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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab SportCombi In Spain"

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman, one of the participants that attended the “SAVE SAAB” kickoff event in Detroit this past January, has kindly shared a photo for this week’s “Saab Sighting of the week” at Saab History.

Here’s his quote below describing the photo of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and how he took it. It looks spectacular!

I was traveling in Spain and Scotland the past few weeks and enjoyed seeing a good amount of SAAB’s on the road. Here is a shot of one in Elgin, Scotland. I shot it on my infrared camera. Hope your well, keep up the great work. Thanks, Keith

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Countdown to Launch: New Saab 9-5 Ready to Roll

Posted on 14. Apr, 2010 by .

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Countdown to Launch: New Saab 9-5 Ready to Roll

* More than 500,000 km of chassis testing on European roads
* Handling, ride, refinement assessed across 250 measurement criteria
* Unique challenge of forest test track near Arctic Circle
* Customer order book already open in many markets

From the frozen wastes of northern Sweden to the baking plains of southern Spain, Saab’s chief test driver Peter Johansson and his small team of chassis experts have driven on some of the most challenging roads in Europe to fine-tune the dynamics of the next generation Saab 9-5.

Peter and his team clocked up more than 500,000 kilometers, the equivalent of driving 12 times round the world, in their quest to find the best set-up. That meant optimizing two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, passive and adaptive chassis functions and two steering systems with different brakes, wheel sizes and tires, as well as five powertrain options.

Customers will soon enjoy the results of their work. In many markets, the 9-5 order book is already open and the first deliveries of Saab’s new flagship sedan will begin later this year.

The six-strong driving team focused on a core test fleet of 15 cars, including all the major technical permutations, and established a matrix for evaluating handling, ride and refinement across almost 250 measurement criteria.
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Saab Automobile Cancels Saab 9-5 European Tour

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Etienne Morsa / Saabhuy.net

The all new Saab 9-5 European tour that began in mid-October has apparently come to an abrupt ending.

Saab Automobile has apparently canceled the remaining two stops of Greece & Italy for the all new Saab 9-5’s European tour. The countries that did stay on track as part of this tour included the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary and most recently, Austria.

To end this European tour with only two remaining destinations does not send a good message to the outside public.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29
* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19

* Greece – Nov 26-28 – Cancelled
* Italy – Dec 10-11 – Cancelled

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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Austrian Segment

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Austria

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour has completed the Austrian segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland, Switzerland, Hungary and now Austria.
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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Switzerland Segment

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Switzerland

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes the Switzerland segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland and now Switzerland.

The Switzerland tour took place over 6-days which consisted of a press event, a VIP customer event, and a multi-day event at the auto show.

Throughout all of these events the all new Saab 9-5 Aero & Vector models were present as was the Aero-X concept car.

As a result of this event there were 32 press reps, 60 dealer reps, 1,050 Saab VIP customers and over 60,600 show visitors.

Here are the remaining countries that the all new 9-5 tour will visit by the end of the year.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29

* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19
* Greece – Nov 26-28
* Italy – Dec 10-11

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All New Saab 9-5 Begins Road Tour In Europe

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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The all new Saab 9-5 is beginning its tour of Europe this fall as I previously mentioned starting in the United Kingdom and ending in Italy as part of a global campaign.

While this is very good to hear, what significantly concerns me is that the piece below says the all new Saab 9-5 will be arriving in dealerships a year from now, “late 2010”! I thought this would be at dealerships in the spring of 2010 at the latest. Is this a typo?
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Swedish Radio Reports Swedish Government Automotive Loans Untouched & Still Available

Posted on 31. May, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Swedish Radio

The Swedish Government’s Jöran Hägglund, fighting for Saab Automobile’s survival, says that the Swedish Government loans have been untouched since December, 2008 and are still available according to Swedish Radio.

The folks at the Swedish Government, Saab Automobile are happy to hear that the strict rules for these loans actually had a purpose, to keep the money in Sweden while also keeping them out of General Motor’s hands, who are about to file for bankruptcy this coming week.

Car Industry Funds “Untouched”
Statssekreterare Jöran Hägglund. Foto: Markus Dahlberg/Scanpix.

The Swedish government won’t make it easier for Sweden’s ailing car industry to get money from the support package set up by the government to help car-makers like Volvo and Saab last year.

The 3.4 billion US dollar package was set up just before Christmas, but almost 6 months later not a single penny has been paid out.

Top civil servant at the Ministry for Enterprise, Jöran Hägglund, says he is glad that no money has been handed out yet. He told Swedish Radio News that had the rules been more flexible, then much of the money could have ended up in the central coffers of General Motors in the USA, currently about to apply for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. General Motors is the owner of Saab motors.

The government has not yet applied for funds from the EU’s globalisation fund either, according to Swedish Radio News. Labour Market Minister Sven-Otto Littorin promised to do so back in February, but no application has yet been sent in. The department blames the complicated application procedure for the delay. Finland, Germany, France, Malta and Spain have already received money from the fund.

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Next Generation Saab 9-5 From Saab Barcelona?

Posted on 29. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile Spain / Barcelona

I recall the Saab Automobile importer in Chile recently showed photos of the Saab 9-4x, then their website was mysteriously taken offline within 24 hours of their attempt at breaking some news.

Today, Saab Automobile in Spain (Barcelona to be exact), are almost doing the same thing with a teaser image of a guage cluster from the next generation Saab 9-5.

I wonder when the first images of the next generation Saab 9-5 will be here? I am guessing way before the debut at Frankfurt in September?

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