Great sadness here in the UK today.

Jonathan Nash

 

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.

Regards,

 

Corin Richards / Managing Director

 

NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab

This is just in from NEVS in Trollhättan:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
NEVS launches its new trademark and sets off to shape the future of mobility

NEVS’ vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future by focusing solely on electric vehicles with mobility solutions built around them. To support this vision a new brand identity has been developed – NEVS.

NEVS will be the trademark of the company’s products including the first electric vehicle based on the 9-3 platform with start in 2017. That means that NEVS will no longer use the Saab trademark.

The automotive industry is changing rapidly to better fit societies struggling with pollution and congestion problems. NEVS intends to be in the forefront of this change.

“With sincere respect to our history and heritage, we want to be recognized as ourselves – A sustainable mobility solutions provider who are committed to the environment with a focused growth plan with its own brand as a corner stone,” said Mattias Bergman, President NEVS.

NEVS long-term business goal is set globally, with China as its first priority and most demanding market for the coming years. NEVS intends to build a strong footprint in China as a base for a global expansion, and continue to establish partnerships with forefront runners to shape the future of mobility solutions.

A number of framework agreements have already been signed, including a strategic partnership agreement with Panda New Energy to deliver 150,000 electric cars and another 100,000 electric commercial vehicles, as well as the collaboration with Chinese State Grid, the world’s largest electric utility company.

NEVS has a unique position by combining proven ability to develop and build high quality premium cars and at the same time the opportunity to build an automotive company for the future with new owners and partners specialized in for instance car sharing solutions and charging infrastructure.

”I believe the tipping point for electric vehicles is very near in many key markets. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable city planning, and together with our partners such as State Grid and Panda New Energy jointly introduce a new business model for mobility,” said Jonas Hernqvist, VP Sales & Marketing NEVS.

A transparent approach – with traits such as being inclusive, honest and genuine – is essential for NEVS, both in terms of behavior and visualization. From colors to imagery, our new brand design should always reflect our aim of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future.

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UPDATE! Hi-RES: SAAB 9-3 STCC Racing on Mantorp

Video filmed from a Sony Z Ultra with a iPhone 6. Video by SVT

Right now the 2nd round of the STCC series is on Mantorp Park Raceway. Björn Wirdheim had been in 3rd the whole heat. In the last corner comes the attack on the Seat. The race tonight can be seen on SVT Play live on the web. Not shure if you guys outside sweden can see this.

Saabsunited has a proud heritage in rally and racing and will follow the series this season. At least one race will be covered by me. Yes I will wear my Saabsunited Historic Rally Team jacket. GOOD luck 🍀 Björn and the other Saab drivers.

Svenska Saabklubben is taking over SaabsUnited

Saabklubben loves SaabsUnitedToday an agreement has been made between Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and the owner of SaabsUnited, Till Drescher, where Saabklubben will be taking over the management of SaabsUnited. The primary objective is to make sure the website is properly maintained, so that the content and history of SaabsUnited isn’t lost. Saabklubben intends to keep SaabsUnited as it is, with the crowdsourced community earlier described by Alphonse (where visitors contribute with posts).

SaabsUnited will still be SaabsUnited.

Saabklubben is a non-profit organization founded in 1976, with more than 3 000 active members (approx. 10 % are members outside of Sweden). We care for all models of Saab – from Saab 92 to Saab NG9-5. Saabklubben has a member exclusive spare parts production, with close to 10 000 parts for Saab 92 up until Saab 9000. We also have a close relation to Orio (former Saab Parts) and provide our members with spare parts for their newer Saab car models.

Saabklubben cooperates with several companies that provide parts and accessories for Saab, from Maptun and Nordic Tuning to CardYourCar and Speedparts. These companies provide our members with certain discounts. Saabklubben also provides its members with better insurances for their classic cars, a membership magazine, events and track-days and much more. Saabklubben has local sections in many parts of Sweden, from Skåne and Trollhättan to Norrland and Stockholm.

Feel free to read more about Saabklubben, in English, here: http://saabklubben.se/?lang=en

Existing authors of SaabsUnited are welcome to continue with their contributions and posts here. The site and content will be transfered to the server environment of Saabklubben, which is the exact same as SaabsUnited (WordPress). This means that there will be no changes to the look, feel and functions of SaabsUnited. As when SaabsUnited has changed management before, all authors will be able to have some or all their post removed if they so wish.

Saabklubben will add a number of new editors to SaabsUnited, to ease the management and moderation of the crowdsourced posts.

Finally, we don’t want SaabsUnited to be something of the past. To preserve is important, but we also want to develop and improve SaabsUnited (with your help and feedback). We would love to be able to increase the activity and community of SaabsUnited. The enthusiasts, the clubs and the companies supporting Saab all deserve it. There are also a lot of rumours about Saab, Nevs and so on. SaabsUnited has been, and can still be, the most reliable source of all things Saab.

Again, this agreement was made here today. We have just informed all the authors and major contributors of SaabsUnited. If you have any questions regarding this, let us know in the comments below. You can also contact me, the webmaster of Saabklubben, directly at [email protected].

SaabsUnited as a base for all Saab enthusiasts worldwide

 

 

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Two of Swedens newest and happiest 9-3 CV owners who just drive off in their premier drive after the purchase at the MapTun Meet some weeks ago

 

It is no surprise for anyone in the SAAB Automotive world that after the window of the production in Trollhättan and the end of sale of new SAABs the whole SAAB world has taken quite a hard blow. But it is at hard times like this the need for all good forces to join and build something that is better compared to the present situation. I have through history (yes it sounds like I am a dinosaur with my age of 50) argued for a unification of first the various Swedish SAAB Clubs to make one good and strong that was by the way second by Jan-Åke Jonsson ex. CEO at SAAB Automobile. Then came TrollhättanSAAB that evolved into SAABSUNITED (SU). SU had some glamorous years when we where at the forefront with the latest news from the at that time alive production. The economic game with Victor Muller, Vladimir Antonov and the Swedish Government. And a successful Historic Rally Team to keep us both in the present but also in the glorious past of SAAB engineering and traditions. For Tim and me and some of the other contributors to SU this was a good platform to promote the cars and the brand we all so dearly loved.

So what is the future like? Well the cars that has been made are out there and are cherished by their owners.

But what can we collectively on a global level do to make it possible for everyone to enjoy their cars from the olive-green 92 with 2 cylinders to the B I G NG 9-5?

Why not form a REAL International SAAB organization with SU as the base. The name is good and then just add something like  “Where all the Worlds SAAB entusiasts gather”

Besides the great social activities around the globe and the happiness surrounding the brand there is one area that desperately needs to be worked upon.

The parts, spare-parts and re-manufacturing. Another area that need to dealt with its the emission of the old engines and its technology. SAAB organisations like SU and others desperately needs to be proactive and get started on finding retrofit catalytic converters and means to collect the oily fumes form the cute 2 strokers. Politicians and governments around the globe are coming down on old dirty cars and we have some of the dirtiest most inefficient combustion engines around in some models.

So hoar do we go about safeguarding the past challenge? My idea is to set up a BIG server with every nut & bolt imaginable on SAAB cars. All the listings of parts for every model should be found here. Making the system easy for people who has spare parts laying around the garage to label them and possible have them sold to a fellow SAABer who is out in the system looking for that part number. I know there is so much stuff with SAAB owners around the globe that the need for spare parts for daily drivers  and restorers can be supported for a long time. So let us make good use of the Internet and the great possibilities it gives us. For example I have a set of brand new 18″ 9-3 TurboX wheels. But where can I find the part number easily and where can I post it in a easy task way so that that potential buyer somewhere on the globe can see that they are for sale.

I propose that a parts platform as described had a 10% kickback on all transactions to SU and the potential NEW International SAAB Club. That money could ultimately be used to procure and produce sought after parts that are really gone and near impossible to find. Just like the silver plastic that sits under the rubber belt on the 99 76-78 models. Agreements can be negotiated with DHL or UPS for a collective best deal for the shipment. Who knows we just might have a CEO for a carrier here on SU who could help out. Same goes with someone with the expertise in setting up a program for the searchable parts function described above.

It is time for SAAB people to really Unite again.

 

 

 

InterSaab 2016

Hi Everybody!

Some of us are coming from United Kingdom. We are looking forward to meeting other Saab enthusiasts and to yet another visit to Sweden. We may arrive in a Japanese hire car, because costs are high, but we are coming to meet others with an interest in SAAB cars. Please don’t spoil it for us with petty arguements. I will let you know how we enjoyed it hopefully in August, but that is what we hope to do, meet other Saab nuts, have a few drinks, lot’s of smiles and see the lovely side of Sweden.

Bad enough that our favoured marque of car is no longer made, but we still appreciate them and love the many Sedish people who we met in past occasions like Saab Museum, (where staff are always great) Like when we came in 2011 days after the factory closed and we were welcomed by ANA (Alf) and Peter and Natalie. Last year we were at the Festival, it was great!  Peter and Gunner talking as we ate a memories of Erik hot dog. and all those Saabs in Trollhattan. We were in a hire car Toyota then but the atmosphere was good!      Here in England we love our Saab cars and the fact that they were built for people like us, and we plan to enjoy them for as long as we can.. Come on Saabers, let’s see some smiling faces, not whats going on in this discussion.

SAABSTRUK of England.

 

The State of Saab in Australia

The last new Saabs arrived in Australia in 2011, a mix of 9-3, 9-3x and new 9-5’s. Since then we know the story worldwide has been Saab’s demise, the saga involving NEVS and the rise of ORIO AB. But here in Australia things haven’t been so up and down I suppose. Saab Australia closed in 2013 with the loss of 6 jobs, we were fortunate enough to have a small population of NG9-5’s but no 9-3 Griffin’s.

So where do we get parts? Well, we have one official importer of genuine parts Alec Mildren a former Dealer and most of the ex-dealerships still service cars in the capital cities but nothing exists regionally. Which leaves us with the dilemma of ordering parts from dealers, shopping online or going to one of the few Saab dedicated wreckers located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In my opinion I’d like to see ORIO AB properly launch service programs and a proper website with web shop, but seeing as we are a small market I find this unlikely to happen.

My 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero at Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia
My 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero at Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia

What about the car supply? There is a steady stream of classic 900’s and 9000’s all the way up to modern 9-3’s and 9-5’s. Prices are low which makes the market a great for potential buyers.

To Be Continued…