Happy New Year To You All

What a year it has been. In the year leading up to 2012 we saw countless deals where Saab had looked to be saved with start and stop production and with it all ending with Saab declaring bankruptcy in December of 2011. To say it has been a tough year for Saab fans would be a complete understatement and would not even begin to paint a picture of the frustrations we have all felt. As a group though, there were many things that happened to make us all feel very connected no matter how far apart we may be.

The year 2012 started with a worldwide rally. The We Are Many, We Are SAAB events that took place January 14-15 sent a strong message that Saab fans are still here as the fans, groups and clubs united around the world to say, someone buy our car company and build us some cars.

Some of the things I will take out of the past year are things that I hope I will grow stronger with in the years to come. There are two camps when it comes to what people think of Victor Muller but one thing he has given me is the never give up attitude. He had said he would never ever give up and he didn’t. That is one thing that will continue to push me as I go forward in anything I do in life. Sure in the end it didn’t work well for him but you can’t fault someone who gave their everything to the cause. I believe for me, the best quote to sum up what this looks like to me is an anonymous one that says, “Do or do not, there is no try. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” In the end, if you have done all you can then success or failure is secondary to the effort you put out and for that, Victor will always have some respect from me.

We can’t forget that another huge thing we saw last year was a community of Saab owners and fans who came together and united to purchase the last production built Saab 9-3 from the Spyker era for the Saab Museum which had just been saved itself in January. Near the end of April last year, we posted about trying to save the last 9-3 and started collecting donations for it. Within just over two weeks this was accomplished with donations coming from all over the world. I often talk about what SAABSUNITED means to me and this best sums it up in a group of people who love the brand so much that they unite when needed and put differences aside. Saving this cars was no small feet and was accomplished even with some doubts about being successful which again brings that quote to mind of “Do or do not, there is no try. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

In the end, our brand was bought through bankruptcy and we are still playing the waiting game. In the very short term though, I have seen parts become more available and see Saab Parts and NEVS working well together and I expect more from both in the near future. I constantly see NEVS adding more job listings which to me is promising. I have a dream for 2013 to be an exciting and ground breaking year for the future of Saab and I can promise that we will continue to bring you everything as it happens.

2012 was a year that a lot of people would like to sooner forget then remember but for me, there were still some incredible things that happened to make it in a way worth it. Sometimes you need to fall to be picked up again and become better then you ever were.

From all of us at SAABSUNITED, Happy New Year to all of you.

 

3rd Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting (CH)

One of the first Saab events of 2013 will be the Swiss Fondue meeting in the mountains in Switzerland. This will be the third meeting that Fred and Dimitri have put on for those who love to mix Saabs, snow and cheese together.

 With the great success of the 2012 edition with more than 100 people, we organize the  3rd Saab Swiss Fondue (cheese) Meeting in our area in the Swiss JuraMontains.

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Saab White paper on FWD vs RWD


Saab’s first chief engineer, Gunnar Ljungström, in 1960 authored a white paper covering many aspects of basic chassis design.

Mr Ljungström came from a family of engineers. Both his uncle and father were accomplished engineers who among other things designed turbines, an automatic transmission and apparently a bike with a freewheel hub. It was Mr Ljungström’s team who engineered the first Saabs and they must have done something right…

I accidentally stumbled across Ljungström’s whitepaper last summer. Anders Isaksson, a former Saab employee, kindly made available a copy of the whitepaper on his blog.

Unfortunately the document is written in Swedish. As a Norwegian I can understand most things written in Swedish, but half-way thru I abandoned my translation project due to the complexity involved. (sorry)

But even so, I wanted to draw some attention to this little gem. Who knows, maybe a good English translation exists out there somewhere?

In any case, the document can be summed up in one sentence: “FWD good, RWD bad, mmm’okay?”.

Some of the key elements discussed:

Read moreSaab White paper on FWD vs RWD

SAAB Of The Week

For the first week of getting SAAB Of The Week going again we had a lot of great photo’s to choose from and it made picking one a tad difficult. In the end we went with the following two for one photo from Bräd Lauzze from Honeoye Falls, NY. He was home over the holidays and took this picture of his ’97 900 SE and ’04 9-5 Aero Combi. Someone yesterday was talking about Saab being ahead of their time and looking at your ’97, I have to agree. That car looks as new and beautiful as anything new on the roads today.

Thank you for sharing this perfect photo of two Saabs in their natural enviroment Bräd. Please continue to send your pictures for Saab Of The Week to [email protected].

Performance upgrades on offer from Hirsch.

Today Hirsch sent out an offer of performance upgrades for your Saabs.

Starting January 1st, Hirsch Performance offers a 50% special discount on all software performance upgrades for vehicles from model year 2007 and older and a 30% discount on all performance upgrades for vehicles from model year 2008 and 2009.
This special offer makes it possible for owners of older Saab models to upgrade their vehicles at a very attractive price and enjoy the Hirsch Performance driving experience.

The discount price is on the consumer price (excluding VAT) and is valid from January 1, 2013.
Please contact your “Saab Dealer” for a price quote including installation costs.

 

Looking back to Oktoberfest 2012

During my recent period of unemployment following the demise of our Saab dealership in Cardiff UK exactly 12 months ago, I was offered an opportunity that was just impossible to refuse. My good friend and fellow writer RobinM asked if I would like to accompany him on a road trip to Oktobafest in Trollhattan.

It really did not take much thinking about and I quickly replied with a resounding yes!

My trip was to begin with the very simple drive from my home in Wales to the home of Robin in Yeovil where I stayed the night ready for a very early start next day. The trip was to be done in Robins’ car, his 9-5 TiD estate with recent Hirsch performance upgrade. Robin had added me to his insurance to enable us to share the driving. Having experienced driving many cars that have had this Hirsch upgrade it was a revelation to be able to drive one for such a long distance, and I can honestly say I strongly urge anyone who has considered a performance upgrade but has not yet purchased one to consider a Maptun or Hirsch upgrade. It is very worth it!!

Our journey was to then travel through France to Belgium where we then picked up Nikolas and Amaat. Following lunch at Nilolas’ home we then set off (taking in The Netherlands)  for our overnight stay at the home of Robins’ sister in Bomlitz Germany. The welcome here was exceptional and a big thank you to both Janie & Nigel. 

Read moreLooking back to Oktoberfest 2012

The 8ft Christmas Tree & The Saab Convertible

Paul, from Saab vs. Scepticism, lets us know the best way to get a Christmas Tree home.

It’s an annual tradition in our house; the collecting of the Christmas Tree. My son and I drive over to a local farm who grow the trees, we take our time choosing the best, we say hello to the resident Lamas, grab a mince pie and prepare to squeeze the (always too tall) tree into the car for our journey home.

Read moreThe 8ft Christmas Tree & The Saab Convertible

SAAB Of The Week Is Back

A nice way to share some of the beautiful SAABs on the road is through the Saab of the week photo’s, so starting today we are bringing them back. The idea is to have people submit photo’s throughout the week to my email at [email protected] and every Friday I will pick a new SAAB Of The Week photo. What we are looking for is just a photo of your SAAB with a nice backdrop and no the photo’s do not have to have an SU plate frame on them to be included. To start things off, I looked through the photo’s in the SU Saab Drivers Photo Gallery and this photo below of a 2008 9-3 looked amazing. The only unfortunate with photo’s submitted in the Saab Drivers Photo Gallery is that I don’t know who’s photo it is but thank you for sharing it.

2008 Saab 9-3 TTID

So get your photo’s in to the email address above and hopefully next week we will see your SAAB here. I hope you all have an amazing weekend getting all the last minute Christmas stuff together and as I probably won’t be posting again until after Christmas, Merry Christmas to all of you, you are why I am here.

 

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