Saabs United New York is online!!

UPDATE: The press day is today, so check it all out.
Includes a new LIVE area, which should hopefully capture the Saab press conference.
This is embarrassingly good.
By that, I mean it’s really freaking good for you and embarrassing for me. Let me explain.
Jeff, he of the incredibly good Saab design photoshop images, will be attending the New York Auto Show as your Saabs United reporter, covering all the ins and outs of the show and getting to meet some of the Saab movers and shakers.
Jeff’s put together a great little website especially for the event, with some fantastic technology built right in.
Check out Saabs United NY
Basically, the whole site is arranged through Jeff’s MobileMe account so when he takes a photo and uploads it via his phone, the image will appear on the website straight away. Same with Youtube movies he shoots of press conferences, etc.
As soon as he’s done processing it, you’ll be able to see it on Saabs United NY.
Jeff’s just taken this game up a few notches and I’m completely blown away by what he’s put together here. Heck, I’m basically running the same software I was using back in February 2005, which is why it’s somewhat embarrassing. I gotta get me some geek lotion or something, as this is just awesome.
Bookmark it. The press day for the New York Auto Show is March 31st (tomorrow) so make sure you check in. I’ll be doing regular updates here as well as material comes to hand.

‘Viggen’ to become a tuning arm of Saab?

There’s one review that’s doing the rounds of some of the bigger magazines. We first saw it thanks to Edmunds Inside Line just over a week ago. It appeared in Winding Road earlier this week and now, it’s in Auto Express.
The review was written by a guy named Matt Davis and it seems he’s sold the story to various publications with the right given to them to edit it and change it around so it appears a little different each time.
The interesting thing about this latest iteration is the following, which I don’t recall from previous publications:

Already, there’s virtually no turbo lag when you plant your right foot – something that’s set to improve further when a twin-turbo version prepared by Saab tuning arm Viggen goes on sale. “The Viggen name should play a significant role in Saab’s future,” Muller said.

VignTop92.jpg Now, I do recall the Viggen being mentioned in regard to the 9-5 in the Inside Line article, but I don’t recall the Viggen name being regarded as the future tuning arm of Saab.
Not that I’d be disappointed to see more of the Viggen. I think the Viggen badge has heaps of currency amongst the Saab faithful and I’m overjoyed at the prospect of some mad machinery with the bumble-bee triangle on it.
But will there only be a Saab 9-5 Viggen, or a whole Viggen line through the Saab range?

There will also be a high-performance Viggen version of each new model.


News from Saab – new BAIC deal and

It’s non-stop action on many different fronts at Saab right now. There’s new and mysterious model variations going on, dealer presentations all around the world, a de-facto spokesman for Russia and in the midst of all that, new goings-on in China and Trollhattan as well.
Saab have had to pay a bill for services rendered by accounting firms Vinge and KPMG, who were hired by the Swedish National Debt Office to assess Saab’s assets when Saab were applying for government loan guarantees. The account came to 39million Swedish crowns, which is a lot of clams.
Just wait til they get my bill!!!!
Saab employees at the factory in Sweden will be having a shorter vacation this Summer. An agreement has been reached to shorten the traditional vacation from 4 weeks down to 3.
I think they’ll cope. It’s not like they’ve been overworked so far this year ๐Ÿ™‚
Saab has reached a new agreement with Beijing Automotive. On top of the vehicle tooling they’ve already sold and the ongoing consultancy they’ll have regarding that, Saab now have a marketing agreement with BAIC.
The MoU was signed on Monday and means that Saab will have a foot in the door in China, as well as BAIC possibly having some access to some of Saab’s 1,100 dealers around the world.
This could be the beginning of a long, intricate relationship.
And on that Saab vehicle tooling that BAIC bought…… they’ve already commenced work on a new factory capable of building 150,000 cars a year, as well as an engine plant. Fast movers.

Thanks to MrY and Justyn for tips!

Saab offer new Turbo4 engine for 9-5 in Sweden

Arild has picked up on an addition to the Saab 9-5 range being offered in Sweden.
When we first saw product specs earlier this month, the only Turbo4 petrol engine on offer was the 220hp version.
According to a new brochure available (pdf), they’ve now added a 180hp version of the engine as well.
There are no CO2 or acceleration figures in the brochure and the engine seems to be available only for the Vector model, only with a manual gearbox and at a price of 318,000SEK.
Thanks Arild for the info….

Small Saab vs Volvo C30

The Volvo C30 is one the cars I’m most curious about and am yet to drive. I reckon it looks fantastically cool, but particularly un-Swedish with it’s lack of practicality. I’ll get around to driving a C30 one of these days.
One of our regulars, Till72, had some wheel time in the C30 recently and he used that opportunity to put some considered thoughts about a possible future small Saab on paper.
My thanks to Till for sending them through……

While my 9-5 SC recieved a service and spring cleaning at my dealer I got a C30 as a loaner. It was quite interesting because I thought about getting one for my wife when we ended up with the Impreza some years ago. This was the first chance I had to drive one. While I had it for two days I took a bit of a closer look at the car with regard to what I’d expect from a future Saab 92.
I got a pretty much base 1,6 D model. The engine is nice and the 109 hp are enough to move the car, even a bit sporty if you push it. No real turbo lag and though I didn’t find a consumption display the 5,7 litre/100 km Volvo lists for city driving seems feasible after re-filling the car. Saab, it might be good to have such a small diesel engine for the European market. It might even fit a 9-3.
First thing when I get a loaner is fitting my child seat. And right then I remembered that Isofix-joints are an option with Volvo. I have to admit that I find this a bit lame for a manufacturer who claims to build some of the safest cars in the world. Saab, please keep installing them as standard.
Getting into a small car is always interesting for me as I’m quite tall (1,98 m). Seat position is too high, maybe sport seats would do a better job. And what I felt is that the driver space is extremely narrow and due to that, not too comfortable. (I won’t start talking about the usability of the back seat behind me.) The C30 really feels like a small car. Our Impreza (which is 15 cm longer but with a 2cm shorter wheelbase) had a much roomier feel. Saab, please make a small car usable for taller drivers, too. Well I think you will since Victor isn’t too small, either.
The button dash consists of lots of small buttons side by side with the climate control hidden behind the stick. Looks nice but hard to use (won’t even think about using them with gloves). Looks like Volvo got lost in design with that. Saab, I know you got better solutions. Bring’em on.
One thing I like is that there are two seperate back seats. You wouldn’t want to sit three there (not even children) since it’s really narrow so I like that style. Saab, maybe waste a thought about that.
The trunk…the size is ok but the back door is so narrow that you have a hard time getting a baby buggy in, for example. It would fit, but you end up folding down the back seats just to navigate it in. The back looks nice but it’s far from being practical. Saab, please give the 92 a proper hatch.
Those two days reminded me why I chose Saab ten years ago when looking at the two Swedish brands. And it showed me that it was a good move to get the Impreza back when we needed a small car. And I’m really looking forward to Saabs interpretation of a small car.

Saab convertibles celebrate spring in France

It seems the C900 meeting wasn’t the only Saab event happening in France over the weekend…..
Since 2003, Saab France have sprung into spring with a celebratory drive in a collection of Saab convertibles and of course, with so much to celebrate in 2010, this year provided no exception.
Last week they headed off on their latest convoy, which took in several cities and finished up in Paris.
As you can see, the cars were decorated with some of the I Love Saab livery designed by Saab in Belgium and it’s definitely something to make the other commuters and bystanders look and take notice of those beautiful Irresistavertibles.

Saabs United Historic Rally Team update – and competition!!

I’ve just been very busy posting some updates to our Saabs United Historic Rally Team home page.
What, you didn’t know that there was a Saabs United Historic Rally Team?! Well, there is, and our two Saab 99 Turbos will be running in the 2010 Rally to the Midnight Sun in just a matter of months from now.
Car #1 is now looking absolutely fantastic with its shiny black paint and rally livery. The guys are finishing off the body work now and soon the engine will be ready to go in.
Here’s some of the recent postings and videos from the SUHRT website:

And now to our competition!!!!
Watch the video and J

[Unofficial] Swiss pricing for the Saab 9-5

As yet unconfirmed, but pretty solid. Passed on by Djup Strupe and received with thanks.
Here is the unofficial 9-5 pricing for Switzerland. It’s close to German pricing – but as always a little bit higher ๐Ÿ™
Model Year 2010-1/2
2.0T 220 HP linear
6 speed manual 52500 CHF (XWD 56600 CHF)
6 speed automatic 55500 CHF (XWD 59600 CHF)
2.0T 220 HP vector
6 speed manual 56000 CHF (XWD 60100 CHF)
6 speed automatic 59000 CHF (XWD 63100 CHF)
2.0T 220 HP aero
6 speed manual 65000 CHF (XWD 69600 CHF)
6 speed automatic 68500 CHF (XWD 72600 CHF)
2.8T XWD 300 HP 6 speed automatic 76900 CHF
2.0TiD 160 HP linear
6 speed manual 53500 CHF,
6 speed automatic 56500 CHF
2.0TiD 160 HP vector
6 speed manual 57000 CHF,
6 speed automatic 60000 CHF
All prices incl. 7,6% VAT
Model Year 2011

  • 1.6T 180 HP linear/ vector
  • 2.0T BioPower 220 HP linear/vector/aero
  • 2.0TTiD 190 HP linear/vector/aero
  • 2.0 TTiD 190 HP XWD linear/vector/aero

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