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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-5 Safety"

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by .




Photo Credit: Peter F

Saab History has received a photo by Peter F here in Portland, Maine for this week’s Saab Sighting of the week.

This photo taken by his mobile phone, depicts a Saab 9-5 Sedan in Polar white on a flatbed getting hauled away from what looks to be a rear-end accident.

I hope that the owner’s of this vehicle realize just how much Saab focuses on Safety in every vehicle they produce. If the insurance adjuster claims the vehicle totaled, one can hope that the owners are looking at the newer Saab 9-5 as a worthy replacement, just look at those crash tests!

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Saab Employee Showcases Final Saab Of The Year Produced At Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Gary Car Wheels

On the website, Gay Car Fans, they have received photos from a Saab employee stating that this is the final Saab car to leave the Saab factory for the year. This photo was taken as production at the factory stopped for 4-weeks until it ramps back up after the first week of January.

This car is a 2010 model year Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T as seen in the photos that clearly look like it was taken by a cell phone camera. I thought cell phone cameras were not allowed in the factory? I remember when I took the tour in 2007 during the Saab Festival, we all had to put our phones in a box before the tour began and pick them up after. Perhaps employees are allowed to?

This vehicle should be placed in the Saab Car Museum regardless, as it is a piece of Saab History!

Here is the quote from the individual that posted the photo.

9-5_rearYes,basically there are two option for a “final car” as i see it. Vehicles that has not yet begun it process in any of the assembly shops (body,paint and general/finish assembly) can not be included even if there is an order/VIN number etc.

I dont know why i couldn’t post my message, becuase i explained it there.

The first one, is the final car that is currently standing at the final gate on the driven line. It is about 2 meter left in order to falling of the line. It’s completed,but not tested and verifed. So when the cars has been tested and verified there once again a option for finding the “final car made”.

The car that is standing infront of the verifed once,ready to burn out from the factory and heading towards the seller is what i would call “THE FINAL CAR MADE”

Here it is on a photo (again sorry for the poor quality on these)

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Saab History Launches Mobile Site

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .





Saab History Launches Mobile Site

PORTLAND, ME – Saab History has, following a recent social media launch and upgrade of the website, launched a mobile site.

The Saab History mobile site aims to meet the needs of the growing visitors that use internet ready mobile devices today.

Users of internet ready mobile devices such as the Blackberry, Iphone, Google Android and others should now experience an efficient and streamlined access to RSS based content than ever before, while still having the access to the traditional site as an alternative.

The new mobile site should be immediately available for most by simply pointing to the same website address as before. The site will auto sense the type of internet-ready mobile phone device, and direct visitors to the appropriate destination.

“As an information resource, it is important to offer multiple communication options in which visitors can choose. A mobile site was the next logical addition to Saab History”.

The site www.saabhistory.com, is owned and managed independently from Saab Automobile, GM and any other affiliates


Ryan Emge, Editor, Historian & Promoter
New England, USA

Saab History – Past, Present & Future

E-mail: info@saabhistory.com
Web : http://www.saabhistory.com
RSS: http://www.saabhistory.com/feed/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saab-History/155470094884?ref=nf
twitter: @saabhistory
YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/user/saabhistory

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Etienne Of SaabHuy Provides The First Photos Of Saab Days

Posted on 17. Jul, 2009 by .


Photo Credits: Etienne @ Saab Huy

Etienne, our European Correspondent for Saab History has arrived in Trollhattan, Sweden and the photos are coming in abundance!

It is looking like people are having a good time, and even legendary Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson is there showing his Saab Spirit!

A thanks to Etienne, and please keep the photos coming on your Flickr feed directly from your mobile phone, we can’t get enough of them!

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Saab History Receives Confirmation Via Saab Automobile Insiders That Magna Of Austria, Is Prospective Buyer Of Saab

Posted on 14. May, 2009 by .



Yesterday, I outed a German bank as the third prospective buyer of Saab Automobile. Today, I have actually received a phone call on my mobile phone confirming the reports, that that German bank is actually not the buyer like I suspected, but actually assisting a prospective buyer.

That phone call via an anonymous source that just spoke with a Saab Automobile source earlier today, said that the prospective buyer is Magna International. Magna, is the company that has worked with Saab Automobile since 2003 on the MY2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible at their Magna-Steyr facility in Graz, Austria.

Furthermore, I also heard confirmations that many people who work at Saab Automobile AB, opposed to some reports, are not interested in Fiat as a prospective buyer. The folks are apparently more interested in Magna at this time given their existing relationship for the past 6 years, so I will leave Fiat out of this unless for some strange reason they eventually get their way.

This means, that the three prospective buyers are, Sweden’s Koenigsegg/Power Circle Investment Group with the Norwegian Government, China’s Geely & Austria’s Magna.

I invite you to take a look at Magna’s website to see for yourself about who they are and what they do.

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Swede Films Next Generation Saab 9-5s On Highway!

Posted on 01. May, 2009 by .


A Swede has caught a number of next generation Saab 9-5 prototypes on a highway and managed to film them as he was driving!

Here’s his message about the encounter in his own words where he believes he managed to film them as they were heading to the previously aforementioned Nurburgring in Germany for some final testing!

The quality is not that great on his mobile phone, but I have to give him credit for capturing this and sharing it on youtube!

On the drive from Gothenburg to Malmö, I came across these cars. They are registered as Holdens, but they are in fact the new Saab 9-5. They have been testing these cars on the Nürburgring, and I’d like to think that’s where these cars were heading, although maybe that’s not quite probable.

Sorry about the poor quality and the crummy editing. That’s what happens when you film on a mobile and edit in QuickTime.

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Sweden’s Dagens Industry Interviews Jan Åke Jonsson

Posted on 09. Mar, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Dagens Nyheter

There was another great interview with Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter recently that speaks of a calm, cool and collected Saab Automobile AB President, Jan Ã…ke Jonsson.

It’s a very interesting read, take a look below:

Jan Ã…ke Jonsson isn’t afraid of the icy headwind or a frosty Maud Olofsson. But for the man with the auto industries most vulnerable job right now – CEO of Saab Automobile – life is not just about reorganization of the company, the owners catastrophic crisis, or the political game with the government. He rather speaks of the meeting with Nisse Liedholm, the favorite team AIK, marathon running, and his daughters twins.

Jan Ã…ke Jonsson’s eyes lights up a little extra when the grandchildren are mentioned.

– “It is among the most enjoyable I’ve been through. They are seven months old now. When I am in Gothenburg I usually visit them in the evenings every now and then. It is relaxing, you realize that there are other things in life that means something.”

Relaxation is certainly needed. At the time of writing, the drama with Saab is not over, probably not as you read it either, and the situation will probably deteriorate further in the coming months.

– “Sometimes you get punched, it’s something you have to accept. That is how it is in the business and in life in general. You will be beaten up.”

Jan Ã…ke Jonsson laughs and pull down his Saab cap over the forehead. The wind swirls over the ice on Sautusjärvi, and it’s biting cold even though the temperature is not that low. […]

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Saab Offers Latest Generation Onstar System Standard On All Models

Posted on 01. Sep, 2002 by .






Saab is only European brand to provide advanced, voice-activated system standard

q Enhanced OnStar system supports Saab’s Real-Life Safety philosophy
q Voice-activated technology provides safer access
q Virtual Advisor provides access to Web-based services
q Saab includes 12 months of service
q Possible insurance discounts

Norcross, Ga. — For 2002, Saab promotes its tradition of innovation, technology and real-life safety by becoming the first European brand to introduce advanced, voice-activated on-board communication services standard in all of its U.S. models. This system — the latest generation OnStar — uses wireless technology and state-of-the-art voice recognition and text-to-speech technology to provide hands-free security, information and concierge services.
OnStar uses Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and wireless communication to link the driver and vehicle to the 24-hour OnStar Center, where advisors provide real-time, personalized help. OnStar’s safety-enhancing services include automatic air bag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, emergency services and roadside assistance with location and route support. For 2002, these services expand to include voice-activated, hands-free personal calling, in addition to hands-free access to e-mail and Internet-based services like stock quotes and personalized news and sports. Saab also provides 12 months of service standard with each vehicle.

OnStar and Real-Life Safety
OnStar takes Saab’s Real-Life Safety philosophy to a new level. For example, the system will automatically place an emergency call if the airbags (front or side) are deployed in a crash. The call is received as a priority at the OnStar Center with the vehicle’s location and the phone number of local emergency authorities instantly appearing on the advisor’s screen.
If a Saab is stolen, the owner can initiate remote tracking by calling OnStar and providing the correct security code. OnStar will then contact local authorities and locate the vehicle, guiding the police to the vehicle’s location.

Concierge Services Help Make Life a Bit Easier
The OnStar system also provides Saab’s customers with a 24-hour connection to concierge services like:
§ Real-time, advisor-assisted route guidance — OnStar’s database contains over five million listings of businesses, ATMs and more
§ Personal assistance with services such as booking hotel reservations or airline tickets, ordering flowers or 100 other customized services
§ Roadside assistance
§ Vehicle location assistance when parked in a crowded lot by flashing the vehicle’s lights and activating the horn.

Voice-activated System Provides Safer Access
The OnStar system in 2002 Saab models is a hands-free, voice-activated interface. This type of system is more convenient and easier to use than a system that requires a driver to use a telephone keypad or study a console display.
“Our customers, who are among the highest Internet users of any car brand, are demanding enhanced communication services for their car,” said Sean McNamara, Saab’s U.S. Director of Product Planning. “Therefore, we are continually searching for safer platforms to offer these services. OnStar’s latest generation system is an excellent solution for Saab owners.”
There are nearly 75 million cell phone users in the U.S. and research indicates that 50 to 80 percent of that cell use occurs in the vehicle.
“OnStar provides our owners with valuable safety and security features and exciting communication tools, all delivered in a safety-conscious manner,” adds McNamara.
With the voice-activated interface, OnStar subscribers just need to press the “white dot” button once and then use simple voice prompts to make a personal call or receive access to Internet-based services. The touch of the OnStar button or the emergency key connects the driver with an OnStar advisor.
The simplicity of a one-touch wireless connection and ease of hands-free communication allow a driver to keep both hands on the wheel of their Saab and their eyes on the road.

Virtual Advisor provides access to Internet-based information*
OnStar’s personalized in-vehicle communications and information system, Virtual Advisor, provides up-to-date information like weather, stock reports, sports, news and e-mail. An owner can customize the information through a personalized OnStar web page accessed through www.saabusa.com. The information can then be accessed from the vehicle and delivered through the audio system. The subscriber just needs to provide simple commands like “Get my e-mail,” or “Get my stock quotes,” to receive the information from Virtual Advisor. The system can be interrupted and given commands at any time while activated.
The latest OnStar system also includes Personal Calling through a nationwide wireless service, and places a completely integrated, voice-activated hands-free phone in the vehicle. Each vehicle will have its own phone number for incoming and
outgoing calls to any number, providing a safer way to place a call while driving. Subscribers pre-purchase minutes on their personal Saab OnStar web page. These minutes are required for use of Virtual Advisor and are an additional charge to the included 12 months of service.

Program Pricing**
Saab is the only European brand to provide such extensive voice-activated services as standard equipment across its entire model range. Saab provides 12 months of service with all 2002 vehicles.
After the initial 12 months, a Saab owner can choose a program that meets his or her personal navigational and communication needs.

Possible Insurance Discounts
Saab owners who have an active OnStar subscription may be eligible for a discount
on their auto insurance premium due to the system’s theft recovery system. The amount of
the discount ranges from 15 percent to 30 percent and varies by state and insurance company, so owners should contact their agent for further information.

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* Requires activation and additional fee. An OnStar subscription and advance payment for Personal Calling minutes are required. Additional usage charges may apply. May not be available in all markets. OnStar voice recognition system may not work with all voices. Please note: OnStar uses existing emergency service providers and cellular telephone and satellite technologies. Vehicle electrical system must be operating for OnStar to work.

** Service contract required after one year for continuation of OnStar service.

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