This is my 1996 NG900. Engine hand built by the owner of Trollspeed, Frank Stromqvist; Car built and modified by Automotion Saab and Eurowise Performance.
Hope you enjoy!
It’s has gone a year, and like last year is this time of year time for a new edition of Saab CabrioChallenge. I got a report and some wonderful pictures from our friend Mioh, thanks for sharing! 🙂
This edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place in a fantastic sunshine last Saturday, August 20th. This event has been arranged annually since 2008, and attracted even this year a large number of cheerful and pleasant Saab enthusiasts. This year the CabrioChallenge start in Hallstahammar to Färna. The event started as usual little easy Friday evening at “Brukshotellet” in Hallstahammar for those that were in place the day before start.
Saturday morning all attendants were gathered at “Brukshotellet”, and after a welcome greeting and distribution of the roadbook the topless Saabs roll into central Hallstahammar for a obligatory group photo. After the photoshot was over was it time to explore the roads by friendly Västmanland. Along the road to the destination Färna trees, churches, ancient monuments and lakes was passed. When we reach our final destination Färna mansion the afternoon coffee was served, and for those who wanted their spa at our disposal. Later Friday evening all of us was gathered in the mansions main hall there a fine dinner was served for us. We enjoyed the entire evening with good food and nice atmosphere in true Saab-spirit.
Sunday morning started with spa for some and a proper breakfast for all of us. After we had checked out all of us headed for Köping where we visited Bil & Teknikhistoriska Samlingarna (Car and Technological Museum). We got a really excellent guide at the museum with great empathy and expertise guided us through the history.
Satisfied and happy we thanked each other for a nice weekend and the organizers wished all welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2017.
And now – the pictures!
Chinese car news outlet (aoto.sohu.com) keeps repeating (different post from different authors) that the NEVS 9-3 will have a E-REV version with a range of 1200 km. This would not be available from the beginning but later on.
First, I’m quite sceptic if rumours come from only one site and second I can only tell what that Google translator tells me, so maybe got it wrong this time.
Anyhow, such a power-train option coupled with a good looking, in the best Saab tradition of form follows function, shell would make the car attractive to many people, maybe even to Angelo. 😉
It has been a long time ago since we last started discussing about cars that had to be build at Stallbacka. At that Time those cars were branded as SAAB but this time we are talking about the first NEVS car.
First of all I want to emphasise that all this is only the information that I’ve been able to collect from the internet and that none of those is in any way confirmed by NEVS.
NEVS clarified two weeks ago under which brand the cars they will sell in the future will have. I’ve said it then and I want to emphasise it now, this was an incredible possibility for them to present their first electric car, what we now know as the NEVS 9-3. But they decided to not to show anything, but instead of that they invited press and the community and so some information about the new car has been filtrated to the net.
The Saab PhoeniX concept was not understood by everybody when it was presented at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011. But it was the concept that should have started a new phase in the life of Saab as a car company. It was quirky enough to be declared as a Saab, and some years later a company in southern Germany did imitate it at some point when they created their most futuristic car at that point.
It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.
Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.
The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.
IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).
Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.
IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.
I love the comments section here at SaabsUnited. Our readers are some of the most experienced and social Saab enthusiasts in the world. The comments from you guys (and girls) are interesting, educational and inspirational for us. For that, I’m very grateful.
Sometimes though, the comments section gets out of hand. Comments without relevance are posted. Words that wouldn’t be said face-to-face are used. Some seem to forget that we all are Saab enthusiasts. The “Saab spirit” is lost and that’s no fun at all.
I’ve been thinking about this for some time.
First off, we don’t want to moderate the comments section. We’re all adults with a common interest and we should be able to get along here. Of course, if someone clearly missbehaves then we’ll kick him/her out of here. But that’s really the worst case scenario.
The most relevant and interesting comments should be highlighted and brought to the top of the comments section. Some posts here have more than 100 comments and it’s not always easy to find the good ones. An upvote/downvote system is required for this.
And again, SaabsUnited should be SaabsUnited. The easiest solution would be to implement an external comments solution, such as Disqus, Facebook comments or similar. They all have built-in support for up/downvotes, popular comments, social login etc. But then it wouldn’t be SaabsUnited anymore.
Finally, it should be easy to comment. The comments have to load fast and work just as well in a regular web browser as with a smart phone. No unneccesary clutter.
After a lot of research, I’ve now improved the comments section here at SaabsUnited. It’s easier to see the comment threads, you can up/downvote comments, the most popular comments are listed first, it’s easy to subscribe to comment replies and you can even login with your Facebook account here.
– Facebook login at SaabsUnited
The Facebook functionality is only active for those who choose to use it. I personally don’t use Facebook and I strongly dislike all kinds of tracking (SaabsUnited does not track those who doesn’t want to be tracked). So the Facebook integration is minimal. I’m planning to add similar (minimal) login support for Twitter as well.
If you login using Facebook you can also connect your Facebook account to your SaabsUnited account (or create a new SU account). In this way, you’ll be logged in to SaabsUnited if you’re logged in to Facebook. But note that (almost) everything you do online is tracked by Facebook if you’re logged in at them.
So, feel free to check out and test the improved comments in the comment field to this post. Let me know if there’s any particular feature that you would like to see added to the comments section as well.
As you all know, not all parts of the new cars from Trollhättan are being made at the Stallbacka plant. NEVS, and Saab Automobile before them, has a large number of independent parts suppliers. And as NEVS are planning to build new cars, the parts suppliers are now also starting to “gear up” again.
In the former Saab model workshop, Cliff Models, are working with NEVS as one of their largest customers. TTELA recently reported that Cliff Models have purchased a Parpas Diamond 30. This is a state of the art gantry style machining centre, used to produce everything from simple models to more complex solutions with hardened steel.
This Diamond 30 machine is the only one in existence in Sweden today. It’s a big investment for Cliff Models in cooperation with NEVS. Their previous machine could manage at most 5 tonne, while the new machine can manage up to 50 tonne. The work space (where the models/prototypes are made) is 3 x 3 meters and 1,2 meter in height.
Today we hear of the sudden passing of a truly lovely, warm, charismatic ambassador for SAAB not just here in the UK but abroad too.
Jonathan Nash was a great Managing Director of Saab GB who always showed huge enthusiasm for the brand and had a knack of making everybody in his company feel at ease.
During my time with SAAB at dealership level I met him on many occasions both at events and during his dealership visits. It was at these dealership visits that the first thing he would do upon arrival was to go around each individual in each department and have a relaxed chat with them before heading upstairs. A small gesture you may think but it meant a lot to the staff and he knew it. The last time I saw him was at Erik Carlssons funeral and he still had that lovely warm caring nature. He will be missed by so many.
Please see attached message from Corin Richards, Managing Director:
It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Jonathan Nash, who passed away during the night on Tuesday, after suffering a heart attack.
Jonathan was a charismatic and energetic man, who worked with Saab GB since 1989, culminating in his stewardship as Managing Director from the launch of the 9-3 (9440) series in 2003 until 2010, when he took up a senior management position at Saab Automobile. Since 2012 he had been working as a Director with the consultancy and training group, PHM.
Our thoughts at this very sad and shocking time are with the family he leaves behind; his wife Helen and their 3 children.
Corin Richards / Managing Director