Site Statistics – September 2009

It’s a new month so as well as Saab sales data, we also have Saabs United site data to consider.
September was a 30-day month, but the numbers were still quite convincing and Saab should be assured that there’s plenty of interest in what’s going on both in terms of their future as a carmaker and, of course, with the new 2010 Saab 9-5.
There were 356,508 pageviews for the months of September, which averages out to 11,883 per day for the month.
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No need to tell you what happened on the 16th September, eh?
Those pages were served to 47,710 unique visitors.
The Top 10 countries and cities were as follows:
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It’s interesting that whilst Germany was in the top 10 for countries visiting, there’s no German city in the top 10 city listings…..
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I won’t be saying hello to any specific places of interest this month.
Instead, I want to do a listing of some of the prominent articles from what was a very important month in the life of Saab Automobile.

Saab decided to close facilities in Stockholm and Goteborg and concentrate all activities in Trollhattan
Saab got closer to securing the finance they need…..
They released the Changing Perspectives website
I was abducted by aliens and forced to watch Bruce Lee films like Enter The Dragon. Well, I wasn’t really, but it was a nice little hint at what was to come later in the week when Koenigsegg Group announced the signing of a MOU with Beijing Automotive.
I also did a background piece on Beijing Automotive and provided my 2 cents worth on the deal.
The 2010 Saab 9-5 brochure was released online prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show
It wasn’t company related, but Mike900 started some great DIY work on his Saab 9-3 Viggen, later getting the steering rack clamp and brace all fitted up. More to come in this series soon.
Auto Motor and Sport interviewed Christian von Koenigsegg.
An Autocar report about hybrid assist for the Saab 9-5 did the rounds and got extensive coverage. This was actually an interesting exercise in internet trickery as the report was actually several months old, but Autocar re-hashed it because the 9-5’s debut was imminent. I ran into the author, Hilton Holloway in Frankfurt and he was quite surprised, and amused.
Having previously baffled us with Marzipan cakes, Bard Eker sent us into stitches with dead cow analogies.
Koenigsegg released the Trevita – stunning!
Maptun joined the site as a sponsor (and I called in to meet them in Sweden later in the month!)
Sergey showed us some Russian Saab love
Of course, the big event of the month was the Frankfurt Motor Show, and I was fortunate enough to travel to Germany to bring you as much of the action and opinion about the car as possible.
But first, we checked out the cars at Frankfurt Airport.
We took a brief look around the beautiful Saab stand before the show actually began.
The press material for the 2010 Saab 9-5 was placed online just as the car was unveiled to the public. It was a great moment for a must-see vehicle and I was so pleased to see it myself, finally, that I gave it a hug. That hug picture was placed on the internal Saab newsletter the next day – what an honour!
Notes from the Frankfurt Show – Day 1
I met a guy at the IAA named Olaf Becker. He’s a regular reader here and a professional photographer. If you only click one link from this list, make sure it’s this one – Olaf’s gallery of photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show. Great photog and great guy, too.
The official Saab 9-5 press materials:
Introduction and Design
Photo gallery
Powertrain
Technical Highlights
Technical Specifications
I was also fortunate enough to travel to Sweden after the Frankfurt Motor Show and one of the most significant things I managed to do there was test drive the new 2010 Saab 9-5. Click to read part 1, part 2 and part 3.
Whilst all that was happening, the public were seeing the 9-5 for the first time and one guy from Europe was smart enough to bring a USB drive full of music with him. Witness the Saab 9-5’s new entertainment system at work.
Another significant Saab-hug occurred when Eggs n Grits got his new Saab 900 Convertible.
I GOT TO GO FOR A RIDE IN ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SAAB SONETTS AT THE SAAB MUSEUM
Word came through that Saab were considering the possibility of producing vehicles using Beijing Automotive’s factory – most likely the old Saab 9-5.
There was much discussion about the amount of headroom in the Saab 9-5.
And there was much discussion about the possibility of the whole Koenigsegg deal falling over. And then not.
Hirsch showed their 2.0T XWD Saab 9-3 at the Frankfurt show.
I took you for a look at the cars out the back of the Saab Museum (with many thanks once again to the incredible Peter Backstrom)
And finally, I gave you all my thoughts on driving Saab’s very impressive new 9-3x.
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If there’s even just a quarter of the excitement in October that there was in September, then it’s going to be an entertaining month.

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