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Saab Cars North America Continues Onstar Program

Posted on 16. Apr, 2010 by .

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In a surprising move, Saab Cars North America has made a decision to continue to offer Onstar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors Company, to all new 2010 Saab vehicles only sold in the United States.

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Saab to Continue to Offer OnStar Hardware and Service to Customers

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Detroit – Saab Cars North America has reached an agreement with OnStar to continue to offer OnStar subscription service to Saab customers under the automaker’s new owner, Spyker Cars NV. The agreement begins with model year 2010 vehicles and applies to Saab vehicles sold in the United States.

As a standard feature on the Saab 9-3 Aero and the all-new Saab 9-5 models, OnStar continues its tradition of “always being there” with highly trained and knowledgeable OnStar advisors to assist Saab customers when they need it most. The OnStar service is complimentary for one year for Saab customers.

“OnStar is a critical technology that our customers demand and expect,” said Mike Colleran, President and Chief Operating Officer Saab Cars North America. “With this agreement, we look forward to continuing to deliver exceptional service and support for Saab customers.”

OnStar offers a number of industry-first safety and security services like Automatic Crash Response and monthly OnStar Vehicle Diagnostic e-mails. Additionally, OnStar’s Turn-by-Turn Navigation is the only embedded vehicle navigation system that pairs audible directions through vehicle speakers with the support of a live OnStar advisor. OnStar Hands-Free Calling can also make it easy to stay in touch while on the road by allowing drivers to use simple voice commands to connect with others while keeping their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and minds on the drive.
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Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has just received the official press release from Saab Cars North America.

Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters

* Saab Cars North America to reside in Royal Oak, Michigan
* Company to invest $2.4 million to enhance North American Sales and Marketing Operations
* Over 2000 jobs to be retained or created over the next few years

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that its headquarters will reside in Royal Oak, Michigan, creating or retaining approximately 2000 jobs in North America. The company will invest $2.4 million to enhance its U.S. Sales and Marketing operations. Saab Automobile AB was recently purchased by the Dutch automobile company, Spyker Cars NV.

“Saab Cars North America appreciates the assistance and cooperation of the City of Royal Oak and the Governor’s office in helping make the company’s decision a reality during tough economic times,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America. “As a direct result in acquiring local and state assistance, we look forward to renewing our U.S. presence as an independent, premium luxury automotive brand with Swedish heritage while maintaining our loyal following and potentially attracting new customers.”

“From advanced batteries to homeland security and life sciences to building materials, companies across all industry sectors are choosing Michigan for their growth plans, because our state is a great state in which to do business,” Governor Granholm said.

The State of Michigan Economic Development Council worked with the City of Royal Oak to secure the project. Governor Granholm approved a state tax credit, with local contribution by the City of Royal Oak, for a total benefit of $1.4 million over five years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan versus other competing states.

“This is tremendous news for Oakland County. While the county continues to transform into a knowledge-based economy through my Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street and Automation Alley initiatives, the automobile industry still employs a large segment of our workforce. This affirms that we remain the global center of the auto industry. Credit is due to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, my Economic Development Department and Royal Oak,” said L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.

Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92. Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company’s roots as an aircraft maker and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base. GM acquired a 50 percent stake in Saab in 1990 and acquired the balance of Saab in 2000. As part of its strategy to focus on its four strongest brands in the U.S., GM began seeking a buyer for Saab in January 2009, a concerted effort that led to Spyker Cars NV purchasing Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on February 23, 2010.

For more information and a listing of Saab dealerships, please visit the website: www.saabusa.com.

CONTACT:
Michelle Tinson
Saab Cars North America
Phone: 248-705-0604

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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants
* 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms in April

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the U.S. market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

“This pricing action allows Saab to be in-line with the market and maintains accessibility of Saab’s rich Swedish heritage, innovation and responsible performance for our many loyal owners, enthusiasts and potential new customers,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.

Topping the list for 2010 is an all-new 9-3X premium cross-over model. Powered by Saab’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 9-3X offers sporty performance without the typical penalty of high fuel consumption. Add in the standard cross-wheel drive (XWD) with electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) and raised chassis, the 9-3X delivers an all-road driving experience you can take with you no matter where your road leads. The 9-3X starts at $37,800 MSRP.

The 9-3 Sport Sedan is available in two trim levels, 2.0T and Aero, and both can be specified with either front wheel drive or with Saab’s Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) system. Sport Sedan starting prices range from $29,725 MSRP for the 2.0T to $38,940 MSRP for the Aero model. Both cars offer a host of standard equipment with the Aero adding sport-focused features such as 17” alloy wheels, more aggressive front fascia, interior trim with two-tone leather seats, thicker sport steering wheel, a sport tuned chassis, and dual bright exhaust tailpipes. OnStar with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is available on 2.0T models and comes standard on the Aero. A Bose six-CD audio system and XM Satellite Radio are also standard Aero content. Memory driver seat and rear park assist are available on Aero models in the optional Premium Package.
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Victor Muller Takes Delivery Of All New Saab 9-5

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .

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Proud new owner: Victor Muller takes delivery of a new Saab, just 24 hours after completing the purchase of Saab Automobile AB

Outside Saab Automobile’s factory in Trollhättan, Sweden, Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars was handed the keys to a top-of-the-line Saab 9-5 sedan by Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. It is part of an all-new 9-5 product range which will go on sale later this year.

“I am delighted to take delivery of this stunning new car ahead of our customer orders,” said Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV, which yesterday completed the acquisition of Saab Automobile AB from General Motors. “The 9-5 will be the first of three exciting new Saab cars which we plan to launch in the next 16 months”

Muller’s car, powered by a 300 hp 2.8V6, with all-wheel-drive, adaptive chassis control, a head-up information display, a lane departure warning camera and surround sound hi-fi, will spearhead the most sophisticated model range Saab has ever produced.

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Saab Cars North America Post Q & A On Website

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America Post Q & A on their website.

Updated January 28, 2010
GLOBAL BRAND NEWS

Q: What is happening with the sale of Saab?

A: Good news! General Motors and Spyker Cars NV have confirmed that they have reached a binding agreement on the purchase of Saab Automobile AB.

Q: When will the sale be completed?

A: The next step in the process is approval by the European Investment Bank of loans to fund the operation of the new company during the transition. The sale is expected to close in mid-February, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory, government and court approvals.

Q: Will there be any impact to current customers?

A: Our end goal is a seamless transition for current and future customers.

Q: What is the situation with dealers in the USA?

A: All current Saab dealers will be requested to become franchise dealers of Saab Cars NA.
SERVICE AND WARRANTY

Q: I’ve heard that Saab will be under new ownership. What happens to my Saab vehicle warranty and no-charge scheduled maintenance?

A: Saab vehicle coverage will be unchanged. Saab vehicles will continue to be covered by current warranty and service plans, and customers should continue to have their vehicles serviced at Saab dealerships.

Q: Will parts continue to be available for my Saab product?

A: Yes, Saab genuine parts will continue to be available through your authorized Saab dealer and authorized service point. This includes models: 9-2X, 9-3, 9-5, and 9-7X.

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Jan Åke Jonsson & Victor Muller Thank Saab Dealerships

Posted on 28. Jan, 2010 by .

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Jan Åke Jonsson & Victor Muller Thank Saab Dealerships and have reached out with this video above and letter below.

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To: All U.S. Saab Automobile Dealers

As you have heard, GM has announced that it has reached a binding agreement to sell Saab Automobile AB to Spyker Cars NV. Saab Automobile AB will remain the parent company of the newly formed U.S. operating company, Saab Cars North America (SCNA). General Motors, Spyker and the Swedish government worked very hard to create a deal that would secure a future for our unique and iconic brand. All of us are extremely pleased with this outcome. We anticipate closing the sale in the mid-February timeframe subject to certain closing conditions, and applicable regulatory approvals. Please be aware that all wind-down activities have been suspended at this time.

The following is a link to a leadership video from Jan-Ake Jonsson, CEO, Saab Automobile AB and Victor Muller, CEO, Spyker Cars NV with their thoughts for you on the future of a new Saab. The video can be viewed at http://kse.se/saab and no password is required. Please view this video and share it with your teams.

We know you have many questions regarding the new Saab and how it will operate in the U.S. markets. While we cannot possibly answer all those questions in a letter format, I want to let you know now that it is our intent to assign all current Saab dealer contracts to the new SCNA Company at the time of the sale. In the near future, we will schedule an all-dealer conference call to answer as many of your remaining questions as possible.

Thanks for your patience and commitment during this long process and we look forward to creating a new chapter for Saab together with you and your team.

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Spyker Cars CEO, Victor Muller Now In Stockholm

Posted on 22. Jan, 2010 by .

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Saab History has just received direct confirmation from Spyker Cars CEO, Victor Muller, that he is now in Stockholm, as recently reported in Bloomberg.

This is a necessary next step in the ongoing sale process with Saab Automobile & GM. We should expect news shortly following what took place here on Friday, in the next few days.

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Co. and Spyker Cars NV officials met in Stockholm today to review a potential sale of GM’s Saab unit as the parties near an agreement, according to two people familiar with the matter.

GM considers Spyker’s $500 million offer of cash and preferred shares in the new Saab to be adequate, while the companies negotiate terms including those related to production plans, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private

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Spyker Cars, Victor Muller To Speak At NAIAS Tuesday

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Spyker Cars NV

Victor Muller, the CEO of Spyker Cars NV, will be speaking at the North American International Auto Show this Tuesday at 3:05pm as part of the Automotive News World Congress.

If you are new to the entire ongoing sale process with Saab Automobile, it should be mentioned that he has placed three bids for the company with the most recent submitted this past Thursday.

I am looking to find out who will be filming this speaking engagement to see if I can get us a chance to watch it here on SaabHistory.com.

Spyker’s Muller on agenda

On the Tuesday schedule will be Victor Muller, who will speak at 3:05 p.m.

Muller, CEO and founder of the Dutch sports car maker Spyker Cars NV, is involved in a bid to possibly acquire the Saab brand from GM. Spyker has looking at Saab since GM said last month it would wind down its money-losing Swedish brand after two decades of control.

Muller revived the previously dormant Spyker brand in 2000. As CEO, he is responsible for developing and overseeing the direction of the company and serves as the designer of Spyker’s hand-built sports cars: the C8 Aileron, C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder.

Other speakers at this year’s congress include Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, Penske Corp. Chairman Roger Penske and Bo Andersson, chairman of the Russian automaker GAZ Group.

The theme of the Automotive News World Congress is “Navigating the New Automotive Epoch.” The congress is Jan. 12-14 in Detroit during media week of the North American International Auto Show.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100106/OEM02/100109961#ixzz0cM2KnlAR

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