Connected

Community to me is one of the most important things that SAABSUNITED brings to the SAAB fans worldwide. We all have a common bond in that we want to see our beloved brand come back to life, we want to see a return of the good old days and we want to talk to or find people who are just as crazy as us about a brand that means more to us then some people do. Earlier this week we read about how much SAABSUNITED believe in NEVS and some of what Tim and Till have planned to bring forward in the coming months to make this site even better and in turn making us all, more connected.

One of the things we brought back recently was SAAB Of The Week. This has been very well received and has become a highly interactive with fans interacting with each other and sharing their love and passion for SAAB. On our Facebook page, we have an album full of every entry. In the last 2 weeks we switched it from being just SU choosing a photo that jumped out to an individual to choosing based on Facebook likes and comments on the vehicle pictures. This means you can directly impact who’s vehicle is chosen for the week. This has also brought over 140 more SAAB fans to the SU Facebook page in 15 days to share photos and conversations.

SOTW Screen ShotLast week I made a SOTW page for the main site here in which I have also added all the photo submissions and when you click the photo it opens a new page where you can leave notes for the owner of the SAABs you love or in most cases, set a new screensaver on your computer.

I would encourage people to leave notes and talk about the photos that jump out at you. Nothing feels better to a SAAB fan then to talk about their cars, your cars or SAAB in general.

We are currently working on a lot of different things to allow the community to become more connected then ever before and there are lots of exciting things in the works.

We are one month into a new year and I am more excited for 2013 then I was for most of 2012. There are still hurdles to overcome and questions to be answered but we will cruise this road together. I look forward to more of your stories to come in the coming year and look to share more with everyone who makes SAABSUNITED a part of their daily routine. When we come together, we do things that others can’t see being possible and we have to look no further then to the Saab Museum and a certain white 9-3 to remind ourselves.

2013 is going to be fun on SAABSUNITED and through my conversations with both Tim and Till, I can tell you that the user experience here is going to continue to get better and better and they are 100% committed to this. We haven’t forgotten the SU Store either as we look to develop more products and have already dramatically improved the functionality of the store itself. The commitment here is huge and I hope you all enjoy what we bring forward.

We are Saab because Saab is what we eat, breath and sleep. Saab is the good four letter word 🙂

Oh and keep your photos coming to [email protected]

Saab 93 tourism in the United Kingdom (1959)

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While checking my twitter feed this morning I came across a video posted by @skandix of a couple taking a driving holiday in the UK in a Saab 93. You see the 93 being loaded onto the ferry in Norway and then the tour itself. A saab 93 must have been a very rare sight in those days.
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I’ve put a direct link to the website where you can see the video in all its glory here

A big thank you to Svenska Filminstitutet for sharing this wonderful film.

Saab Of The Week

It’s that time again, time to announce the Saab Of The Week. This week was very close on the Facebook page with likes but in the end, the photo of the 9-3 vert of Alan Izzo’s wife set on the beach at Torrey Pines with the sun setting behind it became the clear winner.

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I have in addition to the Facebook album, I’ve also added an album page here that you can find at the top on the menu bar “SOTW” where you will find all the photos submitted. Please head to the photos and add some comments on your favorite pictures, lets keep this interactive. People love to hear about others loving their cars as much as they do.

Again as always, submit your photos to Jason Powell

SAAB Secure Update

While doing some digging online yesterday, I came across the BG Lifetime Protection Plan and a breakdown of how to qualify and remain eligible for coverage. There are two plans that differ slightly and start at 0-36,000 miles or 36,001-75,000 miles. This is the base coverage plan that is started by your free oil change (if you own a 2010-2011 Saab) offered at participating Saab Service Centers.

I also dug a little further and found a complete breakdown of the program and how to maintain your coverage and put that into a pdf format. I sent this off to SPNA and was told that the info I have is the same that they have and that it is in for final approval before being sent out to the dealer network which means it could change a little but this is the coverage as noted from the BG information I could find.

It is important to note that the SPNA team is about 20 between the main office and the warehouse.  All of them are one person operations. In other words, a marketing and comm’s department run by one person.  Another person is the IT department, etc. One person doing it all for each area of the operation. Trying to stay lean and cost effective as they start-up.

Sit back and read it at your leisure, there is lots to read. I hope this helps.

Read moreSAAB Secure Update

Thoughts On Rumors And Reality

A lot has been said recently about production restart and some rumors have been floating around about future production but as always, NEVS has remained quiet to some extent. NEVS has always maintained that they will speak when there is something definite to talk about and they will not talk about rumors but real news. NEVS are not the only company out there like this, if we look back to trying to get any info from Mahindra when they were looking into Saab, they would say nothing. Even in Canada, we have Magna who have looked at buying car companies in the past and talk to no one about any plans except to say that they will not talk about rumors. My point being that this is not unusual in any way for a company to behave and especially not in the automotive world where you have seen former employees at North American manufacturers selling top secret information to other manufacturers.

What we do know is that there have been conversations with previous suppliers and that most of those discussions have been positive and it looks like a sooner then expected restart can possibly start in the summer. Is this aggressive to think this can happen that quickly? Personally I would think yes, but then what do we know about what is happening behind the scenes? We only know what we can confirm through press releases or discussions with NEVS themselves. For obvious reasons NEVS will not release future product development information until they have something to show us. Is it important to be secretive like this? Some would think no but you don’t have to look too far for a reason why it is important. Jason Castriota has a Phoenix based 9-3 that has never had photos released to the press yet there have been photos so close to the real thing released that some of his work is available to all for nothing and remember he hasn’t been paid in full for this design as it never made it to production. A designer is like an artist and their work is theirs and they are protective about such things being released or stolen but the manufacturer is even more protective when it comes to technologies and design.

Read moreThoughts On Rumors And Reality

3rd Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting, a great success.

We had a great email from Dimitri and Fred about the weekends Saab meet in Le Côty, Switzerland. It certainly looks like it was a very enjoyable weekend and a great success.

On Saturday morning our neighbour came with his tractor to put the snow away just before we hear the nice sound of a Saab 900 Turbo 16, some northern french arrived in a yellow 900 Aero. At 11 am and since then a regularly flow of Saab from France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium and even Sweden came in.
The nice Swedish red 900 Aero didn’t come directly from Sweden, our great and famous friend Lennart, THE Sonett specialist came with it from the Geneva Lake area.

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Thanks to our sponsors (Hirsch Performance, Saab Parts AB, Garage Asticher, Atlas Editions and Dimini.ch) we could give a nice welcome package to each participant !

Read more3rd Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting, a great success.

SAAB Of The Week

This week for the Saab Of The Week I decided to do it a little different and started posting all of the photos to an album on our Facebook page. We have had a lot of traffic this week on the Facebook page in views and comments and it has truly become a very interactive process. Every week I will be loading the photos to our Facebook page and based on the likes and activity on the photos I will pick the winner. As always, send your photos to [email protected].

This weeks winner is Alex from Sweden with his snow covered 2009 9-3 XWD combi with stage 3 Maptun (270hp). Thank you very much for all the photos, and keep them coming. If you have already submitted, you may still be our next week winner as we continue to grow the photo album we are also getting more and more likes on our Facebook page.

Saab Parts – Australia

I’m sure that many people have heard that Saab Australia has gone into administration. However the implications I don’t think are widely known at the moment, so I thought I’d share.

Saab Australia was handling parts supply in Australia, and their warehouse has the parts supply. When they went into administration the administrators locked up the supply and are trying to find the highest bidder to buy the whole lot at once. So currently those parts aren’t available to be purchased by the general public as individual parts.

Now we know that Midlren’s will be taking over from Saab Australia, the problem is that they have no parts. There is currently a container load of parts on a boat between Sweden and Australia, once it’s here there will be parts, but until then there is nowhere to buy parts from in Australia.

Sit tight, parts are on the way…

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