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U.S. Saab Dealers Meet In Boston Early This Week

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History / Logan Airport Saab 9-5 Friction Tester

Saab History has learned that U.S. Saab dealers will be meeting in Boston early this week. The invite was extended to all Saab dealerships in the United States.

The meeting will be the first official in person gathering for Saab dealers following the acquisition of Saab Automobile by Spyker Cars, N.V. The meeting begins this evening with a meet & greet reception at 6pm, followed by meetings on Tuesday.

This looks like a good opportunity to meet the new leadership of Saab Cars North America and quite possibly, Spyker Cars as well.

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The First Official Saab 9-5 Production Photographs

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .



Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The first official Saab 9-5 production photographs were provided to Saab History today.

These photos were taken yesterday at the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden. This is another display that the production continues as planned.

I must say, this color might look the best for the all new Saab 9-5, wow!

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The First Official Photo Of All New 9-5 Produced In Sweden

Posted on 28. Nov, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The first official photo of the all new Saab 9-5 produced at the factory in Trollhättan, Sweden has come out and Auto Motor & Sport has provided it.

This is certainly a better photo than the earlier one we had here on Saab History this week. It was certainly nice to see everyone so happy!

Saab 9-5, first manufactured in Trollhättan
Pär Brandt – 2009-11-27 16:05

A few days ago was mounted on the first “real” Saab 9-5 at the factory. Previously, staff trained in the prototype workshop on the new car, with a dozen training cars, but now it is officially launched production of Saab’s new 9-5.

The first “real” Saab 9-5 has rolled the tape in Trollhättan. Production Stig Runesson, next to the far right, leaving the symbolic over the keys to Anders Svensson (right) who is responsible for production.

Saab Automobile is most associated with black doomsday headlines, and sometimes it’s easy to forget what business is that all about – building cars. Therefore, it is not without a certain pride that Saab now reports that they had built the first “real” Saab 9-5 on the tape. Production of the new model is officially launched, that is.

Parallel to the development of the car has been preparing to produce the car, with all that implies. Total work has been going on for four years and got extra boost last fall when it became clear that production would be moved from the Opel factory in Rüsselsheim to Saab’s own factory in Trollhättan. Some tools were made in duplicate in order to produce the Opel Insignia in Rüsselsheim and 9-5 in Trollhattan, but the extra cost paid by the Saab before GM entered its reorganization during the summer.

A dozen bodies were pressed in Rüsselsheim before the final move was carried out in autumn, from Germany to Trollhättan. Before that, the Opel factory “hand built” around 50 9-5: or used to test and crash tests, and exhibitions. The ten body structures has been working as “guinea pigs” in Saab’s prototype workshop where they built up and dismantled several times to train staff on the new model. These first cars were built at Saab’s prototype shop, which resembles a “mini factory” with the same workstations as the major production line.

The next time performed a series of tests, “a hundred cars, all pre-fixed to selected internal customers within the organization. Then start the production of regular customers and if all goes as hoped with Saab ownership can soon bring full speed at the factory again.

Saab’s production line is the so-called “flexible”, it means that all models can be mixed and incorporated into any number on the same line. This makes it easy to adapt production to demand. Right now produced 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3, 9-3X, ‘old’ 9-5 SportCombi and the new 9-5. In the spring you should also start building 9-3 Convertible, which moved up from Magna in Austria.

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All New Saab 9-5 Sport Combi Spy Photos Emerge

Posted on 26. Nov, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Lehmann Photo-Syndication

Spyshots have recently uncovered the first official all new Saab 9-5 Sport Combi spy photos.

This vehicle is supposed to be the 3rd new vehicle from Saab Automobile follow the sequencing of the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan, then the Saab 9-4x.

It will be exciting to see more of this come about in the not so distant future.

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New England Saab Association – Logo Change

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .



The New England Saab Association, an all-inclusive Saab club in the New England region of the United States that I started back in 1997, are now in a period of growth. This growth period is due to new leadership and an evolving membership base that have not only supported their website re-launch last fall, but have also recently supporting the updating of their logo, shown above.

From meeting with Seth Hedstrom, the new president of the NESA at the recent “Springtime in Sweden” event this past Saturday I asked why the logo was decidedly changed as I read their first official well executed newsletter, and here is his response.

“The club needs to be reflecting fresh and new ideas, and this new logo is our second change including the website update that maintain these focuses”

These words were encouraging and indicative of a leadership at the NESA that is doing their best to leverage the best past practices as well as the current trends and demands in the Saab club scene today.

I leave you with another quote from Seth in the latest NESA newsletter:

I think our progress so far shows that what will make this club excel in combining the diverse talents we all have with equal distribution, so as to always keep this an enjoyable experience. We are all here to have fun: to take a break from our professional, academic, or otherwise boring routines. That is what you can rely on in return for your contributions. That is my promise to you, and that is our goal of the club.


Seth Hedstrom

For more information, please visit their website http://www.nesaab.org

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The One and Only Finnish / Swedish SAunaAB

Posted on 17. Apr, 2008 by .


Film Credit: Technical World / Teknikens Värld

With the cold winter season just about over for all of those in the Northern Hemisphere, the thought of a warm Sauna sounds is a bit overkill. However, on the topic of a Sauna, here’s a great story that I must share with you.

The first one and only Finnish / Swedish SAUNAAB. This SAUNAAB or “Sauna” (“Bastu” in Swedish) as we commonly would refer to it as , is the first known conversion of a classic Saab 900 into a full-blown Sauna.

In 2002, Magnus B. of France decided to take on this project by converting his 1980 SAAB 900 5-door into what you see above. His story has had some recent coverage in a Finnish Newspaper as well as in the Winding RoadTeknikens Värld in Sweden.

I will leave the rest of the story in his own words, enjoy:


The first official SAUNAAB tests in Farges, France.

1.jpgOn this page you will find a little story about some (crazy?) nordic people, an old SAAB 900 Classic 5-door and a common desire to have a sauna.
This is not the first sauna in a SAAB, I know of at least one SAAB 96 made into a sauna in Finland. However, this is probably the only sauna built into a Classic 900…

For quite some time ago Magnus B. aquired a 1980 SAAB 900 5-door from a swedish friend, Jakob W. He left CERN and could not bring his old SAAB with him back to Sweden. So as usual Magnus B. took the opportunity and adopted the SAAB. But one fine day in May 2002 Magnus B. found himself running out of space in his SAAB hangar (as usual). Something had to be done. The “Jakob’s old SAAB” was, well, quite rusty and Magnus B. had anyway taken it to pieces and saved all the usable parts. There was the chassis and some odd pieces here and there left on the car.

2.jpgBeing a little bit sentimental and reluctant in scrapping an old trusty SAAB Magnus B. tried to come up with some kind of use for the almost-stripped-out chassis… Then suddenly Magnus B. thought of a (crazy?) idea; Building a sauna inside the SAAB! This idea was verified with some other sauna-loving fiends, and of course, this was a good idea. The SAUNAAB construction team was formed! Since this team has members from both Finland and Sweden, the appropriate project names for the car are of course “SAUNAAB” and “SAABASTU”…!

The most important part, however, was not the name, but the work! Now started a ever-increasing rush to beat all odds and have a sauna in a SAAB before autumn! Why this deadline? Because everyone wanted to have a sauna as soon as possible and because the “standard sauna place in Geneva -Bains des Paquis” opened for the season on the 04.10.2002…

3.jpgThe SAUNAAB team had frequent lunch discussions in the planning of the work. The general idea was to get something that worked as soon as possible and fine-tune the details as the project evolved. The interior was of course chosen to be made from real wooden panels. The floor was made from normal boards that were sanded smooth. The stove was for a long time planned to be wood-heated, but over here, (in the region of Geneva) wood is not exactly cheap. And one other little problem with the wooden-heated stove was that it would in any configuration be perhaps a little too high. Another problem from this may be that we could not (perhaps) equip the stove with a sufficient amount of stones. As well as the “risk” of cracking the windshield if the heater would be too high up…


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Welcome Garry Small Saab as Saab History Sponsor!

Posted on 31. Oct, 2007 by .



Saab History welcomes Garry Small Saab with open arms as the 1st official dealership sponsor of Saab History. Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon is a family-owned and operated Saab exclusive dealership that has been focusing on Saab only for the past twenty years.

This one-of-a-kind dealership took the initiative early on to contact me and will be the first official dealership sponsor of Saab History. A great deal of appreciation goes out to their efforts in finding value in what I do and how well the site continues to do. I Saabcerely thank them for their sponsorship and look forward to our ongoing collaboration.

In the next few months, I will have the fortunate privilege to visit Garry Small Saab in Portland, Oregon and look forward to meeting the hard working individuals that continue to keep the Saab Spirit alive with their growing customer base.

If you are in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and are in the market for a new or pre-owned Saab where you want a down to earth pleasant experience, I highly suggest you stop by Garry Small Saab.

I leave you with an excerpt about Garry Small Saab:

Located in Portland, on 82nd Ave, Garry Small Saab is a different kind of automobile dealer. Family owned and operated, we offer a personal touch with a “no pressure” sales approach. Our focus is long-term relationships with our customers and servicing multiple generations in a family is common here.

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Swedish Car Day 8 – This Weekend!

Posted on 15. Oct, 2007 by .



Swedish Car Day 8 is coming up again this year so mark your calendars, it will be this weekend, on October 21st, 2007 again at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts.

This is also a special year for the host of the event, Charles River Saab as they are not only the oldest Saab dealership in the United States, but this is also their 50th anniversary since they began in 1957.

This event will also mark the first official event since the New England Saab Association’s reorganization and recent website launch.

The Saab USA Heritage Collection will also be present once again this year in a similiar capacity, the number of cars are unknown at this time, but this addition will be another great part of a super weekend.

Please take a look at the official Sweidsh Car Day website to see what the previous years looked like in their photo archive.

Swedish Car Day appears to be having a lot going on this year with their anniversary celebrations, so it should be quite the time. Mark your calendars for another fantastic occasion in a beautiful fall setting in New England!

Early Birds in the Boston area on Saturday, have been extended an open-invite to a reception at Charles River Saab from 6-8pm as part of a celebration of their 50 years as Saab dealership.

Start making your plans today for this very special annual Saab event!

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