Independence Day

This post is meant to be a container for all the Independence Day Information that I have or will get during the day. Feel free to post links or pictures to the comments. I’ll try to update it on a regularly basis.

Red J here ….

A last update

Our man in Trollhättan is gone to the hotel to get a small rest before the evening event at the Museum starts.

This is what he has found in his hotel room.

It seems like the whole town of Trollhättan is celebrating with Saab.

A detail of the Ice block front lamps introduced in the 9-3 Griffin.

For our Swedish readers.

Automotorsport.se has a price list for the SportSedan and Sportcombi Griffin and Aero Griffin, and for the 9-3X Griffin.

As an example:
The 9-3X (current) 2.0TXWD (210hp) Man6 costs SEK 317.900
The 9-3X Griffin 2.0T XWD (220hp) Man6 will cost SEK 323.900

The 9-3SS Vector TTiD 160hp Man6 costs SEK 275.900
The 9-3SS Griffin TTiD 160hp Man6 will cost SEK 258.400

Some more pictures from our on-site reporter DaveR.

Swade here…….

A great video from Saab showing some of the achievements from their first year of independence…..

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUDe-JHQ4QA

Also, a couple of photos from Dave, in Trollhattan….

As you know, DaveR is today in Trollhättan, and will be the on-site reporter for SU. 🙂
This is his program for the morning.

I don’t know if those announced 300 special Cakes will look like this

But it could be.

Saab says thank you to you all.

TTela.se has a live article about the celebration.

They also have some photos of the 9-5SC.

Front

Back


On the Saab media site, you can find hi-res pictures of the 9-3 Griffin.

This is the interior update for the 9-3 Griffin.

Knape
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Knape
I must say taht the pictures of the 9-5 was a bit disapointing when I saw them here and on many Swedish websites. I decided I had to go there myself for the night event. So I did…and WOW!! The pictures are NOT making the car an effort! That was the most beautiful car I have ever seen, my absolute dreamcar! I really think that car is going to outsell the Volvo V70! The griffin edition of the 9-3 is also a very good improvement! Those small think really makes a big difference. It looks more modern. I am very… Read more »
gunteman
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gunteman

That’s very good to hear! The images above were very disappointing, but I believe you and can’t wait to see it myself.

lala
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lala

Nice! Let’s hope lots of people have the same experience when they see this car in Geneva!

bk-aero
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bk-aero

I’m delighted to hear that!

Troels, Denmark
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I have had a busy meeting-day.
Not before now, I have been able to log on Saabsunited.
Its so nice to see what Saab has achieved during this year.
While one can always discuss some minor details, I think those new models and upgrades are very well done and they are all looking very good! 🙂
The turbine-wheels are so nice and very Saaby.
Well done Saab!!!!!!!
Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

Where on the internet can the live TV feed be found?

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

Great job SAAB UK!!!

– Free badge replacement 25-28th of February as part of the celebrations!
– 50 % on Hirsch upgrades
– Car wash and inspection clinics

Something Saab should do worldwide.
Talking about the badges: It feels so SAD seeing nice Saabs with the badges in bad condition.

GerritN
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GerritN

“Free badge replacement 25-28th of February as part of the celebrations!”

Let’s hope that the new badges are of better quality than the old ones, otherwise the laminate will come off next winter again. Sorry, one of my frustrations, just lost the laminate of my Viggen hood badge. I’m going to replace it with a 3D decal,
they’re of much better quality than the Saab originals., I’m sorry to say.

BTG88
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BTG88

I replaced the ones on my 01 Viggen cvt when I bought it last year. Sourced from eEuroparts. These are not painted on like the originals, but have the color and detailing behind a clear plastic coating – so it should be long-lived.

GerritN
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GerritN
The originals are not painted on but are some kind of a laminate. Moisture can get underneath and can corrode the holder or freeze, resulting in the laminate popping off. The eEuroparts emblems state that they are ‘genuine saab’ meaning that it’s the same lousy quality as the originals. I’ve replaced the hood and trunk emblems on our 9-5 and the trunk emblem on our Viggen with 3D decals 3 years ago. They are still on there with no sign of fading or yellowing. I think that they also look nicer than the flat originals. The decals fit exactly in… Read more »
GerritN
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GerritN

Pretty awful that you have to protect expensive badges with something yourself. Good point about the fog lights though. The fog lights on our 9-5 were getting quite opaque, but I found the cost of replacement just to high. ‘Luckily’ the bumper was destroyed in an accident by a student driver. The insurance also payed for new fog lights. I’ll follow your advice and stick some 3M film on it.
Btw, any experience with 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber vinyl?

No 9
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No 9

The problem is as old as the badges… Unbelievable they never solved it. Sure isn’t the best PR in the world… OTOH, the way this were going, there would have been only the badges left and no cars! I guess they are solving the problem by fazing them out. I hope not. Tks for the tip Jörgen. I have a decal of the wing badge and it is resisting our harsh climate and all. Bought it on Amazon if I remember correctly.

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

I have never lost a single badge after applying 3M car film on top.
Same film is used on the radiodisplay, on top of rear “bumper” and on the foglights. Works fine on the foglights have never had to replace them on any of my Saabs!

J Fan
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J Fan
That is good. I never noticed the Saab badges disintegrating until reading this site. Since then, I’ve seen several in Dublin with badges falling apart. It’s this kind of thing I hope Saab is able to cut out in future – i.e. doing the basics right, as they say! Doing this is a great idea – I hope all the countries follow the lead – it would be a great excuse to get people into the showrooms, get some positive press, and above all, demonstrate a caring attitude to its loyal customers. There’s a good quote in the movie, Finding… Read more »
Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

http://media.saab.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/asset_library_mega_thumb/2011/saab9-3sportcombi/my12/en/images/9-3sportcombiaerogriffinv5.jpg
Just like the metal plastic I had in my 9-5 Aero 2002 on delivery and had to be replaced with carbon fibre after a few days. Bet they will sell the hirsch leather stuff like cup-cakes!

Phoenix
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Phoenix

At least with the upgraded 9-3 you will have some other options if you don’t like the metallic one.

The cabin receives a subtle makeover. Titanium metallic-effect trim is introduced around the instrument panel, gearshift molding, doors and glove box, and as an option for the instrument panel fascia. The Aero interior features a graphite fiber-effect for all these items, including the fascia. A brushed metallic effect is also introduced as an option for both standard and Aero variants.

bk-aero
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bk-aero

Ha! Comment #100!
I think this has been mentioned before but nevertheless: I’m stunned. German Autozeitung has a poll on its website asking which will be the hottest new model in 2011. And 28% of all voters think this is the 9-5 SC! 21,100 people! If they’re all German and only a fraction of them buys the car, Saab Germany’s sales will look a lot better this year.
The 9-4X is second, btw. All of it couldn’t have been us, could it?

bk-aero
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bk-aero

ok…too late. #101 then

lala
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lala

Wow that’s amazing. Especially when you notice hasn’t been a typical big Saab market. I sometimes get the feeling that there are lots of people out there that want Saab to succeed because they remember the Saab of the old day and have seen it’s recent battles (with GM etc.).

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
New Saab 9-3 Griffin Range: Refreshed styling, more power, lower emissions Saab 9-3 Griffin range replaces current 9-3 offer Refreshed exterior and interior styling 9-3 SportCombi TTiD now gives exceptional 119g CO2/km and 180 hp New direct injection gasoline engines give more power and 4% average gain in fuel consumption/CO2 Trollhättan, Sweden: The new Saab 9-3 Griffin range, announced today, features refreshed exterior and interior styling, backed by a more powerful, fuel-efficient engine range. Replacing the current Sport Sedan, SportCombi, Convertible and 9-3X specifications, the 9-3 Griffin range is distinguished by new front bumpers, signature Saab ‘ice block’ headlamps and… Read more »
Cokeisit
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Cokeisit

Congratulations to all you Saab workers that made this day possible!

Griffin up!

J Fan
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J Fan
So tonight I was on my way home from ‘the gym’ driving our C70 T5… when I realised I was pretty low on fuel, with no money, no phone, with no stations near, and dressed in shorts. So, the little red light came on and I got a little worried. Well, very worried really. I kept trying to drive as economically as possible, keeping the revs low yet keeping the car moving. Switched off the a/c and the radio. When in traffic and indicating left, the tick-tock-tick-tock of the indicator reminded me switch it off too. That caused me to… Read more »
Henrik
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Henrik

🙂 if that´s not a sign then…
Change the C70 to a 9-3 cab, the Volvo is really nice but…

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R

May I ask why you doesen´t drive a Saab, just curious!

Arnstein Woldstad
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Arnstein Woldstad

Happy birthday.
Its a great day! We had the pleasure of placeing a order on new 9-3x today 🙂
Exiting times ahead – new SAAB in April, and a baby scheduled in may.

lala
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lala

congrats on both!

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
I just wished Saab had invented the Alfa Romeo expression. “Without hearts we are just machines”. Once again we see the expression of soul in Saab. Lets hope that the return of a warm color in the CV will radically change the color palette of Saab ads. Move away from the sterile white (color of death. and is the most unpleasing color on a nicely designed body). Bring in pulse and blood, out the door with the anemic autopsy/morgue feeling of the studios Saab uses. —- AMS writes that Saab engineers have worked on the aerodynamics to get the 9-3… Read more »
charlie
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charlie

To be honest, I’ve been thinking the saab campaign could be “it’s not the car. It’s the driver”

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