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Innovatum Signals Strong Future With Saab & Spyker

Posted on 12. Feb, 2010 by .

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Innovatum releases a statement about Saab Automobile’s strong future with their new owner, Spyker Cars.

It is Innovatum that has recently partnered with Saab Automobile, Boston Power & Electro Engine that will be producing the 100 electric Saabs in the near future.

Saab + Spyker + Innovatum = True

It is an exciting time with lots of potential ahead of Saab and its new owner. The business plan will be implemented and car production be switched to the new, smart approach to find its unique niche. A niche in the automotive sector, which is in the middle of a huge paradigm shift where manufacturers will be eliminated. But not Saab! With world class engineering recognized and a new tuned activity stands on its own, nimble legs, Saab Spyker is ready to accept the challenge. For Innovatum technology parks, it is obviously going to be with Saab and Spyker on that trip.

Jan-Ake Jonsson, who is also on the board of the Foundation Innovatum, underlines the importance of Innovatum now continuing to pursue development projects which support Saab in the short and long term.

– Energy efficiency in both materials that combustion technologies are key areas for future cars. Saab has now a unique opportunity with its small and smart organization to take a permanent place among the manufacturers of the so-called European premium segment. Cooperation with, among others Innovatum can play an important role in Saab’s efforts to create a unique position in this competitive segment, “
said Jan-Ake Jonsson.

Tore Helmersson, CEO of Innovatum Teknikpark underlines Jan-Ake Jonsson’s statement:

“We have long built up strong expertise in the management and collection development and innovation. Therefore, and we want to be an important partner for Saab and its new owner. We have expertise in production technology and is helping to drive the conversion to the attractive energy and environmental technology in several areas – not least in the electrification of vehicles. So our role will continue to be close to Saab.

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The First Ever, Saab 9-3 Convertible Built In Sweden!

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The first ever Saab 9-3 convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off of the assembly line yesterday at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

The Saab Convertible has historically been built in Graz, Austria from 2004-2009, and previously it was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland ever since it’s introduction in 1986.

This is a huge day for Saab Automobile and a big milestone in the history of the convertible. This car being produced in Sweden now also means that all production is now entirely in Sweden. I think that Bob Sinclair, the man behind the idea of the Saab convertible would be proud if was with us today.

Here’s the press release below:

Saab Automobile Produces its First Convertible in Trollhättan

* Production of iconic Saab Convertible begins in Trollhättan
* Increased utilization of Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan production facility

The first Saab Convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off the line at Saab Automobile’s production facility in Trollhättan today. All previous Saab Convertibles have been built outside of Sweden, first at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland and latterly at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

During 2009, the decision was made to concentrate all Saab car production in Sweden and as a result the Saab Convertible is now being built alongside the current 9-3 and 9-5 models, plus the next generation 9-5, at Saab’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Trollhättan.

Saab Automobile revealed its first four-seater Convertible as a concept car in 1983 and the production version followed in 1986. Since then, more than 250,000 Convertibles have been produced. Designed as a true four-season, all-weather soft-top, the Saab Convertible has achieved iconic status and in 2008 it accounted for 12% of sales in the European premium mid-sized convertible segment. The latest vision of Saab’s future direction in convertible design, the 9-X Convertible Concept, was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to great media and public acclaim.

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BÃ¥rd Eker of Norway, A Man With A Plan For Saab Automobile’s Turnaround Through Koenigsegg

Posted on 18. Jun, 2009 by .

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BÃ¥rd Eker, the Norwegian financier of Koenigsegg with his Eker Group, has recently interviewed with Sweden’s SVT on camera.

Here is a rough translated summary of this interview, again if you can provide a translation of this dialogue with SVT, we would greatly appreciate it for all of us that aren’t 100% fluent in Swedish.

This is a very positive and motivational dialogue we’ve all been waiting for, he really gets it as does his entire team at the Eker Group and Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

The Norwegian financier BÃ¥rd Eker says that the purchase of SAAB is a “boys dream”.

-We ‘ve all, had a dream that we dare not talk about and we are lucky and have the wind in its sails now.

He is reticent about the negotiating technical details.

-GM has put up a lot of money and so much money we are not supposed to use it and think we do not need to either.

He talks about the environment rather than on the funding, saying that if they get SAAB, it will be an environmental management standard.

-Everyone must think about the environment and car production must be in the forefront.

What role he will have in the future is not yet clear.

-You have to think again and bring up the old spirit SAAB had and combine it with SAAB’s culture and create products that people want. It is a very exciting challenge, “says BÃ¥rd Eker to SVT

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