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Saab History Sends Wheels To Viking Wheel Service

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

These wheels, after switching to the winter steel wheels on the 1997 Saab 9000 CS, have been identifed as bent, the gloss removed, tons of noticeable curb rash as you see above, and in need of full straightening and reconditioning inside and out.

This time around, I will be receiving results identical to those on the 1992 900 Turbo, thanks to Viking Wheel Service in Wilmington, Delaware.

Viking Wheel Service, located in the same facility as Sports Car Service, maintain a Saab friendly and knowledgeable service for any and all Saab wheels.

These particular wheels, are basically identical to the previous directional aero wheels, except that instead of being 5 1/2″ wide for the 900, they are 6″ wide due to the fact they are for the Saab 9000.

I am sure that the results of Viking Wheel Service’s work, will once again yield a significantly safer and comfortable driving experience in comparison to what it was last summer and fall after purchasing the car.

If you find yourself looking to ensure a safer and nicer drive due to damaged wheels on your Saab, now is the time to send those wheels to Viking Wheel Service before the summer, and make sure to tell them that Saab History sent you!

To find out more about Viking Wheel Service, click on the link below or the banner ad on the right-hand side of this website.

http://www.vikingwheel.com/

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Jim Crumlish, Saab Cars USA President 1995 – 1996

Posted on 22. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Cars USA, Inc.

In February of 1994, Jim Crumlish took over the position as President and CEO of Saab Cars USA, Inc. and worked in the Norcross-Georgia headquarters.

Jim worked prior to this new position, for four years at Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan, Sweden.

In his new position he was responsible for strengthening both North South America where he saw the introductions of the new generation Saab 900 Convertible as well as the world debut of the 3-door 900 coupe at both the North American International Auto Show as well as the Los Angeles Auto Show.

One vehicle that continues his legacy, was a 1991 Saab 900 Convertible in Cirrus White, made specifically for Jim Crumlish at the Saab factory in Sweden that now resides at Sports Car Service in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jim ended his tenior as President of Saab Cars USA, Inc. and was succeeded by Joel Manby

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GM Permanently Closes Saab 9-7x Plant In December

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .

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As of this Monday morning, General Motors CEO, Rick Wagoner announced the closing of the Saab 9-7x plant in Moraine, Ohio will take place in December.

It should be noted that the Saab 9-7X was introduced in 2004 as a 2005 model year which was Saab Automobile USA’s stop gap measure for model years, 2005 through 2009.

This news is consistent with Kjell-Ã…ke Eriksson’s transition from Saab 9-7x Vehicle Line Director to the Managing Director of Saab Automobile Germany.

It is my understanding that the Saab 9-4x that will be built in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico was to be a seamless transition as a replacement to the 9-7x within the Saab Automobile model lineup, we’ll see as that is expected to arrive in the fall of next year, ultimately leaving Saab with the same product portfolio that they have today.

Below is a snippet from the wire:

WILMINGTON, Del. – General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday before the automaker’s annual meeting in Delaware the plants to be closed are in Oshawa, Ontario; Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wis.; and Toluca, Mexico. He also said the iconic Hummer brand may be discontinued.

Source: Yahoo News

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Saab Trollhättan Factory Utilization Statistics Posted

Posted on 01. Oct, 2008 by .

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Source: Auto News Europe

An anonymous Saab History frequenter has provided me with Auto News Europe citing Price Waterhouse Coopers about Saab Automobile AB Trollhättan’s factory capacity here:

You can see by the report that in 2007, the factory was at 174, 190, and in 2008 it is at 175, 812, and as you will see it was utilized by only 59.29 percent then, and today it is utilized by only 50.76 percent.

I know GM may want to believe that this has to do with global demand but it does not. It was mentioned in this dialog recently that, the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden had a number of new products planned in 2002, which is why the 200,000 units were projected, but since GM cancelled those projects in 2002 from Saab Automobile (ie. the 9-3x Cross-Combi, a 9-3 SS Coupe, etc, ), the factory has been under utilized ever since. This is no surprise, so before we begin to say that this has to do with a lack of global demand..we need to realize that Saab Automobile AB had this planned out, but since multiple projects were cancelled..their factory became obviously under utilized and that is a fact.

However, what will help this situation at this time is the new Saab 9-5 coming next fall, as well as the Saab 9-4x which are being built in Russelheim, Germany & Ramos Arizpe, Mexico respectively.

I have said it before, and I still believe that the next 9-3 should be not only be built in Trollhättan, Sweden, but also at the plant in Wilmington, Delaware, say 100,000 units a factory. This will also help Saab Automobile in the United States with conversion rates, but it will also help Saab Automobile AB in Sweden to allot for the 9-1 compact car to be produced alongside the new 9-3 in Trollhättan.

I leave you with a quote from the article from Auto News Europe:

Forster said GM Europe will build the Saab 9-5 medium-premium and Opel Astra lower-medium cars as well as the Insignia upper-medium car in Rüsselsheim in future to help fill the factory’s capacity. Added Forster: “Most of our plants are pretty full.” One of Europe’s worst performing
factories for capacity use is Volkswagen’s plant at Dresden, Germany, which builds the Phaeton upper-premium car.

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Saab Factory To Stop Production For 10 Days This Fall

Posted on 29. Sep, 2008 by .

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According to IF Metall, the metal union suppliers to Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan, Sweden where the current Saab 9-3 & 9-5 Sport Sedan & Sport Combis are produced, there will be a production stop this fall that may be just under 12 days between October 2nd and November 7th.

Evidently, there are some discussions that have been going on for a number of years now, most notably back during the 2007 Saab Festival. It was at this time where visitors including myself and my fiancee, that travelled many miles across the globe, to arrive at aSaab Factory that was not in operation, due to the factory workers working more time than their union allowed.

The result much like our experience, is an under utilized Saab Factory that so desperately needs to be put into full capacity so that sales across the globe can grow. The last thing Saab Automobile needs right now is an under utilized production facility.

If we look at all of the factors that contribute to underutilization, I see the cost jump scaling back sales in the United States for the new 2008 Saabs as a factor, due to currency exchange rates between Sweden. If we eliminate this cost altogether, sales turn around, we utilize both the Sweden factory for European sales, and create an additional production facility building say the next generation Saab 9-3 or 9-5 in the United States. With General Motors, a global company with global facilities that tout that they can literally “build anything, anywhere”, maybe we should take them up on their offer with economic currency rates killing Saab sales? If you look at their Opel brand, they currently build them in Wilmington, Delaware, and that brand shares a platform with the next generation 9-5, so why not build them there? Wilmington, Delaware was the first port of entry for Swedish Immigrants, so why not be the first port of production for Saab?

If Saab Automobile’s factory in Trollhättan, Sweden continues to be under utilized due to
many factors such as demand as a byproduct of currency rates, etc., maybe an additional production facility running in parallel would not be such a bad idea so that high costs could be removed, and demand would begin to turn around here in the United States.

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