Thursday Snippets

I have a couple of massive work days coming up, so things might slow down a little.

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Thanks to all who wrote to me with regards to accommodation in Geneva.

We have double good news to report – it looks like both RedJ and I will be going to the show (there was some doubt about being able to get RedJ a pass, but we’ve had some positive news there) and it looks like we’ve both got accommodation sorted as well.

Again, many thanks to the many people who wrote, offering advice and assistance.

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How tough is it selling cars in the northern winter?

Saabs might have great winter driving characteristics and be quite appealing in that regard, but people have got to actually get to the dealership to look them over.

This is New Salem Saab this morning.

They keep plowing and the snow keeps falling. As Darryl said to me just now via email – fun for the boys (his twin sons), not so much fun for business.

I hope these poor conditions can lift soon.

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GMInside News report that the Cadillac SRX is getting a 3.6 non-turbo to replace the 2.8T. In fact, the 3.6 might replace the 3.0V6 engine as well and be the only lump available.

Saab will be sticking with the 3.0V6 and 2.8T lineup.

Thanks Charles!

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Our mates at ANA Specialbilar are working on a new police car for the Swedish authorities, based on the new Saab 9-5.

Great news!

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From Autoblog….where they’re playing with backwards cars.

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Saab always have a great looking stand at any motor show, and now their models will be blinging it up a little more with some Saab themed jewellery:

Saab builds on its brand – with jewelry. Specially-made necklaces and earrings to adorn the staff at the upcoming motor shows.

With the help of designer Helen Berggren, Saab has developed a series of jewelry that will reflect the Trollhättan-producer’s identity.

– Together with Helen, we chose to do a combination jewelry with a Snowstar and cow elk in discrete plexiglass colors, “says Nina Bergheim, project manager at Saab Exhibitions & Events responsible for Saab’s profile on the international auto shows.

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And finally, this 9-5 Taxi in Stockholm already has 30,000kms on the clock. Pontus L had a word with the driver:

The car was put in traffic in November and until yesterday the driver has made a little bit over 30,000km!! The car have made all these taxi kilometers without any problems or failures what so ever. The driver is very happy with his car and planning to change to the new 95 SC when it is available later this year.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

Even after three years stationed in Alaska…. I never saw a moose that looked so stunning 😛

Honestly darling, I was looking at the Saab themed jewelery. (smack)
off to the garage i go.

@ Darryl…. We here in Philly have had our share of snow and general foul weather as well!! You’re not alone and certainly better off than some of our friends out west!

shovel UP!

Svx92
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Svx92
5 years 7 months ago

shovel up? LOL. We had 3/8″ of ice just west of you. I could have passed my car off as an ice block carving. Stay safe.
De-ice up!

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

@SVx92.. you still doing the Saab rally at Kelly Saturday? The Mrs and myself WILL BE THERE!

Svx92
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Svx92
5 years 7 months ago

Denise and I are signed up. Most likely take her 9-7x aero. Not the best convertible weather Lol. Plus she gets car sick reading so i’ll play navigator Calling possible snow hopefully weather holds out. Look forward to meeting you both.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

So far no cancellation…. besides Saab will feel right at home in the snow!

Robin M
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5 years 7 months ago

Well done toyou both for getting your passes. I tried all ways but failed this time around. No differant to last year or Paris or Germany but alas I wont be there. So as the Press Officer for the Saab Club of GB I will look forward to your reports. It’s going to be a good one.

Robin M
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5 years 7 months ago

Will this jewelry be available to us? Azzy would love an elk necklace.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Glad to hear you guys have Geneva sorted out. We REALLY appreciate having SU at these big events and Swade putting his life on hold to keep us all in the know. 🙂

I guess a test drive at New Salem Saab would be out of the question? Glad I live on The Wet Coast as I hate snow.

30K on a car in such a short time. Ive had my 9-3 since Aug 08 and have only put 23000km on the clock. Nice to see that said taxi driver has had a troble free experience.

100%Saab
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100%Saab
5 years 7 months ago

I have 32K on my 9-3 since Sept 08.

MartinW
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MartinW
5 years 7 months ago

And I look at the New Salem Saab photo and reflect that it has been just under 30C at sunrise for the last two mornings straight here (metro Sydney AUS) and I honestly don’t know who has it better or worse. We are going through a hot spell here, Tuesday topped out at 43C and yesterday was “cooler” at only 39C. When I got in my car after work on Tues, the car temp showed 52C but it was facing the afternoon sun and went down within minutes to real temp (44C) for the drive home.

bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 7 months ago

I didn’t recognise what had been done to the 900 until I went on the website and checked out the gallery. Embarrassing…*blush*

turbokalle
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turbokalle
5 years 7 months ago

@ the taxi
V70:s are so common as taxis here in Stockholm that my 2 year old son refers to every V70 as “taxibil” = taxi car. Including my father in law`s V70. hehe
I hope that does`nt happen with the 95SC 🙂

UA
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UA
5 years 7 months ago

No, that one he will refer to as “räsertaxibil” 😉

Jelger
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Jelger
5 years 7 months ago

Not sure this might have been posted in the SUHO comments, better redundant than none 😉

http://www.autoweek.nl/autonieuws/15934/Saab-test-met-mule-voor-opvolger-9-3
apparently a test mule of the new 9-3 has been spotted. Have to read myself yet… thought to share first then read.

Legolas
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Legolas
5 years 7 months ago
Swade made a big deal out of how swedish press was too negative towards Saab. In the same way it can be argued that this site is too positive towards Saab. As long as you only accept the positive news you will never understand why Saab sales are as bad as they are. Yes, this cab driver says his car has run without problems for a number of miles. Great for him. One of swedens biggest auto magazines “Vi bilägare” (www.vibilagare.se) has recently started their one year test of the Saab 9-5 and the first thing that happend was that… Read more »
Henke
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Henke
5 years 7 months ago

Jelger, Im lost 🙂

Jelger
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Jelger
5 years 7 months ago

Work was calling. It doesn’t say much really. Just a lot of gibberish around a few pictures that suggest this is a mule – as a wider track has been noted.

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