Photoshopping the future Saab 92

One of our own named Tiago do Vale – the man responsible for the beautiful banner at the top of this page, by the way – has turned his creative skills towards the new smaller Saab being proposed by Victor Muller.

Following are his images and what he had to say about them.

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I must say a few words before you see this image.

First of all, I’m not a retro guy.

…And, at the same time, I’m a believer in that if Saab has a chance to develop a new small car, it should be a car that can draw a large number of new young owners to the brand, and I’m not sure if a small premium retro sports car is the right formula to do it. (After all, VW Golfs/Rabbits or Audi A3s sell a lot more than VW New Beetles or Audi TTs).

Having said that, I’m as much of a car guy as the next Saaber so, of course, the manifesto for a driver’s car really pushed many of my right buttons. 🙂 (And I guess the new mini popularity sort of proves that my thesis isn’t 100% right.)

So here’s what I imagine a small teardrop-reared sports Saab should look like.
(Should it be a 92 or a Sonnet? It sure is a product of the 92 design discussions, though.)

It’s not retro at all -it just slightly blinks an eye towards those classic 92-to-96 Saabs. I based it on the 9-X BioHybrid, as I really believe in that car and design.

The 9-X BH already has a tridimensional teardrop shape, even if it is more apparent from the top, and not so obvious on the side view, so the base was right in that respect, too.

I shortened its wheelbase by around 30 cm, as I suspect that would fit the target segment just right.

I tried the classic low teardrop roof arch, like the 92, but I found a few problems with that: most people recognized it as a Porsche design cue, and not a Saab one and, with this short wheelbase, managing to have both headroom and a low “tip” in the end resulted in a not so elegant arc, with an abrupt descent. (It works on Porsches in part because of the longer wheelbase but mainly because of the huge rear overhang).

So, I raised the rear (the tip of the teardrop). This allowed for a more elegant and dynamic shape, more headroom, more practicality and storage capability… and for losing that “I’m ripping off Porsche” sensation. 🙂

I guess those were some of the reasons Saab slowly did the same thing with their teardrop “tip”, moving it up from the 92 to the 96, and then moving away from it with the 99 and the hatches.

And there you go. 🙂 Hope you have as much fun with it as I had imagining it.

Little Saabs for Garmin Satnav

This is cool!

If you use a Garmin portable SatNav device then you might want to consider these downloadable Saabs that you can install on your Garmin unit, and then display as you drive!

From the designer, Thilo:

Hello Steven,

I don’t know if many of the community use handhold aftermarket-GPS units from Garmin, I use a Garmin Nüvi 760 in both the 9000 Aero and the 96V4.

Those who use them may probably be not satisfied with the default cars or those they can download at the Garmin garage. I was not and began to create some of my own cars.

I’d like to share two cars, which should work with the most Garmin Nüvi units (I tested them on the nüvi 760 and 200 unit). The Aero-X is bigger but changes a bit in size when it turns (because of the size limitations of the units)

Here are some screenshots and the cars (*.srf) which should be placed in the \Garmin\Vehicle directory in the gps-unit. Enjoy!

Best regards
Thilo

You can download both of the images in a zip file here (right click, Save As) and then upload them onto your Garmin nav unit.

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Site upgrade underway – comments

Hi all,

Just a housekeeping notice here.

I’m currently processing a change to the comments system that will hopefully provide for a more flexible, responsive and engaging commenting experience. The new comment system will be trialled for one month.

Whilst this upgrade is being processed, comments may appear to be missing from the site. This is because they’re being imported into the IntenseDebate system. They’ll be back shortly, and with them will be the ability to sign-in via various methods, as well as comment voting and the ability for you to establish a profile as a commenter here on SU.

Thanks for your patience. Hopefully it won’t be long until things are back to normal.

If you’d like to participate with the full experience, you can create an account for the comments system over at Intense Debate that you would use to login when you want to make a comment in future (commenting as a guest will still be available by filling out the comment form as normal).

NOTE: Your comment may not appear immediately as it looks like I have to manually approve them when your ID comes through for the first time.

Muller being haunted by Dutch share investigation

There’s nothing to indicate Victor Muller did anything wrong here. It’s not his house being raided, after all.

But the story has surfaced via Autoblog.nl and it’s a point of interest given his ownership interest and executive positions within Spyker Cars and Saab.

My gratitude to Wulf for the translation (and extra info at the bottom)

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FIOD investigates trade in Spyker stock. Muller doesn’t own Saab?

The FIOD (Fiscal Investigation Service) is investigating the stock price of Spyker and a few other companies. Reason: manipulation of the stock price.

The main player in this investigation is Andre K. who helped out the ailing Spyker in 2007 through his company ACI Limited. This company trades in tobacco and liquor and is based in Liechtenstein. The alleged swindler once received 160,000 shares in Spyker as a security of a private loan of one million Euro. According to Andre K., Muller didn’t pay him back in time so he sold the Spyker shares. Muller claims he never received any money from Andre K. and claimed possession of some of Andre K’s property at the beginning of this year.

Andre K. is supposed to have manipulated the stock price through fictitious financial constructions with help from the media. K. responds by saying he’s innocent. He also claims there is no evidence against him and he therefor owns Saab. Is this for real or is K. bluffing? The FIOD searched his possessions and seized his computer, passport and mobile phone. He is required to visit the FIOD in 3 weeks and a judge will decide on the case by Muller against K. in August.

It is difficult for Spyker to break free from shadowy investors and doing business on the edge. Let’s hope Muller will win this case and there will be no consequences for Saab and Spyker. This story will definitely have a sequel.

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And here’s a little more background research from Wulf:

I read some more about Andre Kaptein in the Dutch press and he appears to be quite a character. Part of the article in the Telegraaf shows:

It was very busy at the home of Kaptein in the small town of Panningen in the province of Limburg. The small home in an ordinary residential area was searched by many police officers, FIOD agents and justice officers.

Who is this mysterious K., born in Heemstede, looks like a sailor and has a truck drivers license? According to K., he is a very rich man and got his wealth through his company ACI. He sold this company 25 years ago to a holding company in the Bahamas. “I am not going to tell which company” he says. I am still a CEO of this company. He’s apparently in England right now, yesterday in Switzerland and the day before yesterday in Milan. He claims he’s completely innocent.

Muller claims Kaptein is “a psychopath and an idiot”.

Video: Saab 9-5 app for iPhone and iPad

Saab have released a video showing the new iPhone and iPad app they released earlier this week for the new Saab 9-5.

If you’re like me and you don’t have a one of these appliances, here’s what you’re (allegedly) missing*

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhIewWjsyY4

* I say allegedly as I don’t feel like I’m missing anything by not having a smartphone. Maybe I’ll get one one day, but right now, I’m one of those old fogeys who hates having to carry even a basic phone, let alone one that’ll take up even more of my day.

Saab 9-5 interior looking better than my test car….

For those of you who are still harbouring concerns about Saab 9-5 interiors looking a bit bland (as per some recent press reporting)…….

This is a screenshot as per the Belgian build-your-own 9-5 site. This selection was put together by “Me” and as you can see, it’s looking pretty fine, even without the dash panel.

What you see here is the Vector model, with parchement seats, cocoa interior and Dark Amarello finish wood. As “Me” said in his email:

If somebody tells me that this is not on par with Merc and BMW, then I go mad.

Saab 900 GT for sale

PLEASE NOTE – THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD.

This is something different. It’s not something I’ve done before here at SU but I’m willing to give it a try seeing the car is a special edition Classic 900.

The following email comes from David Vandenborre, who’s name appears on the door of Garage Vandenborre, a Belgian Saab dealer.

There is a Dutch registry that can give you some background on the Saab 900 GT at this website.

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We have a rare 900 classic for sale:

  • Saab 900 GT (only 10 cars were made for the Belgium market)
  • Modelyear 1993
  • Mileage: 288,000 km
  • First owner, no accidents
  • Original sportchassis en 185 bhp engine
  • exterior color: black
  • interior: black leather (Bridge of Weir) with black wool inserts (zegna ermenegildo)
  • Original 2 tone Aero 92 wheels
  • The interior is in perfect condition

Following remarks have to be made:

  • rust on the underside of the right door ( a classic problem )
  • sagging headliner (another classic problem)
  • there are scratches on the Aero kit

The engine runs as new and airconditioning works just fine. The car has always been serviced by our dealership.

Bids (Saabs enthusiast only, of course) can be done by email: (REMOVED). The car will only be on sale for a period of two weeks, starting today.

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Click to enlarge the photos.

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Information in this post has been provided by the seller and Saabs United is not responsible for its content or accuracy.

Any potential buyers should take steps to satisfy themselves as to the condition of the vehicle before making an offer to purchase.

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