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Saab History Attending 2010 New York Auto Show

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History is attending the 2010 New York Auto Show on the press days, March 31st & April 1st.

Having attended the 2009 NYIAS for the 9-3x and 2008 NYIAS for the 9-X BioHybrid debuts, I am expecting a good presence this year following Saab’s new start at independence since being purchased by Spyker Cars N.V. last month.

This is a great city and I think that the press and all attendees should expect to be impressed by this year’s auto show. Let’s not forget, New York has a great following of loyal Saab owners and enthusiasts as depicted at the “SAVE SAAB” event in NYC this past January too and of course, Saab USA’s first headquarters was here back in 1956 on Park Avenue.

If you are a member of the press, also attending the show and want to connect, please contact me here and provide me your telephone number in our e-mail.

Here are the details below:

What: New York Auto Show

Where: Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

When: March 31st & April 1st (press days) / 2nd-14th, 2010 (Public Days)

For more information, please visit the New York International Auto Show website directly.

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Where Do You Think SCNA's New HQ Should Be?

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has recently learned that the current Saab Cars North America organization will be out of the GM Renn Cenn by next Friday, March 12th and into their new Headquarters. This is very good news as Saab continues to separate themselves from GM.

That being said, I have previously polled about this, last September prior to learning about the prospective Royal Oak, Michigan location. Today, I want to once again ask you, what location do you think they should relocate to at this time? The location may already be chosen by this time, however I think it’s important to see what you think.

We need to keep in mind that since Saab Automobile’s global headquarters have returned home, that being Trollhättan, Sweden, the same should be said for here in the United States, that in my opinion, being New England.

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.

We all came out in full force to help Save Saab, so our unified voice is once again very important in shaping the future success and direction of Saab.

The results of this poll will show where we believe a truly independent Saab operation should be, in the United States. The key is independent from GM, that being physically far away from the headquarters (ie. not in the same state, etc.)

Here’s the historical information below for your reference:

405 Park Avenue, New York (1956-1961)
100 Waterfront Street New Haven, CT (1961-1971)
60 Marsh Hill Road / 35 Executive Blvd Orange, CT (1972-1992)
Norcross, Georgia (1992-2004)
Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan (2004-2009)

Update: 3.3.2010 6:00PM EST – It’s great to see Orange, Connecticut & Portsmouth, NH neck & neck, with Royal Oak a close second.

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

  • Orange, CT (25%, 53 Votes)
  • Portsmouth, NH (24%, 49 Votes)
  • New York, NY (13%, 28 Votes)
  • Royal Oak, MI (12%, 25 Votes)
  • Atlanta, GA (11%, 22 Votes)
  • Los Angeles, CA (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Minneapolis, MN (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Miami, FL (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Washington, D.C. (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 208

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JMK Saab Participates In NYC "SAVE SAAB" Convoy

Posted on 22. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: JMK Saab

Longtime Saab History site supporter and advertiser, JMK Saab in New Jersey are sending a number of staff members to the “SAVE SAAB” convoy in New York City this weekend.

Here’s their message about their commitment to Saab and this unprecedented global campaign. We’re looking forward to their coverage of the Saabs rolling down Times Square, that will be incredible!

Go JMK Saab!

The reason why we are doing this is because we just want to see our beloved brand saved. We want a chance to continue what we do best and that is to sell and service Saabs. We as a group have all been in this together and it has been a very challenging time. We have had support from our employees and our customers . We want to show what ever support we can. We are fighting for Saab as long as it takes.

Some comments from employees –

– I am here to show my support and allegiance to a car company that I have been affiliated with throughout my career.

– I am here to show people love their SAAB.

– I am a loyal employee and owner of a Saab and would like to see a bright future for this terrific brand.

– I have given 12 years of service to JMK Saab and also an owner of a Saab we deserve our chance.

JMK Saab
345 Route 22 East
Springfield, NJ 07081

Phone: 888-500-9021

http://www.jmksaab.com/

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Saab History Arrives In Detroit Ready To "Save Saab"

Posted on 05. Jan, 2010 by .

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I finally arrived in Detroit late tonight, and will be resting up for a good day tomorrow where I plan to join others for the “Save Saab” gathering.

Some of the Saab enthusiasts will be traveling as far as Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Iowa to attend the “Save Saab” gathering. I want to sincerely thank all of the individuals that are attending, you are really showing your Saab spirit and now the whole world is watching!

For those are unable to attend, particularly here in the United States, please contact your state Senator or U.S. Representative as soon as possible. I managed to connect with my own State Senator, Susan Collins in Maine as she was passing by me in the Airport on my way to Detroit this morning. When I spoke with her, she said she already knows about the ongoing “Save Saab” campaign and said she’s doing all she can. That’s great that one of our Senators is well aware of the initiative, and here’s hoping the rest do too!

I also want to thank the press who are doing a continually outstanding and unprecedented job at reporting this Saab gathering as of late. Please keep up the great coverage and we hope to see many of you in Detroit tomorrow along with us!

I lastly want to thank my contacts recently at GM for being supportive of our initiative and I hope that we’re able to do our very best tomorrow in communicating our message in our gathering outside that Saab needs to be sold.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

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New Salem Saab Acquires Saab History Model Collection

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by .

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New Salem Saab, which has recently been selected as one of the 137 Saab dealerships in the United States to continue with the new Saab Cars North America, has acquired Saab History’s scale model collection.

You may recall that Saab History traveled with New Salem Saab to visit a Koenigsegg dealer in New York recently. This collection of Saab scale cars not only includes just about every model in the lineage, but it also has Koenigsegg CCX to appropriately round out the collection.

Here’s a quote by New Salem Saab’s President, Darryl Carl.

“New Salem Saab finds a parallel in being the second oldest continual exclusive Saab dealer in the States and having a complete collection of Saab models encompassing the same time period.”

“We intent on rallying through this inclimate weather into the new beginning and resurgence with the ownership of Koenigsegg Group AB”

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All New Saab 9-5 Makes North American Debut In Miami

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Etienne Morsa / Saab Huy

On Friday, October 23rd, Saab Cars North America (SCNA), will host a presentation for the North American debut of the all new Saab 9-5 sedan at the South Florida Auto Show in Miami.

I hear that the presentation will be conducted by Mike Colleran, the new Chief Operations Officer of the SCNA. This will be his second public speaking event this year since we last heard him at the 2009 Saab Owners Convention this past August.

At ths show, the all new Saab 9-5 will stand alongside the Saab 9-3x that we saw at the debut in New York, this past April.

I wish Mike Colleran well for his presentation and the public reception of the first look of the all new Saab 9-5 on North American soil.

Here’s the press release from the auto show website directly which states that the all new Saab 9-5 is debuting as a hatchback?

Also making a national debut is the 2010 Saab 9-5. As Saab’s flagship sedan, the 2010 9-5 returns to its roots with the company’s traditional hatchback Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance. With highly efficient, four cylinder turbo engines, the 9-5’s all-turbo powertrain line-up will be able to run on gasoline, E85 or diesel. The 9-5 will also offer high-tech features, including, adaptive Bi-Xenon lighting, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and starting and dynamic parking assistance.

Source: SFIAS

Here’s the press release from Eric Geers in Sweden, perhaps representing Saab Cars North America as the new press contact stateside?

New Saab 9-5 Sedan makes its US premiere at the Miami Auto Show

The all new Saab 9-5 Sedan, making its US premiere at the Miami Auto Show, takes center stage on the Saab stand as the Swedish premium brand celebrates the start of new era.

New Saab 9-5 Sedan makes its US premiere at the Miami Auto Show

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan
Showcasing ‘stand out’ Scandinavian design backed by an array of high-tech functions, Saab’s distinctive new flagship brings a fresh, alternative choice to the premium sedan segment. The clean, ‘organic sculpture’ of the bodywork, with elements inspired by Saab’s award-winning Aero X concept, heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language for the brand.

The spacious, driver-focused cabin features a new iteration of Saab’s signature cockpit layout. Advanced technologies include: an aircraft-like head-up information display (Pilot HUD); adaptive lighting (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and starting; tri-zone air conditioning; dynamic parking assistance and Saab XWD with a rear eLSD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.

The all-turbo powertrain line-up carries forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy, which focuses on responsible performance through the development of small, highly efficient turbocharged engines.

CONTACT(S):
Eric Geers
Tel: +46 703 205490
eric.geers@saab.com

Here are the details.

Miami, Florida – October 23 – November 1, 2009

Saab Exhibit 9:30 a.m.

Miami Beach Convention Center,
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33140

WEBSITE: http://www.sfliautoshow.com/index.html

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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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