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GOOOOOOD MORNING TROLLHÄTTAN!!

May 31, 2013 in ANA, SAAB Festival 2013, Saab Museum

IT IS FESTIVAL TIME here in Trollhättan today and yesterday preparations where finalized long in to the night in some places! Tents were set up, parts were labeled and people were working hard on getting things organized.

Meanwhile, WE, the fans were having a drink in many of the different pubs around the city, I know, I was there! =)

The shows starts today at 10:00 and you need to be in two places at once ANA and the Museum, that is if you want parts for both your old cars or your new one. ANA features parts mostly from the Saab 9000 1990 and newer while the museum offer parts for the Saab 9000 1990 and older. If you want both types, you’ll have to make a tough choice.

We expect people to arrive at minimum one hour before opening time in order to get a good spot in the line leading to the gates of parts-paradice!

For you guys who are aiming for ANA, you need to be at used parts section on Grafitvägen 4 in Trollhättan, and to help you prepare a bit SU was given a sneak peak of whats offered so check out the video below to help you find what you’re looking for!

For you guys who want to visit SAABSUNITED, you’ll find us next to the entrance of the museum in a big white tent with a beautiful white SAAB 9-3 Griffin (DJA880) parked outside of it. For once the car will be completely open to everyone to have a sit in and if you are very lucky we’ll take you for a spin! =) We also have some great new products for you, 12 different types of posters, key rings, frames, wrapping paper etc etc etc all offered by our new friend CARDYOURCAR.EU

This morning the German invasion sailed from Kiel and expect to arrive in Gothenburg where no less than 40!!! cars are driving in a convoy up to Trollhättan! They will first go to the SAAB MAIN GATE for a group photo and then later on head for the museum!

Thats it for me, the clock is 07:00 and I’m off to cover the preparations at ANA.

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!

 

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DJA880 First maintenance performed

April 5, 2013 in ANA, DJA880

So today was the day when our Saab 9-3 Griffin, the last Saab ever built had its appointment with the Saab doctor over at the dealership ANA in Trollhättan. Whats interesting is that the car would be serviced for the first time in the same facilities as where it was built. Back in 2012 ANA bought the last 50 cars that were sitting unbuilt on the production line at SAAB and decided to complete them. The last car on the line that could be completed was this one, a white SAAB 9-3 TTiD Griffin Aero. As most of you know we at SaabsUnited decided to try to buy the car and place it at the SAAB Cars Museum. In just 9 days we had received enough donations to buy the car and we completed our mission with great success! Since then the car has been on pole position at the museum, being the first car you see when you step through the doors.

Here is the story of the last Saab written by ANA CEO Joachim Lind: - The story of the last saab -

At 13:40 I drove the car through the doors at the Museum and then we headed towards ANA which is located about 5 km north of the museum.

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Since this car has only been driven 2422 km’s the maintenance performed was time-based rather than based on distance. Such maintenance must be performed once per year if the car does not reach the km’s needed to trigger a distance required maintenance.

ANA is an authorized SAAB Parts maintenance facility and work according to the new 3D maintenance system and DJA880 was serviced according to a 3Dx program. The work took 1 hour and 10 min and afterwards we took the car to a washing facility west of the city where we hand-washed the car and gave the interior some extra love so that the car will truly shine at the ANA event tomorrow morning. At 14:30 when ANA has closed DJA880 will be returned to the SAAB Car Museum where it will retake its rightful place.

Finally we have to give a big THANK YOU to ANA who felt it was their responsibility to take good care of our car and thus paid for the visit!

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SAAB 18″ Claw, one year of waiting… was worth it!

April 4, 2013 in ANA, Fan Stuff, Hirsch, MapTun, SAAB 9-5

IMG_3123One year and three months ago I made an article about the Saab 18″ Claw rims, that they were something rare and not easy to find. Back then I really wanted to buy them, unfortunately they were not within the margins of my budget and shortly afterwards ANA started its huge sale of ALU90 Turbine rims, which I bought instead.

A few weeks after I made that article those rims were left the shop, I thought they had been sold but instead had been tucked away somewhere in the back of ANA’s huge warehouse until about three months ago when I once again noticed that they were for sale on ANA’s spare-parts website. I quickly made a call to Andreas who works there and told him that I wanted to purchase them. I managed to sell my ALU 90 Turbine rims to a friend and could thus afford the wheels I wanted from the start. And so a few days ago along with a brand new set of GoodYear Exellence tires they finally ended up on my 9-5 SC Griffin.

I’ve been craving for these rims for more than a year and even though I was happy with the ALU90 rims they were a pain to clean and they covered up too much of the brakes. Those brakes are specially made black Maptun 336 mm brakes that I ordered as a xmas present for my car. Highly recommended to anyone who wants some serious stopping power!

These rims have a very special history since they were used as the mould for Hirsch rims as explained in this post here: http://www.saabsunited.com/2012/01/18-claw-hirsch.html

For anyone who can get hold of a pair I suggest that you do so since these rims are no longer made and are pretty hard to come by.

Hope you like them just as I do! =)

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What a dealer thinks about NEVS?

March 19, 2013 in ANA

Last week I had the opportunity to chat a bit with the CEO of ANA, Joachim Lind. ANA has been covered a lot here on SU for the amazing things they’ve done for both Saab owners and Saab Automobile AB and Joachim is probably as big of a Saab fan that one can become. Here is what he thinks about an introduction of both gasoline driven 9-3 and an electric 9-3 and his current relationship with NEVS.

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No, ANA didn’t close down!

September 10, 2012 in ANA

One of the last 9-3 convertibles: A sky blue griffin.

There’s been some talk on various Saab forums around the world that ANA, the biggest Saab dealer in the world had closed down after the bankruptcy of Saab. No, they didn’t close, they moved…

ANA, the main dealer in Trollhättan, which has been the face of Saab for many years, had to reconsider its position in Trollhättan after Saab declared bankruptcy. The facilities which ANA was housed in are in fact still owned by GMAC and were leased by ANA trough Saab Automobile AB.

ANA sold a number of brands most connected to GM, but losing its main brand, Saab, which was a major source of income for ANA, forced ANA to cut back on expenses. Negotiations regarding the facilities were on-going with GMAC (now known as Ally) during most of the spring, did however not result in an agreement over costs of leasing the facilities. GMAC kept its position and ANA decided to move out, which left GMAC with a huge costly empty building which really can’t be used for anything else than selling cars. To my knowledge GMAC has failed to find a new client for the facilities.

The move took place during and shortly after the delivery of the last 9-3 to the Saab Cars Museum in May. Its kind of ironic that the last car was also one of the last deliveries made out of that amazing building.

BUT, ANA is certainly not gone and and actually, its not too far away from where they used to be. The main maintenance and parts facilities are now located just a few hundred meters from the old facilities, in a building where Saab’s company cars used to be delivered. ANA in fact was the company who handled that for Saab as well and it was only logical for them to move there. It is a very nice facility having a great number of lifts and work-stations, this is in fact where the last Saab’s of the PRE-NEVS era were built. I had a chance to visit the facility last week and I must say that it looks very inviting. The car sales are now done out of ANA’s beautiful facilities in Vänersborg, which used to be a dealership that ANA acquired a few years ago.

ANA used parts sales (SDCC as it was called before) is also still up and running like never before in the same facilities as they’ve always been housed. Special cars and police cars are still being built by ANA.

For all of you who will visit us at the Octoberfest you’ll get to visit all of ANA’s facilities as ANA is one of the main contributors of the event, more details coming soon! =)

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Hirsch Carbon-Leather Dash for United Kingdom

September 7, 2012 in ANA, SU Shop

ANA and SaabsUnited have started working together with a few special items and the first offer was for the Right-hand drive (RHD) Hirsch Carbon Leather dash panels for the United Kingdom. The instrument panel was intended for the Independence edition 9-3 and the parts were acquired by ANA from Saabs bankruptcy.

The panel will fit all 9-3′s from 2007-2012. This is an SU Exclusive offer and the amount available is very limited.

There are a few still available now via SaabsUnited for a price of 300 GBP* (2995 SEK) which is exactly the same price that ANA is offering the LHD version for in Sweden.

If you are interested in buying a right hand drive instrument panel, send us an order and once we have received payment, we will send you the instrument panel.

Send your order to shop@saabsunited.se

*Price is depending on the exchange rate. Shipment within the UK is not included in the price!

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SU / ANA-Shop now open

June 1, 2012 in ANA

As we told you about a few weeks ago, SU and ANA have entered a partnership where SU acts as a distributor for international sales of ANA. This because of ANA’s current limited capability to manage the huge amount of orders coming in which have cause some delays in some cases. The prices are exactly the same as ANA charges. This online store is managed by RobinM in the United Kingdom.

The list of products right now is not extensive but it will grow so make sure to have a look there from time to time. Customers in Sweden are to order their parts directly from ANA.

Have a look at the top right corner of SU for the ANA-Shop!

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Hirsch Carbon-Leather Panel for United Kingdom (RHD)

May 28, 2012 in ANA

RHD Hirsch Carbon-Leather instrument panel

ANA and SaabsUnited have started working together with international parts distribution and the first offer we’re making is for Right-hand drive (RHD) Hirsch Carbon Leather panels for the United Kingdom. The instrument panel was intended for the Independence edition 9-3 and the parts were acquired by ANA from Saabs bankruptcy.

The panel will fit all 9-3′s from 2007-2012. This is an SU Exclusive offer and the amount available is very limited.

They are available for pre-order via SaabsUnited for a price of 270 GBP* (2995 SEK) which is exactly the same price that ANA is offering the LHD version for in Sweden.

If you are interested in buying a right hand drive instrument panel, send us an order and once we have received payment, we will send you the instrument panel. The whole sale is managed by our UK resident Robin Morley.

Send your order to ana@saabsunited.se

*Price is depending on the exchange rate. Shipment within the UK is not included in the price!