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Saab Rally Team Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Pete Kuncis

The Saab Rally Team here in the North East, are at it again, this time as an entry to the New England Forest Rally here in Maine this Friday, July 17th in Bethel, Maine near Sunday River Ski resort. Their team will be joining the RallyHo! Motorsports team as the only Saab entries in the forest rally.

Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Joshua Jenny, will be taking their 1975 Saab 99 rally car that we’ve seen participate in numerous rallies here in the North East region of the United States over the years. […]

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The Reviews Of The 2010 Saab 9-5 Begin To Arrive

Posted on 08. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The reviews of the 2010 Saab 9-5 begin to arrive from the international press. If you know of reviews that are not listed here, please add them below in the comments.

United States

Automobile Magazine“My, how you’ve grown”

Auto Critical“Ready for take off!”

Autoblog – “Skål!”

Car & Driver “Retro Cues, Not Retro Design”

The Detroit Bureau“Worth the wait…and more’s coming.”

Racer“This is by far the best Saab ever made”

Auto Week “Competent? Absolutely. Exciting, maybe not so much.”

Popular Mechanics“The new 9-5 is a worthy also-ran in an incredibly competitive class”

United Kingdom

MSN U.K. “It’s certainly something different and it’s decent”

The Telegraph “Blame GM for its shortcomings”

Car Magazine“Is the new 9-5 going to rip up the rulebook? Hardly.”

Auto Trader“The new Saab 9-5 is a tremendous statement of intent”

Auto Express U.K. “If you are looking for the ultimate driver’s machine, this Saab clearly isn’t it.”

What Car“The 9-5 is a stylish, unfussy car”

France

Auto Info“It remains only to wish that this new Saab model is that of the new era.”

Motor Legend“Sophisticated equipment”

Caradisiac“car of renewal”

Sweden

TTELA“The car sits glued to the road. It is quiet and comfortable,”

Expression“You can not ignore “the new Saab”

E24Pure “saabismina”

Italy

Motori24“Saab back on track with the new 9-5”

Singapore

The Straits Times – “Saab has a real shot at success with this one.”

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The All New Saab 9-5 : Technical Highlights

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .

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Technical Highlights

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan:State-of-the-Art Technology From Scandinavia

• Most technically advanced Saab ever
• Conceived, built and chiefly developed in Sweden
• Equipped to compete head-to-head with leading premium class competitors

The all new 9-5 is the most advanced Saab ever, introducing an array of high-tech features and benefits that bring the car and driver closer together, while also enhancing the travel experience for all occupants.

Defined by Saab as the company’s top-of-the-line contender in the premium segment, the new 9-5 has been chiefly engineered in Sweden, where its development has been guided. It is being built at Saab’s home plant in Trollhättan.

In terms of functionality and the quality of the driving experience alone, the new 9-5 sedan is configured to challenge premium class standards. It will offer a fresh and distinctive alternative choice to established market leaders.

State-of-the-art technologies are harnessed to offer the features customers most want. Smart functions range from an aircraft-style, head-up information display (Pilot HUD) to Advanced Park Assist (APA), and from hard disk onboard music storage to rear seat climate control and flexible trunk storage

“This is the most sophisticated and technically advanced car we have ever produced,” says Mats Fägerhag, Head of Technical Development at Saab. “It is enabled to meet the needs of modern day motoring and brings together all the functions and features customers would expect in a car of this class.”

On The Road
Chassis systems and technologies are focused on delivering a sporty driving experience. The mechanical suspension layouts, for example, are tailored to match the differing performance characteristics of engines and drivelines. These can be overlaid by the optional Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis system, which includes real time damping control among other features.
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The All New Saab 9-5 : All Turbo Engine Lineup

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB


All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Less Is More with All Turbo Engine Line-up

• Responsible performance with efficient four-cylinder turbo engines
• CO2 values from just 139 g/km
• Three fuel types: gasoline, E85 and diesel in all-turbo line-up

The new 9-5’s all-turbo powertrain line-up brings together Saab expertise in turbocharging with state-of-the-art engine technologies.

With gasoline and BioPower (E85 compatible) engines developing more than 100 hp per liter, the new 9-5 Sedan also advances Saab’s rightsizing powertrain strategy. That means efficient turbocharged engines as small as 1.6 liters can make a fitting partner for Saab’s new premium sedan. With diesel power, CO2 emissions as low as 139 g/km are also on offer. All transmissions are six-speed.

Gasoline choice
All engines feature electronic management, electronic throttle control, direct ignition and four valves per cylinder operated by overhead, maintenance-free, chain-driven camshafts. For longevity and reliability, turbochargers are water-cooled and use air-to-air intercooling to increase intake charge density.

To give minimal piston friction and wear characteristics, while also benefiting fuel and oil consumption, the cylinder walls of the engines are laser-etched for an extremely smooth finish. Under-skirt piston oil cooling and sodium-filled exhaust valves are further efficiency measures.

1.6 Turbo
The engine line-up starts with this powerful four-cylinder motor giving 180 hp/132 kW and excellent torque of 230 Nm all the way from 2,200 rpm to 5,500 rpm. It includes an ‘overboost’ function, which raises torque to 266 Nm for up to five seconds on a wide open throttle.
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The All New Saab 9-5 Design Development

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

Exterior and Interior Design

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Scandinavian Design Simplicity Has Never Looked This Good

• Saab unveils new era in expressive Scandinavian design
• Delivers on signposts from Aero X concept car
• ‘Organic sculpture’ presents Saab signature design themes
• More spacious, driver-focused cabin

Born and bred in Scandinavia, the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan is a sleek expression of the power of simplicity and heralds the arrival of a new, more assertive design language for the brand.

Forward-looking design that doesn’t ignore where it’s coming from – that sums up the visual appeal of the car. “We are adopting a new vocabulary to tell the story of our brand,” explains Saab Brand Design Chief Simon Padian. ”It gives a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic design cues.”
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All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

* Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X concept and Saab heritage
* Engineered with driver in focus for segment leading sporty driving experience
* Excels in responsible performance for safety and environmental concern
* Most technically advanced Saab with an array of ‘high-tech’ features
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Boston University Student Writes About Saab's History

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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Saab History was contacted by Boston University student, Ben Timmins, earlier this year about an article on Saab’s history in the United States. Timmin’s, a Communications major, wanted to learn about Saab’s history, when they started in the United States and why the North East region was and still is very much a strong part of the customer base for the Saab brand. It was an honor to provide him with details about Saab’s stateside history, in which he did a good job in articulating in his article below, republished with permission.

Ben Timmin’s initiative in contacting Saab History, so that he could get the facts about Saab’s past, present and future, is something that the journalism industry today, needs to spend more time doing. As Saab continues this new rebirth period for the brand, it needs more journalists and reporters like Ben spending the time researching, so that they can become more of a credible resource for current, prospective and past Saab customers, that the company hopes to welcome back.

I am delighted to hear that from this article and a few others, Ben Timmins managed to recently secure an internship at a local publication in the greater Boston area.

Let’s wish him well in his new pursuits and thank him for his due diligence and great reporting, your time at Boston University has clearly served you well!

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Saab is back, and they want to build you a car.

March 15, 2010

Throughout the years, Saab owners have had to learn how to pronounce a few odd words like Viggen and SportCombi, but with a little help from a Dutch company, they’re all saying one word this month: sold.

While Saab’s death at the hands of a bankrupt General Motors seemed certain by the winter of 2009, a last minute purchase by Dutch supercar maker Spyker in February saved the Swedish marque and promised to keep the assembly lines—and product development-rolling.

Saab’s near-death experience became another defining event in its 60-year history, but for New Englanders, it also served as a reminder: New England buys more Saabs than any other region in the country, and loves them for reasons as unique as the cars themselves. Saab draws its history in America back to 1956 as the Swedish company sent its first cars to the Port of Hingham, Mass. Saab headquartered its American operations in Connecticut (first in New Haven and then Orange) in the 1970s and 1980s.

Saab’s proximity to the population centers of New England was a big driver of sales, SaabHistory.com editor Ryan Emge said. “Saab’s president at the time was very focused on a strong dealership body, specifically in New England, and he decided to create that body here,” he said. “Ever since then we’ve had the largest number of Saab dealerships per capita compared to the rest of the country.”
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Per Eklund Prepares Heikkinen For Finnish Rallycross

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Photo: © Lennart Pettersson

Mike Jager has recently covered Per Eklund’s protege, Toomas Heikkinen where he will participate in the first two events of the 2010 Finnish Rallycross Championship.

It was in March where we first learned that Heikkinen is being groomed by Eklund for future rallycross events with the Eklund team.

The Swedish Rallycross Championship, the ‘Rallycross Norden’ events and probably eight events of the 2010 FIA European Rallycross Championship is the plan for Per Eklund this year. Like Michael Jernberg yesterday, Andréas Eriksson this last saturday, and Kenneth Hansen last week, Eklund also attended Strängnäs Motorstadion for some testing before the season. He had this time only brought his “old” SAAB 9-3 with him. “Everything underneath is the same – it is only the model that is older – otherwise it is just as fast as my other Division 1 cars,”he explained.
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