SOTW: Daves green 9-3

Quite a while since last SOTW, but earlier this week we got a few pics of this beauty in the crew mailbox.
Like it or hate it – it is great that someone wants to stand out and try a different color!
Thanks for sharing Dave, and to you other, send us a picture of your car and a few words, an maybe YOURS car is featured next time!

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Good day Saab fans,

I would like to share my new Saab 9-3 with you guys.

My name is Dave from the Netherlands. My mom and dad have a Saab car company (www.autobedrijfvandongen.nl). I often go to the company, I have been doing this since I was born. And the Saab virus has got me haha. After a long time when I was finally 18 years old, a special 9-3 2000 “Viggen White” was ready to ride after a lot of work (picture will follow in this post). I was always in love with the new generation 9-3, but when I saw the 9-3 in the orange color on Saabsunited, I knew enough that I also want something like that. After a few months we got a perfect 9-3 to make this possible .

About 4 months ago I have bought a 9-3 2.0T (2008) with my father to make something special that we both wanted.

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Then there were a few questions:

Which Color?
Which Wheels?
Which Options?

There were a few colors that we maybe wanted like: Orange, Green, Polar Blue, Yellow or White. After a long discussion and consideration we have picked the color Lamborghini Green. Because it’s a special color, we made many black accents like the roof, mirrors, fog lights and the grill. I also ride a Kawasaki dirt bike, which is also green haha.

We wanted to keep original Saab wheels and because I liked the Independence Edition Wheels it was an easy choice. And off course 19” :D.

Then the question which options. Because you got so many different options, it was hard to choose. I liked the NEVS bumper very because the new fog lights. And with of course the Hirsch grille, what a beautiful grill :D. Then I saw a leather Hirsch dashboard and thought I must have that too. Also we have chosen a TurboX rear spoiler.

After 4 months of hard work with my dad this is the final result! The White 9-3 Cabrio is the car of my mom, and I also got the 2000 9-3 “Viggen style” in white.

I am so happy with the result and will ride my Saab with a smile, every single day. And maybe you will see me at the Saab festival in 2016 with this green monster :). Unfortunately I couldn’t join this year.

Hope you liked this post 🙂
And the engine tuning will come in the future if you ask.

Greetings,
Dave from the Netherlands.

Big thanks to www.autodrijfvandongen.nl and my dad.

Christian von Koenigsegg On The Saab Sale In 2009

Christian von Koenigsegg is currently answering questions from fans on the Koenigsegg blog. It’s some kind of a throwback into those exciting times when various parties tried to free Saab fom GM. Not only because of the story but also because it’s a certain Steven Wade who now runs the blog at Koenigsegg. Below is the Saab related excerpt, the full AMA1 session can be found here.

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Koenigsegg Automotive AB was closing in on a deal to buy Saab Automobile AB in 2009, but in the end it didn’t come through. Although there was much written in the (Swedish) press about it at the time, it was almost all negativity regarding the financial details and hardly anything about what the actual idea behind the deal was. It would be interesting to know what convinced you at that time that such a deal would be worthwhile.

CvK: I’m aware that a few questions ago I said that we are not into building mass-market cars and it’s true for Koenigsegg Automotive AB. The Saab opportunity was different and involved a specific set of circumstances:

1. It was clear that SAAB needed innovation and entrepreneurial help to survive.

2. SAAB had fantastic and underutilized car development facilities that could be used to revitalize the brand relatively quickly and efficiently if we could infuse the Koenigsegg way of working with these facilities instead of the GM way.

3. We had many technologies from the Koenigsegg side that we could quickly and efficiently integrate into the then-present line up of SAAB cars to make them more desirable and exciting. Things such as suspension and handling, turbo patents, reduced back pressure systems, FreeValve engine systems (sister company to Koenigsegg), upgraded exterior design using our aero and design experience etc. Basically, it was a unique opportunity to enter that market with a good brand and a good factory at what would have been a very affordable price. I think we could have used some of our technology and design expertise to make some interesting cars.

The group was called the Koenigsegg Group because mine was a recognisable name. There were other much larger investors behind the group that saw the opportunity, which is where most of the financial resources would have come from to actually run the business. I am very happy with what Koenigsegg AB is doing now, but it would be interesting to know what life would have been like if the Saab deal had happened. Many said it was an impossible undertaking. Actually I fully agree. The fact is, I like impossible undertakings, like for example creating Koenigsegg Automotive from scratch or being instrumental in creating the worlds first fully functioning FreeValve system.

Looking back at things from today I still feel the Koenigsegg Group would have been the most fitting and most logical owner for Saab. The desire to really bring things forward could have made Saab special again. But I don’t want to play the if and when game again. Things have gone different. Still, it’s nice to daydream a bit now and then.

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