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SAAB Of The Week

June 14, 2013 in Sotw

This weeks SAAB Of The Week comes to us from Rudy who had his 9-3 combi in the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. This area is pretty cool as it has in midsummer, nightless nights where the sun shines day and night and is close to the Santa Claus Village. Rovaniemi according to the website is the official home of Santa Claus. There’s something to share with the little ones. Rudy, thank you for sharing your SAAB with us and thank you for introducing me to this wonderful part of the world. As always, please keep your photos coming to jason.d.powell@me.com.

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IntSaab 2011, day 1. Updated,,,

August 5, 2011 in News

Well it’s day one in Finland at the IntSaab 2011 event.

We have not had any stories as yet but I did receive one photograph from Dimitri and Fred who have driven their Saab 99 all the way from Switzerland.

Our good friend Swade is in Finland and you can find his report here, http://inside.saab.com/greetings-from-intsaab-2011/

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IntSaab 2011 pretour pictures

August 4, 2011 in News

Petteri has sent us a few photographs from the IntSaab 2011 Pre Tour as it arrived at Paimio Sanatorium

Here are a few pictures from him and a write up about what he saw.

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First 9-5 SportCombi in Finland

June 22, 2011 in News

Today we received some very good news here at SaabsUnited. It was first presented in the comments and I also spoke to Magnus Hansson at Saab, who is currently in Finland, about the matter. The first Saab 9-5 SportCombi has been ordered in Finland and it’s ordered by a SaabsUnited member, jouni72 and here is his story:

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Updated: Ready for summer in Finland?

April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Our good friend Petteri, sent word that he recently received an offer from Saab in Finland.

They offer a small spring inspection for only 30 euro. It includes a check of tires,
wipers, lights, etc.

But that is not all!

AND they also replace any worn out Griffin hood/trunk emblems!

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Saab 9-5 on show in Finland

December 17, 2010 in Saabology

Saab Finland put on a monster driving event on the 8th and 9th of December.

There were five events held over the two days and all of Saab’s range was present, as were the Saab Performance Team. There were a bunch of new 9-5′s there (XWD, V6, TiD almost all possible variations), 9-3X’s and the new low-emissions 9-3 TTiD’s.

Photo courtesy of Antti Hentinen/Moottori

Events were held for VIP customers (x2), Saab dealers and aftersales staff, the local motoring press as well as members of the Saab Club of Finland.

The events were held at Premier Park, a track 30km east of Helsinki.

From Sauli Naski, Aftersales Manager, Saab Finland:

Everything went fine except that track was too slippery for Performance Team show and instead they just drove customers around in 9-3X to show how the car goes sideways (which it does). For the whole event we had several members from our support team at the Saab HQ in Trollhättan, for example Knut Simonsson for the PR-event. The track was really slippery so it was great possibility to test the new 9-5 with V6 and XWD. It works superbly in slippery conditions as long as one remembers that even the most sophisticated ESP and XWD-systems can’t ignore the laws of physics. We also just got 20cm more snow the day before event begun, so we had up to 50cm of snow in the area. Usually we don’t get that much snow in Southern Finland before January if even then. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the event so it definitely was a success.

Sauli also sent links to some video from the event (slippery indeed!). This is real Saab weather.

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Saab Finland are all geared up for a good 2011. I’m sure there will be some reviews come through from the press attendance at these events.

And don’t forget that the 2011 IntSaab meeting is in Finland this year. I’ll be doing whatever I can to get there and I hope you might be able to get there as well.

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Saab 9-5 Taxi in Finland

October 9, 2010 in Saabology

I love it when I hear people getting excited about a new car purchase. I’m a compulsive car shopper, myself, so I completely understand the excitement and appreciation of picking up a new set of wheels.

This is kind of special, though, as this 9-5 purchase is more than just a daily driver. It’s a living for Henri U, a taxi driver from Finland.

In Finland, you have to drive taxis for someone else before you can secure a taxi licence of your own. Henri got his licence back in late 2003 and the first taxi he bought was a 2004 Saab 9-5 2.0t.
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His second car was a MY2006 Saab 9-5, 2.0t once again, but this time with a bit of Hirsch juice (to get people to their destination a little quicker :-) )

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The third car in his line was a MY2007 Saab 9-5 with a 2.3T….

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When things were looking shaky for Saab last winter, Henri was a little worried about putting in his newest order. Things worked out OK, though, and last Monday, Henri picked up the newest in his long line of Saab cabs – a 2011 Saab 9-5 BioPower Aero!

From Henri:

I think my car is the first 9-5 as taxi in Finland and for sure it is first AeroTaxi… :-)

I drove it 500km in two days, and it is magnificent! I ordered the Infotainment system, Harman/Kardon system and HUD in my car. Parchment leather seats and black car makes a superb combination!

Picking the new car up….

Getting the taxi gear fitted…..

And ready to roll…..

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My congratulations to Henri.

If you’re getting a cab in Finland in the next few weeks and it happens to be this car, then make sure you say hello!

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Saabs to Finland

August 3, 2010 in Saabology

This truckload of Saabs – including eight new Saab 9-5s – was spotted at a gas station in Arboga, Sweden, on its way to Finland late last week.

SU’s eyes are everywhere! :-)

Thanks to Per K for the pics!

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Saab updates from Finland – and Australia

May 3, 2010 in News

Last Friday saw the beginning of Saab Finland as a separate entity from GM.

The following story appeared in autotoday.fi last week:

“The smallest car importer of Finland starts tomorrow”

Tomorrow (01.05.2010) the roads of GM and Saab separates for good in Finland as well. From the first of May the imports of Saab in Finland will be handled by Saab Automobile Finland which is owned by the mother company (Saab).

The organisation consists of only 2 persons, which probably makes it the smallest car importer in Finland. In charge of the operations in Finland will be Antti Foudila.

The founding documents of the company was cleared in the Finnish company registry today and during next week the company will separate also physically from GM.

The importing organisation of Saab will move to Vantaa close to the junction of Ring road III and Highway to Hämeenlinna.

Marco provided that translation (thanks!), and as he observed via email to me, things are moving slowly, but more importantly…. they’re heading in the right direction.

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And in Australia….

I spoke with the head honcho of Saab in Australia, Parveen Batish, and he confirmed that Saab are still in discussions with people here but couldn’t name those people (i.e. companies) or outline any plans to either appoint a distribution company or do things in-house.

GM are still the effective importer and distributor here in Australia and New Zealand and all dealerships who were selling Saab before could be selling Saab now (if they had stock and a mind to promote it, both of which are in short supply at the moment).

Effectively, nothing’s changed at this point, but we’ll hear from them as soon as it does (I hope :-)

He did reaffirm that Saab were committed to being in Australia and New Zealand, which is great to hear.

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Per Eklund in Finland

March 30, 2010 in Saabology

This is the second of my Finland updates for this evening. It’s a bit of an historical record, given that it happened late in 2009, but the story and the pics are so good I had to run it for you now.
Again, this was submitted by Marco H and I offer him my thanks for a good Saab tale.

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Finland will host one race in the European Rally Cross Championship this year and the Kouvola rally cross track will be the venue. We got a nice guest racer in the race last fall. I got an excellent chance to see this team perform live thanks to my good friend Mr. Simo R. Lampinen.
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The people in the pictures are Per Eklund, Simo R. Lampinen and myself. The cars are nice “cousins”: Both rare (at the time only 100 units of 9-3X had been built) and both all wheel drives. The licence plate (sticker) on the 9-3X is for transfer use only within Finland.
The ERC Saab is quite heavily modified with fenders, doors and hoods made of Carbon Fiber. The car produces approx. 600 bhp and is of course an AWD vehicle. That weekend in Kouvola they had to take down the launch control to a minimum in order to prevent excess wheel spin. It is probably unnecessary to say that Mr Eklund won the race against the local Rally Cross heroes. The race itself was a kind of scrutineering for the Kouvola track to see if the organisation could handle and ERC event (the other candidates were Norway and Austria). And as stated earlier – it will…
Link to FIA pages
I believe you know Per Eklund is competing in the ERC series with the Saab 9-3. Simo and Per are friends from a long time back.
But did you know that Simo R. Lampinen competed with the Saab factory team in the 60′s and 70′s? He also competed with the Finnish “factory” team as well. Yes, we were manufacturing Saabs in Finland and we had a team here. I believe the cars were at least as fast and reliable as their Swedish “brothers”. I have seen some really nice pics from Simo’s personal files from his competing days with Saab…
Simo R. Lampinen in Wikipedia
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Saab report from Finland

March 29, 2010 in News

I’ve received some great reportage from Finland today and it’s really encouraging to read what’s happening in some of these smaller Saab markets that we don’t normally get to hear about.
Of course, Saab has a great association with Finland over the years and I’ve personally owned three or four Finnish built Saabs, including my old Lightning Blue Saab 9-3 Viggen and the Monte Carlo I’m driving right now.
I’d like to pass on my thanks to Marco H for the info he’s passed on today. I hope you all find it as encouraging as I have.

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Tuulilasi (translated as windshield) is one of the big car magazines in Finland. It is known for reporting the car market from a honest and professional point of view.
Recently they have carried news about the Finnish Saab importer, which will change from GM Finland to Saab Automobile (Spyker owned). Also is stated that the Director will be Antti Foudila, who was the Country Director of Saab within GM Finland as well. All the 17 dealers will continue as Saab dealers under the new importer. All these dealers are already working with several other brands as well.
The goal for 2010 will be to sell 400 of the 9-3 models and 300 of the new 9-5. For 2010 that would lead to a market share of 0,7% in Finland in a projected sale of 100,000 cars totally in the country.
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I also want to add an old article from 13th of Jan this year in a Financial web newspaper called Taloussanomat.
It was reported that since the wind down started, almost all the new Saabs in stock had been literally torn away from the dealers in Finland. The dealers CEO Jari Nordman said that in the beginning of 2010 they had around 50 new Saabs in their stocks and in barely 2 weeks they were down to 20 unsold Saabs and were still counting.
Many of these new Saabs had been bought by the local Saab Club members and this was confirmed from the Club chairman Juha Lehtonen; also mentioning that most of these cars were becoming daily driving cars. One point mentioned about this sales peak was that many new cars in Finland were sold with up to a 15% discount as the 2009 was a buyers year anyway (especially with cash).
Also mentioned in the article was that there were more people than ever wanting to join the Finnish Saab Club and Juha Lehtonen was not sure if the total member count had reached over 3000 at the writing of the article but people were joining the club at a rate of 2 new members per day at that time. Probably exceeding the amount of memberships in the Finnish Mercedes Benz club.
In the end of the article is mentioned that Finland has about 47.000 Saabs registered, of which the oldest are from the 50′s.