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A Black 9-3 TURBO and its owner in – COPS

April 29, 2016 in News

Saw this on COPS the other day. A runaway SAAB 9-3 TURBO. A must see for anyone who like to get the deep Saab knowledge from the owner nicely portrayed in the video clip! So be aware of this the next time around in a SAAB TURBO!

 

Introducing the Maptuner X

April 29, 2016 in MapTun

maptunerx-performance-icons2A few weeks ago Maptun launched its new digital tool for tuning and diagnostics of vehicles, its called the Maptuner X.

It is a big project that has taken many years to complete and it is completely made in Sweden. So what does it do?

Basically it is a high-capacity touch screen device which features its very own operating system that has been developed at Maptun, it has the ability to expand with new features which is commonly known as “apps” and thus the unit in such stays the same while the functionality increases. The casing is made out of a high-quality plastic material that feels very good, the system is incredibly fast and responds instantly to each command, it starts up faster than any unit from any brand I’ve ever been in contact with.

The older Maptuner 1 could read out error codes and of course this once can as well, but Maptuner X also has some special tricks up it sleeve, behind the graphics lies a very powerful hidden feature, a powerful diagnostics function, so what is that?

Well, lets say that you’re driving down the road one day and you get that feeling that I bet many of you have had that the car feels a bit slow, something isn’t working properly. This is where the Maptuner X is truly brilliant, you plug in your device to your car, take it for a drive while it records all the parameters in a highly advanced way giving the staff at Maptun a comprehensive look at whats going on in your car. This way they can tell you whats wrong over just a simple phone call or e-mail rather than you having to drive to a dealer and spend hundreds of euros while the mechanics there try to figure out whats wrong. In the future Maptun is thinking about expanding this system where the read-out can happen in real-time and thus immediately find out whats wrong.

But thats not the only thing that the Maptuner X does. Most of us Saab drivers have some kind of tuning to our cars or we have several cars. Until now we’ve been limited to having one PPC unit per car holding the software for each car, not any more. The Maptuner X has an app for that now! =)

You’ll only need one Maptuner X and in the vehicle app you’ll create a profile for each car, that profile then contains the different software including the original one that you’ve purchased for that car. If you get another Saab, just create a new profile and start tuning, the Maptuner X will automatically know which car it is plugged into which makes the whole concept very easy. But lets say that your friend also wants to try a tuning software, well again Maptun has made things very easy, you just contact Maptun and buy the software for that car, create a profile of that car in your Maptuner X and install the software in his / her car. If your friend feels like this wasn’t the thing for him / her, no problem, Maptun has a Try & Buy system and if for some reason a customer is not happy, the car is restored to original and money is returned.

Lets dive into the technical stuff of the unit, it has:

  • Bluetooth 4 (2,4 GHz)
  • HDMI to OBD2
  • USB2 (Mini)
  • 20V Clear LED-backlit touch-screen
  • 2 Watt clear audio speaker
  • Smooth friction surface
  • High durable, high quality finish
  • Color adaptable

I’ve used the Maptuner X for a few weeks now and it is truly a whole new generation of tools for your car and I feel very happy that Maptun is still focusing on us Saab drivers bringing out new stuff for us to play with! =)

If you want to know more about the Maptuner X, check out their website: https://www.maptun.com/en/maptunerx

 

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MapTun Car Meeting 2016, 5th of May in Örebro Sweden

April 16, 2016 in Clubs, MapTun, MapTun Parts, News

Film from the 2014 Event

Let us hope this will be the best SAAB event this year in Sweden. The the event focuses on SAAB´s but any other great car is welcome. See other Saabs meet with people for MapTun, SaabsUnited and various vendors. So mark the day as a car day in Your calendars. Örebro is easily accessible for most people in sweden. Right in-between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

CEO Fredrik Bengtsson of MapTun welcomes You all to an exciting car day with some great surprises!

So put som polish in Your car and join for a fine day with great people

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UPDATE! Will not happen due to lack of interest!

April 3, 2016 in Editorial, Fan Stuff, intsaab2014, News, Saab Clubs, Saab Museum, Uncategorized

 

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Convertibles at a SAAB festival some years ago with my Silver 9-3

It has come to the knowledge of SU that the SaabInt16 meeting in Vadstena has made a lot of Swedish SAAB entusiasts upset. The reasons why is primarily that the Swedish SAAB Clubs members are not invited to participate in the event. Club members can get limited access by working for the event organization and get a T-shirt basically. The cost for the meeting is set to 150 EUROS a sum that no previous SAAB meeting has reached up to. One wonders what could cost so much. I have spoken to some Swedish SAAB enthusiasts and collectors and they do not feel invited and are not going to participate at all. This obvious exclusion of Swedish SAAB people is worrying. One guy called me and said the only reason now to be a member is the get the special old-timer insurance through MHRF. I feel sorry for the prospective international visitors who will come to sweden and will not get to meet with so many swedes as they have used to do at previous SAAB meetings in our country.

An intersting alternative for swedish and foreign SAAB enthusiasts would be to gather in Trollhättan on the extended weekend of june 5-6. This is an interesting weekend since the 6th is the Swedish National Day. But not only that but also the BIG national automotive celebration day. Virtually every car club in sweden is engaged in some activities this day.

The Saab Club is no exception. This year they will join forces with the Volvo Club in a really nice activity. It all starts at 09:00 with a gathering at the SAAB car museum in Trollhättan. Around 11:00 the drive / rally starts with the finish at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg /Göteborg a 1-2 hour drive depending on what activities are on the road. The cost for this event is 200 SEK. I visualize that foreign Saab enthusiast without a car can ride “shotgun” with fellow Swedish Saabpeople who would gladly share some space in their cars and split the fuel bill. When the meeting is over in Gothenburg I would guess a lot of Saabers will head back to Trollhättan. This day would certainly be a memorable day for an Saab enthusiasts. Saabs and Volvos in a shared event on the National day with flags  parades etc. Besides that it is usually good weather and the nights are bright and short.

If this sounds like a good idea I bet we could arrange a meeting at the Saab Car Museum on the day before Sunday the 5th. Just a nice gathering with cars and possibly a trunk/swap meet.

This is an idea that could be done without a BIG organization and lots of money. It is just about on the day 2 months to the day. So what do You think?

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Volvo Museum in Gothenburg

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SAAB Car Museum in Trollhättan and my ex.TX

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Picture take at the Midnattssolsrallyt 2008 – Volvos and my Olive 96 MC Rally

 

 

“SAABS IN WALES” THE 2016 SOC GB NATIONAL IN WALES

March 31, 2016 in Events, News

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For the first time in 23 years the UK Saab Owners Club National is being held in Wales this year from 29-31 July 2016.

This is a particularly proud moment in the short history of the Welsh branch of the Saab Owners Club Dragon Saab, due in part to the fact our club was formed only 3 years ago and also due to a very healthy and active club which has managed to secure this prestigious event and bring it back to Wales in such a short time since it’s formation.

We are now at an advanced stage in the organisation and have secured an absolutely stunning location being Pembrey Country Park in West Wales. This venue is in an incredibly beautiful part of Wales with a huge range of facilities and amenities. It is located right on the Gower Peninsula and boasts EIGHT miles of golden sands! There are also 550 acres of beautiful woodlands within the location. Also to be found is a 130m long dri ski slope and the longest toboggan run in Wales. These are just a few of the extensive range of activities available making it the perfect family location and a great venue for a Saab National.

We are able to offer caravan and camping facilities with electric or there are a number of local hotels and guest houses. Our itinerary is guaranteed to provide a memorable event with some already booking for longer to combine it with a short holiday.

Here is a list of all on offer at Pembrey, something for everyone I am sure you will agree. Plus in addition to this we have organised a great schedule of entertainment and food throughout the weekend.

  • Eight miles of golden sands at Cefn Sidan beach
  • 550 acres of idyllic woodlands.
  • 350 caravan/camping pitches..
  • The longest toboggan run in Wales.
  • 130 metre long Dry Ski Slope.
  • Forest adventure playground.
  • Cafe Bar.
  • Manicured parkland for frisbee, cricket, and football.
  • Large adventure playground.
  • Outdoor Laser Tag.
  • Soccer Zorb.
  • Segways.
  • Picnics & designated BBQ sites.
  • 8 Wildlife trails with set routes plus beach walks.
  • Natural parkland.
  • Visitors Centre.
  • Beach kiosk.
  • Sea fishing facilities.
  • Corsican pine forest.
  • Conservation pond with bird hides.
  • Cycle Hire.
  • Horse Riding.
  • Pitch and Putt.
  • Crazy Golf.
  • Miniature Steam Railway.

We sincerely hope some of you here will decide to come along to what promises to be a national to remember!!

Below you will find links to the booking form and local area. If you would like further information please contact me at mplsab@hotmail.com

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/

http://saabclub.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=471:2016-saab-owners-club-saabs-in-wales-online-booking&catid=962&Itemid=435

 

 

 

 

Nevs in a strategic cooperation with State Grid

March 17, 2016 in NEVS, News

Press-Release:

On March 15, 2016, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) and State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co., Ltd. signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework agreement.

“I am very proud that State Grid has chosen Nevs as a preferred partner for mobility solutions and as a supplier of electric vehicles. State Grid plays a very strategic and operational role in China’s transformation to more sustainable solutions”, said Stefan Tilk, Vice Chairman Nevs.

Facts about State Grid
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) was established as a state-owned enterprise on December 29, 2002. As the largest public service company in the world, SGCC ranked 7th on Fortune Global 500. SGCC constructs and operates power grids as its core business, to provide safer, cleaner, and more economic and sustainable power supply. As a super-large state-owned enterprise crucial to national energy security, SGCC operates as a group with CNY 200 billion registered capital and 1.87 million employees.

State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary company of State Grid Corporation of China. It was founded by the end of 2015 with 3 billion registered capital. The company focuses on advancing electric vehicle industry and green development in China.

SGCC official website:
http://www.sgcc.com.cn/ywlm/index.shtml

Mikael Östlund
Director Communications and Public Affairs
Tel: 46 5208 5100
mikael.ostlund@saabcars.com
www.saabcars.com

SAAB 900 Turbo features on Mighty Car Mods

March 17, 2016 in News

 

Mighty Car Mods SAAB 900 Turbo

Its possible that as a SAAB owner you’d be unfamiliar with Mighty Car Mods and Online DIY Auto show focusing mainly on JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) import vehicles. However, they’re become YouTube Famous with over 3,000,000 channel views. In a challenge set by creators Marty and MOOG they have to each purchase a turbo’ed car for under $3000 AUD that is manual and turbo. It also must be a car that they’ve never owned before.

(SPOILER ALERT)

The SAAB 900 Turbo Coupe is MOOG’s car which he purchased from a guy from Byron Bay, 11 hours away. MOOG paid $2700 for this almost mint condition beauty. In the coming episodes he’ll be modding it to see and then racing is against a Mitsubishi Lancer MR which has been modded with a turbo. In my opinion the lancer doesn’t stand a chance.

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Geely to announce a sub-Volvo Swedish brand

March 10, 2016 in News

According to an article found by our member saabyurk, the press has picked up on a pending announcement by Geely, owners of the Volvo brand, that they are planning to introduce a new Swedish brand that will slot under Volvo in terms of content and price.  May 26 appears to be the date when this will formally be announced.  Apparently, the new brand will utilize a platform developed for Geely/Volvo under the leadership of a former Saab engineer.  All very interesting, and something to watch.  Here is the link: http://nordicwheels.de/volvo-startet-neue-automarke/