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.
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!
Got a link from Francois Godillion on an article in CarNewsChina.com. The old generation Saab 9-5 is now made by The Beijing Auto corporation as the Senova B70 car. At a Beijing Auto dealer this D70 was found with a SAAB exterior kit. A kit that can be bought on the internet for 86 USD making the Senova to a SAAB 9-5 AERO. It is in all ways legal for a owner to do with his/her car but if a dealer is selling cars like this I guess it is another ballgame. But this is not the first story of copied stuff in China. Some years ago Volvo Trucks found a company making Volvo-Like trucks in China.
Nice to see that the SAAB name finally reappears in GOLD last time that happened was in the grille of the 99 models in late seventies. Gold is a color that is very appreciated in china so why not get a Senova in red with gold accents that would be the most successful SAAB ever. That is if You believe in china traditions.
The really illegal stuff is found in some printed material from BAIC as photographed in a Senova dealership . Wonder if Nicolas Cage knows he is an ad campaign or is it a chinese look-alike gentleman? On the posters can be seen a 9-5 NG steering wheel, interior from the SAAB museum, a NON-SAAB jetfighter (guess they did not dare having a Gripen or Viggen in the poster) and the old SAAB-Performance Team.
I hadan interestingconversationwitha fellow Saabenthusiast earlier today.And we discussedSaab9000andhowthis vehicleis nowanearlyextinct unicorn these days.In addition, webothquicklyagreedthat Saab9000isone ofSaab’smodelsthat have been broughtbehindthe spotlightandis somewhat a bit ofa forgotten classicicon.Myfriend possessesnot onlya whole lot of knowledgeabout Saab,butheis also one of thefew people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what.Heis alsoan extremelypassionate9000owner,and one ofthe carshe ownsis trulyinterestingonmanylevels.Solet me introduce you to JohanLööf’sMCYSaab9000Aero‘ 94andhisstory of howhe foundhisdream car.
To take you to the beginning of thisstory,we have to rewind the time back to theyear 2000, when I was14 yearsold and the interest for cars started to increase rapidly.I bought myselfmy very firstmotor sports magazine fore a school trip, a swedish car magazine called “Bilsport”, more particularly Bilsport No.5. Saabwas alsohighly interestingat that time (thanks tomy brother). So I closelyexamined and eyed downallSaabsthat werefeatured in the magazine, and theSaab thatstood outthe most wasa small articlewith2 smallpictures ofa Saab9000Aeroin thecolor YELLOW!
Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE.Most people whoseesBenny‘syellowSaab 9000Aerowillreact.“What the heck,a yellowAero. It must’vebeen repainted!?“And sure enough,in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow9000Aero’s – besidesthis one!Benny‘s copyis the only one inthe whole world who was originally paintedintheMontecarlo yellow color”
As a 14 year old boy my instant thought was “One day I’ll own a car like that”. But then again, we all have to admit that we’ve all had our own crazy teenage dreams.Time passedandI soonforgot all aboutthecarin the magazine.Untilone dayinApril2006,when a friend of mineshowed meacar thathis brotherwas going to pick up.And his brother had already asked me if I was interested in buying a 9000 Aero since I was in the need of a car at that moment. WhenIgot to seethe salesad for the car that he mentioned I flew off the chair. It was a MCY9000 Aero! And I instantly recognized the license plate number.Assoon as I got back home I searched through my old Bilsport car magazines and found the article I was looking for, I compared them, and sure enough, it was my teenage dream car that was up for sale! So there wasn’t any doubt about it,Iwas more thaninterested in buying my dream car. The day after this I took the car for a test drive, and it didn’t take long before I was the new owner for it.
“Yes, I’m the owner of a Saab 9000 Aero – and it’s Monte Carlo Yellow! – Johan Lööf”
TheAeroJohanownsis a9000AeroMY1994,Andit was first purchasedbya woman fromLuxembourg,andaccording toSaab automobile, this woman was workingfor the EuropeanParliament. This car was sold as an IDS (International and Diplomat Sales) car, and we all know that this was something very exclusive. And the car was most likely repainted by a dealerbefore itwas handedout to thecustomer. Though there’sno received confirmationonthat issue yet. The carwas later imported and registrered inSweden1998.
These are the followingspecifications for the carwhenit was commissioned:
Doubleelectric front seatswithmemoryon the driver’s side
During theyearsJohanhas ownedthe carhe hasupgradedwithinstallation ofJT 3t”exhaust system withsportcatalyst.MountedH&R40mm lowering kit andBilsteinSportshocks. He also convertedtomanual transmissionwith Quife diff.He iscurrently in the process offixingrust on wheel arches andtrunk,andhe hasrecentlyfixed therust damage to thewindsheildframe because itwas in a very bad condition.Heis committed to restoringthe carto it’s former glory, includingengine overhaul isin his future plans,andhe hasabsolutelyno plans or wishes to changethe body colour.Thiscar isin safe hands with it’sowner who is willing to do anything tosave hisextraordinarygem.We atsaabsunitedwould like to thankJohan for sharinghis story of hisdream car,andwehope thathe will be able to enjoy his very own unicornfor many years to come.
Some of you mighthavereadby now that Apple has a secret program named Project Titan to build an electric car. As a few curious photographers witnessed, they’ve leased Chrysler minivans driving all around Silicon Valley with advanced sensors. Several top auto industry personnel from Mercedes and Tesla have already been poached, not to mention visits by Apple executive visits to Austria– think Magna Steyr where they built all those 9-3 Convertibles. This may not mean Apple is 100% absolutely surely going to be coming out with a car, and even if they did it would be years away. They might just be investigating technologies that could end up in future personal electronics, or software interfaces for OEMs to integrate like their CarPlay system. But what if they were, and what if they could leapfrog ahead by aquiring the bankrupt assets of a certain automobile company in Sweden with a rich history of intelligent design and innovation, coupled with a huge factory capable of supplying the Euro Zone with 200,000 plus units?
Follow me here– what would an Apple car look like? Would people want a car designed by their computer company? I’ve seen it work in reverse, Porsche designed phones, but I don’t see the reverse ever truly working. The other silicon valley auto company producing electric cars, Tesla has made a name for themselves by launching an exclusive high end brand that is first and foremost about the core product, autos. While they might end up moving more into home power or grid power backup systems or other different fields, when you hear Tesla, you visualize a Model S. The same can’t be said for Apple.
Just like Mahindra sees the potential value in a prestigious brand with cache, Apple should see the advantages of acquiring such a dirt cheap and storied brand with such similar brand values. It wasn’t so long ago that Saab’s Global brand director Knut Simonsson told Autocar that they were trying to position themselves as the Apple of car brands. Before their demise, Saab was not about blending in, “We don’t want to be another Audi,” Simonsson said. In fact, Audi has been tying themselves to Google, not only through their MMI, but their self driving car experiments. Even if Apple wanted to start completely fresh with design and do something all new and different to what Saab had done before, just having the engineering chops, the crash facilities, the testing and state of the art production labs, the proximity to northern Sweden for winter testing, and most of all the bonafide legacy of well engineered Scandinavian design, it just makes sense.
This weeks SOTW comes from Dr.Os here in the UK, at first glance a 9-3 Aero but as you can see from the picture there are a few differences and they don’t stop there. Read Os’s words below.
The car is a Saab 9-3 Aero Sports Saloon 2003 model. It has enjoyed only the one owner since new. The performance and visual creations of the car started off in 2007 with a Saab City dealership T9 upgrade package.
Since 2007, the car has undergone a complete and extensive metamorphoses, from the factory produced variant into what I lovingly refer to as “The Beast”.
This weekend sees the third European Saab get together in Huy in Belgium.
Organised by Etienne, with help from his good friends Jeff and Rémi plus a few others, this is going to be a very large gathering of Saabs in one place.
The party gets going on the Saturday when many of the Saab owners will start arriving from all over Europe. UK, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland to name but a few. A dinner has been arranged for the evening with lots of food, wine, beer and laughter.
Sunday morning will see many Saabs parked all around The Town Square and this is when you will get the chance to mingle and chat about your favourite brand. Around 2.30 there will be an award for the best car and then just after that a car tour is arranged to visit the local area. There is a meal arranged for Sunday evening for those who wish to stay another night.
A few of us from The UK are planning to arrive together just after lunch on the Saturday, We are convoying from Calais so you may see us on route.
It promises to be a super fun weekend. So if you are close by or fancy a road trip please come along and join in and make this European Meeting the biggest yet.