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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Toronto, Canada

Posted on 24. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Scott Hutchings

Christian of Aktiv Motors has gathered a total of 57 Saabs and over 100 people at their recent SAVE SAAB event today in Toronto!

Great job, impressive work with the signage and large banner! Click here for more photos!

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Swedish Motor Cars Sell Rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible

Posted on 22. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Swedish Motor Cars

Swedish Motor Cars, longtime supporter and advertiser on Saab History, are selling a rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible in silver.

This model year was the first year of the convertible and only 400 of these were ever made. The price is right.

Swedish Motor Cars continue to sell some rare Saabs like the 1993 Saab 900 commemorative edition that just sold to a Saab History frequenter in Toronto back in November.

Please contact them for more details and tell them Ryan at Saab History sent you:

(Serious Inquiries Only)

Swedish Motor Cars
551 North Washington Street
Falls Church Virginia 22046-3536

phone 703.237.0988
fax 703.891.0152

http://www.swedishmotorcars.com

swedishmotorcars@aol.com

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The Saab Club Of North America Presents 2010 SOC

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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The Saab Club Of North America, not to be confused with the new Saab Cars Of North America organization, presents the 2010 Saab Owners Convention.

For more information take a look at their website but also check out the most recent 2009 Saab Owners Convention for those new to these events.

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The Saab Club of North America Presents
the 28th Annual
Saab Owners Convention 2010

Saturday, June 21, 1980 was the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It was also the date of the inaugural “Longest Day at Nelson Ledges” 24 hour race. The country was still in the throes of its second oil crisis, brought about by the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran Iraq war. The sports cars of the day included the Porsche 924, Mazda RX7, and BMW 320, but at the end of the Longest Day, a Saab 900 Turbo was at the head of the pack.

The Saab Club of North America will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Longest Day at Nelson Ledges victory by holding its annual Owners’ Convention in Aurora, Ohio from July 22-25th, 2010. The festivities will commence with an optional Track Day at Nelson Ledges Road Course on Thursday, July 22, where attendees will have the opportunity to drive the very course where Saab’s turbocharged 900 showed its stuff to the country.

The remainder of the Convention will be centered at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, just a half hour’s drive from the track. The kick-off event will be: the optional Sponsor’s Appreciation Dinner held Thursday evening, followed by; technical and historical seminars on Friday and Saturday, Friday and Saturday banquets, the Concours and Group Photo, and Sunday Morning Saab Roundtable and Charity Auction. Self directed Scenic Drives through the surrounding area, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be available to allow participants a view of Northeast Ohio’s most scenic venues.

There are many area attractions for those who wish to include the Owners’ Convention as part of a family vacation. Nearby attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, National Inventors’ Hall of Fame in Akron, Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Hale Farm and Village (a recreation of an 18th century Ohio farming community) in Akron, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (the estate of the Siberling family, founders of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) in Akron, and nearby Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom. Roller coaster fans will find fulfillment at Cedar Point Amusement Park. For baseball fans, the Cleveland Indians will be hosting the Tampa Bay Rays from the 23rd through the 25th and the World Champion New York Yankees from the 26th through the 29th. The IRL will be racing in Toronto, Canada on July 18th.

The 2010 Convention will be the first convention held since Saab’s reorganization under the Koenigsegg Group and the establishment of Saab’s new marketing and support subsidiary, Saab Cars of North America. The new 9-5 will be introduced and available for purchase by then, and the 9-4X will be ready to launch. It will be an exciting time to celebrate Saab’s past and look forward to its future. Please join us.

“As SOC10 planning continues, information on reservation and hotel accommodations will be added at: http://www.saabconvention.com/ If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Stephen Goldberger

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Saab Automobile’s Brand Design Chief Interviewed

Posted on 13. Jul, 2009 by .

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Simon Padian, Saab Automobile AB’s brand design chief, has been recently interviewed by Michael Vaughn of the Toronto, Canada based Globe & Mail news source.

Padian began his career with Saab Automobile AB 18 years ago in May of 1989 as a designer this year, effectively marks his twenty-year anniversary with Saab.

In this interview, Padian responds to a number of questions. There was one question about the Vermont Professors, that I have to chime into here. Today, it is pretty much inaccurate these days with “Vermont” college professors driving Saabs, or even in New England for that matter. College professors rarely fall into the category of well to do “modern individualists” these days, which is the new target audience that Saab Automobile has been pursuing since the late nineties. This is a far cry from the targeted market from before when that reference was more accurate due to the quirky nature of the vehicles, so when the vehicles changed, so did the targeted marketing, and of course the customer base then followed suite.

In the meantime here are a few of the questions and answers, for more please visit the website for the rest.

Vaughan: I’m no designer, but when I see a Saab it seems like I’m looking at the Scandinavian school of minimalism on wheels. I’m sure you don’t take your design cues from an Ikea bookshelf, but what does inspire you when you design a Saab?

Padian: The biggest inspiration for Saab design is our unique heritage and identity.

Did you know that the first Saab vehicle was designed by aircraft engineers who had never built a car? The result was a vehicle that shared many design characteristics of an airplane, including the overall shape of a wing and a “cockpit” that envelops the driver.

Saab has continued to evolve the design language from our aircraft experience, including integrating elements such as wraparound windscreens, joystick air vents, and cockpit-inspired interiors, as well as the intuitive way information is submitted to the driver, night panels, and heated and vented seats that help keep drivers comfortable and focused on the road.

Add to this a Scandinavian design philosophy that emphasizes simplicity and purity in form, colour and function, and you’ve got a Saab.

Vaughan: Saab is one of the smallest auto makers in the world (126,000 cars sold last year), and thus by definition is a niche car. So who are you designing for? Is Saab still for university professors from Vermont?

Padian: Actually, Saabs have proven to be particularly popular with journalists

What’s interesting is that we’ve found that Saab drivers all around the world share a strikingly similar make-up: creative, active, confident, and often entrepreneurial.

These “modern individualists” are the same people designing Saabs, so in essence you can say we’re designing vehicles for ourselves — which makes our jobs very enjoyable.

As for the profs from Vermont, given the personality traits I just described and the climate and recreational activities found in the northeastern United States, I wouldn’t be surprised if they still drive Saabs, but they aren’t the only ones.

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