Away snippets

The Mrs and I are having a getaway this weekend. No computers are being taken. Can I survive?

Obviously, no emails will be answered.

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State of Nine, an SU sponsor, has a good page full of Saaby Christmas gift ideas, many of which can be shipped prior to Christmas (and some that are shipped for free!) for your last-minute gift needs.

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Just this morning I received the final judges votes for the Saab ad competition. I’ll tally the votes when I get back and will have a poll up for your vote as soon as possible.

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How to run your travel logistics if you run a car company….

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Haldex have sold their traction systems business to BorgWarner. Looks like we’ll have BW XWD systems from the near future onwards.

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The Autoblog.nl Car of the Year 2010 poll (otherwise known as Which Car Company has the Bigger and More Mobilised Fanbase for 2010) has been run and won…

by the Saab 9-5!!

Yes, we did vote in numbers, but so did fans of the other top contenders. We just voted in bigger numbers 🙂

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Old vs New.

Next time someone says that older cars have more steel in them and are safer, just show them this.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJrXViFfMGk

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Seeya in a few days. But don’t miss the next two “December 18” entries that’ll be coming on site while I’m away.

Dippen
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5 years 9 months ago

Take care Swade and have a nice holiday!:)

ok watched the crash video…my tought is: Why crash such a classic like the Bel Air like that? 🙁

Greg Abbott
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Greg Abbott
5 years 9 months ago

IIRC it was a six cylinder Bel Air – I suppose any 50 year old car that survives in that condition ought to be preserved, but the one that crashed was the most common version of the Bel Air.

It is certainly interesting to watch from a safety standpoint – although I wonder if 50 years of hidden rust undermined the Bel Air’s structural integrity a bit.

Dippen
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Dippen
5 years 9 months ago

Reuters: Spyker close to BRIC distribution deals

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BG49T20101217

Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago

Seems like Reuters have a certain affinity to the word “loss-making” 😉

Smithy
Guest
5 years 9 months ago

They did the same thing on British Fifth Gear where they crashed a fairly old Volvo estate with a tiny Renault.

– The Volvo got its face smacked real hard.

Steve C.
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Steve C.
5 years 9 months ago
Here’s a GoogleTrans of the Autoblog.nl site announcing the 9-5 as 2010 Car of the Year There is really no better choice imaginable. Is 2010 the year of the Saab! The real “Car of the Year ” should not select in advance, but afterwards. The moment everyone has seen the car and / or driving. Also on the winner chosen by the people, and not by a bunch of arrogant journalists (whether or not sponsored). Therefore, we presented over 10 days a poll on our frontpage. There was a shortlist where everyone could choose from. And there is very great… Read more »
Henrik
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Henrik
5 years 9 months ago

🙂
googletrans the comments at the page too, some are a bit upset because Saab has a big fanclub, but I would say that that´s exactly the point! Merc sells more cars, but they can´t get togheter and win a contest against Saab, because most of them wouldn´t care!

zippy
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zippy
5 years 9 months ago

+1000

FACT – Saab owners love their cars.

Curvin O'Rielly
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Curvin O'Rielly
5 years 9 months ago

Nice place for a getaway!

Tedjs
Guest
5 years 9 months ago

LOVE that video. Nice find.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 9 months ago

I remember my Mum having a 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury when I was a kid with just lap belts and a steering wheel literally covered in metal. Its not worth thinking about what would have happened in a front end collision. I find it quite something that Saab and Ovlov were at the forefront of automotive safety back when Americans were building cars as unsafe as this.

Chris Carrier
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Chris Carrier
5 years 9 months ago

Are you willing to crash your ’59 Saab into that Malibu to find out the difference?

100%Saab
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100%Saab
5 years 9 months ago

“FACT – Saab owners love their cars.”
Works for me.

Freddy
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Freddy
5 years 9 months ago

The new car in that video is a Chevy Malibu, and it shares a platform with the current 9-3. If the Chevy version of the Epsilon holds up that well, imagine how well the Saab version will protect you!

Rob.
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Rob.
5 years 9 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBDyeWofcLY

Check this out =) Big Volvo against small Renault Modus 😛

Carlos
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Carlos
5 years 9 months ago

From my point of view, a car is safer when:
– It´s more modern.
– It´s bigger.
– It´s from a brand which is commited with safety, that is, Saab, Volvo or Mercedes-Benz.

Therefore, the new 9-5 can be one of the safer cars in the world.

TuuSaR
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TuuSaR
5 years 9 months ago

Seems that weather in many parts of Europe is such that XWD would be really handy, lucky for those having it.

gunteman
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gunteman
5 years 9 months ago

Sad to see another pride, Haldex, being sold off. Shareholder driven thinking often sucks…

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