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Pang Da And Youngman Stay Optimistic

November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized reports that Pang Da and Youngman are optimistic to strike a deal by Friday, 25th:

It’s Automotive News China, which reports on a continued hope for Chinese companies, Youngman and Pang Da that manage to get GM on its side in the Saab deal. The intent of the parties signed would be binding on November 15 but will now be extended until 25 November, ie this Friday.

The interesting info is that the MOU will be extended until Friday. This, in combination wit Youngman sending money to Saab to pay the wages, indicates that the Chinese are pretty optimistic about the case.

I’d tend to think that the new offer contained some serious efforts since GM’s spokesman James Cain confirmed that there will be no ok for a 100% takeover by Pang Da and Youngman (

Are you prepared to accept a deal with Youngman and Pang Da owns 100 percent of Saab?
“No. Let me be clear. Saab and Youngman can do whatever they deem best for the company. But if there is one hundred percent takeover of Saab, they will do it without the vehicles we supply, 9-4X, and without GM’s technology, “said James Cain.

Looks like this week is yet about to become interesting.


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Attention NG 9-5 owners software update

November 22, 2011 in News, Uncategorized

I have My 9-5 at my dealer Svenska Bil to have a removable Tow-hitch installed and some minor service. My technician called me and told me that they had recieved a software update from Saab that resolves the issues that some owners have experienced with the Steering-wheel lock and start button.
So head over to your dealer, why not since You are at the dealer, give the car and yourself an early X-mas gift. Why not something Hirsch. Tuning upgrade or why not The New leather dash and aluminium pedals.
Just lets hope Saab in the future as a premium brand would contact all owners directly and offer time/appointments for service announcements, updates etc.

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NEWS! Negotiations takes new twist!

November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

According to and tuesday morning the new twist is somewhat like this.
A new offer is presented to GM by Youngman and PangDa. In return they get the licenses for 9-3, NG 9-5 plus the possibility to buy 9-4x.
Guy Lofalk and the Swedish Government ready for heading to Detroit without Victor Muller.
The sources say that GM is not in a hurry to finalize anything. Same sources say that “The ball is now with GM. We get a positive answer and negotiations picks up, or a no and in that case Saab goes belly-up”
Youngman has sent fundings to Saab to cover for this months salaries.

Guess more will unfold as the daylight slowly enlightens Sweden today!

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Car & Driver features Bud Clark and his Saabs

November 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Picture from Car & Driver Magazine
Good old Bud Clark in California is featured in a nice article in Car and Driver.

Bud has been working on Saabs since early 60 ies. Nice pictures of his cars including the super unique Saab Quantum.
For Saab people in California and US he is an institution of knowledge, Heritage and carrier of Saab history.

Design Study: The view from behind

November 19, 2011 in Saabology, Uncategorized

Last week, we embarked on an in-depth look at a key visual element of Saab: The Saab Grill.  Now it is time for us to go for a short jog and get ourselves a good look at the view from behind.  Most of us like to think that this is a view that other drivers (excepting other lucky Saab owners of course) will be intimately acquainted with.  And just as we all want to sneak up on them with class, we want to zoom past them with style.  My limited artistic abilities and non-existent photo-shopping skills prevents me from providing a general diagram of the Saab back-side, as I did with the Saab grill.  But, it turns out that there is enough “going on”, visually speaking, that I believe the best way to proceed with our study, is to look at examples and point the various interesting facets of the design.  So without further ado, we have our first example: The Saab 900 SE

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SvD features two NY Saab SU profiles

November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Swedens second largest morning newspaper Svenska Dagbladet feature two New York Saab guys. Alvaro Isla and Clint Grimes and their collection of Saab cars. a rally nice write up. They have been to Trollhättan twice most recently at the SU OctoberFest. I did not get a chance to talk with them but I bet they will be back again. Read the rest of this entry →

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9-5´s extended family grows mother GM delivers XTS

November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

Cadillac XTS

Mother GM has come down with yet another sibling to big brother SAAB 9-5 and middle sibling Buick Lacrosse. They all share the same last name Epsilon 2. Yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show the Cadillac XTS was officially seen for the first time. The other brother Buick LaCrosse was there at the show but big old brother Saab 9-5 was at home in Sweden.
It is interesting to see how similar the siblings are and yet so different.
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SU version 2,0 New features

November 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

The photo album functions in the user profile is now activated. Click on your profile and then album, where you can upload photos that others can view.

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SUHRT 99 Rally car for sale!

November 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Photo taken inside ANA Trollhättan

SaabsUnited Historic rally Team is selling the latest creation. The car that was built in record time to take part in the SU OctoberFest in Trollhättan.
The car has served its purpose and did outshine most of the newer cars in the ANA Showroom that sunny saturday. Read the rest of this entry →

Design Study: The Saab Grill

November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Aside from being a SaabsUnited Crew Member by night: my day-job consists of writing software.  It is for this reason that you would be right in thinking that is rather odd for a Software Engineer to discuss an artistic topic such as automotive visual design.  But, the fact of the matter is: just as there is a heavy artistic component to visual design, there is a lot of interesting science at play as well.  What us Saab fans refer to as “design language” is really just a set of special rules that Saab designers follow when they are making changes to a current model vehicle to give it a more updated, fresh and modern look.  Of course, there is no denying the artistic component to this work (which from my drawings below is sorely lacking), but when all of the embellishments are eliminated we arrive to a fundamental core that is decidedly linear and dare I say: elegant.

And to the right, my friends would be the fundamental Saab grill.  It really is quite simple: a vertically bisected trapezoid with two slanted “bands” on the left and right.  Saabs of the 1970′s and 1980′s sport this grill in its most simplest form as we see in the picture shown below, to the left.

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Blast from the past for Cambridge Saab

November 9, 2011 in News, Uncategorized

Local UK car dealership, Cambridge Saab, recently played host to the national Annual General Meeting of the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain and unearthed a great heritage story in the process.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday 29th October at the Buckingham & Stanley site on High Street in Harston, Cambridge, was attended by upwards of 50 members of the Saab Owners Club from all over the UK.

A great surprise for Dealer Principal, James Howarth, and his team at the event was to meet a member who had bought his first Saab from the dealership (formerly known as Wightman’s Garage) in 1968, just a few months after the site opened for business.

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