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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab In Burlington, Vermont"

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

This past week, I was in nearby Vermont and unlike my visit a few years ago, this time I was impressed by the sheer numbers of Saab models that I noticed. The photo opportunity above for the Saab Sighting of the week, is of a Saab 9-5 Wagon taken near the pedestrian area known as Church Street in Burlington, Vermont. As I was preparing to take the photo, I must have seen at least 5 Saab models pass me as I was taken this photo within the course of 10 minutes, reaffirming that Vermont still has a lot of loyal Saab owners out there.

However, as we know, time passes on and each year we see less and less variety of Saab models on the road. Today, we now usually see just 9-3 and 9-5 models and that is also true for the Saab dealers and independent mechanics that service them. As I learned from visiting a local, longtime Saab independent shop in rural Vermont, it’s the lack of variety that is his biggest challenge as an independent that keeps him from getting as excited as he used to get. This lack of variety is also a challenge for the dealers as well, however these challenges will slowly begin to change as the new product roll out gets fully underway.

Here’s hoping that this variety comes back with this new era of Saab, so we can once again see a noticeable and varied Saab product lineup on the roads again.

I have to say that it is always refreshing to see those colors and varied products at all of the Saab Owners Conventions year after year.

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Dulles International Airport Sells Saab 900 Friction Tester

Posted on 20. Aug, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Dulles International Airport

Dulles International Airport in Virginia has auctioned off their 1990 Saab 900 Turbo that had only 14,909 miles on it for $16,335 USD!

This friction tester like so many others such as Albany,NY, Burlington, Vermont has been in service for years and will hopefully be replaced with another more modern Saab 9-5 Friction tester like the one that Boston, Massachusetts has.

I hope that the lucky bidder finds themselves enjoying this fine piece of machinery with so much life left to it, because they certainly paid a pretty penny for it and it may be one of the most expensive classic 900 purchases in recent years.

For more information and photos of it, please visit the auction website directly while it’s available.

1990 SAAB 900 TURBO | 2.0L | 4-Cylinder

VIN: YS3AL36L3L7024926

Engine: Starts and Runs

Miles: 14,909 !!!

Hours: 207

Keys: YES

This vehicle has been removed from active service as a Runway Surface Friction Tester. It is being sold with the test equipment and manuals seen in the photos.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week “Pr Buz In Portland, Maine”

Posted on 05. May, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

While grocery shopping today, I noticed a beautiful Saab 9-3 5-door hatchback parked in a Hannafords parking lot with the Vermont vanity tags “PR Buz”, so I saw this is a perfect candidate for Saab Sighting of the week!

It’s really nice to see people with exciting vanity plates on their Saabs no matter what. I feel that it somehow sends a message that they like their car enough to feel happy and liberated to tell us about what they do or what they like.

Saab Automobile really needs some “PR Buzz” these days in the United States, hopefully it will be back later this year for the 2009 relaunch I have previously suggested!.

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Saab History Suggests New Saab Automobile North America, Film Promotional Videos In New England For 2009 Relaunch

Posted on 05. May, 2009 by .


As part of my suggested relaunch of Saab Automobile in North America this year, I am suggesting a number of aggressive promotional videos filmed in New England. I see these videos, used in television ads, web videos, make it clear that the Saab Automobile is making ties to re-establish itself as a company once in again where it all started.

I have provided a film made in 1991, where a majority of the scenes were filmed just minutes North of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Saab History’s suggested future home of Saab Automobile in North America.

You will notice that in this film, they film Saabs driving up Kennebunk, York Beach, Portland, and Freeport, Maine including a nice visit to the L.L. Bean heaquarters, a perfect partner for a the new 9-3x cross-combi launch that should take place this fall in New England, and where else to do it in the United States?

It is New England where you drive just a few hours North and have the beautiful fall folliage in Vermont, the white mountains of New Hampshire and the incredible sea coast of Maine, it’s all here in New England.

The timing is right, the location is logical and absolutely perfect for filming, so even more of a reason to relocate to this region in New England and begin filming new promotional videos for the new Saab 9-3x Cross Combi and next generation Saab 9-5, and 9-4x later on.

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New Salem Saab Services Saab Friction Tester – Albany, NY

Posted on 23. Apr, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: New Salem Saab @ Albany Airport

New Salem Saab of Albany, New York, long time Saab History supporter and oldest continually family owned and operated Saab dealership in the North East, has chimed in with their history of servicing the 1986 Saab 900 Turbo Saab Friction Tester at Albany Airport.

I guess Burlington, Vermont and Boston, Massachusetts aren’t the only airports with the Saab Friction Testers here in the North East region of the United States! While Buffalo-Niagara Airport used to have a 1983 Saab 900 Friction Tester, it’s good to hear that it has been restored and is in safe keeping at the Saab USA Heritage Collection!

Darryl Carl, President and owner of New Salem Saab describes their first encounter with the 86 Saab 900 Turbo Friction Tester from nearby Albany County Airport.

“At first we thought it was just another Saab…then we realized it was much more involved, thankfully we have a very competent staff that has been trained to service Saab Friction Testers”..

It’s no surprise that a dealership like this with leadership that ensures proper service training can take care of the nearby Airport’s Saab Friction Tester. After all, this is same dealership that also outfitted Saab 9000 and Saab 9-5 police cars to their local sheriff’s department as well!

In the meantime, I understand that Albany Airport continues to use this 1986 Saab 900 Turbo Friction Tester, they also now own a Saab 9-5 Wagon Friction Tester in service as well! I have sent some inquiries over to them, so I hope to receive some more details and photographs in the near future.

A thank you goes to New Salem Saab for providing this information to Saab History.

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Saab Enthusiast Showcases Saab 9-3 Viggen In Vermont

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .


A Saab enthusiast has recently put together a really well done video showcasing the abilities of the Saab 9-3 Viggen.

This time instead of New Hampshire, this owner shot footage in the beautiful hill country of Vermont.

I wonder if he ever got the chance to experience the Viggen Flight Academy, because he really knows how this car handles!

I just heard from Austin, the person in the film with some background as to why the produced it, etc.

“Thanks for the compliments. The Hotcars.com story is rather long, but basically we were shooting several different videos for the site. In essence, we were trying to create a “show” for the site, but our timing was pretty bad given the economy and the show never took off.

The car was not mine, it belonged to the narrator, Elias. I will probably put you in touch with him, as he is the Saab guy (he almost talked me into a Viggen, but the AWD of the STI was too alluring…). ”

– Austin

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A Winter Driving Review Of The 1997 Saab 9000 CS

Posted on 22. Jan, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

The 1997 Saab 9000 CS is the first Saab we have had in the family purchased this past June from a private sale in which that owner was fortunately the first and only owner.

This model marks a completion of ownership of all 9000 body styles starting with and an 89 9000 CC, as well as an 89 9000 CD, while the body styles were all different, they were similiar in that they were all 5-speed models complete with turbochargers.

I would like to cover this review by highlighting the areas in terms of significant Saab brand pillars below:

The Durability:

This past weekend I embarked with my wife on a journey through the white mountains of Northern New Hampshire with the 9000 CS that currently has over 227,000 miles on the odometer. It was certainly still up to the challenge as you will read further.

The Performance:

The strong, yet slightly tired 2.3 liter turbocharged engine complete with Direct Ignition provided the just enough power for the hill climbing I needed and expected. The suspension system along with truly directional snow tires on steel wheels, provided the agility to make it around the sharp bends on the highway in the icy and snowy conditions without worrying about ruining summer alloy wheels or creating unnecessary vibrations to the suspension bits that all-seasons tires are notorious for.

The Versatility:

In an effort to reduce fuel consumption while adding more security to our belongings, I removed the ski rack from factory drilled holes, thule fairing and ski adapter in favor of inside storage this time around. The skis & snowboard were placed in the trunk through the 40/60 split seats that went perfectly flat, although not as smoothly and well designed as my 1989 9000CC (no need to remove headrest combined with a steel bracket hold on end of seat on this model). This 9000 also has the plastic trunk mat accessory with the 4″ lip surrounds which helped considerably given the mud, snow and ice mixture that our boots, and additional luggage had etc (the current accessories or 3rd party mats are not up to the challenge). This vehicle’s production year marked the beginning of the end of the incredible accessories such as this that the 9000 came with, so hopefully in the future Saab will decide to return to producing these items, now considered rare. The rubber floor mats that I also located, also sadly now rare, continued to provide at a minimum, stellar coverage of snow and ice for both the passenger and driver as we freqently found ourselves in and out of the car to clear off snow, ice and other debris during our travels.

The Safety:

The safety cage and dual airbags on this late-model Saab 9000 made us feel considerably safe, but just knowing about the two miraculous crashes on the bridge in Maine and with the moose in Vermont with a similiar model Saab 9000 CS, made us feel that much safer in this particular model. The heated seats, mirrors, headlight, windshield and rear wiper wash systems ensured that the driver was alert while also having optimum visibility at virtually all times. The integrated cornering fog lights are much less of a maintenance item than the previous 9000’s I have owned and seem to be more durable as a result of the design. In addition, the rear fog light unavailable in 9000 CC and 9000 CD models only available in the 9000 CS models, made me feel more responsible as I provided even more visibility to drivers in the rear of the vehicle.

The Accessibility:

Everything from the HVAC system to the Audio system, and all other critical systems were immediately accessible to me, ensured that my driving experience was safe, secure even in the extreme snow and ice conditions that I encountered.

The Experience:

The experience driving the Saab 9000 CS qualified and quantified the Saab difference systematically through all of the brand pillars and continues to capture the feeling of what makes me a devoted Saab owner and enthusiast.

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Second Generation Saab-Salomon Aero-X Ski Announced

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .



Image Credit: Saab-Salomon

Although the Saab-Salomon partnership is ending in North America in January of 2009, a second generation Aero-X ski has been introduced in jet black, inspired by the Aero-x but with a taste of the Turbo-X.

I had the priviledge to demo the first generation Aero-X Skis that debuted on December 7th, last season at Okemo Mountain in Vermont.

With this product again being only available in Europe, we’ll see how I can do with another demonstration.

It is my hope that I can get the opportunity again to compare these skis to the previous ones again this season.

Below is the press release:


Saab inspired ‘Aero X’ ski with full wood core

On the piste with Saab and Salomon

Scandinavian car brand Saab, renowned for its progressive design, continues its creative partnership with leading sports brand Salomon to bring the newest generation of an innovative ski to the market.

The ‘Salomon Aero X’ ski is inspired by Saab’s award winning Aero X concept car and is an expression of Salomon’s latest technology. These all-rounder skis add a totally new dimension to the performance of carving as they deliver unrivalled control on demand.

Like a car axle, the Aero X skis feature ‘hybrid’ technology so the front and back of the skis have very different functions. The front half of the ski is designed to enable the skier to maximize the turn and gain power through it, allowing the skier to choose and control the radius of their arc.

New for 2009 the Aero X skis is constructed with a full wood core for added stability. The core combines with the double monocoque construction to deliver power with impressive torque. The Salomon Aero X ski range offers maximum performance thrills with full assistance, so that every turn becomes intuitive and skiers can unleash the power while remaining totally in control. Just like Saab cars.

Annika Priou, Manager of Saab Marketing Communications says, “This collaboration is testament to the fact that Saab and Salomon complement each other perfectly and understand each other’s independent-minded target audiences. Both brands are demonstrating what seven years of partnership can bring. Together we present cutting edge design to sporty, activity-related products.”

The Aero X ski is priced at around 799 Euros and will be available in January 2009. For more details visit www.saab.com or www.salomon-sports.com.

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