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Saab Rally Team Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .


Photo Credits: Pete Kuncis

The Saab Rally Team here in the North East, are at it again, this time as an entry to the New England Forest Rally here in Maine this Friday, July 17th in Bethel, Maine near Sunday River Ski resort. Their team will be joining the RallyHo! Motorsports team as the only Saab entries in the forest rally.

Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Joshua Jenny, will be taking their 1975 Saab 99 rally car that we’ve seen participate in numerous rallies here in the North East region of the United States over the years. […]

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RallyHo Motorsports Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .


Photo Credit: Rally Ho! Motorsports

Rally Ho! Motorsports of Camden, Maine that I reported on back in 2006, are at it again, this time at the 2010 New England Forest Rally near Sunday River Ski Resort.

On July 16th & 17th, the team will be participating in not a Saab 99 as they previously used, but a 1984 Saab 900, fully outfitted to meet the needs of this international rally scene.

RallyHo Motorsports, have been in the Saab rally scene since the early 1990’s. RallyHo Motorsports consists of Mike White (Driver), John Groo (Driver), Jared Lantzy (Co-Driver) as well as Team Manager Suzanne Dunavent-White and Crew Chief Brett Rudolf.

With the experience, team size and expertise on hand, the RallyHo Motorsports team appears to have a bright future in the Rally Scene in New England. […]

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Saab To Introduce Hatchback After Decade Long Absence

Posted on 21. Jun, 2010 by .


Saab Automobile, known as a historical leader in the hatchback segment of the automotive industry, has not offered a true hatchback model since 2002.

However, with the recent details of the new 9-3 to arrive in 2012, that history of the hatchback, is expected to be continued.

The 28 year history of the hatchback began for Saab in 1974 with the Saab 99 Combi Coupe model and concluded in 2002 with the 9-3 model.

It is logical that Saab is choosing to offer the hatchback in their latest Saab 9-3 model, effectively picking up where they left off a decade ago, in a continuation of the same 9-3 model lineage.

I am very pleased to hear of this good news and look forward to seeing this model come to market in the near future.

How many of you will be interested in buying a hatchback once it becomes available? Please voice your opinions below.

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Mark Kandutsch's 1972 Electric Saab 96 Project

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: M Kandutsch

Saab History has recently had the great opportunity to speak with Mark Kandutsch of Bar Harbor, Maine, who has recently completed a 1972 Saab 96 Electric Vehicle Project.

This project itself, was triggered by the Doctor’s interest in creating an EV project after reading an inspiring article in a do-it-yourself magazine a few years ago where Electric Vehicle’s (EV) were featured. The project looked easy enough on paper, so the brainstorming began.

Choosing The Vehicle

Mark had previously owned Saab 99’s and 900’s over the years. His previous experience, coupled with specific needs for a vehicle that was streamlined, had no power steering and was lightweight, and without knowing about other Saab 96 EV projects like Brandon’s or Christen’s 96, he chose a 1972 Saab 96 that was for sale in the local classifieds.

Restoring & Converting The Saab 96

The 1972 Saab 96 that was chosen needed a lot of body work, so Mark spent most of his time and energy restoring the body of the vehicle complete with a new paint job and fitting “lightening bolt” on the rear trunk symbolizing the electrical energy driving this vehicle. The project began in September of 2008 and was completed in March of 2009. Mark indicates that at least four to five out of the seven months were devoted towards the body work where 2 to 3 were spent on the actual EV conversion process. He believes that if he were doing another project, he’d be able to do the conversion in about half that time being 1.5 months.

Daily Operation Of The Saab 96 EV

Since the restoration was completed in March, Mark has used the vehicle as his daily driver to and from work which is 10 miles round-trip. He does not drive the vehicle in the winter as the salt roads cause serious rust and he was not interested in reversing the restoration of his beautiful Saab 96 EV. In a given week, he can go up to 40 miles on a single charge with his current battery setup. Mark admits that he feels more comfortable charging the vehicle daily or every few days just in case he needs to make the unexpected errands going either to or from work.

Charging of the Saab 96 EV

The current charging device used to power all batteries at the same time, is powered 100% by the grid. While Mark does have solar panels on his house, they are not the latest in Photovoltaic technology and therefore aren’t capable of providing the necessary electricity needed for the charge. A typical daily charge would be about 2 hours after work, and if the batteries are fully discharged it would be about 3.5 hours max.

Another Saab EV Success Story In The Making

Today, Mark has driven the vehicle approximately 5,000 miles and has never had to walk home due his use of electrical power guages that he’s currently upgrading which will soon include the ability to monitor miles per kWh.

For more details on Mark’s 1972 Saab 96 EV project, please check out more photos and details on EV Maine.

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

Posted on 10. Nov, 2009 by .


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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Saab History Interviews Simon Padian, Saab Automobile Brand Design Chief At 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted on 18. Sep, 2009 by .


Film Credit: Saab History

Saab History had the great opportunity to interview Simon Padian, Saab Automobile’s Brand Design Chief at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this week.

Padian, this year entered his 20th anniversary with Saab as a designer and has seen just about every change in the Saab brand design program beginning with his first mentor, Bjorn Envall who co-designed the Saab 99 with SAAB’s first designer, Sixten Sason.

A thank to Tynan’s Saab & JMK Saab for making this happen as well as Simon Padian for sharing his time with Saab History.

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The 28 Year History Of The Saab Hatchback (1974-2002)

Posted on 29. Jul, 2009 by .


The Saab 99 Combi Coupe (1974-1978)


The first Saab hatchback came into production as a 1974 model year Saab 99, known as the “Combi Coupe “. The Saab 99 Combi Coupe or Wagonback as it was initially referred to in the U.S., arrived in 1974 following the Saab 98 prototype while it took on the additional characteristics of the 99. The Saab 99 Combi Coupe was designed by Bjorn Envall and was produced in Uusikaupunki, Finland as well as Trollhattan, Sweden. The Saab 99 Combi Coupe” was a hatchback and also known as the Wagonback in the U.S. and was Saab’s first designer, Sixton Sason’s, final project. The hatch system, when open, had a platform that had a flush continuation right to the bumper. This model set the history books as the first true “hatchback” for Saab and the first model is on display today at the Saab Car Museum. This model had a five year run until it was transitioned into the next model in the lineage.

The Saab 900 Hatchback (1979-1993)


The classic Saab 900 or C900 as it is also known, was that next model in the lineage which not only took on similar design characteristics of the 99’s hatchback, it also came in two variations of the hatchback, one being a 3-door coupe, the other being a 5-door sedan. The hatch system was identical to that of the 99, where the platform was flush to the bumper and the seats folded back for a large storage compartment. It did have an optional wiper arm to be affixed to the hatch on certain years. It was the C900 that became the highest selling Saab of all time, and the hatchback itself outselling every other model to this very day. The Saab 900 continued in hatchback form until 1993, when it was replaced with its successor.

The Saab 9000 Hatchback (1985-1992)


The Saab 9000 was a jointly developed project with Fiat & Saab allowed and was the first ever premium mid-sized sedan that was ever produced for the company. The first variant of this model range was the hatchback, which had a three piece glass frame effect, initially with a wrap-around spoiler for the first year. Then the following year, the spoiler was reduced to single spoiler. Beneath the spoiler the rear panel was clean with no lights except for those that illuminated the license plate. Unlike the 900, when the hatch system was open, there was no flush platform to the bumper, it was raised and added depth to the hatch opening. The seats in the Saab 9000 included the ability to fold down completely flat with two twist out brackets and stay clips for a flush platform, without the need for the rear seat rests to be removed. This model’s hatchback system was almost identical for 8 solid years.

The Saab NG900 (1994-1998)


The new generation 900, sometimes referred to as NG or GM 900, replaced the previous model maintaining a hatchback although in a new form. This model in both 3-door and 5-door configurations once again like the C900, however it’s hatchback system was a continuation of what was exhibited in the non-flush platform as depicted in the 9000. The seats could fold down as well, although they would not lie completely flat. The addition of a wiper arm was also standard on both variants of this model. The NG900 was in production for 5 years much like the first hatchback from 1994 until 1998 when it was replaced.

The Saab 9000 CS Hatchback (1993-1998)


In 1993, the previous Saab 9000 was updated to the 9000 CS body style and with that update, its hatchback was also redesigned which included almost a wrap-around rear window including the addition of a wiper arm and continuous tail light cluster as well. The seats in the Saab 9000 included the ability to fold down completely flat with two twist out brackets for a flush platform, however the retaining clips to hold them were removed, and unlike the previous 9000, the head rests were larger and therefore needed to be removed before folding down. This model continued for 6 years. 1998 was the last year the Saab 9000 hatchback.

The Saab 9-3 (1999-2002)


The Saab 9-3 was the last Saab to this very day to have been designed and ultimately produced in a hatchback form, again continuing both variations of a 3-door coupe as well as a 5-door hatchback. This model looked similar to the predecessor, although it had much more refinements. The seats could fold down just as well as the NG900 model, and they too would not lie completely flat. This model concluded in 2002, effectively ending 28 years of hatchbacks for Saab Automobile.

The Saab NG 9-3 (2012- ? )

The next generation Saab 9-3, touted as the “93” harkening back to Saab’s second model introduction back in 1955 is indicated to offer a hatchback. This model will effectively pick up where Saab left off in 2002 when the hatchback was ended, a decade earlier.

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