SF Bay October Fest Prep. and … MapTun!

 Preparations for the Saab OctoberFest in the San Francisco Bay Area are underway!   I have a box full of SU License Plate Frames and StateOfNine goodies anxiously waiting at home,  the folks at Dirito Brothers Walnut Creek Saab are setting up.  Tonight I will be prepping all of the activities.  Most of the details of the event are continuing as planned but I have another announcement to make:  Once again, thanks to Dan’s efforts at StateOfNineWe will be taking MapTun software-upgrade orders, at an awesome (one day only) discount, during the event!  Included here is the special price-listing for MapTun performance upgrades: Retail 26-Sept-2011 Maptun Offer Summary.  And once again here is a complete rundown of the SF Bay October Fest Details.

First service — checking the fluids

Draining the oil
After 30000 km on the road, my 9-5’s first service was finally due. I headed over to my local dealer, Gustaf E Bil in Mariestad, and received excellent service as usual. Urban changed my oil, oil filter and inspected every inch, nook and cranny. All the door hinges were oiled and one of the hooks in the trunk had a screw tightened as a bonus.

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Saab Engineers believe in the future of Saab

Being an engineer myself, and being quite devoted to what I do, I could not understand some comments here and on the press, telling that Saab engineers should leave the sinking boat and run to Volvo.

If you compare engineers with artists, to leave Saab and start at Volvo would be like stop painting in expressionism style and start painting in cubism style. Some may do it, but not the most.

The engineers association was the only one that never filled Saab for bankruptcy. The engineers believed in the future of Saab, and without knowing the outcome they put a bet on Saab to succeed. This shows their faith in the brand, or maybe, and I know we engineers are sometimes a little bit egocentric, in themselves and their work.

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CPP Responds to Proposed Spyker Sale

It appears that despite their MOU with SWAN’s lapse in June, CPP still wants Spyker. I’m not sure what is going on behind the scenes here and I really don’t want to speculate, but it’s always nice to have both sides of the story presented. While this is first and foremost a Saab site, I’ve developed an affinity for Spyker in its own right, and considering this deal has an impact on SWAN’s debt situation, it directly affects Saab’s turnaround.

Read CPP’s press release after the break.

Read moreCPP Responds to Proposed Spyker Sale

Saab GB will be at Earls Court *Updated

Swedish car maker, Saab, is taking to the stand at this year’s Scandinavian Show, which will feature the very best the Nordic countries have to offer; from innovative design to great food and cutting edge entertainment to top fashion brands.
Saab will be showcasing a range of vehicles at the event, which takes place on 8th and 9th October at Earls Court in London, and celebrates everything that’s new, exciting and enticing from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy the powerful presence of the 9-5 Saloon, Saab’s most advanced car to date, in addition to raising the roof of the car maker’s iconic soft top, the Saab 9-3 Convertible, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB comments: “At Saab, we are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Scandinavian Show and will be showcasing a range of vehicles at an event which celebrates the very best of what the region has to offer.

“We are incredibly proud of our Swedish heritage and this year we mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Saab’s innovative Convertible, which we are delighted to have on display at the show for visitors to experience for themselves.”

Saab GB is offering Saabs United members the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Scandinavian Show. To be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets, simply tell us how many years the Saab Convertible is celebrating this year by emailing [email protected], quoting SAABSUNITED along with your full name, address, and telephone number.

Visitors to the Saab stand will also be able to enter a prize draw to win a Saab weekend break with hotel accommodation courtesy of luxury hotel guide ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’, which visits, reviews and recommends stylish boutique hotels. The winner will also have the use of a Saab vehicle throughout the weekend and £100 spending money*.

For details of the Scandinavian Show, visit www.scandinaviashow.co.uk.

* The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over (excluding Northern Ireland and islands of the UK which are not accessible by road). Prize draw consists of 2 night’s accommodation at Cotswold House, Chipping Camden for two people, including a 3 course dinner with wine on one night and £100.00 spending money. The prize also includes the use of a Saab car with fuel for the duration of the prize weekend. In order to take advantage of the Saab car, the winner or their guest must be 25 years or over, have held a full driving licence for at least a year and hold a major credit card. For full terms and conditions, please contact Saab Great Britain Ltd on 0845 300 9395.

For further information please contact: Jackie Allard, PR Manager, Tel: 01234 756 843/07775 824 982 Email: [email protected]
Press materials and digital images of the Saab range are available to download for editorial use from our media website at http://media.saab.com

Press Release: Swedish Automobile may sell Spyker sportcar businises.


Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 29 September 2011 – Swedish Automobile N.V. (Swan) announces it has reached conditional agreement with North Street Capital, LP (North Street) about the main terms of the sale of the Spyker sportscar business.

Read morePress Release: Swedish Automobile may sell Spyker sportcar businises.

Per Eklund Swedish champion in a Saab 9-3

The young swedish driver (65 years of age) became Swedish Champion in RallyCross last weekend at Kinnekulle Racetrack near Trollhättan.
Let´s hope for a fast return to motorsport for Saab once the economy is squared out. RallyCross is great but even greater is WRC Rallying. When it comes to Historic Rallying & Racing there is SUHRT of course.

A big round of hurray for good old Per still possessing the true Saab fighting spirit. Will he ever step down? No I do not think so.

Taken from Per Eklund Fan site:
The final weekend of the Swedish Rallycross Championship held at the Kinnekulle circuit near Götene hosted a Supercar final that would be a clean final competition and would thus crown a Swedish Supercar champion, (the championship having this year only hosted Super Nationell, National 2400 and the Swedish Junior Championship). Hedström had initially taken an early lead in the Supercar final but had his lead snatched away from him after his Skoda Fabia ‘Helga’ recently rented from Belgian Rallycross star, Jochen Coox, caught fire. Race Marshalls immediately ‘red flagged’ the race, leaving the race set to be restarted, and Hedström left to exit the circuit deflated and out Championship contention; his car’s damage too significant to enter the Final restart. It was Per Eklund who emerged as leader in the restarted final snatching victory form Swede Stig-Olov Walfridsson. The Swedish legend and Rallycross veteran took the win after passing Walfridsson who was forced to slow due to a puncture.

For Peter Hedström, the events in the race could lead to damaging consequences. Hedström on ‘Facebook’ post-race: “These things happen in this sport, it is just a shame I was struck by such bad luck whilst taking the lead in the final, but it’s the nature of Rallycross.” Peter Hedström had rented the Skoda Fabia with hope of taking the Swedish title in Götene, the place where he grabbed the Swedish junior Rallycross Championship ten years ago. Hedström was reported to have had his sights set on gold here, and then to follow he would compete in the Czech Republic in the ERC, if the car was in good condition for the event next weekend. Speaking to Swedish Newspaper, “Värmland Folkblad” Hedström said: “It will be a tough competiton but my sights are set on gold. We take one thing at a time. But if the car is not too demolished then there is an absolute chance that I had could compete next weekend. You just have to hope that the sponsors are as generous as they are now.” Hedström was focused on a good European Championship effort which could pave the way for a hefty investment in the championship next year for the Swede. The Norwegian Ole Håbjørgtook the touring cars in Sweden ahead of Lars Rosendahl and Irishman, Derek Tohill.

Spyker Cars sold to US Private Equity Group

This is hot off the presses and I can’t really comment much about it, but it appears that the Spyker Cars arm of Swedish Autombile has been sold to US private equity group North Street. You’ll recall the deal to sell the car company to CPP/Atnonov fell apart a few months ago.

According to this report, the reconstruction of Saab will continue on. Clearly this should ease the liquidity of SWAN to some extent, which is welcome news. Whether or not Spyker will rejoin Saab down the road is certainly in question. Read the article from the Financial Times (subscription only) after the break.

Thanks to Mihow for the tip!

Read moreSpyker Cars sold to US Private Equity Group

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