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Countdown to Launch: New Saab 9-5 Ready to Roll

Posted on 14. Apr, 2010 by .

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Countdown to Launch: New Saab 9-5 Ready to Roll

* More than 500,000 km of chassis testing on European roads
* Handling, ride, refinement assessed across 250 measurement criteria
* Unique challenge of forest test track near Arctic Circle
* Customer order book already open in many markets

From the frozen wastes of northern Sweden to the baking plains of southern Spain, Saab’s chief test driver Peter Johansson and his small team of chassis experts have driven on some of the most challenging roads in Europe to fine-tune the dynamics of the next generation Saab 9-5.

Peter and his team clocked up more than 500,000 kilometers, the equivalent of driving 12 times round the world, in their quest to find the best set-up. That meant optimizing two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, passive and adaptive chassis functions and two steering systems with different brakes, wheel sizes and tires, as well as five powertrain options.

Customers will soon enjoy the results of their work. In many markets, the 9-5 order book is already open and the first deliveries of Saab’s new flagship sedan will begin later this year.

The six-strong driving team focused on a core test fleet of 15 cars, including all the major technical permutations, and established a matrix for evaluating handling, ride and refinement across almost 250 measurement criteria.
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Göteborg Saab Facility Consolidated To Trollhättan HQ

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History

As Saab Automobile completes its facilities consolidation, the Mölnlycke office in Pixbo/Göteborg office has finally closed and the approximately 100 people that worked there, have moved to the headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden according to TTELA.

This process started last fall as reported here on Saab History and has taken time to completely phase out. At one point, these offices included up to 125 people including the former Saab design team.

Nearly 100 people have moved up to the Trollhättan factory in Mölnlycke.

Yesterday, it was those in finance & marketing that have moved from Pixbo in Mölnlycke to Trollhättan. In total, nearly 100 people have thus moved up to Trollhättan.

Saab’s business plan included efforts to concentrate its operations geographically to Trollhättan to have all operations and employees close to each other. Production has also taken home the manufacture and development of models from Germany and Austria to Trollhattan, which also will be emphasized in marketing which recognizes the mark as genuinely Swedish.

But even the more geographically related activities conducted in the office of Pixbo outside Gothenburg has gradually moved from there up to Trollhättan. Even before the design department had moved away and in the process of creating the new Saab so now people in financial, marketing department and in the aftermarket gradually started to move up to Trollhättan. Yesterday marked the last day for most of those who worked there in Pixbo and a move to Trollhättan.

For the Union, it is about one hundred members now been transferred to Trollhättan. A slight chance to work down there in the Gothenburg area will remain.

– There will be no teleworking, “says Ms Gustav’s information department.

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A U.S. Saab Dealership Acquires A Spyker C8 Laviolette

Posted on 27. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Andrew G. Martelon

Tynan’s Saab, a recent advertiser of Saab History this past year and a supporter ensuring the coverage of both the 2009 Saab Owners Convention in Copper, Colorado as well as the all new 9-5 launch in Frankfurt, Germany, thought it was about time to showcase their Spyker C8 Laviolette.

This vehicle, initially discussed back in the summer way before the Spyker-Saab deal came about, involved dialogue with Victor Muller, who helped him facilitate the acquisition. This particular model is a silver 2008 Spyker C8 Laviolette #162, silver with MY 09 additions such as a charma sound system, ipod adapter, lamborghini steering wheel, etc.

As you can see in the photo, the vehicle proudly stands in the showroom alongside his recently restored 1992 Saab 900 Turbo that was also present at the recent convention. It’s a very suiting photo of quite possibly what other Saab dealership showrooms around the United States may look like in the near future.

A special thanks for Tynan Saab’s support of Saab History and recent information about this acquisition.

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The "Save Saab" Gathering In Rüsselsheim, Germany

Posted on 17. Jan, 2010 by .

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The Saab Club of Germany met at the GM Europe Design Center in Rüsselsheim, formerly where Saab had their design facilities, now moved back to Sweden.

Absolutely stunning turnout and photography!

Photo Credit:Saab Club of Germany

Rüsselsheim
17.01.10
5 before 12 clock

Deafening honking sound is heard for the symbolic clock at exact 11:55 front of the Clock headquarters of General Motors (GM) Europe in Rüsselsheim.

More than 60 SAAB vehicles have been brought to a rally here from all over Germany in position to give her testimony SAVE SAAB the right face and GM dissuade them from their plan to let the tradition die SAAB brand. The demand is simple: to destroy rather than to GM to sell the SAAB brand to SPYKER from Holland. This final bidder has rectified its offer several times at the request of GM, and now awaits the decision by GM. In addition to the fully developed SAAB 9-5, which is already running from the tapes in the Swedish Trollhätten to wait another two new models at its launch.

The convoy drove SAAB conspicuously equipped with flags and banners by the skyline of Frankfurt and here also expressed his support for the more than 10,000 SAAB-workers expressed that directly and indirectly involved in the production of SAAB vehicles and at a liquidation of the mark would lose their jobs.

At the same time the world took place more than 35 convoys, the statement is the same everywhere:
SAAB SAVE!

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The Saab Automobile Factory Continues Production Today!

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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The Saab Automobile factory continues production today as I mentioned it would earlier, after a 4-week hiatus according to Saab Automobile as indicated on TTELA.

“The production run will also include a few all new Saab 9-5’s as well” according to Eric Geers, Saab Automobile’s Global Communications Manager.

At 8 o’clock, the first Saab 9-3 Convertible in history was built in Trollhättan, following years in Graz, Austria, and initially in Uusikaupunki, Finland. I bet the factory workers were pretty excited to built their first convertible ever in Sweden today!

In addition to the convertible, the 9-3 model range and the old 9-5 wagon will continue to be produced.

Here is the article below loosely translated:

First convertible built!

TROLLHÄTTAN amidst of all the turmoil surrounding the future took Saab Automobile in Trollhättan in to write a little company history on Monday morning.

– The first 9-3 Convertible in Trollhättan produced here today, “said Eric Geers, Communications Director at Saab Automobile.

– It was on the line at 8 o’clock.

9-3 Cab has been returned to Trollhattan, having previously been in Austria.

The start of it and other models on Monday morning came after a four-week break. It was so good it was now, a typical day at work for employees.

– We are 9-3 and one or another of the old 9-5, “said Paul Akerlund, club chairman for IF Metall.

– It can also be one of the new 9-5, “he says.

But when it is on the Test series in different pace and with more manual tasks than it could be in the future.

Parts of the tools necessary for the production of the new 9-5 is still in Germany at the Opel plant in Rüsselsheim.

While production of the drug once again in Trollhättan, Sweden on Monday morning was GM’s liquidation documents at Companies Registration Office desk in Sundsvall assessment.

– It is too early to say when we are ready to appoint a liquidator, “
said Per Nordstrom, general counsel at the SCRO.
– But it will be ready within the next few days.

Until the liquidator has been appointed managing director Jan-Ake Jonsson, Saab’s board of directors and continued control over the leadership of Saab.
The liquidation described in Trollhättan happen in an orderly manner and the aim is to achieve a so-called solvent liquidation, which means ability to pay against the creditors and customers, while the closure is done.

It is also apparent that Saab’s board of directors and CEO must not thwart a liquidation.

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FIAT Returns After 20 Years Since Saab Purchase Attempt?

Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by .

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Sweden’s Realtid.se are reporting that Fiat is returning to the table along with Grimaldi & Jacob Wallenberg, the same people that were planning on selling Saab to FIAT back in 1989, before GM bought them.

This all feels like it was twenty years ago with the same players showing interest, but instead of the Wallenberg’s looking to sell Saab, perhaps they may be trying to help keep them alive along with FIAT?

The question here is, would Saab Automobile still welcome Fiat too? Remember in May, GM Europe were talking with FIAT!

It doesn’t look like an ideal situation, because of the corporate conglomerate idea of Fiat honestly. I do think Saab needs to be independent, not owned by a huge corporation once again.

Here’s the article. Thanks to Ted Y for sharing this with us here on Saab History today!

Googletrans of portion of above article:
Earlier on Wednesday reported Realtid.se to prepare a panel discussion on the future of the automobile on January 26, where among other Fiat chief will attend.

Grimaldi and Jacob Wallenberg said to have taken the initiative to the event, and when Realtid.se Find Grimaldi is found that the objective is much more than just organize a public panel discussion.

In fact, the idea is to get to a solution of Saab, which is that Saab could become a subcontractor to the successful car company in the world such as Fiat would be willing to let Saab produce selected models in the Saab factory.

According to Grimaldi, the Saab factory in Trollhättan and flexible production for different car models.
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All New Saab 9-5 Showcased At New England Auto Show

Posted on 02. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab History will be traveling to see the all new Saab 9-5 at the New England Auto Show in Boston, Massachusetts today.

As you may know, the all new Saab 9-5 made its global debut back on September 15th in Frankfurt, Germany.

A month later, it made its North American debut in Miami and has since been on tour in Europe, and also here in the United States with recent stops to San Francisco, Los Angeles and now Boston!

This preview of the all new Saab 9-5 will be its first in North East region of the United States. The last time the previous Saab 9-5 made it’s first visit to the North East, it was twelve years ago in Waterville, Valley New Hampshire during the 1997 Saab Owners Convention Jubilee.

If you have the chance to make it to Boston within the next four days including the weekend, I strongly urge you to make the trip!

Here are the details below:

The New England Auto Show

Boston, Massachusetts Dec 2nd – 6th, 2009

Public Show Dates:
Wednesday, December 2 12-9PM
Thursday, December 3 12-9PM
Friday, December 4 12-10PM
Saturday, December 5 10AM-10PM
Sunday, December 6 10AM-7PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

WEBSITE: http://www.paragonexpo.com/189.html?flash=1

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

Posted on 28. Nov, 2009 by .

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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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