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New 2012 Saab 9-3 Details Revealed (Hatchback, Hybrid)

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 by .


Autocar has recently learned new details about the 2012 Saab 9-3, touted as the “93“, harkening back to Saab’s 2nd ever model, introduced in 1955.

Here are the known details of the new generation Saab 93, based on a new “Phoenix Architecture”

The following product segments will be available in this model which include a convertible, 3-Door Hatchback, Sedan and Sport Wagon. In terms of technical details, it should have an electrified turbo as we learned about at the Saab dealer conference in Boston, along with a hybrid powertrain option amongst its right-sized engine choices combined with an Interior & Exterior Designed by Jason Castriota […]

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Saab Invites International Journalists To Review New 9-5

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .


Photo Credit: TTELA

Saab Automobile has invited 250 international journalists to Trollhättan today to test drive the all new 2010 Saab 9-5 Sedan.

Here’s a snippet from the Local that are reporting on it as well as a link to Trollhattan’s own TTELA who also have reviewed it.

After many months of waiting, 250 foreign journalists visited Trollhättan on Monday to test Saab Automobile’s new flagship vehicle, the new second-generation Saab 9-5.

The verdicts of the journalists will be a crucial test of Saab’s efforts to convince the world that it has a future. Since the 9-5 was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the company has been fighting for its survival.

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The All New Saab 9-5 : Technical Highlights

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .


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 .


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

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .


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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Saab History Celebrates Earth Day's 40th Anniversary

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by .


Today marks Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary which began back on April 22nd, 1970 during the first phase of the environmental movement. That day began as a nationwide campaign focused on encouraging awareness of the change in the environment we all live in. Over 2,000 academic institutions, colleges and universities and over 10,000 elementary and secondary schools participated on that day.

The milestones that began shortly after that day due to public pressure to advance environmental action included:

That first phase of the environmental movement saw the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, the Clean Air Act amendments in 1970 to enforce national air quality standards, t he Clean Water Act of 1972 as well as the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and many more.

The Mid nineties saw a second phase in the environmental movement where we actually saw a more conscientious approach to recycling for consumers and the beginning of electric vehicles in the automotive industry.

Today, as we are well into the third environmental movement to protect the planet and ourselves, we are seeing a lot more aggressive movements all around the world, but of course the work is no where near over.

When it comes to Saab Automobile, they have a tall task at hand where all of their products within 15 years, need to be driving entirely off of sustainable energy sources that are not fossil fuels as mandated by the Swedish Government.

Let’s remember, Saab has been focusing on the environment during the first environmental movement in the seventies with their fully sustainable wind turbines and steam powered concept cars to electric Saab powered postal delivery vehicles.

As we know, the Swedish Government are very progressive when it comes to their focus on the environment and as a leader, it’s important for us to know that Saab is part of that movement with them.

If we can picture the future of the new Saab, one will realize that they no longer need to dream of fully electric vehicles like the ones that Boston-Power are cooperating with Saab on, as the early prototypes are slated to be ready by the end of this year. Today, we also see Saab Automobile’s facility in Trollhattan, Sweden fueled entirely by wood chips and that’s just the beginning to this new era of independence for the company when it comes to their sustainability priorities. We also should be able to see the increased flexibility that Saab will have with future partners that are serious about the environment unlike their previous parent. Even Saab’s large community of owners and enthusiasts are taking it upon themselves to re-engineer their older Saabs to become fully electric.

According to a recent dialogue with CEO Victor Muller of Spyker Cars, Saab’s new owner, there is a bright future ahead for Saab’s focus on the environment thanks to their vision and the recent EIB loan that was granted that ensures the funding to develop future sustainable products.

I leave you with a time line of Saab’s focus on the environment with real action, not concept cars, but actual progress.

The movement for a more “Sustainable Saab” is well underway.

1976 – As one of the first manufacturers to battle all three exhaust pollutants – unburned hydrocarbons, Carbon Monoxide, and Oxides of Nitrogen, Saab delivers vehicles with catalysts and the oxygen sensor-equipped Fuel-Injection Systems to the United States.

1983 – Asbestos-free brake pads and clutch surfaces for all Saab models are introduced.

1984 – Greater quantities of stainless steel are added to Saab exhaust systems. The greater durability offers less environmental stress.

1985 – Saab Maintenance intervals begin to be extended, resulting in less use of raw materials and demand on the environment.

1989 – Decrease of hazardous production materials by 50% – initiated without legal regulation.

1991 – Saab is the first manufacturer to actually unveil an environmentally-friendly air conditioning system at the Geneva Motor Show.

1991 – Saab Trionic system

1992 – Saab reduces maintenance services on all 9000 and 900 models in the interest of lessening hazardous waste products such as used oil and filters.

1995 – Saab introduces ecopower engines which is a system that ensures that the engine is running as cleanly and economically as possible, at all times.

2001 – Energy consumption cut by 25 percent over ten years. Saab now produces five Environmental Class 1 variants instead of only one.

2002 – No combustible materials will be dumped – everything will be sorted and recycled.

2003 – New contracts will be concluded only with suppliers who conform to the same environmental demands as Saab Automobile

2006 – Saab’s “designed for recycling” focus takes shape.

2007 – Saab urging progress in Bioethanol infrastructure

2007 – Saab leads alternative fuel vehicle segment

2010 – Reduced CO2 Emissions for 9-3 Convertible.

2010 – Saab Partnering with Boston-Power on fully electric vehicles

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All New Saab 9-5 Aero Sedan Priced At $49,990 USD

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

April 20, 2010

Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on All-New Premium Flagship Vehicle: The 9-5 Aero Sedan Launch Package

* All-new 9-5 vehicle pricing on model year 2010 and 2011 variants
* Premium 9-5 Sedan available in July

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced pricing for its all-new 2010 model year 9-5 Aero Sedan launch package. The flagship vehicle will arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms in July.

Saab will lead the new 9-5 launch with its top-of-the line Aero Sedan model, priced at $49,990 MSRP. The Aero, featuring a 300 hp 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine, delivers uncompromised driving performance and is packed with advanced chassis, comfort and safety technologies.

Shortly following the 9-5 Aero introduction, a 2.0-litre turbo variant will be added to the 9-5 line-up. Pricing for these 2011 model year vehicles will start at under $40,000 MSRP.

“The new 9-5 Sedan stays true to its unique Swedish heritage and Saab DNA. The 9-5 showcases progressive Scandinavian design, an exhilarating driving experience and responsible performance with its all-turbo powertrain line-up,” said Mike Colleran, Saab Cars North America President and COO. “Saab’s distinctive new flagship brings a fresh, alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.”

The clean, ‘organic sculpture’ of the 9-5 bodywork, with elements inspired by Saab’s award-winning Aero X concept, heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language for the brand. The spacious, driver-focused cabin features a new iteration of Saab’s signature cockpit layout.

Staying true to its roots, the 9-5 family features an all-turbo powertain line-up. The Aero model, features a 2.8-litre V6 Turbo Engine with 300 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm; a 24-valve, dual overhead camshaft valvetrain and a twin-scroll intercooled turbocharger and the Sentronic six-speed automatic with transmission with paddle shifting.

Performance is second to none with sophisticated electronic chassis systems such as electronic stability program, DriveSense adaptive chassis and Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, XWD. Additionally, the Aero features a new front and rear suspension design that provides a sporty driving experience without sacrificing on comfort.

Saab continues its commitment to safety with eight standard airbags in the new 9-5, including rear seat thorax protection side airbags. A lane departure warning system and head-up display are also available.

The refined interior of the 9-5 features leather-appointed seats and steering wheel, power front seats with memory settings for the driver’s seat and mirrors, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, a cooled glove box, front and rear interior reading lamps, and 12V outlets in the front console and trunk.

The standard audio system includes an AM/FM radio with CD player, XM® Satellite radio, USB and auxiliary connections for portable devices and steering wheel mounted controls. A Harman-Kardon surround sound system is also available.

Saab’s unique Night Panel feature continues in this new 9-5 and is enhanced by a new instrument cluster with a supplemental rolling speedometer display that hints at its aircraft heritage.

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Saab Automobile at 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret Saabhuy.Net


1 March 2010

Saab at 2010 Geneva Motor Show

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan Opens New Chapter in Saab History

The all new 9-5 Sedan, due to go on sale later this year, is the centerpiece of the Saab stand. It celebrates the start of a new chapter in the history of the Swedish premium brand as an independent car manufacturer.

Main Geneva highlights:

Start of a New Era for Saab
Saab Automobile attends Geneva only days after its future as an independent premium car-maker was secured following the completion of its purchase from General Motors by Spyker Cars N.V. This transaction signals the start of an exciting new era for the brand with the launch of three new products – including the new 9-5 sedan – planned over the next 16 months. Spyker Cars N.V. – the Amsterdam Euronext-listed parent company – is committed to securing Saab’s future success under the direction of Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the current management team.

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan
Showcasing ‘stand out’ Scandinavian design backed by an array of high-tech functions, Saab’s distinctive new flagship brings a fresh, alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.

The clean, ‘organic sculpture’ of the bodywork, with elements inspired by Saab’s award-winning Aero X concept, heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language for the brand. The spacious, driver-focused cabin features a new iteration of Saab’s signature cockpit layout.

Packed with advanced driving and comfort technologies, the new 9-5 features an all-turbo powertrain starting at just 1.6 liters and carries forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy. A 190 hp, 2.0-liter turbo, with two-stage turbocharging, leads the diesel line-up and will be available with two-wheel drive and Saab XWD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.

Saab 9-3X
This versatile sport wagon is a rugged all-rounder equipped to handle rough terrain with a raised ride height and sure-footed grip from Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive system. It is distinguished by unique bumpers and a protective lower body finish. Offering an attractive alternative to heavier Crossovers or SUVs, the Saab 9-3X is powered a 210 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine, also available with Saab BioPower flex-fuel technology. A 180 hp, two-stage 1.9-liter turbo diesel option has two-wheel drive.

Saab 9-3 Convertible
Saab pioneered the concept four season, four seater, top-down motoring and the latest 9-3 Convertible is the product of more than 25 years’ experience in designing soft-top cars that are as stylish as they are practical. Now being built for the first time at Saab’s state-of-the-art production facility in Sweden, more than 250,000 Saab Convertibles have been sold worldwide.

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