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For Sale: Saab History Collection Of 1:43 Scale Models

Posted on 10. Nov, 2009 by .

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Saab History is offering up a full collection of 1:43 scale models from 1947 until Present.

This model collection has been built up over the past five years and now it is time to give it up to a good home as a complete set.
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The New Era For Saab Automobile AB 2009 Onward

Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by .

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The recent news marks Saab Automobile AB’s new era of ownership 2009 onward. What will the new era bring with Koenigsegg as owner?

Here’s the Saab History via Saab History for the record.

This ownership began in 1947 when SAAB began an automotive manufacturing facility to offload the facilities and continue the SAAB company after the War.

The SAAB Era 1947-1969

The SAAB era, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktie Bologet had just over 20 years from 1947 until 1969.

The products produced at this time included the SAAB 92A, SAAB 92B, SAAB 93, SAAB 93B, SAAB 93F, SAAB 93 GT750, SAAB 94 (Sonett I), SAAB 95, SAAB 96, SAAB 96 MC850 and SAAB 97 (Sonett II)

The Saab-Scania Era 1969-1989

The Saab-Scania era began in 1969 and went until December of 1989.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 97 (Sonett III), Saab 99, Saab 99 Combi Coupé, Saab 90, Saab 900 , 900 Notchback, 900 Convertible, Saab 600, Saab 9000 CC, and Saab 9000 CD.

The GM/Saab Era 1989 – 2009

The GM/Saab era began in December of 1989 and effectively went until 2009.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 9000 CS, Saab 900 NG, Saab NG Convertible, , Saab 9-5 Sedan, Saab 9-5 Wagon, Saab 9-3, Saab 9-3 Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, Saab 9-2x, Saab 9-7x, Saab 9-3 SS Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Combi, Saab 9-3X Cross-Combi, Saab 9-4x, Saab 9-5 NG.

The New Era For Saab Automonbile /Koenigsegg 2009 – ?

The New Era For Saab Automobile AB should begin in 2009, and will this run for twenty years? Time will certainly tell.

The products possible during this time could be infinate but should reflect their heritage in aircraft design and small car philosophy while being safe and very capable. These products could include a full range of BioPower/ Hybrids, Fully Electric Vehicles, and others just to start with Koenigsegg & Eker’s racing and combined engineering & design prowess.

Ironically, if we look back at all of these eras, we see basically a twenty-year ownership cycle, interesting or what?

During these twenty year cycles, we’ve seen a noticeable trend in global sales as illustrated here as well.

I actually have a sigh of relief now and will be looking forward to the fourth era for the Saab Automobile brand with Koenigsegg.

I hope that you can also use this news for our Saab Automobile brand as good news, so here is to an optimistic future.

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The Shelved Saab 9-5 / Fiat Premium Platform Of 2002

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .

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The Saab 9-5 that debuted in 1997 as a 1998 model year involved many years of product development and testing.

As you may also know, the 9-5 was the successor to the Saab 9000 model that was developed through a joint venture with Fiat / Lancia / Alfa Romeo dating back to the late nineteen seventies, with the Saab 600 as the first model launched from this joint venture.

There were many designers & engineers responsible for the development of the 9-5 such as Tony Catignani to Einar Hareide to Dan Chasins as well as now President of Saab Automobile AB, Jan-Ake Jonsson.

What’s interesting is that the next generation 9-5 which was supposed to debut around 2005, was planned to be developed off of a joint venture Saab 9-5 / Fiat “premium” platform. That was the original plan as Saab history has come to find out. Of course we know that original plan was shelved back in 2002 by General Motors and now the 9-5 continues on wrapping up it’s 12 year tenure with the 2009 Saab 9-5 “griffin edition”.

I would like to know if there are still any lingering products in the future that Fiat & Saab Automobile have developed, who knows, maybe there is a future between them in some fashion?

Here are the some additional details from what someone entered in WikiPedia:

GM/Fiat Premium platform
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The Premium platform is General Motors and Fiat’s high-end automobile platform. The architecture debuted with the Alfa Romeo Brera. Even after the dissolution of the GM/Fiat partnership, both companies retain the rights to continue developing Premium-derived models, though no GM versions are known.

The platform was mainly developed in Sweden by Saab, with input from Alfa Romeo, Holden, and Opel/Vauxhall. Saab stopped development of its Premium automobile in late 2002; the Saab models (the 9X sports car and the replacement for the 9-5 sedan) would have used an entirely different suspension than the Alfa Romeo vehicles, which would have proved too expensive. The platform debuted in 2003 with the Opel Insignia concept car, thought this vehicle was not produced. A planned Buick model was also dropped. In the end, only the Alfa Romeo models moved forward.

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Fiat says needs partner; could that be Saab Automobile?

Posted on 08. Dec, 2008 by .

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Reuters reports that Fiat says they need a partner. So, could that be the beginning of a reconnection to their previous collaboration of the past? That work included the Saab 600 as well as Saab 9000 CC.

As we know from the past, it was logical that following the partnership, Fiat was supposed to be Saab Automobile’s original owner in 1989. However, General Motors came in and purchased them in the 11th hour.

I have sent an e-mail into the folks at Fiat Group ascertaining more details of any possibility of partnering with Saab Automobile and here is their response.

Dear Ryan,

Thank you for your mail and interest in Fiat Group activities.

Most likely, you are referring to Mr. Sergio Marchionne’s interview in today’s “Automotive News Europe”. It’s a matter of fact that Mr. Marchionne comments and remarks dealt with motor industry’s issues on a global scale. Therefore, no reference to any specific partnership can be made and/or speculated about.
Thanks again for your very appreciated interest.
Best regards.

Gualberto Ranieri
VP, Communications, Int’l, FIAT GROUP
250 v. Nizza – 10126 Torino, Italy

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The Eras Of Ownership for SAAB, Saab-Scania, GM/Saab & Koenigsegg-Saab

Posted on 05. Dec, 2008 by .

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The recent news marked a need to communicate the eras of ownership for SAAB, Saab-Scania & GM/Saab so we can see that there is a bright future for Saab, with the proper owners.

This ownership began in 1947 when SAAB began an automotive manufacturing facility to offload the facilities and continue the SAAB company after the War.

The SAAB Era 1947-1969

The SAAB era, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktie Bologet had just over 20 years from 1947 until 1969.

The products produced at this time included the SAAB 92A, SAAB 92B, SAAB 93, SAAB 93B, SAAB 93F, SAAB 93 GT750, SAAB 94 (Sonett I), SAAB 95, SAAB 96, SAAB 96 MC850 and SAAB 97 (Sonett II)

The Saab-Scania Era 1969-1989

The Saab-Scania era began in 1969 and went until December of 1989.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 97 (Sonett III), Saab 99, Saab 99 Combi Coupé, Saab 90, Saab 900 , 900 Notchback, 900 Convertible, Saab 600, Saab 9000 CC, and Saab 9000 CD.

The GM/Saab Era 1989 – 2009

The GM/Saab era began in December of 1989 and effectively went until 2009.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 9000 CS, Saab 900 NG, Saab NG Convertible, , Saab 9-5 Sedan, Saab 9-5 Wagon, Saab 9-3, Saab 9-3 Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, Saab 9-3 SS Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Combi, Saab 9-3X Cross-Combi, Saab 9-5 NG, Saab 9-4x.

The New Era For Saab Automobile / Koenigsegg 2009 – ?

The New Era For Saab Automobile AB should begin in 2009, and will this run for twenty years? Time will certainly tell.

The products possible during this time could be infinite but should reflect their heritage in aircraft design and small car philosophy while being safe and very capable. These products could include a full range of BioPower/ Hybrids, Fully Electric Vehicles, and others just to start.

Ironically, if we look back at all of these eras, we see basically a twenty-year ownership cycle, interesting or what?

During these twenty year cycles, we’ve seen a noticeable trend in global sales as illustrated here as well.

Furthermore, I should state that I am happy that General Motors plans to sell Saab, so I actually have a sigh of relief now and will be looking forward to the fourth era for the Saab Automobile brand.

Saab is well positioned today to become a leader in just about every category that consumers need and want, so here’s hoping that the new owners/investors make certain that Saab returns to the top.

I hope that you can also use this news for our Saab Automobile brand as good news, so here is to an optimistic future.

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The Saab 9000 CC : 1985 – 1992

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9000 was unveiled at the Kolmarden Zoo and game park 24 May 1984, one hour South of Nykoping, Sweden, Saab’s former head office. The 9000 CC was co-developed by Saab-Scania’s Car Division as well as Lancia, Fiat & Alfa-Romeo following the Saab 600.

This model was designed by the Italian, Giorgetto Giugiaro as well as Swedish designer Björn Envall. The 9000 had over 2 million miles of testing and development devoted towards it and was built in both Trollhättan, Sweden as well as Uusikaupunk, Finland

As a tribute to the endurance that this car had, there were numerous tests conducted such as the Talladega “Long Run” in 1986. In 1990, the 9000 also won the guinness book of world records in for distance traveled.

The Saab 9000 began design all the way back in 1974, but was first produced in 1985 and lasted until 1992, until a new CS body style was built. However, some years after the 9000 CC was produced, a 9000 CD showed up in 1988 and was produced until 1997, later to be alongside the CS.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:
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The Saab 600 : 1980-1982

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab-Lancia

The Saab-Lancia 600 was produced from 1980 until 1982. It was a Saab-Scania / Lancia partnership that was created in order to share the financials in creating a platform that would eventually set the stage for the successor, the Saab 9000, three years later.

The Saab 600 was a rebadged Lancia Delta and that set the stage for the Saab-Scania & Fiat-Lancia-Alfa Romeo partnership.

The Saab 600 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, which was a front-wheel drive, 4-door hatchback.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:
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