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Saab History Receives Inquiries On Next Gen Saab 9-3

Posted on 10. May, 2010 by .

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Saab History has started receiving inquiries on the next generation Saab 9-3.

This next generation Saab 9-3, planned for 2012, is expected to be smaller than the current 9-3. In addition, I am hearing that it will be offered with a hatchback, along with Cross Wheel Drive (XWD). I hope that by that time, it can also be offered with two alternate power trains being a hybrid as well as fully electric which should play nicely with Saab’s new “electrified” turbo.

The next generation Saab 9-3 in my opinion, best be made available in the following combination (Small / Hatchback (3 & 5-door)/ XWD / Hybrid & Fully Electric) in order to make the most difference in the marketplace, but don’t take my word for it, please read about this from an inquiry below from Kerstin in California, published with permission. I encourage you to add your comments below to this for what you believe this new model should include.

Ryan –

I am looking forward to buying a new 9-3 sometime in the next couple of years. I’m confused about what the plans are, though, as the NG 9-3 sounds as though it will be much smaller. Do you know what, if anything, will replace the current 9-3?

Also, I have some features I would like in the car. Ideally, I would want the 9-3 to be offered as a five-door hatchback (not a wagon) with manual transmission and AWD. Improved mileage would be good, but probably not a deal-breaker. What would be the best way to send that information to VM and JAJ (or at least to the Saab design team)?

Thank you for any guidance you can provide on the above, and thank you for all your work earlier this year with the site and the Save Saab campaign.

– Kerstin, California

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Saab CEO Receives Swedish Business Award for Outstanding Achievements

Posted on 04. May, 2010 by .

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Saab CEO Receives Swedish Business Award for Outstanding Achievements

Recognition for Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson from Swedish business leaders

Praise for securing Saab’s future and helping maintain the auto industry cluster in west Sweden
Saab and Spyker CEOs address business leaders and media on future of Saab

Trollhättan, Sweden: The professionalism of Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson was recognized today when he received the prestigious annual award for Outstanding Achievements from the West Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

During a deep global recession in the auto industry, Jonsson led Saab Automobile through a restructuring process and protracted sale negotiations that continued for over a year. The future of the company was eventually secured when Saab Automobile was acquired from General Motors by Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands in February this year.

The award recognizes Jonsson’s role in preserving Saab as part of a strong automotive industry cluster in west Sweden. The citation praises him for “standing up for the company in a strenuous, persistent and professional way. His capacity to handle all stakeholders has strengthened his image as a highly respected leader inside Saab. He is a model for others within the West Swedish economy.”

Jonsson received the award from Finn Johnsson, Chairman of the West Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its annual congress in Gothenburg. Victor Muller, Chairman of Saab Automobile and CEO of Spyker Cars N.V., who successfully concluded negotiations with General Motors, was also in attendance.

Jonsson and Muller together addressed the congress, explaining how they fought to save Saab Automobile and the Saab brand, and how they will take the company forward as a profitable, sustainable and independent car maker.

“I am very proud to accept this award,” said Jan Åke Jonsson. “However, it would not have been possible without the commitment and tremendous dedication shown by all Saab employees during such a challenging time in the company’s history.

“We are now all focused together on securing a successful future. With the launch of the all new Saab 9-5 this summer, and work on a number of other exciting new cars going on behind the scenes, our plans are firmly on track.”

Note to Editors:

Saab Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company) – was founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer and revealed its first prototype passenger car 10 years later after the formation of the Saab Car Division. In 1990, Saab Automobile AB was created as a separate company, jointly owned by the Saab Scania Group and General Motors, and became a wholly-owned GM subsidiary in 2000. In February 2010, Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands, acquired the company from GM as an independently-run business.

Saab cars reflect the brand’s unique Scandinavian design ethic, which is fused with its aircraft engineering heritage. The company is a global premium car maker with a distinguished history of innovation. It is recognized for its pioneering role in turbocharging, as well as occupant safety and the introduction of flex-fuel technology through Saab BioPower. Saab Automobile AB currently employs approximately 3,400 staff in Sweden, where it operates world-class production and technical development facilities at its headquarters in Trollhättan, 70 km north of Gothenburg.

Contact:

Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

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Saab Automobile Italy Thank Saab Community

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile Italy are the second importer following Sweden that have thanked the global Saab Community for the “SAVE SAAB” campaign.

This was really nice of them to publicly acknowledge this to go as far as creating a video as well as an entire website showcasing their thanks.

I wonder when other countries will follow suite, specifically here in the United States?

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Saab History Covers Saab Cars North America Open House

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: K Bishop

Saab History’s colleague Carter Bishop, the one that together, worked to ensure that the Save Saab kickoff event in Detroit took place last January, attended the Saab Cars North America open house in Royal Oak, Michigan with his Wife Kassie in my absence.

According to Bishop, the event which went from 5:30pm-7:30pm was very well attended with approximately 200 people from the press, dignitaries in Royal Oak, all of the Saab Cars North America staff and a few from the Saab Community such as the “million mile man” Peter Gilbert who drove all the way from Wisconsin.

The ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted out front of the new entrance to the Royal Oak headquarters by President & COO, Mike Colleran along with the Mayor Jim Ellison and a few other dignitaries such as the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, Mr. Hans J. Pyls and The Honorary Consul of Sweden, Mr. Lennart Johansson.

There were numerous photo opportunities inside and out, including one that included a group photo that Bishop’s Wife Kassie managed to organize on behalf of Saab History. Impressive job and great idea!

This multi-use headquarters facility at 4327 Delemere Court, Royal Oak, Michigan which opened on March 1st, currently staffs approximately 45 employees and is expected to grow up to 60.

I’ll leave the rest of this coverage up to the wonderful photography provided by Bishop’s Wife Kassie. A special thanks to them and everyone else that made last night’s open house, a wonderful event.

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A Summary Of The Saab Dealer Meeting In Boston

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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The U.S. Saab Dealer meeting took place in Boston today and apparently 80% of the national Saab dealer body attended.

These dealer principles got the chance to meet with Victor Muller, Jan Ake Jonsson as well as Mike Colleran.

The items discussed or depicted as part of the meeting involved the following items.

* The Global “Save Saab” Campaign
* No Dealerships would be closing
* Saab 9-5 Sedan (open ) & Completed Saab 9-4x (locked)
* New Saab 9-3 Sketch Shown
* Electrification of the Turbo
* Electric Saabs with Boston Power discussed as well as Saab Hybrids
* Sourcing Power trains & Platforms from other companies than GM.
* Leasing To Return
* 2010 Saab 9-3 Aero Interior upgraded

All in all, the Saab dealers that attended were left with a strong positive opinion about their future supporting Saab and that’s a great start to this new era of independence.

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Erik "On The Roof" Carlsson Turns 81 Years Old

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Legendary Saab rally driver, Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson or “Mr. Saab” to others, turns 81 years old today. Erik “På taket” Carlsson, or in Swedish meaning “on the roof”, was born March 5, 1929 in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The nickname On the roof, apparently originated by from the children’s book, “Karlsson på taket” by Astrid Lindgren. In this book,the Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building. This “on the roof” name was given to Erik Carlsson because he had the infrequent habit of rolling his Saab rally car on its roof.

Erik joined SAAB as a rally driver, just after the first SAAB 92 model was produced and participated in his first rally with it, the Rikspokalen in 1955. Carlsson, married to Pat Moss on March 3rd, 1963, began a relationship that expanded well beyond the homefront. Patt Moss (1934-2008), a younger sister of legendary rally driver, Stirling Moss eventually became Erik Carlsson’s co-pilot through most of his successful rally career.

The early SAABs that Erik Carlsson drove were significantly underutilized two-stroke vehicles that required the driver to keep the high revolutions up while moving, which meant high speeds at all times. When driving these “strokers” at high speeds at all times, Erik Carlsson developed what was called “left foot” braking where you use your left foot to brake while in the same instance, your right foot to maintain the speed at all times.

While Erik Carlsson maintained 1st place in most of his rally circuits, the most notable rally he participated in was the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally where he was victorious.

The year following this victory, both Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss wrote a book called “The Art & Technique of Driving”.

The most recent book on Erik Carlsson’s career was published in 1999, titled “Mr. Saab”. The Mr Saab title was given to Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson by Saab Automobile as he ended his rally career to continue a public relations career for the Swedish car company.

Today, Erik Carlsson has been known to make appearances at various Saab Festivals and Saab Conventions all over the world including the recent Save Saab event in the United Kingdom where he continues to hold the Saab torch. With any luck, maybe you will get a chance to meet this legendary Saab rally champion to thank him for all of the recognition, attention and history he has brought to the Saab Automobile brand ever since.

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The "Save Saab" Gathering In The United Kingdom

Posted on 17. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: UK Saab Club

It was quite impressive to see the U.K. Saab club put together an outstanding turnout, even with Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson in attendance!

Click here for more photographs, absolutely incredible!


Press statement Save Our Saab Support Convoy, 17th January 2010, the follow up

!7th January has been a remarkable day for Saab Supporters all over the world.
In a very short span of time many Convoys have been organised in the period wherein mixed messages from GM made clear that the future of Saab is hanging on a fine thread.
Just before Christmas we heard that GM had not received, from their point of view, realistic bids to ensure a satisfying sale of this beloved brand. Preparations were made to wind production activities and business down.

After that devastating news many loyal followers of Saab decided to organise efforts to have their voice heard and try to do all possible to gain international interest for the survival of this iconic brand that has contributed so much to modern road traffic regarding safety and reliability. Meanwhile several interested parties were reviewing their bids to adjust it and make it more attractive for GM to reconsider sale of Saab.

The strength of the brand has always been the enthusiasm and engineering excellence from engineers, with their technological knowledge based on the highly demanding aerospace industry, mixed with local experience about climatologically and environmentally harsh conditions. Only he who has been confronted with crossing Elks will come up with an Elk test….
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Swedish Government’s Enterprise Minister, Jöran Hagglund Says Saab Has 3 To 5 Serious Bidders

Posted on 02. Apr, 2009 by .

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Dow Jones Swedish Correspondent, Ola Kinnander, indicates in a dialogue with Jöran Hagglund, (the Swedish Government’s State Secretary who is fighting for Saab Automobile’s success) that Saab Automobile has 3-5 serious bidders.

What is interesting about this is that back in December we heard that there were 3 bidders from Jan-Ake Jonsson, then later we heard about 5, then recently 6-8 and then from the union IF Metall, 10!

I am beginning to be less interested in the number of bidders and more interested in who they are already.

Here is the piece below from tMr Kinnander of Wall Street Journal:

Sweden Government Official: 3 To 5 Serious Bidders for GM’s Saab / Dow Jones

By Ola Kinnander ? April 1, 2009

STOCKHOLM – Saab Automobile AB, which owner General Motors Corp. is trying to sell, appears to have attracted between three and five serious bidders,
but its chances of survival remain uncertain, a senior Swedish government official told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday.

He also said the Swedish and German governments have discussed the possibility of merging Saab and Opel, another troubled GM unit, but
decided such a deal wasn’t feasible.

Saab in recent weeks has said that about eight parties have expressed interest in potentially taking over the Swedish car maker.
Joran Hagglund, a state secretary in the Swedish Enterprise Ministry who is the government’s main liaison with the auto industry, said in an
interview that he suspects some rival car makers may signal interest in Saab simply to gain access to its books and research and development plans.

The picture may clear up in a couple of weeks, and then it may show that “between three and five” parties are seriously considering investing in Saab, he said. However, Hagglund doubted whether this interest would be enough to save Saab once GM cuts its ties. “It would be very nice” if Saab could survive, he said. “But the signs point the other way. The auto industry is in free fall. There may be no strong buyers.”

Potential buyers likely can soon choose between several car companies in crisis. “The question then is, does Saab’s concept fit into an interested party’s ideas? I can’t answer that, other than to say that it looks grim,” he said.

Saab in February filed for bankruptcy protection, similar to the Chapter 11 process in the U.S. Saab on Monday will meet with the reconstruction team and representatives of GM and Sweden in a Swedish court to decide whether the reconstruction period, which is set to expire next month, will be extended.

Hagglund said that since GM had paid almost all of the debt owed to Saab’s suppliers, he expected the court to approve Saab’s request for an extension for up to three months more.

He also said he thought it was unlikely that Saab and Opel, GM’s struggling German unit, would team up. The Swedish and German governments have discussed that possibility but “have pretty much concluded that … it’d be pretty difficult to find an owner who wants to go in and own both of these loss-making companies.”

Hagglund reiterated the Swedish government’s stance that it wasn’t interested in owning any auto companies.

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