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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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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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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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Saab History Suggests Saab USA Heritage Collection Cars Return To New England In Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Posted on 12. Aug, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Pease Development, Portsmouth, New Hampshire & Saab History

I have previously mentioned how I hope for a day when the new Saab Automobile USA can relocate back to its roots in New England, much like it’s head office is doing in Trollhattan, Sweden by bringing everything back to the homeland such as the convertible production, ng 9-5 and so on.

Here in the United States, should be no different of a mission. That new office, hopefully at 2 International Drive in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that I mentioned is just half of the story. The other half is where that entire 28-car collection of the Saab USA Heritage Cars will be stored is the other.

As eluded to in the previous writing about the Saab Belgium facility which appears to resemble the original Saab-Scania of America headquarters at 60 Marsh Hill Road in Orange, Connecticut (1972-1992), I see an old aircraft hangar (think “born from jets”), down the street from the 2 International Drive office, just the place for the vehicles. Just think, the cars are right near the office for staff, press and media having immediate access to them anytime they want for test drives and reviews close to breathtaking seacoast drives in Maine or mountainous drives in the nearby White Mountains of New Hampshire, or Green Mountains of Vermont or for their advertising agencies to create promotional videos or print ads. Furthermore, why not keep the Saab USA Press vehicles in there too? The nearby airport is in Manchester, only 45 minutes away. You won’t get that in downtown Detroit or Boston, that’s for sure. Oh, and for added measure, Portsmouth is only just over an hour to L.L. Bean’s main facility where the 9-3x needs to be cross-promoted at launch that I have previously written about.

Here are the details for those folks leading the new Saab Automobile USA organization and would suggest they call them to see about a partial lease of the building for say 5 or 10 years, with the ability to renew. I’m serious, the time to act is now.

AVAILABLE FOR LEASE

200,000 +/- Square Foot Aviation Hangar

Portsmouth International Airport “PSM”

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Fifty miles North of Boston’s Logan Airport and immediately adjacent to Interstate I-95, this former United States Air Force hangar # 227 has been extensively renovated with 38,000+/- square feet of office space, 18,000+/- square feet of maintenance shop areas and parking for over 250 cars.

The hangar consists of 6 large bays with a clear height of 60 feet and 66 feet height at the hangar doors (can accommodate DC-10 or 767 aircraft). A concrete apron area of 8+/- acres is exclusive to the large hangar as well as another 28,000+/- square foot nose dock hangar #229 situated nearby. Also adjacent is a tank farm with 4 tanks totaling 120,000 gallons of fuel and 1 tank with 6,500 gallons of glycol.

PSM has a massive 11,321 foot long runway and a 55,000 square foot International and Domestic terminal complete with US Customs services available on site. For additional hangar information or information about the advantages to doing business in New Hampshire see www.peasedev.org/pease/availableproperties.usp or call David Mullen at 603-433-6088 or e-mail d.mullen@peasedev.org .

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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 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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Saab History’s Hopes Of Saab Automobile North America

Posted on 29. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History (proposed future site of Saab Automobile North America, Inc.)

The future is starting to be written with a new owner for Saab Automobile right around the corner. As it has been said numerous times, Saab Automobile will remain in North America, and I hope for a new “Saab Automobile North America, Inc.” as I am calling it, to be relocated from Detroit back to New England.

I have been doing some site scouting recently and have decided on a new headquarters location for Saab Automobile North America.

This location is in the Pease Airport/Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire right in the tax free sea coast region.

The office space has previously been used by Granite-Embedded and the New England Saab Association, so it’s only suitable for the new Saab Automobile North America, Inc.

Located at an Air Force Base / Industrial Park makes this “Born From Jets” location in the heart of New England on the beautiful sea coast alongside interstate (9-5), the perfect location for the new headquarters.

I also believe that the Saab USA Heritage Center’s press & photo archive as well as media archives should also be relocated here.

Furthermore, the Saab USA Heritage Collection cars should also be relocated and stored at the nearby aircraft hangar at 44 Durham Street also for lease at Pease, which would be appropriate and convenient for the press to drive near the runway, etc.

The site location is too good to pass up and the overhead should not be much for the newly re-established company in the United States.

Here are the details from the Pease Development Group website:

2 International Drive
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

First-class office building totaling 85,000 sq. feet. Premiere location at the gateway to Pease International Tradeport, directly off Route 95 Parking to accommodate 5 spaces per 1,000 sq. feet. Flexible floor plates accommodating tenant’s requirements, subdividable to 3,000 sq. feet. First-class finishes throughout the building. Close to retail shopping, restaurants, banking, day care, and hotels Airport terminal, commercial flights and bus services.

3,793 RSF available 1st floor available

For more information contact
Renee Riedel at Two International Group
(603) 436-8686.

http://www.peasedev.org/pease/availableproperties.asp


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Saab History On Saab Automobile’s Future Possibilities

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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I have been reading the news lately, all of it relating to Saab, and I must say with a new buyer in the realm, and a chance to separate from General Motors, the news actually seems more positive than last year, with this fresh start to 2009.

There is a lot going on right now, combined with the fact that many Saab Automobile executives just finally returned from their long (relative to the U.S.) holidays, which is probably why they have probably been super quiet, but I suspect that we’ll be hearing from them soon enough as February & March come around when they need to submit a strong sustainable plan to General Motors.

What I see that will happen is a gradual succession/de-integration process from General Motors over time. The areas that should not be affected immediately, would include service at the dealership level, parts availability at the dealership and 3rd party vendor level. The areas that should be affected are production (moving 9-5 and 9-3 convertible back) engineering, design, marketing, management (eliminating any GM management from having any decision making abilities at all) and other critical areas moving back to Sweden and out from General Motor’s hands. While operations and the headquarters will regain the talent throughout the departments in house, I do have some questions about what will happen at all of the other international locations such as the importer locations. For instance, will there be a new office for Saab Automobile AB here in the United States (ie. Saab Automobile North America), once GM premium brands have no more Saab responsibiliy? Where would that be located? Who would run and manage it, obviously not anyone from GM. Where would the marketing team come from? Who would be hired? Shouldn’t it be located back in New England, so why not Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s former air base now business park (Born from Jets)? Remember if Saab Automobile AB really needs autonomy, they also need to realize that they will need to ensure that this autonomy takes place globally in an efficently scaled way so that all Saab Automobile AB satellite office’s (global importers) so everyone’s on the same page, at all times. Byproducts of this plan should include dealerships that are more in the loop, at all times, and thus customers as well!

If Saab Automobile AB’s President, Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson believes that separting from General Motors is best, I am trusting his insight here and believe this can happen, so I am eagerly excited as to what this will mean once a good plan is put together and submitted.

There are a lot of possibilities here, and I am hopeful that the results yield some unprecidented changes from disconnecting from General Motors to reconnecting with the way they do best, as an autonomous unit with the freedoms to do what is needed in the global environment today.

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