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The All New Saab 9-5 Design Development

Posted on 31. May, 2010 by .



Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

Exterior and Interior Design

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Scandinavian Design Simplicity Has Never Looked This Good

• Saab unveils new era in expressive Scandinavian design
• Delivers on signposts from Aero X concept car
• ‘Organic sculpture’ presents Saab signature design themes
• More spacious, driver-focused cabin

Born and bred in Scandinavia, the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan is a sleek expression of the power of simplicity and heralds the arrival of a new, more assertive design language for the brand.

Forward-looking design that doesn’t ignore where it’s coming from – that sums up the visual appeal of the car. “We are adopting a new vocabulary to tell the story of our brand,” explains Saab Brand Design Chief Simon Padian. ”It gives a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic design cues.”

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The Historical Lineage Of Saab Automobile

Posted on 22. May, 2010 by .


Saab Automobile’s lineage began with the 92001 prototype in 1947, however their first production vehicle, the SAAB 92, produced in 1950, set the stage for what would be referred to Saab’s true lineage. That particular lineage has been followed by the 93, 96, 99, 90, 900, NG900, 9-3, 9-3SS, 9-3x & in 2012 the new 9-3. All of these vehicles follow Saab’s design & engineering philosophy to the core, as right-sized all-season small vehicles.

The other Saab product lineage that has a long history, began all the way back in 1959 as the model 95. That model ran for nearly 20 years until a start of an entirely new design began, although still continuing this lineage. In 1980, Saab partnered with Fiat & Lancia and produced the Saab 600. This vehicle, set the course for Saab 9000 in 1985, which ran for 13 years, finally being replaced with the Saab 9-5 in 1998. Fast forward to today, the all new 9-5 sedan & wagon, continues this particular segment of Saab’s historical product lineage, maintaining these design cues while also reflecting where this particular product segment lineage began, over 50 years ago.

In addition to product development on Saab’s two core lineages resulting in the 9-3 and 9-5 of today , there have been other offshoots over the years, effectively starting a new lineage in various product segments. These vehicles include the Sonett sports cars, the Subaru partnership that resulted in the all-wheel drive 9-2x and then the GM partnership that resulted in the 9-7x SUV and now the 9-4x CUV.

As Saab’s product development continues, it will be very interesting to see all of these product segments expand, in line with each respective Saab lineage.

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Flying Saab Defies Airspace Lockdown

Posted on 27. Apr, 2010 by .


Question: You’re stuck in Stockholm. Your wife is close to giving birth in England. Flight restrictions mean you can’t get a plane home and the train is no use due to the cost and difficulty of making connections. Who can you trust to get you the 1,200 miles home safely?

Answer: Saab – a car with aircraft heritage that you know won’t let you down.

IT consultant Martyn Hobbs had finished a few days of teaching in Sweden and was due to return home to the UK but Iceland’s now infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano had other ideas.
Desperate to get back to his wife Karen and their two children, and with no assurances about when flight restrictions would be lifted, Martyn met the challenge head on and decided he would make the journey by car.
First stop for Martyn was the Swedish version of eBay where he successfully bid 10,000 Swedish Kronor (£900) for a 1988 Saab 9000.
“When I decided I’d be driving 1200 miles across four countries, safety and reliability were obviously key concerns for me but, having previously driven a Saab, I knew that I had made a sound investment,” said Martyn. “This was confirmed when I took it for a test drive and, even though it was over 20 years old, the heated seats were still working!”

Having been cherished by a retired couple who had owned it from new – it was fully taxed with a valid MOT and had been serviced in December – Martyn’s Saab, which he nicknamed Helga, didn’t let him down.

“I even managed to use the cruise control for a few hours while I was driving along the motorway in Denmark which was a huge help.” added Martyn.
Helping to pass the time on his 26 hour journey was an English holidaymaker that Martyn met in his hotel and two stranded Belgian men who he dropped off en route across Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the UK. After finally completing the epic 1200 mile journey, Martyn arrived back in Peterborough to be greeted by hugs and smiles from his relieved wife and their two children.
“It was difficult to know what to do when I was stranded so far away from home but I knew I had to take control and, in the end, everything went to plan. We didn’t even get lost once.” said Martyn.
Next up for Helga is a return trip to Sweden after Martyn agreed that the Saab 9000 would be the perfect first car for his Swedish colleague’s 18-year old son.

“I must admit the car has had a few admirers while being parked up on the drive but I think it’s right that it returns home to a new owner that I know will take very good care of it. I should add that I will be taking a slightly longer ferry trip this time so my petrol costs aren’t quite so high and I’ll be waiting until my wife gives birth before I decide to leave the country again.

“But that won’t be the end of my relationship with Saab. Given my recent experience I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future. I’d love to get back behind the wheel of a Saab and I think I’ll have to organise a test drive just to see how the latest models compare to Helga.” added Martyn.

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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 .



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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Final Saab 9-5 SportCombi Model Rolls Off Assembly Line

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The final 2009 MY Saab 9-5 SportCombi, originally planned to end final production in March, ended today at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

This now concludes all Saab 9-5 production models for the 2009 model year, as the sedan ended this past July.

It was kind of strange, that Saab History heard about this through an rss feed through Swedish publication, Teknikens World instead of directly from Saab Automobile themselves. I would check out the link here for more photos of the car however, it’s interesting.

Update: Saab Automobile Provides Press Release:

Out with the Old, In with the New: Final Current Generation Saab 9-5 Produced

* Last first generation Saab 9-5 rolls off Trollhättan production line
* Almost 500,000 produced since 1997
* Next generation 9-5 being prepared for launch this year

The last current generation Saab 9-5 to be produced, a silver Griffin edition SportCombi, rolled off the assembly line yesterday (1 February) at Saab’s Trollhättan plant in Sweden.

Almost half a million 9-5s have been produced since its launch in 1997 – 252,236 sedans and 231,357 SportCombis. This popular model, soon to be replaced by an all-new generation, introduced a number of industry innovations: active front head restraints (SAHR), ventilated seats, Night Panel instrument dimming, a charcoal interior air filter and Saab BioPower flex-fuel turbo technology.

The last Saab 9-5 is bound for the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, where it will join an illustrious line-up of all Saab’s key models. As it left the assembly line, a new chapter in Saab product history was beginning – the first all-new 9-5 sedans are already being produced at the world class Trollhättan facility ahead of launch later this year.

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The last 9-5: an generation of a rolling band of today

Today at 12.30 last rolled Saab 9-5 from the first generation of the assembly line in Trollhättan. The art world were on hand to immortalize the moment.

World art photographer Glenn Lindberg is currently in Trollhättan, specifically in the Saab factory. Where has he for a little while ago, witnessed the completion of the last Saab 9-5 from the first generation, then the one you see on the pictures above and below.

16 June 1997 rolled off the first 9-5: an of the band. A SportCombi in red metallic with 150-horsepower light-pressure turbo under the hood and manual transmission. Today the car at the Saab museum in Trollhättan, Saab 9-5, which also number 483 593 will do, that is the car that rolled off the tape at 12.30 today, 1 February 2010.

This last copy of the outgoing 9-5 SportCombi is one of the color Snow Silver with a 2.3t BioPower engine of 210 horsepower under the hood. In terms of the equipment contains the most you can think of in a car, that is, leather upholstery, navigator, and much more – just like a Griffin Vector Sport Edition will have.

Saab 9-5 from the first generation produced in just over 12.5 years and during this period, we therefore had time to build 483 593 copies. It is slightly less than what its predecessor managed by Saab 9000, informs Peter Bäckström, head of the Saab museum, us. 9000 was produced in just over 503 000 copies, but it also made it over a slightly longer period, between 1984 and 1998.

We say thanks and farewell to the first generation Saab 9-5, which has done a good job in just over twelve years and welcome the new Saab 9-5 with open arms. And so we hope that the new 9-5, although new it would turn out to be an exceptionally good car, not a long-running series of the same rank as its predecessor.

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The Fourth Era For Saab Automobile Has Started

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 by .



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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Steven Rossi, Fmr. Saab USA PR Chief, Published in NY Times

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by .


Steven Rossi, former Public Relations Director for Saab Cars USA, has recently written a great article about Saab’s History and the cars that people collect today in the New York Times..

Rossi who took over for Lennart Lonnegren in 1990 and continued this role as Public Relations Director up until the a few years after the move to Norcross Georgia in 1994, has a long history with Saab dating back to 1978 as young engineer.

In fact, one of his many humble accomplishments took place before this position. In the early eighties, he worked alongside former Saab-Scania of America President, Bob Sinclair to submit the engineering drawings for what became one of the most iconic products in Saab’s historical portfolio, the Saab Convertible.

As a proud member of the 60-consecutive months of sales led by Bob Sinclair and former national sales director, Sten Helling, Rossi saw not only the convertible but the launch of the Saab 9000 in which he participated in the press event at Talladega Speedway for the “Long Run” in 1986.

Throughout his time with Saab in the United States, he saw many aspects of the business inside and out from engineering to public relations.

Today, he continues to hold the torch as one of the original members of the team that worked in Orange, Connecticut. In fact, he has organized two Saab Reunions in the North East over the past five years for other former employees to gather and reminisce.

I highly suggest you read this piece by Steven Rossi beginning with his opening excerpt below.

SAAB is a relatively young and proudly offbeat automaker, and from the start it has appealed to those who appreciate the unconventional. For aficionados, “Find your own road” was more than a slogan.


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For Sale: Saab History’s Saab Historical Book Collection

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

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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