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A Historical Reference Of Known Saab EV Projects

Posted on 25. Mar, 2010 by .

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As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, Saab History is interested in learning more about individuals taking on the task of converting their Saab vehicles to become fully electric.

The following list has been compiled below of those that have successfully converted their vehicles to electric power. If you have successfully converted your vehicle or know someone who has, please contact Saab History to be added to this list to be showcased here.

A Reference Of Known Saab Electric Vehicle Projects

Brandon Hollinger (Pennsylvania, USA) – 1970 SAAB 96 EV

Mark Kandutsch (Maine, USA) – 1972 Saab 96 EV

Christen Johansen (New York)- 1972 SAAB 96 EV

Duke University (North Carolina, USA) – 1972 Saab Sonett III EV (Current Project Status Unknown)

Walter Kern (Connecticut) – 1974 Saab Sonett III EV (Owner Passed Away)

Mark Ward (Missouri) – 1995 Saab NG 900 EV (Ran, but project ended due to garage fire)

Seth Leitman (New York, NY)- 1998 Saab NG 900 EV

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Saab Cars North America To Relocate To Royal Oak, MI

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Oakland Press & Biddison Architecture

Saab History has just learned that there will be details about Saab Cars North America’s relocation from the GM Rennaissance Center to the new facility at 4327 Delemere Court Royal Oak, Michigan tomorrow.

At approximately 1:30pm, the Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm will announce Saab Cars North America’s move to Royal Oak at a press conference. I am sure at around the same time an official press release will also be issued by SCNA, describing this move.

It was back in October of last year where we first learned about this particular location and over the course of the fall, Saab Cars North America (SCNA) received numerous tax benefits for their new headquarters to relocate here.

Since Saab’s start in the United States back in 1956 , they held headquarters in New York City, New Haven & Orange, Connecticut, Norcross, Georgia and most recently, the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. This move marks a new beginning for the Saab Cars North America team as they continue the process of separating themselves from GM, their former parent.

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I highly encourage the folks at Saab Cars North America to host an open house, showing their new facility. This would symbolize full transparency, their open door policy and trust and relationship building with not only the press, but their their existing customers and all of the customers they plan on welcoming back.

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Saab History Receives Updated Saab Cars North America Allentown, PA Parts Facility Photo

Posted on 18. Feb, 2010 by .

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Only a few days has passed since I posted the Saab Sighting of the Week taken place at Saab’s U.S. parts facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and I wondered if the sign would be cleaned up there and restored.

“Ask and thou shall receive”. Today, Saab History has received from the folks at the facility, an updated photo showing their restored sign and area reaffirming a continuation of the 18+ years (1992-Present) that this facility has been in operation. It’s interesting to note, but this facility may break the record in a few years set by the former Saab USA facility in Orange, Connecticut (1971-1992) as the longest serving facility in Saab’s U.S. history.

A thank you to the folks at the Saab Cars North America parts facility for providing the updated photo.

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Saab History & John Moss Speak On National Public Radio

Posted on 22. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab History has recently participated in a program called “Where We Live” with National Public Radio’s Connecticut affiliate this morning to discuss the the status of Saab along with Saab’s history in Connecticut.

mossHaving received a request to be part of this program, I extended the invite to longtime former Saab employee of 37 years, John Moss who spoke candidly about the first headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut to his experiences with SAAB over the years.

During the program, there were a number of callers that talked about their experiences with Saab in addition to a nice surprise call from our folks, the New England Saab Association that I started many years ago.

It was a good program that I invite you to listen to by clicking here to visit their website.

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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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The Concept Of Saab Independents Doing Warranty Work

Posted on 23. Sep, 2009 by .

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There has been quite an interesting dialogue in the comments field recently about the future of Saab Cars North America.

This dialogue involves the concept of including select independent Saab facilities to do warranty work where there are no Saab dealerships within a range of 100 miles in all directions in the United States. This program actually has been done in the past with a facility in Orange, Connecticut that went up when a local dealership closed, creating an opportunity of which Saab Cars USA at the time accepted and was quite successful.

With the precedent already set for this kind of arrangement, the question now is, how many of these independents due to many factors such as the quality of their facility, the quality of their work, their ability to work on modern Saabs and of course their geographic location would be able to be chosen if such a program came into existence? I am sure that all of the owners of any independent Saab facility would be interested in this idea, but obviously the final choice would not just fall on them.

I encourage you to add your comments into this dialogue below to continue this thread. I’ve taken the previous comments and included them here, so we don’t have to start from scratch on the topic once again. I would like to hear from not only independents and customers, but dealerships as well, to talk about the pluses and/or minuses of this idea.

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John Moss Presentation At 2009 Saab Owners Convention

Posted on 25. Aug, 2009 by .

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Film Credit: Saab History

John Moss, longtime National Saab technical trainer (1968-2005), gave quite a speech at the 2009 Saab Owners Convention that I managed to capture for us here on Saab History.

His account covered his career’s start with SAAB Motors, Inc. at 100 Waterfront Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Captivating the audience, he made us feel as though we were there as he described the activities floor by floor, the parts and service center and the shipping docks complete with many interesting jokes along the way.

A sincere thank you to Mr. Moss for allowing me to share his entire presentation of the early beginnings of both SAAB Motors, Inc. and his career, here on Saab History for those that were unable to attend the convention.

His Bio will be forthcoming.

References:

100 Waterfront Street, New Haven, CT (Yesterday & Today)

100 Waterfront Street, New Haven, CT (Vintage Photography Part 1)

100 Waterfront Street, New Haven, CT (Vintage Photography Part 2)

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Sten Helling Provides Saab History A Dealer Development Video From 1985

Posted on 12. Jun, 2009 by .

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Saab History has recently received an incredible video from non other than Sten Helling himself this time, as a follow-up to the previous film I found at the Saabs @ Carlisle event.

This film unlike the previous film that discusses dealership support programs, focuses on the actual dealership development (ie.upgrading dealership facilities, having a consistent image, etc.).

In this film, Mr. Helling introduces you to the film directly from the Saab-Scania of America headquarters at 60 Marsh Hill Road in Orange, Connecticut, then invites you to see many Saab dealerships circa 1985 throughout the North East region of the United States.

I found this detailed yet brief film very nice and an impressive message sent to us today as to what the Saab dealership landscape was at that time, a year before the peak sales record spanning the “60 consecutive months of sales” (1982-1986).

A sincere thank you to Sten Helling for providing this video to Saab History. Here’s hoping he has many other videos, photographs and other information that will help illustrate the hard work that went into the successes here in the United States at that time.

This video is now the 474th film stored Permanently in the Saab History Video Archive.

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