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Ready For A New Owner

June 5, 2012 in News, SAAB Automobile AB

There has been a lot of people in comments saying that everyone from Saab is gone or that all that was good has moved on. In an article posted on ttela today, we find a different story. The story starts by stating that 60 former key persons at Saab are ready to provide services to a new owner. These people they say know more about the Saab brand and its concrete content than perhaps any other.

Here are the key points to me that are laid out in the ttela article:

We are a 60 or so people who can make off distance significantly shorter when you want to start car production again, said Stig-Göran Larsson, former technical development manager at Saab.

I have been in contact with the administrators and offered our services. With our help, you could shorten the time for a restart with two or three months, says Larsson.

Stig-Göran Larsson has also attached a document in the letter to the administrators, in which he lists as the 60th century, people can contribute. On the personnel side, it is among other things to help with names for recruiting, on the purchasing side contacts with all Saab suppliers, on the marketing side of the contacts with the now destroyed dealer network and, particularly, in the technical evaluation of how and what will need to change the existing Saab models for GM retains its negative stance.

He also touches on the Phoenix platform and what would need to be replaced should GM continue to have a negative view on Saab. Thankfully this seems quite simple.

Yes, the drivetrain will need to be replaced.

There is also mention of other names on the list of 60. I think he has some good company there too.

Among those he mentions, which are linked to network, hear Kjell ac Bergström, former President of Saab / GM Powertrain, Jorgen Burnert, former deputy head of personnel and with them a number of other key individuals who have been involved in Saab’s journey over the past few decades. What exactly they can help with is of course dependent on the business plan for a new owner has.

At the end of this article he says he has confidence in Mahindra and Youngman as they have an arrangement to restart based on the existing Saab technology. I’m not sure how this arrangement works because of the always in the back of our minds GM issues, but this does interest me. In regards to NEVS, he feels less certain of what this group could contribute because he is not sure like the rest of us as to what their business plan is.

I think it’s important for us to not rush to judgement on any of the bidders as of yet because we don’t know the whole story. Like Till said yesterday, it really frustrates me that deadlines are never kept and that someone this far into negotiations can still come back with another offer and have the administrators slow things down again to look at it. Personally I want what’s best for Saab and the people that make it what it is. I won’t make the keep calm statement, but I will say that to those that think there is nothing left or that this is beyond hope, just know that there is still fight left in Saab and a lot of the fighters that have been fighting for years are still there and ready to step in.


Last Batch Of 2012 RHD 9-3 Convertibles Available Now In The UK

May 18, 2012 in News, SAAB Automobile AB

As reported earlier by Robin, the UK now has the final batch of RHD convertibles ready for sale. A report today in This Is Staffordshire covers a little more detail.

THE very last 26 hand-finished, right-hand drive Saab 9-3 Convertibles are up for sale – after which there will be no more of what has been a remarkably popular car over the past 25 years.

Now I for one am not sure or positive that these will in fact be the last 9-3’s or 9-3 convertibles ever produced, but I can almost as a betting man bet on the fact that they may in fact be the last RHD’s ever produced. I think personally the cost of running a small number of RHD’s on the production line slows production and becomes an unneeded expense to the business plan. This has not been confirmed to me by anyone but is my opinion based on numbers.

They go on to mention that these 26 are available in three levels, SE, Aero and Independence. They also mention two engine options of the 2.0L turbo gas engine and the 1.9L diesel. For us in Canada, we didn’t even get 26 convertibles last year and had one engine option. I would say if you want a convertible, the time is good in the UK now.

It is said that these cars are available through some of the network of Saab authorized repairers, but there is no list of who has them. Some dealers have opted not to purchase any.

Mike Shotbolt, manager at the former Holdcroft Saab, which now has the Chevrolet franchise, says: “We have not taken any because by the time we have added a warranty, they will be quite an expensive car and we are doing extremely well with used 9-3 Convertibles, which we are selling from around £12,000 for a typical three-year-old example. We give a 12-month warranty on these used cars and they are in excellent condition, so I am not sure that someone would pay nearly double for one of these last ones.

I can see the point of the dealer not wanting to risk buying a bunch of these cars when they don’t feel they need them. I also know that where I’m standing that if I had them, I could find people for them. A three year old 9-3 convertible buyer is not the same buyer as the new car buyer. The new car buyer is typically the one trading in that three year old convertible to buy a new one. I understand too that I am not in the UK market and different markets command different trends. If you are a dealer in the UK and you have some of these cars, please respond in the comments and let people know where to go to find them.

Making of Saab “Re-born” commercial

April 17, 2012 in SAAB Automobile AB

OctoberFest: Engineers – ePower presentation

March 20, 2012 in SAAB Automobile AB, SaabsUnited Related

Niklas Andersson - ePower Engineer

Giving the recent news about BAIC and their interest in SAAB and producing electric cars in Trollhättan, we’re reposting this post with a lot of video’s showing exactly what the SAAB ePower is, including a test drive of the car.

This video was produced during the SaabsUnited OctoberFest

Niklas Andersson, Engineer at Saab talked about the 9-3 ePower, where it is today. This is a really great and interesting presentation. If you click more you’ll see that I have also included the test-drive video that I short with Niklas during the afternoon. There is also a video of the ePower rolling in which shows the low level of sound the car actually makes =)

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Aero X concept drawings

March 13, 2012 in SAAB Automobile AB

These are images not widely seen before, the Aero X concept drawings made when the Aero X was being developed… We’ve had the rear image as our top image on our Facebook page for some time and a lot of people didn’t recognize the car so we thought we might as well post the images here as well =) Enjoy! =)

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Another Saab 9-1 Design Concept

March 12, 2012 in SAAB Automobile AB

Saab 9-X Biohybrid Concept

About a week ago we revealed a design concept for a sporty version of the 9-1. It was a design concept made in 2009 and prior to the Spyker take-over.

However there were more of those versions made of course and today we’re happy to be able to show you, thanx to a newly found friend, another 9-1 design concept.

This car didn’t make it past a computer model either but you can clearly see the similarities from the 9-X Biohybrid Concept car that Saab presented shortly after they launched the Aero  X.

The car features the wrap-around windshield with the top part of the rearview mirrors in black. The front logo in the grill is the version that we find on the concept cars and later on in reality on the new 9-5, 9-4x and 9-3 Griffin. The turbine wheels are of course another thing we find on the new cars.

These sketches were made in March-April of 2009 as part of the design concept study.

The later sketches and proportions made as you have seen, were pushing beyond this language and proportion. But these sketches clearly shows how serious Saab was in developing a smaller car for the market. I truly think that hadn’t it been for the financial situation of the world at the time, Saab would have launched a series of really impressive cars that would have given the competitors a run for the their money!

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March 1, 2012 in SAAB Automobile AB

During the last 5 years we have heard about a compact premium car that was supposed to be developed by Saab, also rumored as the Saab 9-1. The rendering we are now revealing is a clear continuation of the Aero X concept. It gives a clear indication about the design language Saab was going for in terms of a Premium Compact car…

From the photo you can clearly see the lines of the 9-X Air with window shape of the Aero X. I must say that I think this one of the best looking cars I have ever seen and I do hope something similar will come out of it in the future!

This IS what a future buyer of SAAB needs in order to really save the brand!


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Griffin Convertible sales update

February 27, 2012 in Editorial, SAAB Automobile AB

Since the article on SaabsUnited last week about the last of the 9-3 Convertibles being built, the pressure on ANA’s sales department has been to say the least, huge. People from all over the world have gotten in touch with ANA wanting to buy one of the last convertibles of the previous chapter in Saab’s history. If it is the last chapter or not will probably be revealed within a few days.

People as far away as New Zealand and Japan have made calls for right hand drive cars, lots of interest shown from the United States particularly around the area around of Memphis and Boston, but also a call from Canada. European’s are of course also greatly interested in these cars and have made several inquires. Most of the cars today have a potential buyer or even several potential buyers waiting in line. Not a lot of time is given to a potential buyer to decide upon the deal or not.

I was also one of the people who placed a call to ANA showing interest in buying a convertible, and I was aiming for a very special car. A 9-3 2,0T Biopower Griffin Aero in the color Sky Blue.

It was the same car that I covered here at SU on the 30th of May 2011 when we were sent some photos of the car by a “djup strupe”, as soon as we got the photos I had to make my way to Saab to see the car in real life as well.

Last friday I was taken out to see the car in real life once again. It was parked together with all the other convertibles at a secret location in Trollhättan. I had heard from people in the production that there are only three cars painted in Sky Blue in total. One 9-3 SportsCombi, one 9-3 Convertible and one 9-3 Sedan. All of these cars were test cars at Saab and in normal circumstances they would never have been sold to private people until they had served as company cars at Saab for a number of years. We’ve been very fortunate to have gotten photos of all three of these cars here on SU. Sky Blue is in fact not a new color in Saab’s palette. It has a history of being used back in 1996 and 1997 with the color code 262. The cars painted with this color were mainly Saab 900’s.

It was really nice to see these cars in reality and to confirm that the Sky Blue 9-3 is in fact the same car I had the honor of meeting back in may. On the tags the 9-3 had week 134 printed on it which means that it was built in week 13 on the 4th day and during the weekend I have done some research into this car. This car entered the first station in the final assembly plant early in the morning on the 31’st of March 2011 and left the end of line during mid day on April 1st. It was held in an area called the the revision hall which is located at the end of the customer care line where highly trained professionals check the cars one last time for any potential flaws. Cars entering the revision hall are given an even more careful extra check where the cars are standing still and controllers check a long list of items on the car. Since this was a test car it was later rolled out outside the revision hall where I had the honor of meeting it for the first time.

Another friend was also parked in the parking lot together with the Sky Blue car. From the original photos sent to us back in may a nocturne blue 9-3 Griffin convertible is also visible, this car is also parked together with its sky blue brother in the same area. Seeing all the different colors parked next to each other really gives a nice view and I must be very honest to say that when I first saw the Independence Edition version of the 9-3 Convertible I did not at all like the color, in fact I thought it was fairly ugly but as time passes the color has grown on me and last friday I stood there for several minutes and just looked at one of those IE 9-3’s and I must say that I’ve fallen in love with the color, though the only thing I still can’t get used to are the rims…

So during the weekend I have had a lot on my mind. Buying that Sky Blue 9-3 would be an amazing thing to do and owning such a special car would be a true privilege. But such a purchase is not without sacrifice and my financial situation does not allow me to keep the three Saab’s that I have now and add such an expensive car so I would have been forced to trade the most expensive car I have, my 9-5 Griffin SC from 2010 which itself is a very important car for me, being that it is one of the absolute last cars built of the original 9-5’s and one of the absolute last cars to be ordered by a customer. I ordered that car on December 19th, the day after GM decided to wind down Saab.

A 9-3 convertible is, when you really think about it, a very expensive toy and not very practical, and sacrificing a car that I need almost every day and love for a car that I do not need but just want and at the the same time loosing an absolutely huge amount of money is not an equation I could justify to neither myself nor my family. Taking a lot of factors into consideration such as the fact that we are currently renovating our house and absolutely need a Combi is very important.

Taking the decision not to buy this car is probably the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. All my friends knew how eager and how much I really wanted to have this car but in the end they all supported my decision and thought it was the sensible thing to do. So this morning I painfully made the call to ANA allowing the car to be released to the next potential buyer and I am 100% sure that this person will love this extremely special car just as much as I would have!

I truly wish all the buyers of these absolutely amazing cars many years and thousands of kilometers of joy! One day I will join in with a convertible of my own! =)