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Sotw, Chris gets a 9-3X for the family

July 18, 2014 in Sotw

Jan has added a beautiful 9-3X to his Saab collection.

Hi Robin,

I bought my wife Chris a new family car.

It is a 2011 Saab 9.3X 2.0t with AWD.
Please can you make this picture “Saab of the week”? (took yesterday on the springtime tour of the Belgium Saab club)

Thanks and see you soon.

Jan Martens

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Mahindras plan for SAAB during the bidding process in 2012

July 18, 2014 in SAAB Automobile AB

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Part of the leaked document from the bankruptcy estate

We all know that Mahindra was a bidder for the bankruptcy estate of Saab Automobile AB back in 2012 and that they left the negotiating table due to the high price of what was then more or less a mandatory part of the sale: Saab Automobile Parts AB. After Mahindra left it became clear to the lawyers managing the bankruptcy that the parts company could not be included in the sale and that the amount of bidders were too low to force the issue.

What many might not know is that Mahindra did return to the table but did not produce a real bid. However we at SU have obtained some leaked documents from this time period describing conversations and some details regarding the plans Mahindra had for the Saab brand. The reason form sharing this with you now is that you might get a small insight into what Mahindra might want to accomplish together with NEVS now in 2014 but also for you guys to get an idea of how complex the work of the bankruptcy lawyers actually was. More to come!

This small part of the document tells the following tale from the point of view from one of the lawyers regarding Mahindras plans for SAAB:

A meeting had taken place between executive vice president S Durgashankar, vice president Sachin Arolkar and senior manager Abhinav Grover, who all were post holders with Mahindra. The meeting took place at Saabs facilities in Trollhättan on January 25th 2012. Mahindras representatives had for several days visited the facilities and met with the remaning members of the Saab Automobile AB Executive Leadership Team and were thus well read-up on the issues surrounding the questions regarding the trademarks. The meeting which lasted several hours penetrated trademarking issues and the bankruptcy estates mindset regarding regulatory deals etc. It became very clear that one of the requirements for Mahindras interest in the bankruptcy estate was the acquisition of the trademark SAAB. Mahindra made clear that they were going to follow the developments regarding the bankruptcy estates possibilities to sell rights to the trademark issues with great interest. The following day follow-up e-mail conversation took place regarding the trademark issues. A telephone conference was decided upon and later conducted where partners discussed the rights for the trademark within SAAB Automobile AB which were now in the possession of the bankruptcy estate.

The estate has also had several contacts with SAAB AB and Scania AB regarding Mahindras interest in the trademark.

A telephone meeting took place with five representatives from Mahindra managed by S Durgashankar in which the estate presented the findings of its investigation into the trademark agreements (between Saab Automobile AB, GM, Investor, Scania and SAAB AB). A number of questions were answered and after the call meeting was concluded a complete lineup of the registered trademarks Saab Automobile AB had in its possession was sent over to Mahindra. Read the rest of this entry →

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Saab 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch for sale!

July 16, 2014 in Hirsch, News, SAAB 9-5, Saab's for sale, SAABs for SALE, SaabsUnited Related

SAAB 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch 2010

SAAB 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch 2010

 

Making room for more classic renovations of 99 Turbos in the garage. So I have decided to put my Saab 9-5 NG AERO 2010 for sale.

Its one of the first production cars with number #175 a carbon grey metallic with parchment  leather interior. First owner was SAAB Automobile AB in Trollhättan. I am the second owner and the car has now just 44000 km on the odometer. The specifications list is quite unique:

Engine & Chassis:

4 cylinder 260 bhp Hirsch engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox. Hirsch stainless steel quad exhaust with Helmholtz Resoantor. DriveSense active chassis with HiPer Struts. 19″ Turbine aluminium wheels + a set of 4 Studded  wheels on Saab aluminium. All Hirsch installation made by the technicians at Saab-ANA in Trollhättan.

Interior:

Hirsch leather dash, HUD Head-Up-Display, Color info screen, Harman Kardon top of the line radio. GPS Navigation system with information in the HUD, DAB Digital Audio Broadcast radio, Forward camera for fraffic sign detection and warning for crossing white lines. Advanced Parking assist. Rear seat entertainment with two color screens and wireless headphones and remote control. Tinted plastic screens in rear door windows and rear window from Swedish maker Solarplexius. Textile and rubber mats. Bagage compartment with the slider aluminium control system. Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile communication

Exterior:

Aero design line, removable tow/hitch, rear Hirsch trunklid spoiler.

Ready to be sold for 21000 EUROS, approximately 188000 SEK, the car is in Stockholm. Contact me +46709589632 or jtrued[at]gmail.com.

Just a clean sale no other car is of interest I have 7 Saabs already :-)

 

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DJA880 at the museum

July 15, 2014 in DJA880, Saab Museum

Today we visited the Saab museum to say hallo to a good friend, she is being very well taken care of by the staff.

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SOTW, Jerry taking The Wild Route in his 9-5

July 11, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks SOTW is from Jerry in Ireland.

Hello SU,
Please find attached photos of my 9-5.
We were the first car on the, just launched, “Wild Atlantic Way”.
I’ve also included some local shots in Cork and the 13th century Augustinian Ballybeg Abbey.
Most of the photo’s were taken on the Ring of Kerry here in Southern Ireland which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2400klm driving route on Irelands west coast, said to be the longest in the world.
What a place for a Saab Run!

Regards, Jerry.

You will find a few more pictures of this beautiful 9-5 on my flickr page.
Thank you for sharing.

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Hirsch Performance Day and Book Signing (UK)

July 6, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Hirsch

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.

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SOTW. 900 from Soweto, South Africa

July 4, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks Saab of the Week comes to us from South Africa.


Hi, please find attached a few photos of my 1996 SAAB 900se AUTO with 295000km and still pulling like a rocket; I have owned the BEAST for 4years now and  still as refined as ever!!

Regards C Kgaje,
Soweto, South Africa

Larger pictures can be found here

 

GM announces another recall

July 2, 2014 in News

Six new recalls were announced on Monday by GM. The recall is affecting 7,6 million vehicles in North America and 800,000 more vehicles overseas, a total of 8,4 million cars worldwide. So far GM is aware of 7 crashes, 8 injuries and 3 fatalities due to an ignition key failure. The affected and recalled vehicles are 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue sedans, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Aleros, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand Ams, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impalas and Monte Carlos, and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prixs.

2014 is currently breaking the 33,01 million record (record set back in 2004) number of most recalled cars in a single year, So far a total of 39,85 million recalled vehicles has been made this year, and GM has contributed with 28.5 million of those…and 2014 isn’t over yet.

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2014 Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention Recap

July 1, 2014 in Clubs, Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, Saab Museum, SAAB Parts North America

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Hello everyone,

We had a wonderful inaugural Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention in Toronto, Canada this weekend. We are grateful for the support of SAAB owner’s from all over Canada as well as those who traveled from as far as Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Rhode Island, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey to name a few from the United States. Without your support, this event would not have been a success as you have made it.

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The weekend was filled with great seminars. One of the highlights being the SAAB Car Museum seminar by
Peter Backstrom. We were honored that he was able to join us for this convention.
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There were many great cars from vintage to the current new generation 9-5. SAAB owners have an overwhelming pride in their cars. Too many pictures to include in this post, though.
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classic green convertible
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A special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible:
Presenting Sponsor: SAAB Parts North America, Stage 9, SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles, Factory Tire,
Novus Tech, Concours Touch Auto Detailing, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Club of North America and NINES Magazine, Aktive Motors, BOOST Customs, Hot Rod Scott’s, and ONPOINT Dyno & Race Service.

This convention was organized as an opportunity for SAAB owners to get together to share their love and passion for this iconic brand. In the process, friendships were made that will last a lifetime. The SAAB community has weathered a tough few years. The brand is as unique as its owners and for some, their loyalty is immeasurable.

Thank you again to all who attended. Hope you had as much fun as we had in meeting all of you.
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-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Nickolay Kachev:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kachevnikolay/sets/72157645011666780/

-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Kobie Mercury-Clarke:

http://s87.photobucket.com/user/kobie2/library/Canadian%20SAAB%20owners%20convention%20June%2028%202014

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention- Toronto, Canada- June 28 & 29, 2014

June 28, 2014 in Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Parts North America

Hello from Toronto, Canada!

We are all so excited about the first ever Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention happening this weekend.

More information can be found at www.saabconvention.ca

I packed up my car for the trip…..proudly displaying my saabsunited license plate.
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Just arrived at the host hotel, the Westin Bristol Place.
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Nice to see the presenting sponsor, SAAB Parts North America setting up their tent.
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Glad to have SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles as a sponsor. They have brought several cars to the convention…love the custom Canadian convention logo on the hoods of their cars.
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Owner’s and enthusiasts are starting to arrive for the convention tomorrow. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and to Peter Backstrom from the SAAB Museum. He will be flying in on Sunday to conduct a seminar and will be a speaker at the banquet gala.

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Antique SAAB

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Even though SAAB is going through some uncertain times with many challenges ahead, owner’s in Canada and the U.S. still have a soft spot for a brand that defies logic. The SAAB Spirit is alive and well in North America! Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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SOTW, Doug’s 400,000 mile 99

June 27, 2014 in Sotw

 


Hello,

This is for the SOTW–my ’78 99 purchased new that year and still doing fine over 400,000 miles later.  After my dog remodeled the interior I was lucky to find a 99 Turbo as an organ donor, and transplanted the entire interior and wheels adding  “euro” front headlights obtained from the Swedish SAAB club.  Given the hatch, I’ve enjoyed camping in it in Mexico, Canada and all regions of the U.S. and hope that NEV produces a new version so that others can enjoy the fun.

Doug Peterson,
Salem OR

Thank you Doug for sharing. A larger picture can be found here