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January 31, 2013 in Fan Stuff, SaabsUnited Related, Sotw

Community to me is one of the most important things that SAABSUNITED brings to the SAAB fans worldwide. We all have a common bond in that we want to see our beloved brand come back to life, we want to see a return of the good old days and we want to talk to or find people who are just as crazy as us about a brand that means more to us then some people do. Earlier this week we read about how much SAABSUNITED believe in NEVS and some of what Tim and Till have planned to bring forward in the coming months to make this site even better and in turn making us all, more connected.

One of the things we brought back recently was SAAB Of The Week. This has been very well received and has become a highly interactive with fans interacting with each other and sharing their love and passion for SAAB. On our Facebook page, we have an album full of every entry. In the last 2 weeks we switched it from being just SU choosing a photo that jumped out to an individual to choosing based on Facebook likes and comments on the vehicle pictures. This means you can directly impact who’s vehicle is chosen for the week. This has also brought over 140 more SAAB fans to the SU Facebook page in 15 days to share photos and conversations.

SOTW Screen ShotLast week I made a SOTW page for the main site here in which I have also added all the photo submissions and when you click the photo it opens a new page where you can leave notes for the owner of the SAABs you love or in most cases, set a new screensaver on your computer.

I would encourage people to leave notes and talk about the photos that jump out at you. Nothing feels better to a SAAB fan then to talk about their cars, your cars or SAAB in general.

We are currently working on a lot of different things to allow the community to become more connected then ever before and there are lots of exciting things in the works.

We are one month into a new year and I am more excited for 2013 then I was for most of 2012. There are still hurdles to overcome and questions to be answered but we will cruise this road together. I look forward to more of your stories to come in the coming year and look to share more with everyone who makes SAABSUNITED a part of their daily routine. When we come together, we do things that others can’t see being possible and we have to look no further then to the Saab Museum and a certain white 9-3 to remind ourselves.

2013 is going to be fun on SAABSUNITED and through my conversations with both Tim and Till, I can tell you that the user experience here is going to continue to get better and better and they are 100% committed to this. We haven’t forgotten the SU Store either as we look to develop more products and have already dramatically improved the functionality of the store itself. The commitment here is huge and I hope you all enjoy what we bring forward.

We are Saab because Saab is what we eat, breath and sleep. Saab is the good four letter word :)

Oh and keep your photos coming to jason.d.powell@me.com

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by Tim

How much does SU believe in NEVS?

January 28, 2013 in News, SaabsUnited Related

Well I think most of you could answer that question but regardless I’ll share some news about what we’re planning within the SU Crew.

Step 1: Peter is right now examining hardware requirements for a brand new, really powerful server. We’re looking at ordering the hardware and building the computer in february.

Step 2: For the past year we’ve been looking at what we want to include in SU Version 3. We’ve got the specifications pretty much in place and we’re also looking at a serious graphical upgrades with support for iOS and Android apps. The big difference will be for members of SU who will get a real share of new features to play with! The first thing we’re going to introduce is something called WPMU (WordPress MultiUser) which is the full implementation of user-generated blogs on SU. We still dont know if we’ll take it the whole way but the full version basically means that you could start your own blog on SU called username.saabsunited.com or saabsuntied.com/username. We’re still in the development phase but the aim is to have these articles presented in full on a sub-page of SU. The blog would be fully compatible and integrated into SU with the same user-interface / graphical options and access to all the members at SU. So no need for dual memberships on different websites, you can use the same login to comment on a number of blogs, photos etc posted by other users and viewed directly on SU.

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by Tim

User created articles

January 19, 2013 in SaabsUnited Related

Ever since I took over SU, I’ve had the vision of a website where visitors can share and contribute to the content of the website. Comments is one thing that is extremely important, adding a forum was the next logical step and I have to say that the amount of content on the forum has grown nicely and continuously. User-to-user messages, user-groups and other types of communication between people is very important. SU version 2, that we launched in november 2011 made all of this possible but it doesn’t stop there.

My vision is to have a website where the main page is controlled by us writers in the crew, but to have an additional page of user-created content. In the end I’d like that to be a page where users can create blog-posts that can have the same capability as the ones we create on the front page. There should also be a garage-type function where people can create a profile for their car, upload images and constantly update that profile. In the end, our cars and the interest we have in our brand is the main reason why we’re here. That is what SU version 3 will be and its something we’ve been working on for the past year.

To start off I’ve created a very simple way to share news and Saab related stuff. It’s created via forms and uses the same system as our sell your saab page. Anyone visiting this website can publish a short article about something they feel is important to share, its instant and you dont even have to be a registered member to do it…

The page is called “articles” (can be found above in the menu) it will be the first step in a development phase where the end result will be the vision I just described. This first step only allow you to write a title, some text and upload a photo. Remember, this is a form of “beta-version” and only the first step, but I hope it’ll result in some cool stuff to read take SU on the journey to become a more user-created website.

Hope you like it! =)

http://www.saabsunited.com/articles

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by Red J

Ms Red is now officially (arctic)Snow White

January 8, 2013 in SaabsUnited Related, Sotw

For the last two to three years my wife (you may call her Ms Red) keeps telling me, that when we have some extra money she would love to own a convertible. In march of 2011 we decided to make a rational choice and we decided to buy a low power diesel 9-3 Griffin Sedan. It should have been a black Vector Griffin with nice full leather seats, but this car was never build. Because of our family plans, and because no new cars are being build in Stallbacka, we forgot about a new car.

Myself and Ms Red kept talking about the convertible thing. We assisted this year at the IntSaab 2012 in Spa(Belgium)and she saw cars like these.

and these

and she kept dreaming about a convertible, knowing that she was too rational to say yes to buying a convertible.

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Happy New Year To You All

December 31, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related

What a year it has been. In the year leading up to 2012 we saw countless deals where Saab had looked to be saved with start and stop production and with it all ending with Saab declaring bankruptcy in December of 2011. To say it has been a tough year for Saab fans would be a complete understatement and would not even begin to paint a picture of the frustrations we have all felt. As a group though, there were many things that happened to make us all feel very connected no matter how far apart we may be.

The year 2012 started with a worldwide rally. The We Are Many, We Are SAAB events that took place January 14-15 sent a strong message that Saab fans are still here as the fans, groups and clubs united around the world to say, someone buy our car company and build us some cars.

Some of the things I will take out of the past year are things that I hope I will grow stronger with in the years to come. There are two camps when it comes to what people think of Victor Muller but one thing he has given me is the never give up attitude. He had said he would never ever give up and he didn’t. That is one thing that will continue to push me as I go forward in anything I do in life. Sure in the end it didn’t work well for him but you can’t fault someone who gave their everything to the cause. I believe for me, the best quote to sum up what this looks like to me is an anonymous one that says, “Do or do not, there is no try. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” In the end, if you have done all you can then success or failure is secondary to the effort you put out and for that, Victor will always have some respect from me.

We can’t forget that another huge thing we saw last year was a community of Saab owners and fans who came together and united to purchase the last production built Saab 9-3 from the Spyker era for the Saab Museum which had just been saved itself in January. Near the end of April last year, we posted about trying to save the last 9-3 and started collecting donations for it. Within just over two weeks this was accomplished with donations coming from all over the world. I often talk about what SAABSUNITED means to me and this best sums it up in a group of people who love the brand so much that they unite when needed and put differences aside. Saving this cars was no small feet and was accomplished even with some doubts about being successful which again brings that quote to mind of “Do or do not, there is no try. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

In the end, our brand was bought through bankruptcy and we are still playing the waiting game. In the very short term though, I have seen parts become more available and see Saab Parts and NEVS working well together and I expect more from both in the near future. I constantly see NEVS adding more job listings which to me is promising. I have a dream for 2013 to be an exciting and ground breaking year for the future of Saab and I can promise that we will continue to bring you everything as it happens.

2012 was a year that a lot of people would like to sooner forget then remember but for me, there were still some incredible things that happened to make it in a way worth it. Sometimes you need to fall to be picked up again and become better then you ever were.

From all of us at SAABSUNITED, Happy New Year to all of you.

 

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by till72

Calendars on their way…

December 3, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related

It has been pretty busy since we started the shipping of the calendars on Friday. I am overwhelmed by the response and am proud to say that we now sold over 200 of them to places all around the world.

We’ve put a lot of effort in this project and it feels great to see the that you like the final results. And we are very happy to state that all orders that are in as of now will be shipped tonight.

Of course the calendars are still available in our SU store. If you have not seen them yet here are some more pics that give you an impression of the product.

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by till72

SU Calendar – we got twins!

November 30, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related

I think most of you will remember a few weeks ago we asked for your Saab pics to put together a SaabsUnited calendar for 2013. Within just one week we got almost 150 mails with way more than 300 pics to choose from. It’s things like these that make me love our community even more and I would like to thank all who attended.

As you can imagine the decision which photos we should use was pretty tough and during that process we came up with the idea of producing a second calendar dedicated to the 9-3 II, which was for many reasons the model that showed up most often.

The calendar size is 21 x 21 cm, printed on glossy paper. In our SU Store you can either order each individually for Euro 11,50 or a set for Euro 20,00. For shipping worldwide we set a flatrate of Euro 3,70, regardless of the number of items. Shipping will start on Friday.
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by Tim

We would like to welcome Martin Lyons to the SU Crew

November 23, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related

Me and the other guys have discussed the issue of bringing in another writer here on SU. I personally had a requirement that this time, we’d bring in someone who has actually worked with Saab. It didn’t take too long until we realized that there is just such a person right here on SU. I first met Martin Lyons at this years Oktoberfest and he is truly a balanced guy with a huge amount of knowledge about Saab. He has been working at a Saab dealership for many years and during my discussions with him I found that he really knows his stuff. He has a great insight in what worked and what didn’t work from a retailers point of view.

Martin will mainly help Robin to cover the big UK market but we also look forward in reading his thoughts about the products and solutions that are coming out of NEVS.

On a personal note I’ve tried to stay away from SU but find it a bit hard to stay away completely, I still log on every day and read the articles and comments, but I still feel that its doing me a lot of good being able to take some time off from writing and all the constant research…

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by Jeff

Driving Habits Polls

November 20, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related, Technical

Updated: It’s been a few months, but this info is finally going to come in handy for a new series we’ll be starting next week. If you haven’t already answered, feel free to chime in the poll. Also I’ve added one new poll at the beginning related to how many cars are in your household and where you park your car at night and during the day.

It’s taken a while for us to get here, but finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I think it’s time to start exploring the possibilities of what a future at Saab could be. As part of my research for a lengthier piece, I need to conduct a quick poll to see how far the average SU reader commutes to and from work and how far they drive on their days off (or if they don’t drive to a typical stationary job). And who doesn’t love a good poll every now and then? :) Feel free to sound off in comments and explain how far you drive and where you are. This isn’t the time to read into the question yet, that’s for the next post I do shortly after we have results. Thanks!

How many cars do you have in your household?

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by till72

SU Calendar 2013 – Final Day for Entries

November 14, 2012 in SaabsUnited Related

SU Calendar 2013

I have to admit I am impressed. As of now we have already received more than 100 mails which contained far more than 200 pics.

Entries are still open until the 14th has ended in all parts of the world. So if you did not send in your pics yet – now is the time.

It will be tough but still a lot of fun to find the final twelve.

We plan to present the final version and open for orders as soon as next week, which should ensure that the ordered calendars arrive in time for christmas.

 

 

North American SU Plate Frames Are Here!!

November 10, 2012 in Fan Stuff, News, Saab Museum, SaabsUnited Related, SU Shop

This last week I have been on holiday and enjoying some much needed family time. On Wednesday we spent the night at a local hot spring resort and came home feeling very refreshed and rested.

Upon our arrival home, I saw a box sitting in my garage and thought what could it be. To my surprise, the SAABSUNITED North American plate frames that I had ordered the week before and was told I’d be lucky to see them in three weeks time, had mysteriously arrived and very early.

SU North American Frame

We have ordered 100 of these plate frames and have used the same logo type that is on the European SAABSUNITED plate frames as well as what you find on the last 9-3 in the Saab Cars Museum with the logo type at the bottom. Yes we know this doesn’t work for all states and cities in North America for the rear plate but is fine for most as a front frame.

We have just added the item to the SU store at the bottom of the page with a quick and easy PayPal button on the page to place your order. Please use the PayPal button for this item in the store as it is separate from the rest of the store. Once in your PayPal account, you will have the option of buying more than one and selecting your delivery address.

The price of this new item is $15CDN which includes shipping for all of North America. You can order right here by clicking the button here or in the SU store at the bottom of the page.

 
This is the first North American exclusive SAABSUNITED product and something we have been talking about doing for a long time. I hope in the future that we will have more products added to the North American store and to have a quick turnaround for deliveries. Once your payment has been received I will ship the product out via mail. Please note, I do have a full time job and this will be done on my off time but I do have a postal drop down the road and don’t see problems with timely deliveries. I hope you all approve and hey, just in time for Christmas lol.