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Saab Automobile's Three Months Of Milestones Since Sale

Posted on 22. May, 2010 by .

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On February 23rd, Spyker finalized the purchase of Saab Automobile from General Motors.

A month later, Saab Automobile’s factory restarted and the first production ready 9-5 rolled off the assembly line at the in Trollhattan, Sweden.

In April, Saab’s U.S. operations, Saab Cars North America opened their new headquarters in Royal Oak, Michigan while relaunching their Canadian operations earlier this month.

At the end of May, Saab Automobile plans on officially launching the new 9-5 in Trollhattan, Sweden. It is here when we should expect to see the long awaited $100 million dollar advertising & marketing plan finally commencing since the campaign started last October.

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Saab Cars North America Starts Leasing On MY 2010 9-3

Posted on 13. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Saab Cars North America has started its first leasing event as a new company this week, focusing on the 2010 9-3 models, according to multiple news sources including Automotive news.

I’d be interested in what my favorite Saab, the 9-3x with a manual transmission, will lease for too.

Here’s a snippet of the article by Automotive News on leasing.

DETROIT — Saab Cars North America kicked off its first sales event as a new company today — a leasing program for the 2010 Saab 9-3.

Saab can move on the marketing front now that it has begun slowly building up its U.S. pipeline. The 9-3 has been trickling into the United States since late March. Before that, dealers had not had a shipment of Saab vehicles since last June.

“We had to start from scratch,” said Michael Colleran, COO of Saab Cars North America. “We’ve got a great team in place; we’ve got leasing; we’ve got the pipeline in place, and inventory is rising.”

Saab is offering a 2010 9-3 Sport Sedan 2.0 with automatic transmission for $399 a month with a $3,374 down payment; the term is 48 months. Advertising to promote the lease program will be primarily newspapers, direct mail, digital and social media. Some co-op advertising is planned. The program expires June 1.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100512/RETAIL/100519939/1448#ixzz0npd4APRJ

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Saab Automobile Publishes Saab Magazine Again

Posted on 13. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Saab Automobile has restarted the publishing of their well known “Saab Magazine” once again. The issue we see here was produced in 2009 as recently depicted on Saab’s newsroom website. We should now expect a continuation of this publication as we’ve seen over the years as seen in Saab History’s magazine archive.

To read this issue, please click on the image above or this link here.

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New Start for Saab in the Canadian Marketplace: 2011 Model Year Vehicles to Be Sold in Canada

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America has just issued a press release today, announcing their new start to Saab in Canada.

Embargoed May 11, 2010

New Start for Saab in the Canadian Marketplace: 2011 Model Year Vehicles to Be Sold in Canada

• International Fleet Sales to provide distribution services
• Potential of 20 retail dealers to support network
• All-new 2011 model year vehicles to land in dealership showrooms in the fall of 2010

TORONTO – Saab Cars North America (SCNA) and International Fleet Sales (IFS) announced today the return of Saab to the Canadian marketplace. SCNA and IFS are developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout Canada beginning with 2011 model year vehicles. Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.

“Saab Cars North America is proud to have successfully reached a memorandum of understanding with International Fleet Sales to begin providing high-quality, stylish and trendy Saab vehicles into the Canadian marketplace,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.
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Saab Automobile To Rehire Laid-Off Employees

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile to rehire laid-off employees according to TTELA.

Saab to rehire laid-off workers

Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile has said it will rehire 187 people laid off last April, following negotiations with unions.

The company…..will draw the recruits from a pool of 700 people made redundant in spring 2009. They join 150 staff members re-employed in the autumn.

“We have been negotiating over which people are going to come back. This is decided both by the number of years employed and by competence. A further 10-15 people are probably needed,” said Håkan Skött, chairman of the Saab branch of the Metall trade union….

….In addition to the production workers, a further 50 white-collar workers have been taken on since Spkyer took over. A further 100 office staff are needed, the company says.

“We’re hoping that we will eventually be able to go up to two shifts,” said Skött, who added that he believed it would be difficult to achieve the company’s planned levels of production with only one shift.

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Saab Cars North America To Announce Plan For Canada

Posted on 10. May, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America, Inc. will be holding a press conference tomorrow in Oakville, Ontario as they announce their new distribution plan for Saab in Canada.

The history of Saab in Canada began in 1975 by Scancar in Toronto, so this restart of operations out of Budd’s Saab in Oakville, will be no different.

Let’s support this much anticipated and long awaited restart tomorrow for Saab in Canada!

Here is their media advisory below:

Saab is taking its roots into the future. To learn more about our exciting plans, we warmly invite you to join our leadership team for a press conference and light lunch in Oakville, Ontario, Canada Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Budd’s Saab Dealership
2400 South Service Road West
Oakville, Ontario

Speakers to include:
Victor Muller, Chairman Saab & CEO Spyker Cars NV
Jan Ake Jonsson, CEO Saab Automobile AB
Mike Colleran, President & COO Saab Cars North America

Media Contact: Michele Tinson
Saab Cars North America,
Communications
Cell: 248-408-2231

For more information on Saab, please visit www.media.saab.com

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Saab Automobile Provides 1st Update On Mille Miglia Race

Posted on 07. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Saab Automobile has just posted their first update on the Mille Miglia race since announcing it back on April 25th.

At 20h30 Thursday night this year’s Mille Miglia started in Brecia, Italy. About one hour later both Jan Åke Jonsson and Victor Muller and their co-drivers, the sons Christian respectively Olivier, were on their way on the 350 kilometer long lap to Bologna.

Apart from a problem with the generator on Victor Muller’s car, that was fixed during the night, both the Saab 93’s are running well in this classic rally. Today they are driving from Bologna to Rome and tomorrow the route is Rome-Brecia.

The fact that both the CEO and the Chairman of the Board are attending this rally,gets some attention and they have already been interviewed by i.e Auto Motor & Sport.

Mille Miglia is a big crowd-puller. Famous cars and famous people add the rally zest to the competition and along the roads a lot of people are gathering in big crowds to enjoy classic cars, the atmosphere, the excitement as well as the food and drinks they bring with them.

It is a popular festival that has spectators from all over the world. No one wants to miss Mille Miglia. The big interest for this event is obvious when looking at the numbers of cars applying for taking part in the rally: 1400! Only 375 cars and drivers were selected and among them the two Saab 93’s driven by Muller and Jonsson.

Follow the race at http://www.millemiglia.it/

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Saab & Spyker CEO's Begin First Day Of Mille Miglia Race

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Today marks the beginning of the Mille Miglia race in Italy that both the CEO of Spyker Cars, Victor Muller as well as CEO of Saab Automobile, Jan Ake Jonsson, will be participating in as previously mentioned.

The two of them will be competing in two 1957 SAAB 93 models, along with their son’s as co-pilots, Oliver Muller and Christian Alexander, respectively.

The Mille Miglia clockwise route begins in Brescia then to Rome and returns to Brescia, passing through over seven regions including some of the most scenic cities in Italy such as Bologna, Florence & Rome.

Below is the schedule from the 6th – 8th of May as well as the Route Map. For more details, please visit the Mille Miglia website directly.

THURSDAY 6th MAY
7.30 am – 1.00 pm Cars brought to the Fiera di Brescia.
Welcome coffee, administrative and technical checks, assignation of event numbers and road books.
Parking of trailers and transportation trucks inside the Fiera.
8.30 am – 3.30 pm Cars entered head for Piazza della Loggia for the sealing.
8.30 am – 12.00 noon Cars presented to the public in Piazza della Loggia.
8.30 am – 3.30 pm Cars exhibited in piazzas and specially designated areas of the city centre.
10.00 am Blessing of a representative of the cars in Piazza Paolo VI.
5.30 am – 8.30 pm Buffet dinner at the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia.
7.30 pm Start of the first car from Viale Venezia for the Brescia – Bologna leg and presentation of the cars to the public.
00.30 am Arrival of the first car in Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Galvani in Bologna . Presentation to the public.
Cars parked in the Fiera.
Shuttle service to the various hotels. Welcome snack in hotel rooms with appetizer and fruit. Overnight stay.
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