden and Club Sonett Sweden. It will take place July 17-19 in Trollhättan. I will be coordinated with the Fallens dagar Festival and the Midnight Sun rally.

For more information about the event itself, see the clubs websites. They would like to point out that it will not be an event with the same level like the Saabfestival, But I am convinced that it will be worthwhile for international visitors to book tickets!

I have good reasons to believe that you already have made the conclusion that it will be no official Saabfestival 2009. Although we are not organizing “Saabens dagar” we will of course support it as much as we can from Saab Automobile / Saab Car Museums side.

The Midnight Sun Rally will have a overnight rest at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan between Friday & Saturday and a total of 180 cars will participate. Among them around 40 Saabs from 2-stroker to V4:s and 99 turbos. Driven flat out! with 2 special stages around Trollhättan. See www.midnattsolrallyt.com for more info.

That all I have right now!

Best Regards
Peter Bäckström
Manager Saab Car Museum
Brand & Product Communications
Saab Automobile AB

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General Motors To Sell Saab USA Heritage Collection Cars

Posted on 19. Dec, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab History 2007 (L-to-R) Peter Backstrom Saab Car Museum Sweden / Dick Balsey GM Heritage Collection

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Jalopnik has reported that the 1995 Saab 900 Pikes Peak Car, will be going up for auction at the Barret Jackson auction house early next year in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 1995 Saab 900 Pikes Peak Car is the first car in the Saab USA Heritage Collection to be auctioned off, and it may not be the last.

I have checked the Barret-Jackson website and have not seen it listed, so I’ve contacted them as well as Saab Automobile USA to confirm or deny these reports. They have confirmed this now.

I have also contacted Jan-Willem Vester at Saab Automobile USA and he has confirmed these reports as well.

In finding that these reports are true, and I am absolutely livid and floored that GM can be so short-sighted in this regard.

I have asked many people from Saab Automobile USA, to the GM Heritage Collection to the Saab Car Museum as to why this car can’t be offered to the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden! and here’s what I have understood at this time from the GM Heritage Collection as well as Saab Automobile USA, which seem to be conflicting statements:

The Saab Car Museum is not part GM, therefore we can’t send the cars to them – GM Heritage Collection

The Saab Car Museum does not have the budget in Sweden to acquire even a few cars at this time – Saab Automobile USA

No response as of the time of this posting from Peter Backstrom at the Saab Car Museum.

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Saab Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany – Photos

Posted on 16. Sep, 2008 by .


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile Germany

The folks from Saab Automobile Germany and the local dealership in Frankfurt that hosted the classic Saab car show this past weekend, have provided Saab History photos of the event.

As you can see with the photos, there were a number of vehicles present, by local Saab Enthusiasts in Germany as well as Switzerland. On hand, was Peter Backstrom, curator of the Saab Car Museum in Sweden as well as Andrew Dyson, Saab designer at GM Europe.

During the event there was live music provided by Swedish singer Pia Fridhill, and even a live demonstration of a Saab 99 restoration by a master technician at the Saab Zentrum Frankfurt.

Evidently, there was even a parts market, books on hand in addition to model cars and tv clips showing vintage Saabs in action.

Overall, it looks like it was a great time had by all that were in attendance.

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The Last Saab 9000, #503,087

Posted on 25. Jan, 2007 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9000, that I have mentioned earlier in a campaign to introduce an original film that depicts the Saab 9000 introduction, pre-development and other such areas is one of the most versatile models Saab has
ever rolled out of the factory.

I am providing the last press release by Saab Automobile of final 9000, which was a 9000 CSE in silver, # 503,087.

Saab Automobile AB
Trollhättan, 6 May 1998 98/16

The end of an era: Last Saab 9000 rolls out

The very last Saab 9000 rolled out of the Trollhättan plant on Wednesday 6 May 1998. A total of 503 087 Saab 9000s have been built since the beginning of production in 1984. This milestone car is a silver Saab 9000 CSE with a 2.3-litre turbo engine. The car is equipped with launch aluminium wheels, colour-coded spoilers and skirts, wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, and exclusive, two- colour leather upholstery with the classic Saab aircraft symbol embossed in the backrests. This commemorative car will now be on show at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan.

Lively performance and high occupant safety

The Saab 9000 has gained acclaim for its lively performance, excellent handling, and high standard of safety in a crash. Due to its very generous interior and ample luggage carrying capacity, the Saab 9000 has long been the only imported car to be classified as a ‘Large Car’ by the American authorities. The seats are very comfortable, and there is a distinct cockpit feel about the driver’s environment – the part of the dashboard facing the driver is slightly curved, with the instruments and controls arranged logically in groups according to their functions. The classic design has remained largely unchanged during the lifespan of the car, and has also served as a school of thought for other car makers.The interior styling of the Saab 9000 merited the 1986 ‘Excellent Swedish Design’ prize.

During the first year, the Saab 9000 was available with only one engine – a 2.0-litre turbo developing 175 bhp. The combination of good handling and powerful turbo engine made the Saab 9000 widely appreciated right from the beginning as an enjoyable car to drive. ”The new Saab 9000 will be the luxurious family car with a sports car temperamental wrote the Swedish motoringjournal ‘Motor’ after the first road test.

The ‘Long Run‘ endurance test on the Saab 9000 at the Alabama International Speedway in Talladega, Alabama, U.S.A. in October 1986 played a major role in strengthening the sporty image of the car. Over a period of 20 days, Saab staged an incredible record run with three standard production Saab 9000 Turbo cars. This resulted in 21 new international records and two world records – the foremost of which was a distance of 100 000 km at an average speed of 213.299 km.

The Saab 9000 is still one of the world’s foremost cars in terms of trustworthiness. In three successive biannual reports between 1989 and 1994, the folksy insurance company declared the Saab 9000 to be Sweden’s safest car. The results of the Folksam survey were confirmed by studies undertaken by the American Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Even though cars of more recent design have been launched on the market, the Saab 9000 still does very well in safety appraisals. In the latest IIHS report dated September 1997, for example, the Saab 9000 was awarded top mirks for the lowest level of ‘Driver death rates’ in the ‘Midsize Luxury Car’ category.

Many of the principal sob innovations in recent year were introduced on the Saab 9000. In the Saab Direct Ignition (DI) system launched in 1988, a separate ignition coil that generates a spark firing voltage of 40 000 volt is fitted to each individual spark plug. Three years later, in 1991, Saab was the world’s just car manufacturer to introduce a Freon-gee air conditioning system.
In 1992, Saab unveiled the Saab Trionic engine management system developed in-house at Saab. The system can perform two million calculations per second and controls the ignition, fuel injection and turbocharger boost pressure, at the same time analysing the combustion in each cylinder after every ignition stroke.

Swedish car with Italian lineage

The work of developing the Saab 9000 began in earnest in 1979, when Saab concluded a cooperation agreement with Fiat and Lancia forgoing development of a new, large car.
However, the cooperation was abandoned in 1981, largely because of Saab’s focus on the American market, from which Fiat and Lancia had decided to withdraw. Since the new Saab car was to be designed to withstand the tough American crash tests, while Fiat and Lancia would be designed to conform only to the much less stringent European demands, Saab chose to ‘go it alone’ in the anal development of the Saab 9000. The end product was thus totally different from its original Lancia Thema and Fiat Croma sisters, in spite of a certain amount of similarity among the components used.

The original five-door version of the Saab 9000, later designated the Saab 9000 CC, was launched on 24 May 1984, and 216 385 cars of the model were produced up to 1993.
The Sedan version of the Saab 9000 CD was unveiled in Nice in 1988. Up to the end of 1997, 112 177 cars were produced. A thoroughly redesigned Saab 9000 CS was launched in 1991. When the last CS variant rolls oft-the production line in Trollh|ttan, 174 525 cars of this variant will have been produced.

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