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Saab GB will be at Earls Court *Updated

September 29, 2011 in News

Swedish car maker, Saab, is taking to the stand at this year’s Scandinavian Show, which will feature the very best the Nordic countries have to offer; from innovative design to great food and cutting edge entertainment to top fashion brands.
Saab will be showcasing a range of vehicles at the event, which takes place on 8th and 9th October at Earls Court in London, and celebrates everything that’s new, exciting and enticing from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy the powerful presence of the 9-5 Saloon, Saab’s most advanced car to date, in addition to raising the roof of the car maker’s iconic soft top, the Saab 9-3 Convertible, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB comments: “At Saab, we are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Scandinavian Show and will be showcasing a range of vehicles at an event which celebrates the very best of what the region has to offer.

“We are incredibly proud of our Swedish heritage and this year we mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Saab’s innovative Convertible, which we are delighted to have on display at the show for visitors to experience for themselves.”

Saab GB is offering Saabs United members the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Scandinavian Show. To be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets, simply tell us how many years the Saab Convertible is celebrating this year by emailing saabcompetition@saab.com, quoting SAABSUNITED along with your full name, address, and telephone number.

Visitors to the Saab stand will also be able to enter a prize draw to win a Saab weekend break with hotel accommodation courtesy of luxury hotel guide ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’, which visits, reviews and recommends stylish boutique hotels. The winner will also have the use of a Saab vehicle throughout the weekend and £100 spending money*.

For details of the Scandinavian Show, visit www.scandinaviashow.co.uk.

* The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over (excluding Northern Ireland and islands of the UK which are not accessible by road). Prize draw consists of 2 night’s accommodation at Cotswold House, Chipping Camden for two people, including a 3 course dinner with wine on one night and £100.00 spending money. The prize also includes the use of a Saab car with fuel for the duration of the prize weekend. In order to take advantage of the Saab car, the winner or their guest must be 25 years or over, have held a full driving licence for at least a year and hold a major credit card. For full terms and conditions, please contact Saab Great Britain Ltd on 0845 300 9395.

For further information please contact: Jackie Allard, PR Manager, Tel: 01234 756 843/07775 824 982 Email: jackie.allard@saab.com
Press materials and digital images of the Saab range are available to download for editorial use from our media website at http://media.saab.com

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Morries Saab’s first ever Swap Meet & Car Show

July 27, 2011 in News

A few weeks ago Morries Saab had their first ever Saab Swap Meet & Car Show which took place on July 9th, 2011.
Everybody was welcome and quite a few of you took along your Saabs and Saab Related items!
Anna from Morries Saab has sent us a write up about the event and a few photo’s which can be found on my Flickr Site

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TROLLS IN THE BROCELIANDE III

May 20, 2011 in News

Our friends in France are organising a Troll Day on the 9th & 10th July to take place in Brittany.
Saab’s and Volvo’s are invited to take part in this annual event now in its third year.
There is a lot of information on the web at the Saab Sport web site.
If you want more information please request it from me (RobinM) or directly from Alain, levaldeskorrigans(at)orange.fr.
It looks like a fun weekend.
Robin.

SAABS @ Carlisle 2011

May 20, 2011 in

Meg H gave us this update and we want to post it here into our calender (and yes, we are working on how we can change the graphic layout of the calender function – please be patient).

SAABS @ Carlisle is probably the second largest Saab gathering in North America and is arranged by Central Penn Saab Club. Pre-registrations are open until May 1st.

Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA

For more info: Saab Club of North America

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by Red J

Saabwayclub of Italy – Events in May

May 9, 2011 in News

The Saabway club in Italy will be at the Mille Miglia to encourage the Saab team, but If you are going to Italy in May here is a list of events where you can meet the Saabway members.

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SaabsUnited iCal Events download

March 27, 2011 in Events

Here is another new feature for you readers, you can download and integrate the SaabsUnited Event calendar directly into your Mac, iPhone or iPad with this iCal download: http://www.saabsunited.com/?ical

Go to iCal and the menu: Calendar > Subscribe and enter the URL.

This ics should also work for windows users but I can not confirm it at the moment…

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Tuesday Snippets by RedJ

February 23, 2011 in Saabology

Tomorrow will be an important day for Saab, not only because of the anniversary, which is already quite important on its own, but because Saab will show what they have been able to do in the first year of independence.

As Saab said in its Paris Auto show invitation:

Discover the power of independence

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Report: Saab XWD Days – Mayrhofen, Austria

February 22, 2011 in Saabology

A few weeks ago, I publicised the very well-priced Saab XWD Days that were being run by Saab Austria and Saab Germany.

Martin D was one of the quick people who jumped on board and booked a place. He’s provided the following report about his adventures.

Lots of photos below…… and my thanks to Martin for the report!

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Day 1:

It all began with what my mother told me not to do: get into the car of a stranger. This stranger was a guy I only met virtually in the German SAAB enthusiast’s forum www.saab-cars.de. We decided to drive to Mayrhofen together as it is more fun than driving alone – and cheaper, for we are both Swabians… :-)

He picked me up at home, we shook hands and the first thing he told me was: “I got a problem. My SAAB, to be exact. A marden damage to a cable of the diesel particulate filter.”

He started calling all the Saab dealers along our route, but no one had the spare part available…

So what to do now?

Hope that the Saab will not initiate the cleaning cycle of the particulate filter on our 800 km tour to Mayrhofen and back? Take the risk to drive in “limp home” mode (80 km/h max.) if the cleaning cycle should be started and would definitely fail?

Finally, we drove to a local SAAB dealer to find a solution. And there we found the real SAAB spirit! Not only was a beautiful old 95 sitting on a lifting platform, but the senior owner himself (70 years old!) proposed to fix the broken cable.

And so he did. Himself. With a soldering iron of almost his own age…

Many, many thanks to SAAB-Roth, Stuttgart. You made our day.

Now that the car was fixed, the SAAB spirit came up again:

My driver said “You know better how to find the Autobahn from here. Here are the keys, you drive!” Remember: this was about one hour after we met for the first time in our lives!

As said before, driving with company is much more fun and so we reached Mayrhofen after a nice 4 hours drive. Talking SAAB all way long ;-) Needless to mention that we left the SAAB 9.3 SC as fresh and relaxed as after a 10 minutes drive ;-)

The Mayrhofen “Europa house” was the meeting point, decorated with beautiful 9.5 SAABs all the way. I instantly fell in love with the java body paint of the 9.5 in the entrance hall. We received our hotel vouchers (4 star hotel with pool, sauna and all that stuff) and a SAAB welcome package with SAAB lanyard, XWD cap and brochures. As my mother-in-law says “Life is a present, make the best of it…”

After checking in at the hotel, the dinner took place in the Europahaus. A short welcome talk, snacks, champagne and “PFIFF” (Austrian for a 0,2 liters glass of beer) opened the evening.

The head of SAAB Austria and the head of Mayrhofen tourism came to sit at our table and we had a great evening with meat fondue, local wines and lots of SAAB talking stuff :-)

Day 2:

After breakfast, meeting point was once again the Europa house. We were transferred to the snow driving area with several 9.3 XWDs (no 9.5s) at our disposal.

Wow, this 4 wheel drive is great! We ploughed through the snow, zigzagged on a handling track and tried to make the cars leave the circular course. Without success…

In high-spirits, we wanted to know: Can we do better without ESP? No we can’t. Or, at least I can’t…. With ESP off, the 9.3X left the circular track and I had to do an emergency brake not to hit another car. And we were stuck. Totally stuck.

The car sat on a snow plate with it’s full underside, so we needed the snow-cat to get us back on the track.

My fault. Lesson learned… ;-)

After that, we had the chance to drive skidoos which is much fun – and really wearisome for your arms.

The “big boys’ playground” visit ended with a 30 year old (micro-)snow-cat we were allowed to drive. A lot of fun too, and a hell of a lot of noise.

Then came up the next highlight of the day: Driving the 9.5 XWD! In all engine setups. Not on snow, but on small mountain roads.

As one guy brought it to the point: “300 horsepower, six cylinders, fourwheel drive, and I GOT THE KEYS!!!”

Now this is a great car!

Not only does it look much better in the metal than on any photo… It literally flies up the small and steep roads as if it was in it’s natural habitat. Not for a second that you would feel the 5 meters or the almost 2 tons of this car.

Even the “smallest” engine, the 190 hp Diesel, never makes the car feel under-powered. It needs a bit of revs (2000 and up), okay, but then it really bolts up the hilly roads and out of the sharpest bend. And the XWD keeps it on track so that you never ever feel unsafe.

Changing cars to a 9.3X brought up the fear in me that it might look old-fashioned in direct comparison. But no, it doesn’t. It is still a damned good looking car with a damned good looking interior. And it gives the 9.3 owner a warm feeling of “coming home” after driving the 9.5!

“I must not drink as I still have to drive” is a common German saying. The end of the test driving brought up a modifed version of it: “I have to drink as I am no longer allowed to drive” ;-)

Back in the hotel, we enjoyed the swimming pool and the sauna.

In the evening, a typical Tyrolian “Hüttenabend” (mountain hut evening) was the perfect end of a perfect day. Biathlon shooting, typical food, great wines and traditional music in a breathtaking mountain scenery. By the way, we were taken to the hut on steep, icy roads in 9.5 XWDs, showing once more how incredibly good these cars are.

Day 3:

We had a relaxed skiing day in the great skiing area of Mayrhofen, which is definitely worth another visit. For ski experts, it offers the steepest skirun in Europe! (a horrifying 78% gradient) And no, we didn’t try it…

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Grand Opening – Saab of North Olmstead

February 18, 2011 in Saabology

Apparently we’ve got the OK to show this here, and you’ve got the OK to attend, as long as you RSVP beforehand.

Saab of North Olmstead has built a brand new, state of the art ‘Iceblock’ showroom and they’re having a big party to celebrate the opening.

Victor Muller will be there, and you can be too.

Click….

I know we’ve got a lot of Saab fans in Ohio who read SU. This event is a fantastic chance for you meet up, as well as seeing the newest showroom in the US, the Saab 9-4x and 9-5 (if you haven’t already seen it), the guy who saved Saab Automobile, and all the other entertainment that will go along with such an event.

The important thing is to RSVP Jim at the dealership. His email address is jim@saabohio.com so get in touch and let him know you’re coming.

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PA Saab dealer running ‘Covered Bridge Tour’

January 23, 2011 in Saabology

For those in the area who might be interested in going for a spin…..

Don’t click on the image to RSVP. That’s just a screenshot.

Kelly Saab are running a Winter Covered Bridge Tour, on Saturday, February 5th.

Bring along a navigator to help you find the roads and answer questions about sights along the way as there will be prizes awarded!

This is a great opportunity to see old and new SAABs alike, meet the Kelly SAAB staff, and see the beauty that is Lancaster County.

Return to home base (Kelly Cadillac SAAB) by early to mid-afternoon for SAAB trivia (with more prizes!)

Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Tour Start: 10:00 AM

Address: 1986 State Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

R.S.V.P.: Call 717-898-4000, ext.1032 or by email.

This will be an all-weather event, but in the event of a true weather disaster will be re-scheduled. Call Kelly Saab for an update if conditions are looking particularly poor.

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As an aside, a friend has remarked on the photoshopped 9-5 in the image. Alan reckons that deep red, which isn’t available on the 9-5 but was popular with earlier Saabs, should be back on the palette.

I have to agree. It looks quite distinguished.

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End of year sale update – New Salem Saab

December 29, 2010 in Saabology

New Salem Saab are hosting an end of year sale with some ridiculously low prices on 2010 model Saabs. Click here to see the full list of incredibly low prices (and remember that if you’re a paid-up member of the Saab Club North America (and own a Saab) then you could get any of those cars for $1,500 less than those marked down prices!)

The first few days have been tough. It’s a difficult time of year as it is, being between Christmas and New Year.

If you read Darryl’s latest comments on site, then you’ll know he’s had plenty of calls, but foot traffic into the showroom was hampered by some very poor weather.

One of the participating dealers in the campaign, JMK Saab had some huge snow drifts on their lot, up to 7 feet at some stages….

It’s tough going, alright, but they’re going keep on going. In fact, Darryl and one of his colleagues will be opening the showroom on New Years Day to make sure that people have the maximum possible opportunity to call in.

Here’s the stock list again. If you’re in the market for a new Saab then you won’t get a better opportunity than this to pick up a 2010 model at a seriously discounted price. The range and variation in models is huge, so there’s something there for everyone.

Check it out, and say Hi to Darryl for me.