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.
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.