Geneva Show cars to go on roadshow

Greetings from Geneva!! It’s a little chilly, but I was still able to wear my shorts 🙂

I can’t do a Googletrans on the website, but i-love-saab.ch has been established and the cars that go on show at Geneva will be touring Switzerland just after the show finishes.

The Saab Design concept won’t be making the rounds, so you’ll have to attend the Geneva show to see that in person this month.

The cars that will be making the rounds include the Saab 9-5 SportCombi and of course, the 9-5 sedan, the Saab 9-4x, the Saab 9-3 Griffin and the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertible.

If your in Switzerland (or otherwise nearby), check out the i-love-saab.ch website for the registration form and all the details as to when they’ll be near you.

Saab cooperating with C.O.T.

It is not much information available about that, but it looks like Saab is cooperating with a Swedish Company based in Gothenburg called Clean Oil Technology.

COT has developed some technologies to keep the oil in the engine cleaner. While the oil is clean, it can be further used, and thus the intervals between oil changes could be increased.

In the 2010 review of the company, there is a small paragraph about their cooperation with Saab.

Saab Automobile now has funding in place for the continued operation of the COT which meant we could advertise the cooperation that lasted a long time. Saab Automobile AB is planning to further strengthen its position in the fields of environmental technology and safety. Among the interesting new environmental technologies being studied is the COT Oil Refiner ™. Our study and evaluation of the COT Oil Refiner ™ by field tests have been ongoing during 2010 and most of 2009. The results, which so far we have achieved, meet our expectations, “said Kjell ac Bergstrom, CEO of Saab Automobile Powertrain AB. He continues: “COT Oil Refiner ™ provides us with potential opportunities in the future to extend our service intervals, in our evaluation of the system also includes planning for the introduction of selected models to emerge.” Together with Saab, which has a recognized reputation as innovators and a pioneer in cutting-edge technology in the automotive industry, we have now reached the result that opens a whole new international market for the COT Oil Refiner™.

If this is true, Saab has been working on that for at least 2 Years, but without assigned funding, the Trolls seem to be good at that.

With this technology Saab intends to increase the oil change intervals, which, in my point of view, would make Saab cars very interesting.

Red J

Sunday Evening Geneva Snippets

Swade must be on his way to Geneva, and I’m doing the latest preparations for tomorrow.
But for those that can’t wait, I’ve collected some information about Saab at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Saab booth will be in Hall 2. As you can see other brands in this hall are Seat,VW, Skoda, Subaru and Opel, not to forget Spyker.

Saab's booth placement.

If we zoom in, we see that Saab is placed between Opel and Dacia and in front of Spyker. Some of you would say that this is not the best place for Saab to be, but if my memories are right, this is the same booth as last year, so it must be some long term contracts that keep Saab on that place.

The Geneva Auto Show has a list of VIP that will be hosted by the different brands, and I must admit, it is OK that Saab is not hosting no VIP on its booth. 🙂

Otoh, people like Dieter Meier or Boris Blank from Yello would fit quite good with Saab .

The press conference from Saab is on Tuesday 1st of March at 11:45, just after the Opel press conference, so expect to be a very crowded press conference, as the Press guys will only have to move a couple of meters 😉

For those willing to see the conference live, there is a Geneva Motor Show live Site.

Which cars will be on the booth?

If you search for Saab on the site, you will get this list.

  • Saab 9-3 Cabriolet Independence
  • Saab 9-3 Griffin Sport Limousine
  • Saab 9-3 Griffin SportCombi
  • Saab 9-4X
  • Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.0T BioPower
  • Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.0TTiD

This are only the premières shown, so expect to see some other car, not to forget JC’s concept.

On the Geneva Auto Show site, you can find 2 live cams, but only for Halls 4,5 and 6.

Cam1 : Hall 4&5
Cam2 : Hall 6


And now something non-Geneva related

Some people here do worry that Saab could bring the low power version of the new engine (163hp) to the states, only because some news outlets did extrapolate the international press release to the national American market.

Well in the mean time the American press release is out and this is the important passage

Under the hood, a new 2.0-liter gasoline engine gives 220 hp and includes direct injection, variable valve timing and twin scroll turbocharging.

No single word about the 163 hp version.

And talking about this engine, but in the 9-5.
On the Hirsch site the update for the Turbo4 220 and the BioPower4 are marked as Coming Soon, this time for the automatic and the manual transmission.

I’ve received a list of the cars/engines that can get an Hirsch ECU update in the USofA.

So if you are interested in upgrading your engine, check first this list.

  • 2010/11 Saab 9-5 Aero/Turbo 6 2.8L
  • 2008 Saab 9-3 (SS/SC/Conv.) 2.8L
  • 2007-2011 Saab 9-3 SS 2.0L
  • 2009-2011 Saab 9-3 SS XWD 2.0L
  • 2007-2011 Saab 9-3 SC 2.0L
  • 2009-2011 Saab 9-3 SC XWD (may include the 9-3X) 2.0L
  • 2007-2011 Saab 9-3 Conv. 2.0L

Keep in mind that you can test the Hirsch upgrades on your own car for 10 days for free (maybe your dealership wants the working time to be paid, but I can’t tell about that).

And for the owners of a 2007 Saab, Hirsch is offering a 30% discount on the product price, excluding taxes and installation cost.

Red J

Sunday Morning Quick Snippets

Gotta be quick. Plane leaves very soon.

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I want this!!!!

Thanks to Sytze for the tip!

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One of the comments I just approved…. from ‘Djup Strupe’ (the name used by the commenter, not a DS I can validate) and written in regard to the tail lamp tinting for the Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin:

It is just wrong image rendering. It is the same rear lamps on all 9-3 SportCombi.

Interesting. It seems there could be an error then, on the Saab Sweden website. Either that or an error in DS’s comment. I’ll let Saab sort that out.

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Another comment I just approved, from ‘Kris’

ps. I want to see some test between Subarus AWD and Saabs XWD. Is that XWD a real four wheel drive?

The test would be welcome, but no magazine seems to have seen it to be appropriate. But in answer to your question in the second part – Yes it is, and it’s far more sophisticated than most. Do your own research, though. You can search for “Saab XWD” and come up with all sorts of stuff.

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The brief descriptor for the Saab Design Concept to be shown in Geneva:

World Premiere: Concept for Future Saab Design
Taking center stage is an exciting concept car showcasing design features and technologies to be seen in the next generation of products from Saab.

Conceived by a team under new Saab Design Director Jason Castriota, the concept´s sleek visual execution introduces styling themes drawn from Saab´s unique Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired design heritage. Cutting-edge technologies include all wheel drive with an electrically powered rear axle and a ground-breaking car communications platform using the AndroidTM operating system.

Get it into your heads – this is not the next Saab 9-3 you’re about to see. It’s not the re-birth of the Saab 99T or the Saab 900 you’re about to see.

This is Saab’s Aero-X statement for the future.

Thanks Ryan F….

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It perplexes me a little that Saab (Sweden) get blamed by some people because their local dealer wasn’t up partying for Independence Day.

Saab (Sweden) put on a massive party and made plenty of noise about Independence Day. Whether or not something happened in your country is primarily up to the group that controls Saab in your country. And even then it’s up to your dealer to be switched on enough to make Independence Day a presence at their particular venue.

Moral of the story – don’t fire a rocket at Saab if your local isn’t partying and offering you a smorgasboard. Fire it at the local, or national group. A solution might even come down to you (or your car club) taking the initiative and getting some local action happening.

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Places where Independence Day was being noted with either a function, or some great deals……

New Salem Saab battled 8 inches of new snow (man, they are doing it tough this winter) to hold their Independence Day event yesterday. I don’t have much of an idea as to attendance, etc, but the food sure looked good 🙂

Stratstone Saab in Birmingham had offers going as per the Saab GB directive. Our mate Elli went along for a look…..

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Some brochure info for the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition Convertible. This is Saab GB markets only (as far as I know).

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OK.

My next writing will be either from an airport somewhere, or from Geneva. I’m off!

SW

Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin gets tinted tail

I hadn’t spotted this and I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned in comments (RedJ gets all the emails to comments on his posts) but I figured it would be worth a mention here anyway.

Well spotted by Markku, a saabnut from Finland.

Markku was taking a look at the new Saab 9-3 Griffin on the Saab Sweden website when he noticed the difference in the tail lamps between the regular Griffin and Aero Griffin models.

The regular Griffin:

And the Aero Griffin:

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The tinted lights do not appear on the Sport Sedan, but do appear on the Aero versions of the SportCombi and Convertible.

And they look pretty darn cool.

It looks like they also make an appearance on the Independence Edition (which looks better and better every time I see it – just awesome)

Hirsch release 180hp upgrade for Saab 9-5 TiD

If you’ve got the single turbo 160hp version of the new Saab 9-5 diesel, then Hirsch have just released the upgrade to bring some extra boost into your life.

180HP Performance upgrade for the Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD with automatic and manual transmission.

The enormous development and testing effort invested by Hirsch Performance in diesel engine calibration is delivering results.

The high torque of 400Nm is available from remarkably low rpm’s. The harmonius power delivery and wide rpm band provide larger reserves when overtaking and markedly improved performance for the 2.0TiD with variable geometry turbocharger. The fuel consumption remains very low, and the emissions are Euro 5 – certified.

Extensive testing in test benches and on the road ensure the high quality and durability that is expected of a Hirsch Performance product.

Available for installation at your Saab dealership now!

There some extra data here (UK market used).

Saab at Auto Shows this weekend

There are a couple of Auto Shows starting this weekend and Saab will be at both of them in different capacities.

The Cleveland Auto Show runs from Feb 26 through to March 6 and Saab have set up a pretty good stand at the show. The Saab 9-4x is there. Andy Rupert took the following photo and agrees with many others in saying that the 9-4x looks better in person (as they always seem to do).

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The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show also starts on the weekend, running the same dates as the Cleveland show.

I got a note in my inbox from Peter Gilbert, the million-mile Saab guy, saying he’ll be working at the Saab stand on Sunday.

If you were thinking of heading along to the show, consider that an extra reason to get there – I’m sure Peter would love to say hello!

Saab show the 9-6x

Back in the dark old days, when GM were looking to build new Saab models on the cheap, they were thinking of building a Saab model based on the Subaru Tribeca and calling it the Saab 9-6x.

My old Saab website, Trollhattan Saab, in one of first encounters with the mysterious Djup Strupe, broke some of first imagery of that vehicle, which looked like this….

Of course, GM sold its 20% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries and the Saab 9-6x project was cancelled (as was the Saab 9-2x, which was already in production and had a few years of sales).

Fast forward to September 2009….. I visited the Saab Museum after attending the Frankfurt Motor Show and as part of that visit, Dave R and I got a tour with Peter Backstrom around the back of the Saab Museum. I showed a whole lot of photos here from that tour (see part 1 and part 2) but there was one photo I didn’t publish, at Peter’s request. Here it is….

This was one of the views that met me when we first went out the back of the museum. Considering that Saab had only ever produced sedans and sportcombis that were of normal height (aside from the 9-7x), it struck me as being a little strange that the two covered vehicles up against the wall had such high rooflines compared to the rest of the vehicles in the room.

You guessed it – the Saab 9-6x.

We did take the covers off and take a look, but I didn’t take any pictures as Peter didn’t want the cars shown. He mentioned that it would be a few years yet before it would be OK to show these in public.

It looks like Independence Day marked the occasion for the 9-6x to make a public debut. Along with a number of other vehicles from the Saab Museum storage area, the 9-6x was out on display at the factory during the celebrations.

As shown in the Tekniken’s Varld video shown here yesterday…..

Someone asked in comments if there was a rear view of the car (it wasn’t shown on the video). As it happens, our man at the Independence Day event, Dave R, snapped a photo of it.

You might have noted that there were two in the museum photo, above, and only one shown in the video.

It looks like the one in the video was the three-door model. They had both a three-door and a five-door model out the back of the museum.

The interior? From what I can remember (which was just a very quick look and in poor light) the interior of the prototype was pure Subaru Tribeca. They hadn’t fitted anything Saaby at all to the one that I saw a few years ago – but again, it’s a hazy memory.

All in all, it’s a nice addition to the Saab story and I’m glad they’ve finally got it out into the public domain.

And you lot thought I could never keep a secret!

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