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Saab Design Center In Trollhattan, Sweden Relaunched

Posted on 01. Sep, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History, 2007

The Saab Design Center has been recently relaunched back in Trollhättan, Sweden according to insiders close to the process as Saab History has recently learned.

This Saab Design Center facility is now located near the Saab Technical Center across the street from the factory, which is the original site for the design center as showcased in the 1999 Promo film with former Saab designers, Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani.

You may recall that four years ago, Saab Automobile’s design team prepared for a relocation to Germany, by initially launching what was known as the Saab Brand Center which was located in Mölnlycke/Pixbo region of Sweden near Goteborg. This Saab Brand Center was established to maintain Saab’s design DNA. A year later, it happened, the team from the Saab Design Center in Trollhattan and their equipment, were relocated to the new GM Europe Design Center in Russelheim, Germany, except the folks at the Saab Brand Center.

Over the course of this year, the GM Europe Design facility has been in the process of relocating back to the Saab Design Center in Trollhättan, Sweden. This facility will not only include the staff that chose to move to Sweden from Germany (unsure if anyone has moved), but also the staff that includes Simon Padian and his brand design team that have recently been consolidated from the Saab Brand Center in Mölnlycke/Pixbo as well.

It’s very encouraging to hear that all of Saab Automobile’s design expertise including the Saab Brand Center, will be one cohesive and integrated unit appropriately located together in Trollhattan, Sweden like it was from the very beginning.

Saab Automobile’s design has returned home, although some close to the matter say it has never really left thanks to the Saab Brand Center launch back in 2005, which maintained the Saab design language ever since. Either way, this is a good day.

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The Shelved Saab 9-5 / Fiat Premium Platform Of 2002

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .

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The Saab 9-5 that debuted in 1997 as a 1998 model year involved many years of product development and testing.

As you may also know, the 9-5 was the successor to the Saab 9000 model that was developed through a joint venture with Fiat / Lancia / Alfa Romeo dating back to the late nineteen seventies, with the Saab 600 as the first model launched from this joint venture.

There were many designers & engineers responsible for the development of the 9-5 such as Tony Catignani to Einar Hareide to Dan Chasins as well as now President of Saab Automobile AB, Jan-Ake Jonsson.

What’s interesting is that the next generation 9-5 which was supposed to debut around 2005, was planned to be developed off of a joint venture Saab 9-5 / Fiat “premium” platform. That was the original plan as Saab history has come to find out. Of course we know that original plan was shelved back in 2002 by General Motors and now the 9-5 continues on wrapping up it’s 12 year tenure with the 2009 Saab 9-5 “griffin edition”.

I would like to know if there are still any lingering products in the future that Fiat & Saab Automobile have developed, who knows, maybe there is a future between them in some fashion?

Here are the some additional details from what someone entered in WikiPedia:

GM/Fiat Premium platform
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Premium platform is General Motors and Fiat’s high-end automobile platform. The architecture debuted with the Alfa Romeo Brera. Even after the dissolution of the GM/Fiat partnership, both companies retain the rights to continue developing Premium-derived models, though no GM versions are known.

The platform was mainly developed in Sweden by Saab, with input from Alfa Romeo, Holden, and Opel/Vauxhall. Saab stopped development of its Premium automobile in late 2002; the Saab models (the 9X sports car and the replacement for the 9-5 sedan) would have used an entirely different suspension than the Alfa Romeo vehicles, which would have proved too expensive. The platform debuted in 2003 with the Opel Insignia concept car, thought this vehicle was not produced. A planned Buick model was also dropped. In the end, only the Alfa Romeo models moved forward.

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The Saab 9-5 Wagon : 1999 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-5 Wagon, a continuation of the 9-5 Sedan lineup, and a throwback to the SAAB 95 (1959-1978), debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998 as a 1999 model year.

The Saab 9-5 wagon was designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani, was also Trollhättan, Sweden.

Over the 9-5’s Wagon’s lifetime, much like the sedan it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 9-5 Sedan : 1998 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-5 Sedan, a successor to the 9000 was first shown in 1997 and made its North American debut at the Saab Owners Convention in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

The Saab 9-5 was highly regarded by the press and came with a first of its kind asymetrically turbocharged V-6 engine. The 9-5, designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani.

Over the 9-5’s lifetime, it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

The Saab 9-5 was manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden for its entire 11 year lifetime.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:
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