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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.

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Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

* Independent Saab strengthens executive team
* New Business and Purchasing Directors appointed
* Both tasked with forging new commercial partnerships

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile is making two key executive appointments, effective 1 April, to exploit new business opportunities as it moves ahead as an independent company.

Martin Larsson, 41, former Executive Director – Purchasing, takes up a newly created role as Executive Director – Business Development, responsible for forging new commercial partnerships for the company. He is succeeded by Kjell-Åke Eriksson, 58, who will lead the purchasing organization while remaining General Manager of Saab Sweden until a replacement is named.

Announcing the directorial appointments today, Saab Automobile President and CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We are now up and running as an independent company with great opportunities to develop new commercial relations with businesses outside the General Motors organization.

“I have great confidence in both Martin and Kjell-Åke as they have the necessary experience, through working for Saab in Sweden and abroad, to build these new alliances.”

The management changes are part of a strengthening of the executive leadership team in Saab Automobile’s development as a stand-alone business. They follow the appointment last week of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

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Erik "On The Roof" Carlsson Turns 81 Years Old

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Legendary Saab rally driver, Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson or “Mr. Saab” to others, turns 81 years old today. Erik “På taket” Carlsson, or in Swedish meaning “on the roof”, was born March 5, 1929 in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The nickname On the roof, apparently originated by from the children’s book, “Karlsson på taket” by Astrid Lindgren. In this book,the Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building. This “on the roof” name was given to Erik Carlsson because he had the infrequent habit of rolling his Saab rally car on its roof.

Erik joined SAAB as a rally driver, just after the first SAAB 92 model was produced and participated in his first rally with it, the Rikspokalen in 1955. Carlsson, married to Pat Moss on March 3rd, 1963, began a relationship that expanded well beyond the homefront. Patt Moss (1934-2008), a younger sister of legendary rally driver, Stirling Moss eventually became Erik Carlsson’s co-pilot through most of his successful rally career.

The early SAABs that Erik Carlsson drove were significantly underutilized two-stroke vehicles that required the driver to keep the high revolutions up while moving, which meant high speeds at all times. When driving these “strokers” at high speeds at all times, Erik Carlsson developed what was called “left foot” braking where you use your left foot to brake while in the same instance, your right foot to maintain the speed at all times.

While Erik Carlsson maintained 1st place in most of his rally circuits, the most notable rally he participated in was the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally where he was victorious.

The year following this victory, both Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss wrote a book called “The Art & Technique of Driving”.

The most recent book on Erik Carlsson’s career was published in 1999, titled “Mr. Saab”. The Mr Saab title was given to Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson by Saab Automobile as he ended his rally career to continue a public relations career for the Swedish car company.

Today, Erik Carlsson has been known to make appearances at various Saab Festivals and Saab Conventions all over the world including the recent Save Saab event in the United Kingdom where he continues to hold the Saab torch. With any luck, maybe you will get a chance to meet this legendary Saab rally champion to thank him for all of the recognition, attention and history he has brought to the Saab Automobile brand ever since.

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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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Where Do You Think SCNA's New HQ Should Be?

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has recently learned that the current Saab Cars North America organization will be out of the GM Renn Cenn by next Friday, March 12th and into their new Headquarters. This is very good news as Saab continues to separate themselves from GM.

That being said, I have previously polled about this, last September prior to learning about the prospective Royal Oak, Michigan location. Today, I want to once again ask you, what location do you think they should relocate to at this time? The location may already be chosen by this time, however I think it’s important to see what you think.

We need to keep in mind that since Saab Automobile’s global headquarters have returned home, that being Trollhättan, Sweden, the same should be said for here in the United States, that in my opinion, being New England.

As you know quite well by now if you are a Saab History frequenter, that I still believe that this new headquarters should be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, both the main office, including the heritage collection and historical archives. This location as I have said would be appropriate for just about every reason imaginable from that heritage collection, their reconnection with their roots starting in New England, where their largest demographic is located, to all of the possible promotional advertising and press opportunities right near the mountains and the coast. It’s cost efficient for business tax reasons, it’s ideal for all of the scenic locations for pr and advertising needs, and logical much like what Sweden is doing by bringing all activities “home”, and that being for Saab in the U.S. is New England, where it all started.

We all came out in full force to help Save Saab, so our unified voice is once again very important in shaping the future success and direction of Saab.

The results of this poll will show where we believe a truly independent Saab operation should be, in the United States. The key is independent from GM, that being physically far away from the headquarters (ie. not in the same state, etc.)

Here’s the historical information below for your reference:

405 Park Avenue, New York (1956-1961)
100 Waterfront Street New Haven, CT (1961-1971)
60 Marsh Hill Road / 35 Executive Blvd Orange, CT (1972-1992)
Norcross, Georgia (1992-2004)
Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan (2004-2009)

Update: 3.3.2010 6:00PM EST – It’s great to see Orange, Connecticut & Portsmouth, NH neck & neck, with Royal Oak a close second.

Where Do You Suggest The New Saab USA HQ Should Be?

  • Orange, CT (25%, 53 Votes)
  • Portsmouth, NH (24%, 49 Votes)
  • New York, NY (13%, 28 Votes)
  • Royal Oak, MI (12%, 25 Votes)
  • Atlanta, GA (11%, 22 Votes)
  • Los Angeles, CA (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Minneapolis, MN (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Miami, FL (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Washington, D.C. (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 208

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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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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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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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Victor Muller and Jan Åke Jonsson Meet At Saab Museum Tomorrow At Noon To Talk To Saab Employees

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by .

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Victor Muller and Jan Åke Jonsson Meet At Saab Car Museum Tomorrow At Noon To Talk To Saab Employees.

If you are in the United States and watch to watch this coverage, it’s 6am on the East coast, and 3am for you night owls on the West.

2010-01-26, updated at 22:15

Employees welcome to the general assembly outside the museum

All employees are invited to a summit with Victor Muller and Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Car Museum off at 12.00 tomorrow, Wednesday. Production stopped at. 10:30 for all employees throughout the company to get to the museum. Production resumed on Thursday morning, the usual time. Sodexho will be in place and serve hot drinks and cake as long as there is enough.

NOTE that the parking possibilities are very limited if not non-existent at the museum. We therefore ask you to park some distance from the museum and walk the last bit. Park wherever possible. Do you live in Trollhättan and running, it is good if you can park at home and take you to the museum by public transport or on foot.

Restaurant is open at 10:30 as usual. Although turbo-dining room, open 10:30 for those who want to satisfy your hunger before they get to the museum.

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