The entire situation was forced by Sweden’s ultra leftist politics of the time in history. A stronger central government with (at least some) nationalistic sentiments might have saved SAAB. Of course these nationalistic views are growing stronger throughout Europe at the moment. It is a shame that NEVS gets to occupy the wonderful facility in…[Read more]
Seems like an ambitious plan and I wish them the best. I could see myself in the “all-around”. Unfortunately Saabs recent past with Spyker is a huge hurdle to get over. Without being part of a major manufacturer’s portfolio – it’s just way to risky to purchase from this company. Anyone who purchased a Spyker-Saab knows this point preci…[Read more]
NEVS and Saab should be completely separated, never to be aligned again! Allow for Christian von Koenigsegg to offer cars known as “Saab by Koenigsegg”. I think deep inside, Christian’s competitive fire wants to go head-to-head with Munich, Stuttgart, and Ingolstadt. Koenigsegg’s engineering greatness needs to be appreciated by more than the top…[Read more]
I think the fellow at Volvo – Thomas Ingenlath – is creating some very Scandinavian designs. You can see many Saab elements in his designs (see XC coupe concept) and I’m looking forward to the next generation of Volvo’s to hit the market. Volvo is definitely rising!
For me it would be the following:
1997 9000 Aero
2002 Viggen coupe in Laser red
2008 Turbo X Sportcombi
2011 NG9-5 2.8T, XWD in Laser red
If I can go back further in time I’d also have a 99 turbo with Airflow fit and a 900 turbo SPG!
Considering there wasn’t much of a market for these last year, I would rather Saab make a bunch of highly customized GT4 racers out of the remainder of 9-3’s. They’d probably fetch a higher price and cult following.
*Up the turbo to make 320 HP
*Custom Ohlins race shocks
*Manual transmissions only
*Hirsch inspired race bits (flat bottom…[Read more]
dcpattie commented on the post, Get the unique 9-5 NG camera technology for Your SAAB now! 1 year, 3 months ago
The Traffic Sign Recognition system never made its way to the US market. My 2010 NG 9-5 does have the lane departure warning system – how would I go about updating the system to incorporate the other features?
Wonderful heads-up display, first class seats (with a little Swedish tag), first manufacturer to bring Apple’s infotainment system to the market, Scandinavian touches throughout – this is where Saab should be. If we only got it right in 2009 (or on the second try in 2011).
And want to talk about “right-sizing” motors, the T8 is a…[Read more]
The interior layout on this car is world class IMO. The materials are poor and we all recall the supplier mishap during the 2010 launch; however, the seats, shift lever position, center console layout, and HUD that connects to the navigation system are all Saab-smart and clever. At dark, the lighting themes – both inside and on the exterior -…[Read more]
dcpattie commented on the post, SAAB “Expert” Tom Magliozzi / NPR CarTalk has passed away 1 year, 6 months ago
we lost a national treasure! Many Saturday mornings driving to weekend events listening to Click and Clack. And they did love Saabs.
Pricing really hurt this launch. Its too bad SWAN could not afford to lose money on each 9-5 for the first few years – to keep interest in the brand – while slowly releasing new models every 18 months. With the new models to slowly raising the pricepoint and the entire brand along with it. This is exactly what Toyota did with Lexus in 1989 with…[Read more]
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