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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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Saab Sighting Of The Week, Saab 9-5 Spiritual Successor Of Saab 9000 In Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Posted on 29. Sep, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Carl Levine

Carl Levine, has provided Saab History with a nice Saab Sighting of the week this week. This Saab sighting showcases “spiritual successors”. These being a 1992 Saab 9000 CC to the right, adjacent to a 2004 Saab 9-5 at a parking garage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

As we all know, the Saab 9-5 was developed as the successor to the 9000 and in 1997, they were built side by side at the Saab Factory in Sweden as one was being phased out and the other, phased in.

It’s not often when you see the older 9000 CC models around, especially the few years that the facelifted version was available (1991-1992) in the hatchback model as you see here.

A great find and nice to see it on the road and running today, especially in the suggested new home to Saab Cars North America, Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

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Saab Sighting Of The Week “Manhattan From Trollhattan”

Posted on 22. Sep, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab sighting of the week this week is a 1997 Saab 9000 CS with NH plates “Manhatn”, clearly a reference to a place the owner either lived or wants to live, apparently living in exile in New Hampshire.

What I think is interesting about this vanity plate reference is that Saab also made a connection to this reference in a book published in 2002. This book focused on Saab’s first home, Trollhättan, Sweden in comparison to their first home in the United States, Manhattan, titled “Manhattan / Trollhättan” pictured below.

With Saab returning back to their Swedish Roots in Trollhättan, Sweden, wouldn’t it make sense for their United States roots to follow suit? The recent poll asking Saab History visitors where Saab Cars North America should move their new headquarters to, 2nd place goes to New York, NY

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Saab Belgium Receives Another 2010 9-3x At Facility

Posted on 12. Aug, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Beherman European

Saab Automobile importer, Beherman in Belgium has provided Saab History with a nice photo of another 2010 MY Saab 9-3x that has been delivered to their facility for a customer. This photo visually illustrates the problem free ordering that Saab dealerships have in Belgium at this time.

On a side note, this photo was taken right outside of their facility, which appears to be an old aircraft hangar. This hangar, looks much like the one I identified as a great facility for Saab USA to relocate to at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Wouldn’t it be suiting to get the big SAAB wordmark on this building too, and fit all of the Heritage Collection cars in it easily? Those cars will soon need a new home anyways. Here’s hoping the new Saab USA operations relocate to a facility like this and make it look like what Saab Belgium has done.

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Saab History Regains Enthusiasm With Saab 900 Turbo

Posted on 28. May, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

This past weekend, I managed to get the classic 1992 Saab 900 Turbo out and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of driving it over the course of memorial day weekend with my wife. You should have seen the nods we got on the highway, and interestingly enough, the majority of them from not Saab owners, but Toyota Prius drivers and passengers!

Three days of driving this classic Saab, really brought back the enthusiasm for the 900 Turbo, in contrast to the daily driver 1997 Saab 9000 CS. The handling, the passing ability, the visibility and the turbo rush were all unique characteristics reuniting me with the thrill of driving.

Outside of the driving, I took advantage of the Thule bike rack adapter, thanks to Saab USA parts, to carry our gary fisher mountain bikes for use through some incredible trails in New Hampshire.

The pinnacle of the experience was a trip last taken 10 years ago in a similar Saab 900 to an old drive in movie theater located in Northfield, Massachusetts which has been open almost as long as Saab Automobile has been manufacturing cars. The best moment was just after we arrived where we parked in between a minivan and an SUV. While we finished popping the hatch, folding back the seats and laying down to watch the movie under the stars, my wife said, “Wow, the classic Saab 900 really is the best!” It literally made my weekend!

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Saab Sighting Of The Week “Saab Convertible Leads The Parade”

Posted on 26. May, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab Sighting of the week this week was captured this past weekend in New Hampshire during a parade.

As the parade began, I was delightfully surprised a new generation Saab 900 SE, leading the pack (naturally fitting for Saab).

The Saab Convertible seems to be a given for parades in my opinion, top down, first in line, nice to see so many others think the same way!

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Saab History Suggests New Saab Automobile North America, Film Promotional Videos In New England For 2009 Relaunch

Posted on 05. May, 2009 by .

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As part of my suggested relaunch of Saab Automobile in North America this year, I am suggesting a number of aggressive promotional videos filmed in New England. I see these videos, used in television ads, web videos, make it clear that the Saab Automobile is making ties to re-establish itself as a company once in again where it all started.

I have provided a film made in 1991, where a majority of the scenes were filmed just minutes North of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Saab History’s suggested future home of Saab Automobile in North America.

You will notice that in this film, they film Saabs driving up Kennebunk, York Beach, Portland, and Freeport, Maine including a nice visit to the L.L. Bean heaquarters, a perfect partner for a the new 9-3x cross-combi launch that should take place this fall in New England, and where else to do it in the United States?

It is New England where you drive just a few hours North and have the beautiful fall folliage in Vermont, the white mountains of New Hampshire and the incredible sea coast of Maine, it’s all here in New England.

The timing is right, the location is logical and absolutely perfect for filming, so even more of a reason to relocate to this region in New England and begin filming new promotional videos for the new Saab 9-3x Cross Combi and next generation Saab 9-5, and 9-4x later on.

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