SAABSTANCE Singapore

Hello and greetings from Singapore!

Firstly, will like to congratulate the new refreshed SAABSUNITED page as well as the new Svenska Saabklubben Team for taking over this fabulous site that all SAAB Fanatics globally have grown to love and to appreciate over the years.

Personally used to have had the pleasure of 5 SAABs and it has been nothing short of an exciting journey and relatively fuss free.

MY 01 SAAB 9-5 2.0t

MY 06 SAAB 9-5 SC 2.0t

MY 00 SAAB 9-5 2.3T HOT AERO

MY 06 SAAB 9-3 SC 2.0T VECTOR

MY 08 SAAB 9-3 SS 2.0T AERO – VRN “360” as you may have seen in some photos

Will be showcasing to you some images taken by yours truly as well as a short write up of Singapore. Scroll on!

 

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SaabsUnited, a slight facelift

As you probably can tell by now, we’ve changed the theme of SaabsUnited. The old theme had been abandoned (by its developer) since more than two years back. This caused the old theme to lack certain functions and potentially contain security holes.

We’ve carefully selected a new theme that is similar to the old one. The new theme is actively updated and works well with all screen sizes (from smart phones to computers and even 4K resolution screens). We’ve also tried to keep all things “as they were” in regards to menus, login form, ads etc.

Again, SaabsUnited will still be SaabsUnited.

We’re not done with the new theme. Among other things we’re gonna add the right logotype (an original of it doesn’t exist, to my knowledge, so it has to be recreated). We also want to make it easier to browse the archive and find (older) interesting posts.

As always, feel free to let us know if there’s something you like/dislike in the comments.

Contribute to SaabsUnited!

SaabsUnited is now managed by Svenska Saabklubben, the Swedish Saab Club, a non-profit organization since 1976 with more than 3 000 members (of which 10 % are international members). We intend to maintain the archive and history of SaabsUnited, as well as improve and expand SaabsUnited with new posts and Saab relevant content.

In the past, SaabsUnited has primarily consisted of posts by certain authors. They have done an excellent job with the site and they are all more than welcome to continue contributing here. Separate information has been sent out to them as well.

But now we need your help. All of you Saab enthusiasts, clubs and alike. We want to read about your Saab cars, projects, meet ups, thoughts and adventures. We want to see your pictures and view your videos. The Saab community is still strong, let’s show it here at SaabsUnited!

– How to contribute to SaabsUnited

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Welcome to SaabsUnited.com at Saabklubben

If you are reading this, then you are visiting SaabsUnited.com in the server environment of Svenska Saabklubben. The whole website, with 5 728 posts, 10 702 users and 66 600 comments have now been moved. If you aren’t logged in already, you should be able to login as usual with the login form in the sidebar.

SaabsUnited.com should be working just as it has done before.

Note the word “should”. This was an extremely large operation and even though we’ve tested the website thoroughly, you may still find some errors. Please report them in the comment field below or by email to [email protected]. We are closely watching the performance (speed) of the website as well, in order to upgrade our server resources if necessary.

The actual transfer (and processing) of all data took almost 36 hours to complete. A small number of comments, that was posted on the website during the transfer period, haven’t been moved. If you know that you’ve posted a comment here recently, feel free to check and re-post if necessary.

A meeting with the local section Hallandia of Saabklubben.
A meeting with the local section Hallandia of Saabklubben. Saabklubben has local sections all over Sweden.

Theory: Saab and Volvo may become siblings

saab-volvoThere have been a lot of news articles and stories following the announcement that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab for their future electric cars (starting with NEVS 9-3 in 2017).

The motor journalist Jan-Erik Berggren, from Expressen (one of the two larger evening papers in Sweden), has an interesting theory on the future of the Saab brand. He actually claims that Saab and Volvo may become siblings.

The reason for this is that CEVT (China-Euro Vehicle Technology), a company owned by Geely and Volvo, are working on a new C-segment car platform that is supposed to launch with a new brand name. CEVT consists of more than 1 900 people, with locations in China, Gothenburg and Trollhättan.

The CEO of CEVT is Mats Fägerhag, former VP Product Development at Saab in Trollhättan (where he worked for 20 years). And remember, Geely were one of the companies bidding for Saab back in the GM days.

So the theory from Jan-Erik Berggren is that CEVT may reach an trademark agreement with Saab AB. This would mean that Saab is re-introduced as a new compact car, within the same family as Volvo.

What’s your thoughts on this? Would you rather buy a NEVS car from Stallbacka (the former Saab main plant in Trollhättan) or a Saab car from Torslanda (the Volvo main plant in Gothenburg)?

A few trademark thoughts (or a crazy idea?)

As you all probability has seen will Nevs from now on use the Nevs trademark on their products. If Nevs would use “Saab” trademark or something else has been discussed here at SU for a long time,  and now we got the answer. For me personally I would say it’s sad the Saab trademark now officially is history, but this scenario isn’t something that was absolutely unexpected. I would like to wish Nevs all the best with the new trademark,  but there is a question I guess many Saab-enthusiasts will raise now.

Saturday 6th was the National day of Sweden, so I found a Swedish flag and drove my T16 down to the Stallbacka factory for some photos.
Saturday 6th is the National day of Sweden, so I found a Swedish flag and drove my T16 down to the Stallbacka factory for some photos.

What will happen with the big Saab signs that’s placed around on the factory site?

The obvious answer is of course that Nevs will remove them –  it’s simply no need for them now,  when Nevs is the new trademark.

I know this signs have been a very popular photo location for us fans,  and for many this had been the highlight at the visit to the factory area at Stallbacka. I also noticed in social media that many people in the Trollhättan area used the day today just to secure a picture of their car in front of the big Saab sign at Stallbacka.
With the Saab signs down at Stallbacka, and at the ANA dealership building there nowadays are signs for a German brand, so that we have left of the three popular “Saab-destinations” in Trollhättan that the average Saab tourist visited is the Saab Car Museum.
In the future I’m sure the museum will be more and more important for us Saabnuts, and the absolute obvious place to visit if you visit Trollhättan, so I have a crazy idea.
I don’t know if this is something that’s possible to realize,  but why not take one of the big Saab signs you see when you enter the Saab factory area at Stallbacka and place it on the museum area (or if that’s impossible –  take one of the other big signs that is mounted on the buildings and mount it on a wall outside the museum), preferably so future Saabnuts can take a picture with this sign in the background.
Again, I must precise that it’s just a idea,  but I hope Nevs and Saab Car Museum notices this idea and have a look at if it’s possible to do this for us nostalgic(??)  fans…