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Where Is The Hatchback In The Next Generation Saab 9-5

Posted on 23. Jul, 2009 by .

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After looking at what appear to be official photos released by the German Magazine, Autobild, I am wondering where the much rumored hatchback is on the next generation Saab 9-5 Sedan.

As you may have seen in those photos yesterday, there is a trunk, but is that trunk double-hinged like the Skoda Superb in the example above?

I am really enjoying looking at the photos we’ve seen of the ng 9-5, but I have to say, without seeing a hatch is extremely difficult to ignore when just about every other design cue inside and out seems to have been thoroughly examined and explored.

Historically, and I am unsure exactly why this is, but it appears that even beginning with the Saab 99, the idea of a trunk is supposed to be more civilized and premium “upscale”, as shown in the 900 Notchback, 9000 CD, first generation Saab 9-5 and more recently the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. I kind of disagree with this idea, and believe that there are alternatives like the one above that can be serving both needs, for those who both want the appearance and look of a sedan, while having the functionality of a hatchback as well.

It would best service Saab Automobile in my opinion if such an arrangement would be fitted to this next generation Saab 9-5, so here’s some wishful thinking.

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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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Saab History Reviews Saab 9-5 Friction Tester Boston, MA

Posted on 22. Apr, 2009 by .

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The Saab Friction Tester Program has been running with a company called Sarsys in connection with Saab Automobile AB, formerly Saab-Scania AB since the mid-seventies.

12.jpgSarsys with head offices in Trelleborg, Sweden; continue to push the envelope when it comes to intelligent design and engineering of the Saab friction tester systems that are well integrated in the Saab automobiles, in order to keep the runways safe at airports all around the world.

The first Saab friction tester or SFT for short, first debuted in a Saab 99 and since then the it has been outfitted in a Saab 900, 9000, NG900, 9-3 and the 9-5.

Today, there are many Saab Friction Testers in use from an original 1986 Saab 900 in Burlington, Vermont to two facelifted Saab 9-5 SFT’s in Munich, Germany.

41.jpgAccording to rumor, there has been talk about an old Saab 900 that has been operating at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. As part of my quest for more information, I managed to get in touch with the folks that manage Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, Massport to set up a visit to explore this further.

As part of my visit thanks to the folks at Massport after arriving on a SAAB 340, I learned that this rumor was in fact true, however that 1986 Saab 900 was replaced in 2005, with what but another Saab, this time a 2005 Saab 9-5 Wagon/Combi.

This opportunity involved getting the chance to literally be escorted out onto the runway at Logan International Airport with an experienced Saab Friction Tester pilot from Massport. As we drove out onto the runway, I got to learn about not only why the SFT was chosen again due to it’s unique integration of systems that no other competitor has been able to match, but also it’s all-weather abilities that are unique to Saab. The timing of opportunity was done in the spring/summer/fall (maintenance mode) part of the year opposed to the most demanding time, the winter otherwise scheduling may not have permitted.

21.jpgThe runway testing began with an overview on systems, then a run-through on how the systems operated in motion as we drove at a steady 40mph in this rightsized 4-cylinder 2.3t powered Saab 9-5 complete with automatic transmission and paddle shifters.

The object with the friction tester is to be able to accurately report friction coefficients on all of the runways at any given time. The system that is well integrated into the SFT, involves the following.     

* An electronic calibration friction coefficient measuring system with handheld device.
* A 350 gallon water tank spanning rear seats and trunk.
* A hydraulic wheel that is controlled to be raised and lowered onto the runway that sprays water onto the wheel to be measured.
* A reduced fuel tank of only 5 gallons.

After experiencing a few run-throughs of the system in operation from start to finish spanning approximately 1,500 feet on a few runways, I got the surprise of a lifetime. I was handed the keys as I was offered to test drive the Saab Friction Tester myself literally on the same runway at Logan Airport.

scan.jpgAs you will see as part of the video provided, I managed to keep the speed limit around 40 with some variations, I finally got to experience a modern Saab Friction Tester from the driver’s seat.

I have said it before and I will say it again, it continues to make me happy that Saab Automobile, born from jets and known for safety on the roads and in the air, utilizes an automobile to ensure safety for their aircraft counterparts.

It is my hope that my review (writeup & video), not only proves that the rumor that this Saab Friction Tester exists, but it serves as an educational and informational example of the need for Saab Friction Testers at not only Saab’s number one market in the United States (the North East region) but other airports that strongly value safety for any and all of their commercial and freight aircraft.

31.jpgTest driving a Saab Friction Tester at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, a major international airport in that represents a region which has one of the largest amounts of Saabs per capita in the United States was a an opportunity that I will never forget.

I want to thank all of the folks at Massport that managed to take time out of their day to organize the necessary logistics and schedules in order for me to have this experience to share with others here on Saab History.

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Swedens Amazing Auto Mobile Promo Film – 1979

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by .

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In 1979, Saab-Scania had a film created featuring Erik Carlsson showcasing every vehicle from the SAAB 92 to the modern Saab 99.
 
This was one of the first videos donated to Saab History 3 years ago from John Moss, former Technical Training Manager from Saab Cars USA as part of the Saab History film project.

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Help Car Magazine Vote For The Saab 99 Turbo!

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

I have just received a hot tip that Car Magazine is looking to vote for the best “hot hatch” of all time. In their list of nearly 50 makes and models to choose from, the Saab 99 Turbo is listed and at this point is almost holding its own with a near majority of votes.

Please visit their website and vote for the Saab 99 Turbo, to ensure it’s the winner. The poll ends February 1st, so please send this around to everyone you know!

Update: The Saab 99 is still the leader, but a close second from a Lancia Delta may take the lead, so please cast your votes between now and February 1st, to ensure that the Saab 99 makes it to the “hottest hatch’ at Car Magazine’s poll!

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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 99 : 1969 – 1984

Posted on 28. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The Saab 99 debuted at the New York Auto Show in April of 1969 as the successor to the 96. The 99 was initially designed as a larger 96, however over the time this model became the initial signature design and inspiration for future Saab designs of today.

The 99 was final vehicle that the first Saab designer, Sixten Sason’s designed. However, this design was collaborated with Bjorn Enväll and was produced in both Trollhättan, Sweden as well as Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The production of this model began as a 1969 model year and continued until 1984.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:
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Saab Sighting Of The Week “Saab 9-5 At IKEA”

Posted on 18. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

This past week, en-route to Shaw Saab, I managed to spot a beautiful Saab 9-5 perfectly placed in front of IKEA, what a nice visual to round out the day!

As you may know, the Saab 9-5 wagon has been voted as the best Saab for your IKEA trips.

Other vehicles that have proven to be capable, include the 9-3 SportCombi as well as the original Saab 99!

What a great Saab Sighting of the week!

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