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The Fourth Era For Saab Automobile Has Started

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 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 next era of Saab Spyker Automobiles.

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 Coupe, Saab 90, Saab 900 , 900 Notchback, 900 Convertible, Saab 600, Saab 9000 CC, and Saab 9000 CD.

The GM/Saab Era 1989 – 2010

The GM/Saab era began on December 15th, 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden and effectively went until January 25th, 2010

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, the Saab 9-2x, Saab 9-7x, Saab 9-3 Sport Combi, Saab 9-3X Cross-Combi.

The New Era For Saab Spyker Automobiles 2010 – ?

The new era for Saab Spyker began on January 26th which took place at the Cafe Opera in Stockholm, Sweden.

The first product of this new era will be the all new Saab 9-5, followed by the Saab 9-4x, Saab 9-5 NG Wagon, and then the All new 9-3 and more.

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, along with true hatchbacks and others just to start, with the recent partnerships announced.

Ironically, if we look back at all of these eras, we see basically a twenty-year ownership cycle. During these twenty year cycles, we’ve seen a noticeable trend in global sales as illustrated here as well. I believe from what we know about Saab Spyker plans, they will meet and exceed these previous sales figures in the peak years during their first 2-3 years alone.

We’ve been urging GM to sell Saab for over a year now, and over the past three weeks with the global SAVE SAAB campaign they finally have. While we look forward to the fourth era for the Saab Automobile brand, let’s hope that a deal closing on February 15th becomes another good milestone for the ongoing history of Saab.

Saab is well positioned today to continue as 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, beginning with an immediate global PR campaign leveraging the help of the entire dealer network and the loyal owners and enthusiasts alike.

This is good news for Saab Automobile & Spyker Cars, so here is to a bright future ahead.

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Swedish Motor Cars Sell Rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible

Posted on 22. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Swedish Motor Cars

Swedish Motor Cars, longtime supporter and advertiser on Saab History, are selling a rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible in silver.

This model year was the first year of the convertible and only 400 of these were ever made. The price is right.

Swedish Motor Cars continue to sell some rare Saabs like the 1993 Saab 900 commemorative edition that just sold to a Saab History frequenter in Toronto back in November.

Please contact them for more details and tell them Ryan at Saab History sent you:

(Serious Inquiries Only)

Swedish Motor Cars
551 North Washington Street
Falls Church Virginia 22046-3536

phone 703.237.0988
fax 703.891.0152

http://www.swedishmotorcars.com

swedishmotorcars@aol.com

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Saab History Visits Pioneer Saab Dealership

Posted on 30. Nov, 2009 by .

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Film Credit: Saab History

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Pioneer Saab in South Deerfield, Massachusetts which was the first Saab dealership that I had the opportunity to experience many years ago.

Having grown up Western, Massachusetts and owning my first Saab while experiencing this dealership, I began to realize why many others like me, continued their ownership and loyalty to products that come from Saab Automobile in Sweden. While the products have been great, it was the dealership like Pioneer Saab as I continue to learn, that significantly contributed to keeping me and many others in the region with Saab, over the years.
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Saab Enthusiast Buys Saab 900 From Swedish Motor Cars

Posted on 17. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: James

James from Canada, a big Saab Enthusiast, first contacted me about my 1992 Saab 900 just after the sale was completed, fortunately he was able to secure this sale for the last year of the Saab 900 with site sponsor, Swedish Motor Cars.

900cebadge.jpgThe vehicle that was acquired was a limited edition 141 out of 325 1993 Saab 900 Commemorative edition 3-door hatchback.
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For Sale: Saab History’s Saab Historical Book Collection

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .

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I have put together this entire 44 book collection together over the past 10 years and would like to ensure it goes to a good home.

Interested parties, please contact Saab History at your earliest convenience.
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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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2009 SOC Saab History In Colorado Presentation

Posted on 04. Sep, 2009 by .

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At the 2009 Saab Owners Convention, I moderated a seminar on Saturday morning that consisted of the Saab History in Colorado (1960-Present).

As part of the seminar, I had a number of former presenters from former Saab USA Employees to a representative from the Vail Police Department to discuss and present 4 distinct areas of this history.

I had a great time presenting and thank those that participated in the seminar as well as all those that attended it. I captured the seminar by creating a video above that showcases each powerpoint slide with an audio-only portion of the presentation for ease of listening. The seminar is one hour in length so as time permits, sit back listen and enjoy looking at the photographs and the stories behind then.

Here’s the summary of what was discussed.

Dealerships

Saab has had a very colorful history in Colorado. This history of Saab in Colorado began with one individual. Dick Catron, was the individual that opened the first Saab dealership in 1958 which triggered the growth of the dealership network in Colorado ever since. From 1966 through 1995, Saab had representation is as many as 11 markets in Colorado. Today, there are four Saab dealerships in the state, all attaining excellent market penetration.

Products

In addition to having great dealer representation during this time, there were two significant product launches that helped Saab to become a leader in the Colorado market. At the start there was the addition of the turbo in the late seventies, which made the car a real performer in the high altitudes of Colorado. Next came the Saab convertible, which proved to be a huge success as an all season car. Then came all-wheel drive, and today there’s what’s called cross-wheel drive.

Promotions

Over a period of 25 years, both Aspen and Vail police departments selected Saab as their official police car. This exposure yielded a long-standing and mutually beneficial marketing tool for both parties during that time. Driving through Aspen and Vail, seeing all the police cars was a truly unique experience. Rob McClung Chief of Police in Aspen quoted “The Aspen Police Department has found the Saab far superior to any other vehicle we have tested with respect to its performance under the demanding conditions we encounter in our police service “. Years later, it was a Hollywood film with Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels, that reinforced the continued presence of Saab’s in Colorado on the big screen.

Events
For ten straight years (1982-1991) a national peace officers ski race took place in Colorado, and Saab USA was the main sponsor. It was this event between the ski demographic and the Saab owner that reinforced the connection ever since. In the late nineties, Saab entered their new generation Saab 900 in the Pikes Peak, Colorado challenge on steep gravel roads, which proved to be faster than any other car in its class. This race continued in 2000 and again in 2002 with legendary rally driver, Per Eklund who helped set new historical milestones for Saab racing in Colorado. In the early 2000’s following the Pikes Peak event, Saab launched their first all-wheel drive vehicle at Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado.

While it was impossible to cover all the events of Saab’s history in Colorado here, I did the best job with my colleagues to cover all of the high points.

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Saab History Reviews Saab 9-3 Lynx Yellow Convertible

Posted on 19. Aug, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

At the recent 2009 Saab Owners Convention, Mike Shaw Saab of Denver, Colorado provided Saab History a 2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible in lynx yellow.

The lynx yellow, has a rather historical reference to an earlier Saab 900 Convertible, depicted back in 1991 in “Monte Carlo Yellow”. This throwback color now available in a modern Saab, brings not only the ability for it to stand out amongst the crowd as one of the most identical brands on the road, it now has the best safety as exhibited by the IIHS crash tests to date. The Saab 9-3 Lynx Yellow Edition Convertible began in 2008, and although the Lynx package including spoiler and other amenities were not continued in 2009, the color and wheels were.

I arrived at the dealership on Friday afternoon with my colleague, a former Saab USA employee, where we were greeted by a friendly staff. Making our way over to the convertible, we managed to get two full sets of luggage into the vehicle rather comfortably, as we began to embark on our trip up to the mountains, two hours West of Denver.

As we climbed the intimidating mountains through the rather twisty hillside up and down alongside the river, I was impressed by the braking and the handling on the 17″ wheels that were outfitted as standard and felt rather comfortable as a result. It was a nice feeling given that there were many noticeable runaway truck routes just about every corner, that I could pass by without considering. As we gained more and more altitude, the temperatures began to drop significantly and the impending cloud covers finally unleashed the rain. At this time, there was a decision to make, which recalled a memory of an individual I met approximately 5 years ago at the 2005 Saab Owners Convention in Stratton, Vermont who had a similar encounter with his convertible in the rain as he headed to that convention. That individual, who took the once offered,European Delivery on his 2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible, told me that he never needed to “raise the roof” in order to prevent rain in the cabin just as long as you maintain the proper course and speed. I took this suggestion as we maintained the proper speed limits from Denver to Copper Mountain and never encountered any rain in the cockpit as I had hoped. It was quite an interesting feeling with the cold air and rain around you, uncovered yet extremely comfortable. I have to admit, I did wear a fleece and did turn on the multilevel seat heater a few times probably just by habit not that it was necessary, it just added to already good driving experience.

The driving experience with this Saab 9-3 Convertible seemed to be best represent what a truly wrap-around windscreen was all about with the side windows also up and the top down. As a result of this, I was very much in tune with the natural surroundings much more than I would have been in any other Saab model to date including my 1992 Saab 900 3-door hatchback. Furthermore, the lynx yellow much like the previous colors in the convertible, both electric blue and lime green certainly help all other driver’s sense of awareness of you and your car, maintaining more safety for you as a driver. I must say that although some look at the colors as merely something to satisfy a visual aesthetic, I look at it as analogous to Saab Safety.

When it came to the ability to pass and climb at high altitudes, the right-sized 2.0T 4-cylinder turbocharged engine provided 210 horsepower and 221 foot pounds of torque at only 2500rpm making everything effortless allowing you to focus on the fun of driving, nothing else.

I recall reading in Nines Magazine back in 2006 when the modern Saab 9-3 convertible had it’s 20th anniversary, that Bob Sinclair, the founder of the convertible, was proud of how it has evolved into it’s current form, which began back in 1984 when the first prototype debuted.

The 2009 Saab 9-3 Convertible continues to be built in Graz, Austria since 2004, which was previously built in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Both facilities, have maintained some of the historically best built qualities in the world and the Saab 9-3 convertible built today, reinforces that statistic.

This test drive was my first in a modern 9-3 convertible, and it certainly won’t be my last. A special thanks goes to Mike Shaw Saab for the opportunity.

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1080 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80246-2404
(303) 302-3060

http://www.mikeshawsaab.com

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