September 15, 2014 in News
September 14, 2014 in News
Monday at 10:00 SU will arrive at Saab in Trollhättan, the mission is to test drive the electric 9-3. There are a lot of magazines and media who will get that chance now and its something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time!
The work that we do at SU is for you guys, the fans, so we’d like to ask you: what do you want to know about the electric car?
Place your questions in the comments section!
It was 10 AM on a Saturday morning (September 6th, 2014 to be exact), at the center of a usual quiet weekend in the Santa Clara high-tech office park that was not even disturbed by the newly constructed football stadium. Yes, it was a quiet morning indeed. But, that was about to change: more on that later. The first item on our itinerary was a visit to the European Auto Factory. We observed various models: including 9-3s, 900s and of course the venerable Sonett. After nearly an hour of mingling, the quite air was filled with pistons firing and Turbochargers whistling: the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Saab Club Meet and Drive was now on the move!
September 13, 2014 in Sotw
In most pictures we see on SOTW the cars are well washed and clean. To get another point of view of a Saab I tested my photoshop-program and I found a function how to change the pictures into a drawing of the silhouettes. The results are the following drawings of our last Saab 9-3. In the background the Cathedral of Cologne. Gus.
Our Hirsch Performance Day is almost here so I wanted to give you an update.
One of the nice treats for the Day is the opportunity to test drive a limited edition 9-3 Carlsson, 1 of only 96 made. Its for sale too but you can drive it with for a few miles with Jerry’s pleasure. Please bring along your licences.
Jerry will have quite a few other offers for all on the day including a thorough convertible roof clean. He will do a half and half before and after clean and you can book in an appointment for another day. A total exhaust system clean is another idea and mine will go through this during the morning.
There will be cakes and drinks too and time for chatting.
Lance will be bringing a few paintings along including a new Classic 900 five door. Don’t forget to bring your books for signing.
See you Saturday, from 9.00 onwards.
SouthWestSaab in conjunction with Astley Saab are holding a Hirsch performance day here in Yeovil, Somerset, on Saturday the 13th of September giving Saab owners a no obligation opportunity to a ‘try before you buy’ engine upgrade on their own car.
This not only improves the performance, but more importantly enhances the way the engine responds during all everyday driving situations, giving the driver increased torque and flexibility. This in turn creates a more relaxing and therefore enjoyable car to drive.
Alex has recently had the upgrade done to his 9-3 2.0t convertible and has had the opportunity to experience the results for himself during the Saabs on the Marches driving tour.
“I am very impressed with the extra torque available and am convinced it has made the car more relaxing to drive, with less throttle required, along with reduced gear changing on the hills.
My average fuel consumption over the whole event, including motorway driving at a steady seventy, was 35 Mpg…very impressive indeed!”
Also at the event will be Lance Cole, the author of the recent ‘Saab Cars the Complete Story’, to sign copies of his book and will be very pleased to personally sign your copy if you already have one on the day. He will also bring along a few prints of his Saab Paintings for you to look at.
So come down and see what a difference a Hirsch upgrade can do for your engine at ‘very special’ on the day prices, along with other special offers on Saturday the 13th September.
Although SWS are organising this, you don’t have to be a SOC member, just a big lovable Saab enthusiast.
Refreshments will be provided.
September 10, 2014 in News
The day was held in the Garage Daniel Car, a garage with at least 60 Saab 900 and 9000 and the respective spares and parts for these models. Daniel had displaced a lot of these cars to give room to have visitors also see the tables from other Saab club members who wanted to show and sell their Saab inventories. Food and drinks got served as well. A gorgeous day for all who came and visited this event. If you have missed this and am looking for parts and spares for 900 and 9000 Saabs, just contact Daniel at email@example.com while he has nearly everything available a Saab enthusiast can dream about.
September 10, 2014 in Editorial
I dont even know where to start, but it seams that the Saabosphere is so desperate for news that it’ll believe just about anything… A reporter named Lijee Philip sure made his magazine enter into the headlines around the western world with a story based on what “people in the know said.” I’d like you guys to consider that this publication is considered to be marginally reliable at best and is known for spreading rumors which are most often met with “no comment” from the major auto brands. This also happened in the article in question.
This article is something I read and then discarded pretty much straight away since to anyone who know the auto industry in Europe, it didn’t make much sense and was mostly speculation from the journalist in question. But fact that TTELA actually reported about this as credible news and strengthened its credibility by stating that it was one of the most read english papers in India made this whole situation look very strange.
First of all, yes, we know that Mahindra is working with NEVS in acquiring some kind of ownership in the company, NEVS stated that “a new owner was coming in” in their application for reconstruction of the company. So there is not much doubt about that. And this economictimes etc etc started to write about M&M’s dealings with the PSA group already back in May, it was also reported about M&Ms involvement in NEVS at the same time so its obviously a story that isn’t really news, its more of a spinn-off on the older articles. But what some, so called “expert”, might have pointed out and which the reporter made some pretty strange assumptions is that M&M would somehow integrate its korean brand Ssangyong with PSA and SAAB?
First of all, lets get something straight. PSA doesn’t need Ssangyong in any way shape or form. PSA needs money but to start mixing PSA’s brands with Ssangyong would probably be a huge deflation of credibility for the PSA brands which have come a long way towards building credibility with its customers for being “not just another cheap european brand” but actually a maker of high quality and close to luxury brand cars. PSA’s diesel engines are very well made and can easily compete with the best brands in the world. As for parts sharing its not something PSA need, they make a big enough volume of cars to buy their parts at the price they need.
Second: NEVS no longer has any of the rights to use the SAAB name (which is something the reporter obviously didn’t know about) and I personally think its going to be extremely tough for NEVS/M&M to regain credibility with SAAB AB in order to get the name back. I personally hope that it can be done, but I don’t think there is a lot of chance that SAAB AB will ever let go of the brand name again. They were asked to give the Saab auto-brand another chance in 2012 by higher powers even though they didn’t want to, but they did anyway, and now we’re back to “2011″ again and I doubt after this turn of events, there will be any pressure on SAAB AB to release the name to anyone again. And its very clearly documented in reports from the bankruptcy administration that M&M left the game for SAAB Automobile ABs assets pretty early as I’ve explained in previous articles. M&M never even placed a bid even though they had every chance of doing so when it became clear to them that the SAAB brand was not automatically included in the purchase of the assets.
So what does Mahindra want with NEVS?, Read the rest of this entry →
September 7, 2014 in News
This weekend the battle between 5 Saab 9-3´s from two separate teams Tidö and PWR, and the arch rivals Volvo Polestar has taken place. The race conditions have been perfect on the from horse trotting to race car for the weekend converted Solvalla Stadium. Tarmac has been put on the gravek and some more gravel twist have been adden in the center parts of the grounds for the Rally Cross cars. Where we got to see the legend Per Eklund in his 650 BHP Saab 9-3 car. All in all a lot of competition Saabs out there but no production of Saab cars for the moment at least not in Trollhättan. With the exception of my SU Saab factory less then 2 km from the racetrack where I make 99 Turbos, more on that soon here.
In the crowd many familiar Saab faces could be seen PWR Racing Team owner “Poker” Wallenberg, the leadership of NEVS with CEO Mattias Bergman and Communications Manager Mikael Östlund. The Saab museum manger was seen as well unloading a the blue Saab Super Sport Sonett I (the blue) and put on display in the Tidö racing VIP hospitality lounge unde cristal-lamps and fake bookshelves.
It is great to see the enthusiasm from the NEVS management for the racing sport lets hope this will be included in the future business plans. The world need more Saabs on the tracks. Next race is at Mantorp track in two weeks time hope to be there to see the finals and supply You readers with more great pictures and videos.
Quite a few Saabs are qualified for tomorrows races in the Swedish Nation Touring Car Series STCC in Stockholm at the Solvalla Trotting track rebuilt into a racing and rallycross circuit.
More to come here in pictures from day 1.
Tomorrows races will be publish ASAP after finish tomorrow.
Need to go to sleep now so I can perform tomorrow for You loyal international Saabers!
I have sold my NG 9-5 and had it replaced with a M4. But my garage is till full of historic Saabs.
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More than two hundred cars, around four hundred participants – these numbers sum up the annual international meeting of the fans, users and lovers of Saab cars.
This year’s event, held from 8th to 10th August, was organized by Saab Club of Poland and the designated location was Malbork – a town in the Pomerania region, home to the largest European medieval brick castle.
The participants came from all over Europe. The largest representation came from Sweden and Germany, there were quite a few drivers from the UK, but there have been also guests from more exotic destinations. The brave travelers included Carlos from Catalonia who drove by himself all the 2500 kilometers from Barcelona; Ægir from Iceland, who came with his leg in a cast, so eager was he to meet other Saab-maniacs, as well as Valery from as far as Moscow, owner of a beautifully decorated 9-3 Sport Combi. The meeting’s sensation were the visitors from New Zealand – unfortunately, they did not bring their own Saab, but a rental Peugeot proudly decorated with the “Saab Club Down Under” insignia. Many participants voted for this car in the “custom” class during the Sunday beauty contest.
Friday started with a slight impediment – the town authorities promised that the freshly renovated Parkowa street leading along the castle moat right down to the sports and leisure center where the meeting was held would be open for traffic. It was indeed, but the road was blocked by a huge construction crane, which came to put up the stage for the town’s Saturday event. Fortunately, the rapidly organized “rescue missions” brought all the lost drivers to the camping site and we were able to really get the party going.
The two hundred beautiful cars, parked on the grass sports field, looked really impressive. Almost all models were represented – from the oldest two-strokes from the early 1960s right down to the latest 9-5 NGs. Their owners – after the official welcome by the representatives of Saab Club of Poland – engaged in entertainment, meeting new friends and sampling Polish food, quite exotic for many of them.