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Nicholas Cage as Saab Performance Team Driver

May 16, 2013 in News

Well, not exactly, but in the new BAIC D Series commercial, Nicholas Cage drives on two wheels as the car’s official spokesperson.

Clearly he had some help from the Saab Performance Team. It’s amazing to me how a great looking Saab can be transformed into something so bland and tired looking. I’m sure an authentic Saab will have a much better reception on the Chinese market, and I’m pretty sure it won’t need washed up American actors to endorse it (though I’d take a relevant celebrity if they’re interested).

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The Second Life of the Dame Edna

April 23, 2012 in News

Carnewschina.com show some pics of the BAIC B70G, which is based on the old Saab 9-5. I am pretty happy that Pininfarina gave this car totally different looks than the Dame Edna but I have to admit the design (and even the name) reminds me a bit of another Swedish car company. Surely just a coincedence.
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Sobering Chinese News Snippets

June 3, 2011 in News

Both recommended reads and both show just how complicated getting past the NDRC is going to be for Saab in China. The first is an analysis from Reuters, and while it cites many skeptical sources, it ends by landing on the hope that BAIC might be the company given the NDRC’s official blessing.

The second comes from Caixin Online (and brought to us through CBS MarketWatch) which spells out a little more clearly and backs up SvD’s claims that Youngman might be the chosen one. I’m not going to comment much on them but to say that Saab clearly has a lot of work to do to get their Chinese joint operation with Pang Da up and running, and I’m confident that the executive teams of both Spyker and Pang Da know what they need to do to get there.

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Morning Snippets: Annual Shareholder’s Meeting Day

May 19, 2011 in News

On the day of the Annual Shareholder’s meeting in Holland, there’s reason for cautious optimism of production starting back up in about a week. But first Victor Muller faces a firing squad from Dutch investors association VEB. Meanwhile, BAIC’s VP Mr. Dong, claims he’s not too worried about Saab’s plans to compete with a new MJV, but just comes off sounding like a jealous ex.

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Guess…That…Car!

April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Before things get too heavy in here, a fun little game for everyone. Guess what we have in the photo?

It’s amazing what a few body panels can do to a car. If you want the answer, click past the break to find out.

 

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BAIC and their SAAB purchase

April 15, 2011 in News

The Shanghai Auto Show is starting next week, with the media days on the 19th and 20th April. Ahead of the show Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co, known as BAIC, are showing off what they have on offer, and there is a lot to be interested in for Saab fans.

I’ll take a look at all the offerings after the jump.

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BAIC buys WEIGL Transmission Plant AB

March 16, 2011 in News

After purchasing the technology for the old Saab 9-5 and pre-2006 Saab 9-3, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC) have further move towards manufacturing the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as Beijing Auto branded cars in the Chinese market.

BAIC have purchase WEIGL Transmission Plant AB, the company that manufacture gearboxes for Saab and GM. Early reports say that the deal, worth 31 million Euro, has included the factory, production equipment and IPR for the F25 and F35 gearboxes that are found in the Saab 9-3 and 9-5.

Brendan

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Friday Snippets – Floods

January 14, 2011 in Saabology

I’ve had quite a few people emailing me about the floods, some asking if we’re OK.

We are absolutely OK. Australia’s a big place and whilst there has been a lot of rain here in Tasmania and some flooding in the north of the state, there’s nothing at all that effects us here in the south. Thanks to all for your concern.

Of course, the big floods are in Queensland, the northernmost state on the east coast of Australia. We’ve all been glued to our TV’s here and there has been plenty to see, around 95% of it quite tragic.

Image from Grantham, the town probably worst hit by the floods, which claimed houses, vehicles and lives in just minutes.

Everyone in southern Australia knows someone who’s moved to Queensland in the last 10 years or so, quite a few of them to Brisbane. We all feel like we’ve got someone involved in this in some way.

If you’ve never seen how a flash flood progresses, watch this video from Toowoomba, which was hit without warning by a flash flood earlier this week (much of this is the water that’s effecting Brisbane now). Amazing.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYUpkPTcqPY

Personally speaking, one of my good friends will have to find somewhere else to live. Her house (a rental, so it’s not hers to rebuild) was overcome very early in the Brisbane flood. Thankfully, she got most of her stuff out and of course, the best news is that she’s safe.

I have a few semi-regular Saab contacts up there, as well, one of whom (Simon L) owns a Saab 99 Turbo that I used to own. Simon lives on high ground and was never in any trouble from the water.

Some of you might be familiar with a bloke named AussieLars, who comments here occasionally. Lars got his Viggen on to high ground before the water came, but there was some concern about the Saab 96 V4 that’s he had stripped and part-way through restoration. Obviously, it wasn’t as portable as the Viggen and time was very short.

As it happens, the water level wasn’t quite as high as people feared and for Lars, that means that the 96 will just need some mild cleanup. Nothing too major. He and Mrs AussieLars will be just fine, which is great to hear.

There are plenty of harrowing stories, however, the most striking and heartbreaking of which is probably that of Jordan Rice and his mother, Donna. Click here.

If you feel moved to support flood victims, many of whom will not be covered by insurance because of their proximity to the river (and because insurers can be bastards sometimes), then I invite you to donate to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, the primary fundraising effort run by the Queensland government.

Again, thanks for your concern, not just personally, but for all the people in Queensland who have done it so tough in the last few weeks.

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On to some more Saab-specific things……

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Beijing Automotive, who were looking to buy Saab back in 2009 but settled for $200m worth of older-generation tooling, are trialling 30 electric cars with the local government in Beijing.

A number of them are based on the Saab 9-3.

Beijing Auto Electric Saab

Beijing Auto has started production of electric ‘Saab’ 9-3’s. The car is called Q60FB and is part of a trial project for electric cars with the Beijing city government. They will make 30 cars in total, including a number of electric BC301Z’s, called the C30DB and a number of electric minivans called MR30DB.

The full story is over at thetycho.com.

BAIC were always pretty serious about doing electric vehicles and using the Saab tooling they bought as part of the project. It’s good to see them progressing on this and I don’t think it’s a bad thing that they’ve used Saab’s bodies instead of their own for such a project.

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I wrote about a new Saab dealership popping up in Seattle a few months ago, but they weren’t online at the time.

It’s good to see Saab of Bellevue are now up and running.

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The Saab 9-5 won a Car of the Year vote in Finland, and I’m pretty sure SU had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Not sounding surprised there, just happy. The Finns love their Saabs, as they should :-)

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BAIC (C60) continues to electrify Saab 9-3

November 10, 2010 in Saabology

The China Car Times have caught an electrified Saab 9-3 lookalike testing in Beijing.

The photos have been ‘shopped to disguise the surroundings. Click.

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Beijing Automotive (BAIC) are hoping to have an electric vehicle based on the Saab 9-3 architecture on the market late in 2011. Readers should note that this is BAIC’s own development and not related to the work Saab is doing on electrification, where they’re releasing a test fleet of 70 electric Saabs in Sweden in conjunction with ElectroEngine, or their new joint venture, e-AAM.

BAIC showed what they’re C60 model could look like at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.

BAIC C60 front

Saab sold technology for the old Saab 9-5 and pre-2006 Saab 9-3 to BAIC for $200 million USD late in 2009. This development is now BAIC’s rather than Saabs but Saab will have an ongoing relationship with BAIC in consulting about these vehicles.

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Wednesday Snippets – airbag edition

October 20, 2010 in Saabology

Tonsilitis still sucks, but the Girl Who Played with Fire was awesome.

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Wulf has picked up on a quick interview with Victor Muller, which appears in the latest magazine from the American International Auto Dealers Association.

You can view the interview itself on Saabworld, or go to the AIADA website and download a copy of the magazine.

It’s a short piece, but it’s Victor, and any interview with Victor makes for interesting reading.

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Voting for the Norwegian Car of The Year is open and the Saab 9-5 is on the ballot.

Click that link, select the 9-5 in the poll at the bottom and then click the button “send inn”.

I thought we’d done one of these Norwegian awards already. How many of them are there?

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And whilst you’re in a voting frame of mind, why not get a Saabnut into the finals of Jalopnik’s Next Top Car Blogger competition?

Phil Lacefield Jr is currently in second place and only the top two get into the final of the competition. It’d be terrible to see him drop down to third and miss out, so please click here and cast your vote for Phil Lacefield Jr.

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Beijing Automotive bought some old Saab assets at the end of last year. We’ve seen a couple of their ideas for their remodelled Saabs already, and here’s something they’re going to build on the architecture of the Saab 9-3:

BAIC B61

It’s called the B61 concept and yes, it’s a little scary. More photos here.

It seems they’re planning a plethora of new cars based on their architecture acquisitions. From the China Car Times:

Other plans for the Saab 9-3 platform include a compact SUV that has been codenamed BC506, and was on show in Beijing as the B61 SUV, as well as the compact SUV, BAIC are already preparing a Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze fighter that has been codenamed BC501. Another mid size SUV is being developed, this will be codenamed BU506 and will also be be based on the 9-3 platform, it is rumored that the 007 and B40 SUV models are based on the 9-3 platform.

Thanks Justyn

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From a news site in Malmo, Sweden.

Nooooooooooooooooo!

Lighted Saab 9-5

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And finally, I can’t resist sharing this. Don’t try this at home.

Note the Saab wheel to the left of this rather drunken airbag test…..

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flE41vwPTds

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Thursday night snippets

September 30, 2010 in Saabology

Another bunch of small-ish Saab stories that are bouncing around amongst all the BMW engine stories……

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It looks like someone from Autospies has been staying at the Swania in Trollhattan. They’ve done a pictorial ‘tour’ of the town that pretty much features Saabs parked on Storgatan, the street the Swania’s on.

I miss Swania.

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Here’s another story stating the BAIC plan to release their remodelled Saabs by the end of 2011, and they’ve built 30 full electric test vehicles based on Saabs already.

They hope to build 150,000 full electric vehicles per year by 2015. And Pete D the AutoExtremist thought Volkswagen’s targets were ambitious!

Still, good luck to them. The better they go, the better off Saab’s relationship with them should become. Does that make Saab BAIC’s BMW?

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By the time you read this there will be mere hours to go on the auction, but it might be worth a look.

Selling via Ebay in the US is a rare Saab 900 rear spoiler
(and no, I don’t know the seller). Apparently it’s a genuine Saab part, though not seen very often. Below is an image of the spoiler attached to an actual 900.

900 mid-spoiler

Definitely different.

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A few US Saab events coming up this weekend that locals might want to check out…..

People are gathering at various places for a drive up Mount Washington, New Hampshire, on Sunday 3rd October. There’s a Facebook Page for the gathering, so check it out if you’re nearby and in the mood to take on one of Mr Pastrana’s favourite roads.

The Mitchell Saab and Volvo dealerships in Simsbury, CT, are having an Annual Swedish Beauty Contest Car Show. Send photos, please.

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Don’t put your eggs all in one basket, or your executives all on one plane.

TROLLHATTAN, Sweden — Whoever books Saab’s charter flights at the automaker’s headquarters here apparently thought this was a good way to reduce costs.

The plan was simple: Put Saab’s senior management, everyone scheduled to be at the Paris auto show, all on the same plane today along with journalists from Europe and the United States.

When the plan was discovered, and fearing the potential for disaster to the small automaker, several executives were taken off the list and issued plane tickets on a commercial aircraft. It is not known when the plan surfaced and was quickly modified.

Saab Automobile Chairman Victor Muller and Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson remained on the two-hour charter flight. Their time was spent in interviews with journalists.