The Saab PhoeniX concept was not understood by everybody when it was presented at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011. But it was the concept that should have started a new phase in the life of Saab as a car company. It was quirky enough to be declared as a Saab, and some years later a company in southern Germany did imitate it at some point when they created their most futuristic car at that point.
It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.
Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.
The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.
IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).
Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.
IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.
I love the comments section here at SaabsUnited. Our readers are some of the most experienced and social Saab enthusiasts in the world. The comments from you guys (and girls) are interesting, educational and inspirational for us. For that, I’m very grateful.
Sometimes though, the comments section gets out of hand. Comments without relevance are posted. Words that wouldn’t be said face-to-face are used. Some seem to forget that we all are Saab enthusiasts. The “Saab spirit” is lost and that’s no fun at all.
I’ve been thinking about this for some time.
First off, we don’t want to moderate the comments section. We’re all adults with a common interest and we should be able to get along here. Of course, if someone clearly missbehaves then we’ll kick him/her out of here. But that’s really the worst case scenario.
The most relevant and interesting comments should be highlighted and brought to the top of the comments section. Some posts here have more than 100 comments and it’s not always easy to find the good ones. An upvote/downvote system is required for this.
And again, SaabsUnited should be SaabsUnited. The easiest solution would be to implement an external comments solution, such as Disqus, Facebook comments or similar. They all have built-in support for up/downvotes, popular comments, social login etc. But then it wouldn’t be SaabsUnited anymore.
Finally, it should be easy to comment. The comments have to load fast and work just as well in a regular web browser as with a smart phone. No unneccesary clutter.
After a lot of research, I’ve now improved the comments section here at SaabsUnited. It’s easier to see the comment threads, you can up/downvote comments, the most popular comments are listed first, it’s easy to subscribe to comment replies and you can even login with your Facebook account here.
– Facebook login at SaabsUnited
The Facebook functionality is only active for those who choose to use it. I personally don’t use Facebook and I strongly dislike all kinds of tracking (SaabsUnited does not track those who doesn’t want to be tracked). So the Facebook integration is minimal. I’m planning to add similar (minimal) login support for Twitter as well.
If you login using Facebook you can also connect your Facebook account to your SaabsUnited account (or create a new SU account). In this way, you’ll be logged in to SaabsUnited if you’re logged in to Facebook. But note that (almost) everything you do online is tracked by Facebook if you’re logged in at them.
So, feel free to check out and test the improved comments in the comment field to this post. Let me know if there’s any particular feature that you would like to see added to the comments section as well.
As you all know, not all parts of the new cars from Trollhättan are being made at the Stallbacka plant. NEVS, and Saab Automobile before them, has a large number of independent parts suppliers. And as NEVS are planning to build new cars, the parts suppliers are now also starting to “gear up” again.
In the former Saab model workshop, Cliff Models, are working with NEVS as one of their largest customers. TTELA recently reported that Cliff Models have purchased a Parpas Diamond 30. This is a state of the art gantry style machining centre, used to produce everything from simple models to more complex solutions with hardened steel.
This Diamond 30 machine is the only one in existence in Sweden today. It’s a big investment for Cliff Models in cooperation with NEVS. Their previous machine could manage at most 5 tonne, while the new machine can manage up to 50 tonne. The work space (where the models/prototypes are made) is 3 x 3 meters and 1,2 meter in height.
Today we hear of the sudden passing of a truly lovely, warm, charismatic ambassador for SAAB not just here in the UK but abroad too.
Jonathan Nash was a great Managing Director of Saab GB who always showed huge enthusiasm for the brand and had a knack of making everybody in his company feel at ease.
During my time with SAAB at dealership level I met him on many occasions both at events and during his dealership visits. It was at these dealership visits that the first thing he would do upon arrival was to go around each individual in each department and have a relaxed chat with them before heading upstairs. A small gesture you may think but it meant a lot to the staff and he knew it. The last time I saw him was at Erik Carlssons funeral and he still had that lovely warm caring nature. He will be missed by so many.
Please see attached message from Corin Richards, Managing Director:
It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Jonathan Nash, who passed away during the night on Tuesday, after suffering a heart attack.
Jonathan was a charismatic and energetic man, who worked with Saab GB since 1989, culminating in his stewardship as Managing Director from the launch of the 9-3 (9440) series in 2003 until 2010, when he took up a senior management position at Saab Automobile. Since 2012 he had been working as a Director with the consultancy and training group, PHM.
Our thoughts at this very sad and shocking time are with the family he leaves behind; his wife Helen and their 3 children.
Corin Richards / Managing Director
Last week I went with my family on a vacation trip to the northern part of Sweden. Northern Sweden is beautiful with its vast landscapes of high mountains, deep valleys, huge forests and coast. This time of the year the sun never sets either. The scenery is breathtaking, especially behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3X.
Besides the family vacation, we also went to an oldtimer meetup in the town of Ramsele. There we met up with the Saabklubben localsection of Norrland. A member of the club had arranged for a dinner with a tour of the local power station Storfinnforsen the evening before the meetup. We even got to drive our Saabs across the dam (which, if I remember right, is the largest concrete dam in Sweden).
All Saabs are welcomed in Saabklubben and the cars on the tour ranged from Saab 93 to Saab NG9-5.
A couple of days after the news that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab, a number of Saab car enthusiasts were invited to a meeting with NEVS at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Among others, the chairmen of Svenska Saabklubben and Saab Turbo Club of Sweden were there, with the Saab Car Museum curator. NEVS held a presentation and showed the group around the plant.
A more throughly analysis/editorial from the chairman of Saabklubben will follow here at SaabsUnited soon, but for now we have a Q&A (questions & answers) with NEVS along with a large number of pictures from the meeting. These are questions from us and from the readers of SaabsUnited.
Here are two of my SAAB’s in sunny weather at my summer house.
I bought the Cab last autumn in Malmo and drove it to my summer-house in south-west of Sweden, in the belief that I had a car for the summer season 2016. It was not passing the MOT this spring – because of rusty floors. When uncovering the metal from the inside, I realized that I had a big job waiting in replacing the rusty floor panes. I have bought another (cheap) 900 with fine floors which I will “move” to the cab. Another project was to get all the vacuum controlled devices work. After replacing about 6m of vacuum rubber tubes, things started to work again – even the cruise control! The soft top and the rear window has to be replaced – it has probably been replaced some years ago by a non-professionel person, bad workmanship. The rear window lifts are not working – no 12V supply to the switches, even though the front lifts work (same fuse).
These cabs (900OG) seems to increase in value these days since they are approaching the magic age of 30 years. SAAB enthusiasts do everything to keep SAAB’s running! That’s the good reason why I want to save this Cab.
So far my SAAB’s are: 1987 900T16Cab, 1972 96 (newly restored by me), 1997 9000CSE and my daily car 2011 9-5 NG. I will keep you posted as the Cab restoration proceeds.