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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab SportCombi In Spain"

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman, one of the participants that attended the “SAVE SAAB” kickoff event in Detroit this past January, has kindly shared a photo for this week’s “Saab Sighting of the week” at Saab History.

Here’s his quote below describing the photo of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and how he took it. It looks spectacular!

I was traveling in Spain and Scotland the past few weeks and enjoyed seeing a good amount of SAAB’s on the road. Here is a shot of one in Elgin, Scotland. I shot it on my infrared camera. Hope your well, keep up the great work. Thanks, Keith

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Saab History Wishes SCNA Well On Royal Oak Open House

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .

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Saab History wishes the folks at the new Saab Cars North America well with their open house tonight at the new headquarters in Royal Oak, Michigan.

As you may remember, I was hoping to attend this event but have received no support from the folks at Saab Cars North America, therefore it didn’t make sense to look elsewhere for it.

It’s the Saab Community that makes me want to keep Saab History moving forward at this time, that being said a colleague of ours from Michigan, that was at the Save Saab Rally in Detroit, will be attending the event and plans on providing us photographs later this evening following the event.

It will be interesting to hear what becomes of this open house this evening.

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Former Saab Designer Anthony Lo, Leaves GM For Renault

Posted on 09. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

Former Saab Designer, Anthony Lo, who I interviewed this past September in Frankfurt and previously in Detroit a year earlier, has left GM to take a new position with Renault according to Car Design News

Lo, led what people refer to as the “concept car era” for Saab under GM’s ownership, beginning with the 9-X in 2001, 9-3x, 9-3 Sport Hatch, Aero-X, 9-4x BioPower, 9-X BioHybrid and ending with the 9-X Air in 2008.

He brought a lot of design skills to the table with Saab and it was a pleasure to have him on board.

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Where Do You Think SCNA's New HQ Should Be?

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has recently learned that the current Saab Cars North America organization will be out of the GM Renn Cenn by next Friday, March 12th and into their new Headquarters. This is very good news as Saab continues to separate themselves from GM.

That being said, I have previously polled about this, last September prior to learning about the prospective Royal Oak, Michigan location. Today, I want to once again ask you, what location do you think they should relocate to at this time? The location may already be chosen by this time, however I think it’s important to see what you think.

We need to keep in mind that since Saab Automobile’s global headquarters have returned home, that being Trollhättan, Sweden, the same should be said for here in the United States, that in my opinion, being New England.

As you know quite well by now if you are a Saab History frequenter, that I still believe that this new headquarters should be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, both the main office, including the heritage collection and historical archives. This location as I have said would be appropriate for just about every reason imaginable from that heritage collection, their reconnection with their roots starting in New England, where their largest demographic is located, to all of the possible promotional advertising and press opportunities right near the mountains and the coast. It’s cost efficient for business tax reasons, it’s ideal for all of the scenic locations for pr and advertising needs, and logical much like what Sweden is doing by bringing all activities “home”, and that being for Saab in the U.S. is New England, where it all started.

We all came out in full force to help Save Saab, so our unified voice is once again very important in shaping the future success and direction of Saab.

The results of this poll will show where we believe a truly independent Saab operation should be, in the United States. The key is independent from GM, that being physically far away from the headquarters (ie. not in the same state, etc.)

Here’s the historical information below for your reference:

405 Park Avenue, New York (1956-1961)
100 Waterfront Street New Haven, CT (1961-1971)
60 Marsh Hill Road / 35 Executive Blvd Orange, CT (1972-1992)
Norcross, Georgia (1992-2004)
Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan (2004-2009)

Update: 3.3.2010 6:00PM EST – It’s great to see Orange, Connecticut & Portsmouth, NH neck & neck, with Royal Oak a close second.

Where Do You Suggest The New Saab USA HQ Should Be?

  • Orange, CT (25%, 53 Votes)
  • Portsmouth, NH (24%, 49 Votes)
  • New York, NY (13%, 28 Votes)
  • Royal Oak, MI (12%, 25 Votes)
  • Atlanta, GA (11%, 22 Votes)
  • Los Angeles, CA (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Minneapolis, MN (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Miami, FL (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Washington, D.C. (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 208

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Simon Padian & Kaj Zackrisson Saab 9-3x Test Drive Promo

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by .

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Simon Padian, Saab’s Brand Design Chief along with Kaj Zackrisson, Saab-Salomon’s professional skier are featured in a new video urging people to get out and test drive a new Saab 9-3x.

This video is currently shown on the global Saab.com website and should be applicable for most markets, excluding the United States as those vehicles won’t ship until the deal is closes this coming Monday.

For more information about Simon Padian & Kaj Zackrisson, please check out the interviews I did with them in Frankfurt & Detroit respectively. For more details on the Saab 9-3x, please visit the Saab History archive.

In the meantime, enjoy the video!

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The GM Press Conference In Detroit – 11:30 EST

Posted on 25. Jan, 2010 by .

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MEDIA ADVISORY: GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre to Provide Business Updates

2010-01-25

DETROIT – General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre will host a press conference on Monday, January 25, to provide updates on GM business activities.

The press conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST in the Renaissance Conference Center located in Tower 300, Level 2, of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
The satellite feed for the press conference is:

The press conference will also be webcast at http://media.gm.com and at http://gmtv.feedroom.com/?fr_story=a313dd015fa9a7af0b9de0c1898de6c36e3b324f

The webcast will be archived at the site fr replay after 2 p.m. EST on January 25.

Technical/broadcast questions:
Steve Griffes

GM Communications Operations
313-220-7982 (mobile)
steven.l.griffes@gm.com

Summary:

* GM Chairman & CEO, Ed Whitacre has accepted a permanent position and has ended the search for a position.
* Saab, GM has not changed their mind on the wind down on the operation. Indicated advanced talks, and said that there is no deal to be announced this morning.

* No members of the press asked any questions about the ongoing negotiations with Saab at all.

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The "Save Saab" Event In New York City

Posted on 24. Jan, 2010 by .

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Saab History has just received photos from some of the participants in the SAVE SAAB event in New York City today. It looks like there was quite a turnout of well over 75-100 Saabs!

It was really impressive to see all of the variety of Saabs in the photos from driving through Times Square (impressive), to their group photo with the nice large Saab banner by JMK Saab, previously used in Detroit.

Here’s a summary from Steve G., a Saab History frequenter with his comments as well as the organizer below.

Please continue to send your comments, photos and videos if you attended this event.

Saabs with their flashers on as far as the eye can see going through Times Square and the crowd that made it to Liberty State Park. Unfortunately due to misty weather and some logistical issues we didn’t get the photo op at the statue itself, but the turnout was between 50 and 60 cars at the finish point.

Folks were pointing and cheering throughout Manhattan and especially through Times Square. Without a police escort, keeping everyone together through the streets of NYC was a challenge but kudos to the organizing team for doing a great job


Here’s a quote from the organizer, Meg.

What a great day, and I’m exhausted. Total people that signed in was 54, but we may have missed a few. It was totally organized the drive thru NYC trying to?keep everyone together. There were Tag Cars that leap frogged out of line to coral us up. Many thanks to Nathan and Shane for doing such a great job.It was great meeting new Saabers and putting faces to names from those I knew from the internet and making new friends.

Saab; a car not for the masses but for people who show their individuality and uniqueness for a brand by being loyal to it and driving Saab.

Please watch this space for more details.

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GM Board Of Directors Meet In Detroit This Wednesday

Posted on 13. Jan, 2010 by .

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The GM Board Of Directors Meet In Detroit This Wednesday according to TTELA.

GM’s board in the meeting on Wednesday

Detroit / TT The twelve people at the General Motors board of directors have Saab’s ruling in their hands. .

This is a previously scheduled monthly meeting. According to John McDonald, it is not clear whether the entire board gather in one of the board rooms of the Renaissance Center – GM’s headquarters in Detroit. Some members may be having on the phone.

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