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Saab-Salomon Partnership Ends In United States In 2009

Posted on 11. Nov, 2008 by .


I have just found out today that the Saab-Salomon Partnership will be ending in United States In 2009, however other European countries will continue where General Motors Europe & Saab Automobile AB is breaking even.

Both Saab & Salomon officially began in 1947, however the Saab-Salomon partnership began in 2001.

In early 2007, the Saab-Salomon partnership had ski events here in the United States, specifically at five participating ski resorts, 2 in the North East, and 3 on the West Coast.

In Janary of 2008, Saab Automobile also had their global launch of the Saab 9-4x BioPower concept in Detroit, Michigan. It was at this location where Saab further illustrated a collaboration with Salomon, specifically on the integrated ski carrier and cabin design of the vehicle along with avid skier, Kaj Zackrisson. At this launch, I filmed and inteviewed Kaj simultaneously while he showed us this Saab-Salomon inspired concept car.

In March of this year, I promoted the Saab-Salomon Aero-X skis at the Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont, a ski resort that formerly worked with Saab USA, and at the time also collaborated with the Saab-Salomon partnership program. At this resort, I was filmed while I skied and promoted both the Saab-Salomon partnership as well as clear indicators that this mountain was in need of a new partner, and that Saab USA’s XWD vehicle was well positioned to partner with them in such a capacity.

Although there has not been a lot of activities here in the United States since 2001, many ski resorts did enjoy the Saab-Salomon partnered activities and events over this time.

As of January 1st, 2009 the Saab-Salomon partnership will officially conclude.

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Saab Extends XWD Cross-Wheel-Drive To 9-3 2.0T Models

Posted on 11. Sep, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

This press release just in from Saab Automobile USA, is the third in a series that have been posted since this summer about the 2.0T models receiving the new haldex XWD Cross-Wheel Drive system.

Saab Automobile Includes XWD for 2.0 engines – July 23rd, 2008

Saab 9-3 XWD offered with greater fuel efficiency – July 13th, 2008

Following the test-drive of the XWD Turbo-X in Boston this past May, I am still looking forward to a real-life test drive of XWD on a 2.0T Saab 9-3 SportCombi and/ Cross-Combi, this winter here on an icy, snowy road en-route to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont to continue another test flight of the Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X Skis.

For Immediate Release — September 15, 2008

Model Year 2009 Portfolio Overview and Pricing


DETROIT — Saab begins the 2009 model year with attractive news for those seeking a vehicle that combines the enhanced functionality of cross-wheel-drive technology, Scandinavian design and an engaging, turbocharged driving experience.

Saab broadens the appeal of its 9-3 range – it’s most popular – for 2009 with available XWD cross-wheel-drive technology on 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models and a new 2.0T “Sport” model. Cross-wheel drive availability started in the 2008 model year with the V-6-equipped 9-3 Aero and the limited-edition Turbo X Sport Sedan and SportCombi.

“True to its Scandinavian origins, Saab has built a large part of its reputation on excellent road manners under difficult driving conditions like rain, sleet and snow,” said Steve Shannon, Saab Automobile USA general manager. “Our new cross-wheel-drive technology, which delivers unprecedented levels of driver involvement and dynamic chassis control, further illustrates Saab’s commitment to offering active safety in sporty, efficient and driver-focused vehicles.”

Saab’s XWD cross-wheel-drive is a pre-emptive, active-on-demand system that is activated only when required, limiting the impact on fuel economy while giving the car a surefooted, dynamic feel that enthusiasts embrace. It is available on all 9-3 models except the Convertible, which has a different floorpan that does not accommodate additional rear-wheel-drive components. The Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD Sport Sedan and SportCombi will come standard with additional equipment such as a winter package, moonroof and automatic transmission, while a 6-speed manual is also available.

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