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Saab Rally Team Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Pete Kuncis

The Saab Rally Team here in the North East, are at it again, this time as an entry to the New England Forest Rally here in Maine this Friday, July 17th in Bethel, Maine near Sunday River Ski resort. Their team will be joining the RallyHo! Motorsports team as the only Saab entries in the forest rally.

Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Joshua Jenny, will be taking their 1975 Saab 99 rally car that we’ve seen participate in numerous rallies here in the North East region of the United States over the years. […]

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RallyHo Motorsports Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Rally Ho! Motorsports

Rally Ho! Motorsports of Camden, Maine that I reported on back in 2006, are at it again, this time at the 2010 New England Forest Rally near Sunday River Ski Resort.

On July 16th & 17th, the team will be participating in not a Saab 99 as they previously used, but a 1984 Saab 900, fully outfitted to meet the needs of this international rally scene.

RallyHo Motorsports, have been in the Saab rally scene since the early 1990’s. RallyHo Motorsports consists of Mike White (Driver), John Groo (Driver), Jared Lantzy (Co-Driver) as well as Team Manager Suzanne Dunavent-White and Crew Chief Brett Rudolf.

With the experience, team size and expertise on hand, the RallyHo Motorsports team appears to have a bright future in the Rally Scene in New England. […]

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Boston University Student Writes About Saab's History

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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Saab History was contacted by Boston University student, Ben Timmins, earlier this year about an article on Saab’s history in the United States. Timmin’s, a Communications major, wanted to learn about Saab’s history, when they started in the United States and why the North East region was and still is very much a strong part of the customer base for the Saab brand. It was an honor to provide him with details about Saab’s stateside history, in which he did a good job in articulating in his article below, republished with permission.

Ben Timmin’s initiative in contacting Saab History, so that he could get the facts about Saab’s past, present and future, is something that the journalism industry today, needs to spend more time doing. As Saab continues this new rebirth period for the brand, it needs more journalists and reporters like Ben spending the time researching, so that they can become more of a credible resource for current, prospective and past Saab customers, that the company hopes to welcome back.

I am delighted to hear that from this article and a few others, Ben Timmins managed to recently secure an internship at a local publication in the greater Boston area.

Let’s wish him well in his new pursuits and thank him for his due diligence and great reporting, your time at Boston University has clearly served you well!

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Saab is back, and they want to build you a car.

March 15, 2010

Throughout the years, Saab owners have had to learn how to pronounce a few odd words like Viggen and SportCombi, but with a little help from a Dutch company, they’re all saying one word this month: sold.

While Saab’s death at the hands of a bankrupt General Motors seemed certain by the winter of 2009, a last minute purchase by Dutch supercar maker Spyker in February saved the Swedish marque and promised to keep the assembly lines—and product development-rolling.

Saab’s near-death experience became another defining event in its 60-year history, but for New Englanders, it also served as a reminder: New England buys more Saabs than any other region in the country, and loves them for reasons as unique as the cars themselves. Saab draws its history in America back to 1956 as the Swedish company sent its first cars to the Port of Hingham, Mass. Saab headquartered its American operations in Connecticut (first in New Haven and then Orange) in the 1970s and 1980s.

Saab’s proximity to the population centers of New England was a big driver of sales, SaabHistory.com editor Ryan Emge said. “Saab’s president at the time was very focused on a strong dealership body, specifically in New England, and he decided to create that body here,” he said. “Ever since then we’ve had the largest number of Saab dealerships per capita compared to the rest of the country.”
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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9000 Taxi Service In Ski Resort Town Of North Conway, New Hampshire"

Posted on 09. Feb, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

Over the past year, I have passed through North Conway, a ski resort town located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and have encountered a few curious Saab sightings each time. These Saab sightings peaked my curiosity because each of the two Saab 9000 models I discovered, had a yellow sign mounted on the roof. As we drove by them, we never got the chance to read what type of business they represented (I initially presumed Pizza Delivery Services), until now.

Today, I decided to explore more deeply into what company was driving these Saabs and that turned out to be a company appropriately called “Fast Taxi”. According to the owner of the Fast Taxi, they own “two Saab 9000 CSE models for taxi services in the greater ski resort area”.

These vehicles have been in use for approximately 5 years now as the current owner has been acquiring the vehicles from the greater Boston area. Apparently the previous owner of these vehicles believed that once the Saab’s hit 100,000 miles, they are no longer useful, the owner of Fast Taxi strongly disagrees. In fact, her vehicles now have over 200,000 miles on them and today, her customers indicate that they continue to enjoy being chauffuered and with the hatchback utility, luggage is never a problem.

This is another one of these great marketing stories for Saab, specifically here in New England. Please expect a follow-up to this Saab Sighting Of The Week.

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The All New Saab 9-5 At The New England Auto Show

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History

Saab History has recently attended the 2009 the New England Auto Show in Boston, Massachusetts to see the all new Saab 9-5. The last time we were at the Boston Auto Show was in the fall of 2007, when the North American premiere of the Turbo-X took place.

Having experienced the global debut of the all new Saab 9-5 back in September, this event was of course a smaller display, naturally as it is a continuation of the North American premiere which began in Miami during October.

Upon entering the show, we headed directly to see the all new Saab 9-5, which was a delight to see. This premiere in Boston, was the first time a new Saab 9-5 was in New England in twelve years. The last time a new Saab 9-5 was shown to the public for the first time in New England was during 1997 Saab Owners Convention in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. […]

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2010 Buick Lacrosse To The 2010 Saab 9-5, A Comparison

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History

As the all new Saab 9-5 has yet to make it to dealerships in the United States at this time, the Buick Lacrosse has as of September.

With this being the case, I decided to visit a local GM dealer here in New England with Carl, to see a production version of the 2010 Buick Lacrosse, the other sister besides the Opel Insignia to the all new Saab 9-5 that debuted last month in Frankfurt simply for comparison sake.

This 2010 Buick Lacrosse is for all intents and purposes a very similar vehicle to the Saab 9-5 inside and out. On the exterior of the vehicle you have to pay more attention to the subtle similarities, while on the interior, the components and designs are unmistakeably identical to that of the Saab 9-5.
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A Reflection Of The 1992 Saab 900 Turbo Project

Posted on 07. Sep, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Ryan / Saab History

This weekend, I finally got the opportunity to take the 1992 Saab 900 Turbo out for the weekend and snap some photos. I must say, this being the third weekend in 2009 to drive the car, totaling 6-days over the course 9-months, I was unsure how I would feel once I get behind the wheel of it. It was a good weekend weather wise before the fall arrived, and it just seemed to be the right time to check it out and drive it for a few days.
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Where Do You Think The New Saab USA HQ Should Be?

Posted on 03. Sep, 2009 by .

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It was suggested by a peer on the phone tonight (a former Saab USA employee) that I post this poll to you about where you think the best location will be for where the new Saab Automobile USA organization should be located.

As you know quite well by now if you are a Saab History frequenter, that I still believe that this new headquarters should be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, both the main office, including the heritage collection and historical archives. This location as I have said would be appropriate for just about every reason imaginable from that heritage collection, their reconnection with their roots starting in New England, where their largest demographic is located, to all of the possible promotional advertising and press opportunities right near the mountains and the coast. It’s cost efficient for business tax reasons, it’s ideal for all of the scenic locations for pr and advertising needs, and logical much like what Sweden is doing by bringing all activities “home”, and that being for Saab in the U.S. is New England, where it all started.

Evidently, according to what I have heard as of late, this process of reconstructing the staff for the new Saab Automobile USA will be done by October 1st, so the question I ask you in a poll is, where should that new location be once they realize that they need to leave their leased space in GM’s world headquarters in Detroit?

When answering, please also post a comment about why you chose what you did.

Where Do You Suggest The New Saab USA HQ Should Be?

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