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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Budapest, Hungary

Posted on 17. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: László Ignát

Here are some great photos from the folks at the “SAVE SAAB” event in Budapest, Hungary!

We already done our “Save Saab” campaign in Hungary! We were approx 80 saabs
and cca 200 saab fun.
Saab Forever! Griffin Up!

All the best,
László Ignát from Hungary

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Saab Automobile Cancels Saab 9-5 European Tour

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Etienne Morsa / Saabhuy.net

The all new Saab 9-5 European tour that began in mid-October has apparently come to an abrupt ending.

Saab Automobile has apparently canceled the remaining two stops of Greece & Italy for the all new Saab 9-5’s European tour. The countries that did stay on track as part of this tour included the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary and most recently, Austria.

To end this European tour with only two remaining destinations does not send a good message to the outside public.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29
* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19

* Greece – Nov 26-28 – Cancelled
* Italy – Dec 10-11 – Cancelled

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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Austrian Segment

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Austria

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour has completed the Austrian segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland, Switzerland, Hungary and now Austria.
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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Hungary Segment

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Hungary

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour has completed the Hungary segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland, Switzerland and now Hungary.
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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Switzerland Segment

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Switzerland

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes the Switzerland segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland and now Switzerland.

The Switzerland tour took place over 6-days which consisted of a press event, a VIP customer event, and a multi-day event at the auto show.

Throughout all of these events the all new Saab 9-5 Aero & Vector models were present as was the Aero-X concept car.

As a result of this event there were 32 press reps, 60 dealer reps, 1,050 Saab VIP customers and over 60,600 show visitors.

Here are the remaining countries that the all new 9-5 tour will visit by the end of the year.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29

* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19
* Greece – Nov 26-28
* Italy – Dec 10-11

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All New Saab 9-5 Begins Road Tour In Europe

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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The all new Saab 9-5 is beginning its tour of Europe this fall as I previously mentioned starting in the United Kingdom and ending in Italy as part of a global campaign.

While this is very good to hear, what significantly concerns me is that the piece below says the all new Saab 9-5 will be arriving in dealerships a year from now, “late 2010”! I thought this would be at dealerships in the spring of 2010 at the latest. Is this a typo?
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Per Eklund Finishes European Championship in Hungary

Posted on 02. Jun, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: (C) 2009 by www.erc24.com

Our Per Eklund fan, Mike Jager has some new coverage of Per Eklund’s finish at a European Championship in Hungary.

EC Hungary: 10th place for Eklund!

Eklund is working hard in the economic circumstances and has been hit by the troubles surrounding General Motors and the impact that has had on Saab.“There’s nothing from Saab this year, that is a mess. It looks like it might get sorted out in a few weeks but the Swedish government does not want to give any money to GM, so perhaps Saab will go bust and then start again as a new Swedish company,” said Eklund.
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Saab USA European Delivery Program 1957-2008

Posted on 02. Mar, 2009 by .

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Saab History has recently been contacted by an anonymous source indicating that the Saab Automobile USA European Delivery Program that began in 1957, the first model year for SAAB, imported to the USA, has ended officially at the end of 2008.

The fact that the European Delivery program page on Saab Automobile USA’s website is still there, is irrelevant says the source.

The program was enjoyed by many since it began and over the past few years, there have been some Saab History visitors, Frank Wulfers, Jay Klein, Seth Bengelsdorf to name a few, that have told their story including David Swanson who wrote a book about it!

Even though Saab Automobile USA maintains that they are still “strengthening their EDP program”. it is actually completely over as of last year:

This anonymous and highly credible Saab History source has also provided the following details about the program that are eye opening:

Saab AB never wanted to lose EDP. But it was a struggle from the start with GM. Their goal was to integrate all operations of Saab into GM’s systems.

After asking them for over a year GM finally agreed to have a conference and find out what EDP was all about. Management in Sweden and the US couldn’t get through to them about the profit and incremental sales. It was good for the dealers as well as GM. However, that the implementation of the program was manual became an obstacle they couldn’t get around.

The first hold on the program was not allowing sales of 2008s in May of ’07. 6 months went by then 12 and still GM hadn’t figured out a way integrate EDP into their systems. So no 2009 sales. December of ’08 GM discontinued all sales to military personnel. So, for now no one is minding the store and that’s why the “under review” remains.

Will it ever come back???? All management in Sweden that were involved with EDP have new positions within Saab AB. With no one from Saab pushing for
it, the chances are slim.

In the meantime, here were the last details of the Saab USA European Delivery Program as of 2007.
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