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Saab Cars North America Celebrates New Royal Oak HQ

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America issued a media advisory this evening following their open house that they are having a ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming people to join them.

I hope it was a good time as this is another milestone for Saab’s new era of independence here in the United States.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Saab Cars North America Celebrates New Royal Oak Location

Please join employees and the leadership team of Saab Cars North America, The Mayor of Royal Oak, Jim Ellison; The Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, Mr. Hans J. Pyls and The Honorary Consul of Sweden, Mr. Lennart Johansson for a ribbon cutting ceremony and company Open House on April 20, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 4327 Delemere Court
(Between 14 Mile and Normandy Roads)

When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT:
Michele Tinson
Director, Communications
Saab Cars North America
Office: 248-581-0856

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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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Lower CO2 Emissions for Saab 9-3 Convertible

Posted on 11. Apr, 2010 by .

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Lower CO2 Emissions for Saab 9-3 Convertible

* CO2 and fuel consumption for diesel variants cut by seven percent
* Zero to 100 km/h acceleration and top speed unaffected
* Efficiency gains are part of Saab’s EcoPower Technology strategy

Trollhättan, Sweden. Diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Convertibles now offer customers an average seven percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without any noticeable loss in performance.

The improvements are part of Saab’s ongoing EcoPower Technology development strategy, which is focused on optimizing efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Low emission diesel variants with the 150 hp/110 kW, single turbo 1.9-liter engine produce 145 g/km CO2 and fuel consumption of just 5.5 l/100 km over the combined cycle. With 180 hp/132 kW, two-stage turbo power, the figures are improved still further, to 144 g/km and 5.4 l/100 km.

Zero to 100 km/h acceleration and top speed is unchanged, while fifth gear 80-120 km/h times are increased by less than one second. The efficiency gains have been achieved by a series of fine-tuning measures including: the use of wider gear ratios, a longer final drive, idle and low engine speed remapping, and an optimized tire and wheel choice.

Available only with manual transmission, these variants are now built in Trollhättan, Sweden, like all Saabs. In many markets, they offer customers valuable CO2 tax-related benefits and are being introduced alongside 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi diesel models, which already feature the improvements.

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

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Cherry Hill Saab Receives First MY 2010 Saab Deliveries

Posted on 09. Apr, 2010 by .

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Cherry Hill Saab, a longtime Saab History advertiser and supporter who recently attended the New York Auto Show, that will be starting up advertising efforts here again shortly, have just received their first 2010 model year Saab deliveries.

The two deliveries that traveled from Sweden via Wallenius Wilhelmson to the Port of Newark, New Jersey consist of a Saab 9-3 Aero convertible as well as a 2.0T convertible in silver and carbon gray.

Today marked their first new products in over 400 days, a significant milestone for them with their new agreement with the newly created Saab Cars North America organization under Spyker ownership.

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Saab Factory Expected To Ramp Up Production From 100 To 220 Cars Per Day Starting This Month

Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by .

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This week, just a few weeks ago since production restarted, Saab Automobile AB and the union, IF Metall, agreed to reduce employee vacations from 4-weeks to 3-weeks.

This agreement was made as production at the Saab factory is expected to ramp up from 100 vehicles per day to 220 vehicles per day beginning on April 12th.

Here is the rest of the article from Trollhattan, Sweden’s TTELA.

While production started again at Saab a couple weeks ago, it was announced that there could be overtime on Saturdays as the maximum speed on the production line is reached.

The union, IF Metall and the company agreed that there will only be three weeks vacation for employees.

Short holiday for Saab Employees
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It will be a short holiday for all employees in the production of Saab. Earlier negotiations are no longer valid. Rather than stop at the factory shortened from four weeks to three.

– Given that there will be a tough autumn, we had had four weeks, but now we are in a particular location, “says IF Metall’s Chairman Hakan run.
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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-3 In Portland, Maine"

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has discovered yet another small business owner in Portland, Maine that owns a Saab. This business is Brian Boru, a notable Irish Pub located right in the heart of old port in Portland.

I find that now that I walk by this pub, I refer to it as Björn Borg, not just because the owner drives a Saab, but because the crown in the logo reminds me of Sweden’s National Emblem, “Tre Kronor” (Three Crowns).

In the meantime, I’m now going to track down the other Small business owners here that also own Saabs, including the one that drives a similiar 9000 as mine with the license plate “SMALBIZ”.

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Next Gen Saab 9-3 Is More Than 2 Years Into Development

Posted on 03. Mar, 2010 by .

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Edmunds Inside line indicates that the next generation Saab 9-3 is more than two years into development at this time, according to Victor Muller of Spyker Cars.

In addition to this vehicle, Muller indicates that he would also like to build a premium compact vehicle known as the 92.

This is all very good news for future product development at Saab.

TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden — Saab-Spyker chief Victor Muller says he would like the company to build a what he calls a 92, a compact, premium model drawing inspiration from the original 93, “though not a retro design,” he stresses.

The car would be positioned “somewhere north of the Mini” and would need a technical partner for Saab to be able to bring it to market. For this reason, it is not part of the business plan intended to return Saab to profitability by 2016.

However, Muller and Saab CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson say they have been surprised by the level of interest shown by other manufacturers in selling Saab hardware and technology. Jonsson is also hoping to sell Saab expertise, including its experience with turbos, transmissions and gasoline engines.

Muller also says that the next-generation 9-3 is more than two years into development, “with basic engineering done, with two years in which to add more Saab DNA,” before launch. That will have allowed Spyker to get the fully engineered new 9-5, the 9-4X, the 9-3, and a re-equipped factory “for the price of a wind tunnel.”

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Historic SAAB 93 At Geneva Show En Route To Mille Miglia

Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Dimitri Baumgartner & Frederic Demaret Saabhuy.Net

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Saab at Geneva Motor Show 2010

Historic Saab 93 on Show at Geneva en route to Mille Miglia

· Unique heritage: Saab celebrates first major international rally success
· Historic recreation: Saab and Spyker CEOs to run Saab 93s in 2010 Mille Miglia

Saab is celebrating its first major victory in international motor sport by showing a replica of the Saab 93 sedan which won the Finnish 1,000 Lakes Rally in 1957.

With Erik ‘Mr Saab’ Carlsson at the wheel, this historic victory brought international recognition for the Saab brand. It also presaged back-to-back Monte Carlo and a hat-trick of RAC Rally victories that Carlsson would achieve in the early 1960s.

Powered by a 748 cc, three cylinder engine, but weighing only 810 kilos, the Saab 93’s agile handling enabled it to embarrass far more powerful, larger cars. It established a winning ‘David beats Goliath’ formula that was to be a cornerstone of Saab’s rallying success.

mullerThe Saab 93 is now about to see competition action again. The car on show – from Saab’s car museum in Trollhättan, Sweden – will be driven by Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller on Italy’s historic Mille Miglia road race in May. He will be joined by Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson at the wheel of another Saab 93. Both will be following, at a more leisurely pace, in the wheel tracks of the 1000 Lakes winner, which won its class on the same event back in 1957.

“Unique cars like the 93 are a key part of the Saab brand’s wonderful heritage,” said Victor Muller “I shall enjoy driving it and being able to share in some of Saab’s history.”

Between 1955 and 1960, 52.731 Saab 93s were built at Trollhättan. Its frontal styling introduced a new face for Saab, carried forward by the 96 sedan and 95 station wagon which stayed in production until 1980.

Technical data: Saab 93, 1957, Group 2 competition regulations:

Engine: 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engine, 748cc Solex 40 AI carburetor

Power: 55 hp/ DIN / 5.500 rpm (Standard 33 hp/ DIN / 4200 rpm)

Transmission: Front wheel drive, 3/4-spd manual gearbox, freewheel, steering column shift

Body/chassis: Unitary. Front suspension: double A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: rigid, U-shaped rear axle, coil springs. Drum brakes all-round

Dimensions (mm): Length 4.010, Width 1.570, Height 1450 mm, Wheelbase 2.488
Track front/ rear 1,220

Weight: 810 kg

Performance: 0-100 km/h: 13 secs. Top speed: 150 km/h

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